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Episodes

  • How to Be a Pregnant Butch

    Oct 14, 2014 | 28 min
    When artist A.K. Summers got pregnant, she started to feel uncomfortably feminine. A.K. chronicled her "nine months spent in drag" in her graphic memoir Pregnant Butch. In this episode, she talks about what it's like to try to look tough and masculine while your body is growing a baby. Have YOU ever been a pregnant butch? Been in a relationship with one? Tell us what it was like for you! And share your masculine maternity wear recommendations In the comments at the Longest Shortest Time. Like the Longest Shortest Time? Subscribe to our show in iTunes.
  • Building a Better Boobie Trap

    Sep 30, 2014 | 31 min
    A woman fed up with her breast pump enlists 150 experts to make it better. We send in This American Life's Sean Cole (a childless man) to see if that's possible. How would YOU improve the breast pump?Tell us! In the comments at the Longest Shortest Time. Does your pump talk to you?Lots of moms say their pumps “talk” to them—there was an awesome thread in our Facebook group for moms on this. We asked people to send in audio of what their pumps say, and the results were a real window into the mind of a pumping mom. You can hear a collection our favorites in the middle of the show—or listen below! This segment was produced in collaboration with our friends at WNYC’s New Tech City. If you missed...
  • Owner of a Holey Heart

    Sep 16, 2014 | 26 min
    A baby gets two holes in his heart and a Mormon stranger comes to the rescue, believing she is doing something illegal. Have YOU shared milk with another mom?We want to hear all about it. In the comments at the Longest Shortest Time. Like the Longest Shortest Time?Subscribe to our show in iTunes.
  • Pediatricians, They're Just Like Us

    Sep 2, 2014 | 30 min
    Pediatrician Jessica Franklin figured she had a handle on newborns. But then she had a baby and wound up feeling like "the worst, most educated rookie ever." What do YOU think doctors can do to understand patients & parents better?Ideas, please. In the comments at the Longest Shortest Time. Like the Longest Shortest Time?Subscribe to our show in iTunes.
  • What Makes a Happy Family?

    Aug 19, 2014 | 30 min
    Comedian Julian McCullough's mom left the family when he was a kid. Now that he's got a family of his own, Hillary talks to him about what makes a happy family. What makes YOUR family happy? Anything that's surprised you? Tell us at the Longest Shortest Time.Like the Longest Shortest Time? Subscribe to our show in iTunes.
  • Lucy & the Bike Girl

    Aug 5, 2014 | 18 min
    Pregnant best friends who can never meet because being in the same room could be lethal. Do YOU have a close friend who you've never met in person? Was it sustainable? Not? Better than in-person friendships? Tell us at the Longest Shortest Time. Like the Longest Shortest Time?Subscribe to our show in iTunes.
  • Picturing Her

    Jul 22, 2014 | 23 min
    When Giancarlo Roma was four years old, his sister Mary died the day she was born — an experience that he says trained him to write a book from the perspective of an elderly woman. Have you lost a sibling? How has it impacted YOUR life? Tell us at the Longest Shortest Time, where you can also see beautiful photographs of Giancarlo growing up, taken by his father, photographer Thomas Roma. The pictures are from a book called the Waters of Our Time that the father-son team made together, loosely based on the experience of losing Mary. Like the Longest Shortest Time? Subscribe to our show in iTunes.
  • The Parents' Guide to Eating Over the Sink

    Jul 8, 2014 | 24 min
    We all know that getting kids to eat healthy meals can be messy. But what about how YOU eat once you have kids? Dan Pashman of the Sporkful podcast tells host Hillary Frank how to make those 2.5 minutes scarfing down food over the sink as delicious as possible. But grosses her out in the process. He even has a ranking system for post-meal detritus. Now that you've had a chance to reflect on your own eating habits, be sure to check out our Google+ Hangout on how to make mealtime happier. We'll be joined by Dan Pashman and pediatric dietitian Heidi Kecskemethy to help solve all of your kid + parent eating conundrums. You can submit questions ahead of time here. How have YOUR eating habits chan...
  • How Cute! Is He Yours?

