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EPISODE #152: The Sisterhood of “Donor Don”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:00:34 +0000

Sister wives, a fertility cult, and New Kids on the Block: A listener initiates us into the strange world of sperm donation.

EPISODE #151: I’ll Be Watching You

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:00:48 +0000

NY Times tech writer Farhad Manjoo is on a quest to capture his kids’ important childhood moments… by installing around-the-clock cameras all over their home.

EPISODE #150: His Id Speaks English

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 08:00:52 +0000

Research shows that kids who learn languages early have lots of advantages. This week, a dad who speaks five languages makes the case for teaching his kid only one. English.

Mom Tattoos by Jessie Hopeless

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 19:32:48 +0000

We have a new item in the shop, lovingly hand-drawn by Jessie from episode 76!

EPISODE #149: Choose Your Own Mom-venture

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:00:12 +0000

This week, Andrea’s opening up. A lot. She’ll be sharing the plan she’s always had for becoming a mom, and why she’s just realizing now… there might be another adventure in store for her.

EPISODE #148: The Handoff

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:00:50 +0000

Have you heard? We've got a new host. We get to know the fabulous Andrea Silenzi, with help from some very important people in Hillary's life. There'll be skunks and warts and singing and... just listen.

New Host FAQ

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:02:46 +0000

We've got a new podcast host! We're psyched. Here's why.

EPISODE #147: Awkward Adventures in Infertility

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:00:27 +0000

Silvija Ozols and John Murray, the creators of Infertile: A Sketch Comedy Show, tell us what it was like to take one of the most vulnerable experiences of their lives, reenact it onstage, and invite people to come and laugh at it.

EPISODE #146: The Parents’ Guide to Affairs with Esther Perel

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:00:10 +0000

Couples therapist Esther Perel talks about why people cheat, even when kids are in the picture. Or, sometimes, *because* kids are in the picture. Plus, some practical tools for handling an affair -- and preventing one from happening in the first place.

EPISODE #145: It’s A Real Mother, Part 4: Leave

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:00:28 +0000

Lots of American moms desperately need access to paid parental leave, and can’t get it. Meanwhile, lots of dads can -- and don’t use it. We look at one surprising approach to closing that gap. (Hint: velour track suits.)

EPISODE #144: The Accidental Gay Parents, 5 (UPDATE)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:56 +0000

Audience faves Trystan and Biff’s new baby was born in July! We get an update from these Accidental-On-Purpose-Gay-Parents about life with baby Leo, and how the whole family’s adjusting. Plus, some big news from LST (cue the award music…)!

BONUS: Pentagram’s Michael Bierut on #ItsARealMother (Bonus Episode)

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:00:20 +0000

Our #ItsARealMother campaign was made by Pentagram, the world's largest independent design firm. Mastermind Michael Bierut tells us why he wanted to work on the project, bad ideas along the way, and how the series is making him rethink his own approach as a boss.

EPISODE #143: It’s A Real Mother, Part 3: The Cliff

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:25 +0000

Hillary tells her own story about becoming a working mom, and the career cliff she faced as a result. Then, we travel to a company that’s flipping the ideal American workplace totally upside down... by inviting screaming, pooping infants into the office.

EPISODE #142: It’s A Real Mother, Part 2: Ideal Worker

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:00:47 +0000

Why do stock images of working moms look frazzled, while stock images of working dads just look like... guys at work? Author Brigid Schulte gets to the heart of why discrimination against working moms is so deeply embedded in our culture—and what we can do to change it.

Costume Contest Winners 2017

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:35:47 +0000

Check out the spirit-lifting winners of our second annual #LSTHalloween contest!

EPISODE #141: It’s a Real Mother, Part 1: Governor Mom

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 07:00:33 +0000

Discrimination against mothers in the workplace is illegal but it still happens every day. We launch our four-part series, It’s A Real Mother, with YOUR stories of discrimination. Plus, we meet a mom who faced discrimination from... the entire country.

IT’S A REAL MOTHER: A Series About Workplace Discrimination

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 07:00:20 +0000

The life of a working mother is a real mother. Hear our series on why this matters to everybody... and what you can do to help.

