The Longest Shortest Time

EPISODE #131: Parent Spies

Stories of two parents who spy on their kids — one on purpose, the other by accident.

EPISODE #117: Coming of Age with Down Syndrome

The day Sophie got her period, there were phone calls and high-fives all around. Sophie was psyched. But her mom, author Amy Silverman, felt torn. What does it mean to have daughter with a grown-up body, and a mind that doesn’t quite match?

EPISODE #112: The Fun & the Chaos, 1

Hillary’s pal Kirsten gets a lot of her magic from her dad. But she inherited some less-fun things from him, too. The first in a two-parter on the stuff our parents pass down to us.

Kids, Interview Your Parents!

Invite your kids to play journalist, and ask you these simple questions on tape! (Or interview your own parents!) You could wind up on our show…

EPISODE #103: Real Teens, REAL Babies

Breaking *robot baby* news! Join us as we try to make sense of a study that sheds some shocking light on our This American Life collab from 2 years ago.

EPISODE #95: The True History of a Child Chef & His Mom

Judah is 12. He makes a mean beef wellington. Hear how he became a child chef, and how his mom had him when she was just a kid herself.

EPISODE #89: When Katie Couric Became a Single Mom

Katie Couric had her dream job, her dream husband. After he died of colon cancer, Katie was left to raise their two girls young girls on her own—all while interviewing our nation’s most famous and infamous figures.

EPISODE #85: Dispatches from Black Motherhood

Anthonia Akitunde went looking for websites about Black working moms that broke stereotypes. She came up empty. So she started her own.