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The parenting show for for everyone. Created by Hillary Frank; hosted by Andrea Silenzi. A Stitcher Production.

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#132 Genetic Future-Telling

52:32 | Aug 9th, 2017

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...Show More

#125 The Accidental Gay Parents, 5

49:25 | May 31st, 2017

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. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! ...Show More

#119 Single, Female, Seeking Baby Daddy

53:04 | Apr 19th, 2017

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 focu...Show More

#116 How To Not (Accidentally) Raise A Racist

53:47 | Mar 8th, 2017

What's the best way for white parents to talk to their kids about race? We called in Dr. Brigitte Vittrup, who studies children's racial attitudes, to help us out—and to answer questions about cringeworthy moments with your own kids. To join the conv...Show More

#81 The Accidental Gay Parents, 4

32:50 | May 4th, 2016

We pick up where we left off with Trystan and Biff, and their passive-aggressive standoff.To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is sponsored by Universal Yums, Third Love, 1-800-Flowers, Alarm.com, a...Show More

#80 The Accidental Gay Parents, 3

32:54 | Apr 27th, 2016

Audience faves The Accidental Gay Parents return. This time Trystan is pregnant. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

#62 The Accidental Gay Parents, 2

34:30 | Apr 6th, 2016

The "accidental gay parents" return. This time with John's side of the story. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

#60 The Accidental Gay Parents

37:21 | Mar 30th, 2016

One weekend Trystan and his boyfriend were clubbing in Vegas; the next they were steeped in diapers and Legos. The story of how two twenty-somethings became parents. Overnight. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.co...Show More

#183 Postpartum House Arrest

42:24 | Dec 19th, 2018

After Jessica gave birth to her first child, her own mother sabotaged her plans of postpartum bliss. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to you by Ever...Show More

#182 When Your Uterus Wants Out

26:22 | Dec 12th, 2018

A woman finds she can’t become a mom without a hysterectomy. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to you by Babeth’s Feast, Kiwi Co, Grove Collaborative...Show More

#181 Must Love Fish

26:42 | Dec 5th, 2018

When Geneva was looking for her future partner, she made a list of 37 things she wanted. Number one was Native. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to ...Show More

#180 The Polycule

29:03 | Nov 28th, 2018

Have you ever wondered how polyamorous parents do their thing? Turns out it’s not just about sex?!

#179 Mom, Can I Wait in the Car?

30:45 | Nov 21st, 2018

Six years ago, Kim Brooks was home visiting her folks in Virginia… when she made a split-second decision that got her in serious trouble with the law.

#178 Stuff We Love

28:40 | Nov 14th, 2018

Stories about family are some of the richest, most riveting stories that you can tell. We invited three panelists to our studio to talk about their favorite TV shows, movies, and books about and for families. To join the conversation, go to longests...Show More

#177 When Moms Run for Office

34:43 | Nov 7th, 2018

Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy shares what it was like to run for office in 2016... while pregnant with twins! Plus, what happens when we elect more moms to public office? To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsl...Show More

#176 Scared Sh!tless

29:27 | Oct 31st, 2018

For our Halloween special, stories about when parenthood isn’t all poops and giggles. Sometimes it’s just a lot of poop. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. Also, Hillary Fra...Show More

#175 You Up?

35:04 | Oct 24th, 2018

Your 3am bedside companion--literally! In this episode, we open up our phone lines in the middle of the night to hear what’s keeping you all awake. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on ...Show More

#174 The, Like, Show: Deadass Edition

38:31 | Sep 19th, 2018

Talking to teenagers is different from talking to grown-ups. We wanted to know: what advice they would give to parents? We convened a panel of three teens to find out! To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newslett...Show More

#173 Wanna Peek Inside Our Inbox?

28:59 | Sep 12th, 2018

The rumors are true… we have the best listeners! Andrea and Jackie share some favorite emails and comments. Plus, an update from Hillary. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. T...Show More

#172 Child-Free… With Children

31:32 | Sep 5th, 2018

Even though Glynnis MacNicol doesn't have kids of her own, her life is far from child-free. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to you by WGU, Raised b...Show More

#171 Kidtrepreneurs

34:16 | Aug 29th, 2018

Kids today have the chance to become real entrepreneurs and sell to the masses thanks to the internet. We’re going to explore who some of these kids are, what they’re selling, and how they become successful. To join the conversation, go to longests...Show More

#170 Becoming a Single Dad While Trans

28:34 | Aug 22nd, 2018

The thing CJ Kemal wants most in life? To be a dad. But when you’re trans and single, it’s hard to know where to start. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is bro...Show More

#169 Parenting In The Animal Kingdom

32:35 | Aug 15th, 2018

We’ve been thinking, there’s so much parenting media out there, but it's pretty species-ist, right? It’s all about how to get your human baby to eat, how to get your human kid to take a bath. We wanted to know: is there anything we can learn from the...Show More

#168 Does Family Size Matter?