    Jun 24, 2014 | 20 min
    When Nicole Blades started a family with a white guy, she knew their kid's skin color would be lighter than hers. But she didn't count on people routinely questioning whether she was her son's mom. After a lot of silent outrage, Nicole finally came up with the perfect quippy comeback to "Is he yours?" But would it work? What’s YOUR trigger question? As parents, we all seem to have questions that set off immediate inner rage. What question sets you off, and have you found a comeback that makes you feel better? Tell us at the Longest Shortest Time!
  • The Reluctant Father & His Wife

    Jun 10, 2014 | 20 min
    Photographer Phillip Toledano has been applauded in the media for his deeply gritty depiction of first-time fatherhood in his book The Reluctant Father. This week, in a cautionary tale on marriage, we hear what his wife thought of his reluctance. Are you in a relationship where one partner was more reluctant than the other post-baby? What broke the frost? Tell us - and see more of Phillip's photos - at the Longest Shortest Time!
  • How to Brag to Your Mom Friends

    May 27, 2014 | 27 min
    Hillary and her friend Kate tackle the question: Is it possible to share your parenting triumphs with other moms without making them feel bad? Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE <w:LsdException Locked="fal
  • When Mommy Means Everything

    May 13, 2014 | 16 min
    A toddler starts talking, then moves to a new country where she doesn't know the language. And suddenly the only word she will say anymore is "Mommy." Are you raising a bilingual child? Join the conversation and leave a comment at the Longest Shortest Time.
  • The Shortest Day

    Apr 29, 2014 | 44 min
    Poet Arielle Greenberg's son Day dies 31 weeks into her pregnancy. At which point, she makes a whole bunch of choices that not many women would make, so she can emerge from stillbirth not completely broken. And . . . it works.
  • The Missing Chapter to Ina May’s Guide

    Apr 15, 2014 | 26 min
    I ask the mother of the modern midwifery to revise the message from the natural birth movement—and, remarkably, she says I'm making her want to add a chapter to her book. **Ina May has asked for your feedback. If you wanted a natural birth and didn't get one, leave a comment here for Ina May Gaskin.**
  • Rewriting Your Birth Story

    Apr 1, 2014 | 33 min
    Join me as I attempt to rewrite my traumatic birth story, four years after the fact.
  • Blind Love

    Mar 18, 2014 | 25 min
    It's a fact: even the most romantic romances wither under the pressures of parenthood. But what happens in a relationship when, on top of everything else, one partner is going blind?
  • The Provider’s Guide to Quitting

    Mar 4, 2014 | 30 min
    Bry wanted to be a dad. And he thought the only way to be one was to quit doing the thing he loved most. So he did.
  • Due Date Desert

    Feb 18, 2014 | 21 min
    A mom breastfeeds her preemie against all odds. Then she wakes up on her due date. Dry.
  • The Longest Longest Time

    Feb 4, 2014 | 34 min
    Lisa's longest shortest time lasted 11 years. And it all went down before she even had a baby.
  • The Mom Who Did Everything Wrong

    Jan 21, 2014 | 24 min
    Heather told me she did everything wrong in her first years as a mom. Judge for yourself (but don't be too judgy).
  • The Numbers

    Jan 7, 2014 | 30 min
    After having a preemie, my friend Kirsten unwittingly takes on her husband's personality, and becomes obsessed with numbers. To the decimal point.
  • I’ve Got News 5

    Aug 29, 2013 | 23 min
    We conclude the I've Got News series with the birth of Ellen's baby . . . and the project Tom took on to cope.
  • The Mortality of Motherhood

    Jul 29, 2013 | 21 min
    A war correspondent on childbirth vs dodging a sniper.
  • I’ve Got News 4

    Jun 6, 2013 | 19 min
    Two weeks before their due date, Ellen and Tim reflect on the game of Being Awesome at Being Adult.
  • I’ve Got News 3

    Mar 4, 2013 | 21 min
    We continue our series following a young pregnant woman, this time with grandpa's perspective.
  • I’ve Got News Too

    Feb 1, 2013 | 27 min
    Tom got news. Then more news. Now there's even more.
  • What YOU Expect When You’re Expecting

    Jun 28, 2012 | 23 min
    The first installment in our miniseries following a woman through early motherhood.
  • And Behind Door Number Two …

    Apr 4, 2012 | 9 min
    Toilets, exposed body parts, . . . pornography?! My friend Nat shares her horror story about pumping at work.
  • Making Noise to Prevent More Noise

    Dec 31, 2011 | 15 min
    A toddler sniffs all of his Christmas presents before opening them and his mom realizes something is really wrong. What Tourette's, OCD, and ADHD look like in a young child.
  • I’ve Got News

    Sep 14, 2011 | 26 min
    A newly married guy finds out his wife is pregnant while he's at sea and just a few years later, to his surprise, becomes a stay-at-home dad.
  • Nap Boot Camp

    Jul 27, 2011 | 17 min
    An exasperated mom decides that her daughter WILL nap in her crib by the end of the week.