EPISODE #140: Zombies, Caillou, and Other Creepy Things

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:00:07 +0000

In Honor of Halloween, Hillary’s bringing her husband Jonathan out of the shadows for his LST debut! They’ll be talking about a few of the spooky things they never saw coming as parents.

EPISODE #139: A Is For Afrocentric

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:00:40 +0000

Choosing a preschool can feel high-stakes, especially when you add culture to the mix. We talk to co-host of The Nod, Eric Eddings, and his wife Carla, as they decide whether to send their two-year-old to an Afrocentric school.

EPISODE #138: W. Kamau Bell Meets the Daughter of the Dragon

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:00:43 +0000

Comedian W. Kamau Bell has been geeking out about kung-fu legend Bruce Lee since he was a teenager. Today, he guest hosts and sits down with someone even more dedicated to the cultural icon… Bruce’s daughter, Shannon Lee.

EPISODE #137: Bubble Boy

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:03 +0000

Gregory Warner and Sana Krasikov have traveled all over the world. Now, they have to help their five-year-old son Joseph adjust to an exotic, foreign culture: his American kindergarten classroom.

EPISODE #136: Shpitzle’s Secret

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:00:47 +0000

Frieda Vizel spent her childhood imagining the world outside of her devout religious community. It wasn’t until she finally left, with her five-year-old son Seth, that she realized she would need to reimagine everything all over again.

Talking with Kids About Race and Racism

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:00:18 +0000

Recommended resources for grown-ups and kids from writer Eula Biss.

EPISODE #135: White Guilt and Other Crazy Sh*t

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:00:05 +0000

This week we are continuing our conversation on how to talk to kids about race and racism, especially when you’re uncomfortable talking about it with grown ups. Writer Eula Biss joins us to help us unpack the complicated forces inside our heads that hold us back.

Talking to Kids About the Birds and the Bees

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:00:48 +0000

Worried about how to have 'the talk' with your kids? Here's our fave books and websites for getting the conversation going.

EPISODE #134: How to Make a Fella Feel Relaxed

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:00:21 +0000

That… and other lessons of American sex ed. An actual historian walks us through the decades.

Help Us Collect Weird Parenting Wins!

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:41:54 +0000

Teachers, librarians, OBs, therapists, parenting group leaders! Print this flyer and invite your peeps to be a part of our forthcoming book.

EPISODE #133: Alex and the Oracular Lamb

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:00:03 +0000

Alex was itching to ask her partner Ben a big, scary question. To muster some courage, she turned to an unexpected ally: a tiny stuffed lamb that can see the future.

EPISODE #132: Genetic Future-Telling

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:00:23 +0000

Thanks to genetic technology, you can know if your child has an increased risk for disease before they are even born. But is more information always a good thing? Writer Bonnie Rochman walks us through the complicated decisions parents face when they get a glimpse of their offspring's genetic future.

EPISODE #131: Parent Spies

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:00:02 +0000

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

EPISODE #130: My Dad Was My First Oprah

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:00:52 +0000

When she was growing up, writer Ashley C. Ford’s dad showered her with praise, through nearly 100 letters. Which he sent from prison. In this episode, Ashley talks about idealizing her incarcerated father -- and what happened when she learned the truth about his crime.

EPISODE #129: Casey Wilson, Jessi Klein and a Dinosaur Dick-Punching a Bear

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:00:49 +0000

Two funny moms walk into a hot, foam-lined room; bonding over epidurals, antidepressants, and baby boy apparel ensues. Actress Casey Wilson guest hosts and digs in deep with her pal, comedy writer Jessi Klein.

EPISODE #128: Win!

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:00:30 +0000

LST editor Peter Clowney joins Hillary in the studio to help break some exciting news. Plus: John Moe, host of The Hilarious World of Depression, tells the story of a tiny furry friend… and a BIG moral dilemma.

Listen To LST Ad-Free!

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:19:52 +0000

Some of you have been asking how to pay to hear our show without ads. Now you can!