31:24 | Aug 8th, 2018

As an only child, KJ Dell’Antonia always wanted a big happy family… but once she got one, she found out the “happy” part doesn’t come standard. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagr...Show More

#167 Welcome Home! Meet the Mongoose

29:49 | Aug 1st, 2018

When 9-year-old Meera was adopted from Korea, there were lots of new things that would take some getting used to… starting with her new mom’s exotic pet. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us ...Show More

#166 Dear Mister Rogers

30:45 | Jul 25th, 2018

When Ben was a kid, his mom helped him write an innocent letter to his favorite television friend. The reply took Ben by surprise, and changed the way they thought of his hero forever. Tune in for stories of how Fred Rogers left a mark, and why his w...Show More

#165 The 36 Questions to Ask Your Partner Before Having Kids

37:35 | Jun 20th, 2018

Stephanie never wanted kids.... but then she met Joey. Tune in to hear them answer a series of questions intended to help them determine if they want a future as parents together. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for ...Show More

#164 When Al Letson Met His Sons

41:44 | Jun 13th, 2018

When Al Letson was 23, he found out he was the father to a 6-year-old boy he’d never met. Years later, another son entered his life, and this one was white. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow ...Show More

#163 How to Hear a Smile

32:34 | Jun 6th, 2018

When Kristen's son was 5 weeks old, she got an email from BabyCenter saying that all of her hard work would soon be repaid: she'd get to see her baby's first smile. Problem is, Kristen can't see. Tune in to hear Kristen's creative solution to seeing ...Show More

#162 Cecile Richards on Troublemaker Moms

38:59 | May 30th, 2018

Cecile Richards, former head of Planned Parenthood, is a troublemaker -- a quality she got from her mom, Ann Richards, who went from frustrated housewife to firecracker governor of Texas. Cecile talks about watching that transformation, and how Ann's...Show More

#161 Imaginary Friends & Grown-ups

42:08 | May 23rd, 2018

The imaginary friends you have when you’re little can be great practice for dealing with very real hard stuff as a grown-up. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode i...Show More

#160 Imaginary Friends & Kids

41:26 | May 16th, 2018

A glimpse into the weird, fun, and often dark world of imaginary companions. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to you by March of Dimes, SAS Footwear...Show More

#159 A Killer Story

39:59 | May 9th, 2018

For our special Mother’s Day episode, poet and writer Rachel Zucker explores her complex relationship with her mom, Diane Wolkstein. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. Thomas...Show More

#158 Black Lives Matter for Middle Schoolers

39:26 | May 2nd, 2018

In the novel Ghost Boys, a twelve-year-old unarmed black boy is shot by a white police officer. Jewell Parker Rhodes talks about why she wrote this story for middle schoolers, and why she's counting on them to advance racial justice. To win a signed...Show More

#157 Car Births, Call-In Style

34:56 | Apr 25th, 2018

When you’re expecting a baby, it’s common to take some time to write out a birth plan. (Well, more like birth wishes.) But you know what no one ever plans for? Giving birth in their car. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign ...Show More

#156 The Scary, Beautiful Teenage Brain

40:59 | Mar 21st, 2018

Why would a sweet kid from Minnesota try to join ISIS? Reporter Dina Temple-Raston fills us in on the complexities of the teenage brain, with help from pizza and poetry. Plus: "What's Up with Hillary?" - Nor'easter Edition. To join the conversation,...Show More

#155 Forget Childbirth

38:33 | Mar 14th, 2018

For generations, women elected to forget the pain of childbirth with help from powerful drugs called twilight sleep. Author Randi Hutter Epstein helps us shed light on an (intentionally) forgotten history. To join the conversation, go to longestshor...Show More

#154 Let's Get Unladylike

39:20 | Mar 7th, 2018

Andrea talks to Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, hosts of the fabulous Unladylike podcast, about abortion, nannies, and counting your eggs before they’re… inseminated. Plus, how to speak up, vocal fry and all. You can subscribe to Unladylike right...Show More

#153: Sperm Shopping by Color

39:04 | Feb 28th, 2018

When Rosa and her wife started seeking a sperm donor, they were surprised by the complexity of the questions they faced — from “What kind of racial identity matters to us?” to “Should we buy in bulk?” To join the conversation, go to longestshortestt...Show More

#152 The Sisterhood of "Donor Don"

39:18 | Feb 21st, 2018

Sister wives, a fertility cult, and New Kids on the Block: A listener initiates us into the strange world of sperm donation. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Inst...Show More

#151 I'll Be Watching You

40:19 | Feb 14th, 2018

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. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follo...Show More

#150 His Id Speaks English

45:50 | Feb 7th, 2018

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. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our ne...Show More

#149 Choose Your Own Mom-venture

40:47 | Jan 31st, 2018

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. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign...Show More

#148 The Handoff

44:46 | Jan 24th, 2018

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. To join the conversation, go to longestshorte...Show More

BONUS: Katie Couric and Sheryl Sandberg on Living Option B

1:01:46 | Dec 20th, 2017

We'll be back on January 24th with a brand new season of LST! But to tide you over, here's an episode from Katie Couric's podcast. She talks to her friend Sheryl Sandberg, of Lean In fame, about finding joy after the sudden death of Sheryl's husband,...Show More

#147 Awkward Adventures in Infertility

45:16 | Dec 13th, 2017

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. To join the conve...Show More

#146 The Parents' Guide to Affairs with Esther Perel

50:46 | Dec 6th, 2017

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 plac...Show More

#145 It's a Real Mother, Part 4: Leave

58:01 | Nov 29th, 2017

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.) See our video and find out h...Show More

#144 The Accidental Gay Parents, 5 (UPDATE)

1:06:57 | Nov 22nd, 2017

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…)! To join t...Show More

BONUS: Pentagram's Michael Bierut on #ItsARealMother

16:39 | Nov 20th, 2017

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 approa...Show More

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

45:59 | Nov 15th, 2017

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 off...Show More

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

45:16 | Nov 8th, 2017

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 ...Show More

#141 It's A Real Mother, Part 1: Governor Mom

1:02:46 | Nov 1st, 2017

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 countr...Show More

#140 Zombies, Caillou, and Other Creepy Things

46:37 | Oct 25th, 2017

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. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign ...Show More

Bonus: Kidcast Sampler

22:35 | Oct 24th, 2017

Our show is mainly for grownup ears... but there are a bunch of great podcasts out there just for kids! Our friends at NPR rounded up a few of their faves. Grab your kid and check them out in this sampler episode! Featured podcasts: Story Pirates, W...Show More

#139 A Is For Afrocentric

45:46 | Oct 18th, 2017

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. To join the conversat...Show More

#138 W. Kamau Bell Meets The Daughter Of The Dragon

51:09 | Oct 11th, 2017

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. To join the conversation, g...Show More

LST Presents: Your Mom's Food

23:50 | Sep 20th, 2017

Our friends at The Sporkful have a new series about the complications of trying to pass culture to your kids through food. We’re bringing you one story from that series about Korean adoptees.

#137 Bubble Boy

55:43 | Sep 13th, 2017

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. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.c...Show More

#136 Shpitzle's Secret

58:38 | Sep 6th, 2017

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. To join the c...Show More

#135 White Guilt and Other Crazy Sh*t

51:06 | Aug 30th, 2017

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 ...Show More

#134 How To Make A Fella Feel Relaxed

54:40 | Aug 23rd, 2017

That… and other lessons of American Sex Ed. An actual historian walks us through the decades.To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.This episode is brought to ...Show More

#133 Alex and the Oracular Lamb

50:45 | Aug 16th, 2017

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.To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. ...Show More

#131 Parent Spies

57:57 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Stories of two parents who spy on their kids -- one on purpose, the other by accident.To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This episode is brought to you by...Show More

#130 My Dad Was My First Oprah

55:24 | Jul 26th, 2017

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 tru...Show More

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

56:55 | Jul 19th, 2017

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.To join the conversation, go to longestsh...Show More

#128 Win!

51:28 | Jul 12th, 2017

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.To join the conversation, go to longests...Show More

#127 Katz In The Cradle

52:02 | Jun 14th, 2017

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. To join the conver...Show More

#126 When "I Do" Makes You A Parent, Too

46:27 | Jun 7th, 2017

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. To joi...Show More

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

47:44 | May 24th, 2017

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. To j...Show More

#123 The Weird History of Judgy Parenting

45:34 | May 17th, 2017

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. To join the conversation, go to longests...Show More

#122 Surprise!