EPISODE #127: Katz In The Cradle

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:00:36 +0000

Matt Katz is known for his fearless reporting on New Jersey governor Chris Christie. But when it comes to telling his 5-year-old daughter the truth about his dad... well, that freaks him out. In today’s show, he does exactly that.

EPISODE #126: When “I Do” Makes You A Parent, Too

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:00:22 +0000

Forget evil stepmothers and The Brady Bunch; it's time for a more realistic view of stepparents. Join us for a roundtable discussion with three parents in blended families, on what it’s like when kids come to you because of who you’re dating.

EPISODE #125: The Accidental Gay Parents, 5

Wed, 31 May 2017 07:00:03 +0000

Audience faves Trystan and Biff are back… and they’re having a baby! We talk about what it’s like to be a pregnant man, and to share that news with your parents, your children, and the world.

EPISODE #124: When Mom Says Oy! And Dad Says ¡Ay!

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:29 +0000

What traditions should you pass down to your kids when you and your partner come from completely different cultures? And why does keeping those rituals alive even matter? The Mash-Up Americans help us navigate family life in hyphenated America.

EPISODE #123: The Weird History of Judgy Parenting

Wed, 17 May 2017 07:00:14 +0000

Nicholas Day wanted to know why he felt like a failure when he gave his kid a pacifier. The answer took him down a rabbit hole into the bizarre, hilarious, and strangely relatable history of parenting babies.

Record Your Kid’s Voice for the End of Our Show

Sat, 13 May 2017 20:17:17 +0000

Hey you! Yes, you! We need your kid to sing the Stitcher logo at the end of our show. (We had a fun one of these when we were on the Earwolf network and now that we’re with Stitcher, we need a new one.) Help us make a new kids’ chorus! Here how: 1. PLAY […]

CarMax Says We’re Great for Commutes!

Fri, 12 May 2017 17:06:23 +0000

CarMax wants you to have a better commute, and one thing they think can help pass the time is engaging podcasts. (We agree.) And, yay, they put us in their Top 23 Podcasts for Commutes list! Here’s the blurb; check out the full list for a happier commute.

EPISODE #122: Surprise!

Wed, 10 May 2017 07:00:44 +0000

For some people, parenthood takes a lot of planning; for others… it just sorta sneaks up on them. This week, one woman's unexpected path to motherhood. Including a long-distance romance, a mysterious illness, and mind-controlling toddlers.

EPISODE #121: Family Jam

Wed, 03 May 2017 07:00:09 +0000

It doesn’t matter if you play Americana, hip hop, or death metal—everybody comes from a family of some kind. Hrishikesh Hirway, creator of the podcast Song Exploder, reveals the hidden parenting stories behind some of your favorite popular songs.

EPISODE #120: Eggs Over Freezy

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:01 +0000

What to do when your biological clock is ticking, and the closest you’ve gotten to parenthood is caring for an elderly chihuahua? One option: egg freezing. We follow a woman through the process to find out if it's everything it's, uh, cracked up to be.

EPISODE #119: Single, Female, Seeking Baby Daddy

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:27:36 +0000

Andrea Silenzi, host of the podcast Why Oh Why, is single, living in New York, and... looking for a man to be the father of her child. Which is tricky to bring up on a first date. So she did what any girl would do: she organized an aspiring dads focus group.

EPISODE #118: All the Feels with Rob Huebel

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:00:39 +0000

Actor and comedian Rob Huebel talks about sneaking onto airplanes, why he doesn't share a bed with his wife, and what it was like to have their daughter live in the hospital for her first 117 days. And! The best placed fart noise ever.

Vote for Us for a Webby! Now!

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:57:22 +0000

Help us win a People's Voice award for Best Lifestyle Podcast. We're up against Lena!

TIME Calls Us a Top-50 Podcast!

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:28:40 +0000

Yay! And they say you'll dig us if you love TV shows about families. They really get us!

EPISODE #117: Coming of Age with Down Syndrome

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:00:37 +0000

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?

Your Kid’s Birth Story – According to Them

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:00:44 +0000

We all remember the day our kid was born. And many of us have traditions of telling the story to our kids. Well, now we wanna hear THEIR telling of their original birthday.