48:56 | May 10th, 2017

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. To join t...Show More

#121 Family Jam

44:06 | May 3rd, 2017

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. T...Show More

#120 Eggs Over Freezy

44:13 | Apr 26th, 2017

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 b...Show More

#118 All The Feels With Rob Huebel

46:38 | Apr 12th, 2017

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. To join the co...Show More

#117 Coming of Age with Down Syndrome

42:33 | Mar 15th, 2017

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 a daughter with a grown-up body, and a mind that doesn't quite match? To join...Show More

#115 The Scarlet A (UPDATE)

48:56 | Mar 1st, 2017

Dr. Pratima Gupta is a mom with the rare job combo of both delivering babies and terminating pregnancies. And in the year since we last talked to her, her job description has gotten even more interesting! To join the conversation, go to longestshorte...Show More

#114 Babymaking While Queer

49:37 | Feb 22nd, 2017

It's roundtable time! Two couples talk about family planning as queer people of color. And how their own parents and cultural backgrounds inform their decisions. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is brought to yo...Show More

#113 The Fun and the Chaos, 2

46:02 | Feb 15th, 2017

What do you do when you realize you're more like your parents than you want to be? Hillary's friend Kirsten tackles the problem head-on. The 2nd in a two-parter. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is brought to you...Show More

#112 The Fun and the Chaos, 1

41:42 | Feb 8th, 2017

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. To join the conversation go to longestshortesttime.com! This episod...Show More

#111 Kids Ask Negin Farsad Unanswerable Questions

36:51 | Feb 1st, 2017

Comedian Negin Farsad on esoteric allergies, the power of fire hydrants, and growing up Muslim ... all in this edition of Kids' Unanswerable Questions. To find kid-friendly versions and join the conversation go to longestshortesttime.com! This episo...Show More

#110: Risky Birth-ness

48:59 | Jan 25th, 2017

When you give birth by cesarean, doctors are required to warn you of the risks. But not so with vaginal delivery. Hillary interviews Kiera Butler about her recent article in Mother Jones on the risks of vaginal birth and why we should be talking abou...Show More

#109 More Boobs

38:05 | Jan 18th, 2017

Last week: boobs gone awry. This week: boobs gone just how you'd expect. But that's kinda the problem. Abigail Keel has the story. To join the conversation go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is brought to you by Aeroflow Breastpumps, Madiso...Show More

#108 Boobs

43:57 | Jan 11th, 2017

Back in September we did a callout asking for boob stories, and got a ton of responses. So this week, we’re bringing you stories about boobs. Two of them! Because, duh—boobs come in pairs. To join the conversation go to longestshortesttime.com! Thi...Show More

#107 The New You, It'll Do (UPDATE)

34:49 | Dec 14th, 2016

Parenthood changes people. Beauty guru Jane Marie gives tips on how to (mostly) accept the new you. Plus, an exciting update with a mom whose post-baby change prevented her from singing karaoke. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com...Show More

#106 When You Tell

44:38 | Dec 7th, 2016

Zoe Zolbrod grew up with a secret. Now, after 4 decades, she's sharing it with the world. In this episode, find out how telling her secret has shaped the way Zoe sees herself as a mother and daughter. To join the conversation, go to longestshortestti...Show More

#105 Uterus + Sperm + Uterus

33:31 | Nov 30th, 2016

We pick up where we left off with Kiely, Jenna, and their sperm donor Dominick. This time it's Jenna's turn to get pregnant. And, unlike last time, things do not go according to plan. To join the conversation, go to www.longestshortesttime.com! This...Show More

#104 Uterus + Sperm

33:51 | Nov 23rd, 2016

How do you make a baby when you’ve got a uterus and your partner does, too? We hear how one family did it, in this two-parter. And how some of their plans…don’t go according to plan. To join the conversation, go to www.longestshortesttime.com! This...Show More

#103 Real Teens, REAL Babies

47:21 | Nov 16th, 2016

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. To join the conversation, go to www.longestshortesttime.com! This episode is brought to you by F...Show More

#102 W. Kamau Bell Asks His Mom About Sex (UPDATE)

49:46 | Nov 9th, 2016

For most of his life, comedian W. Kamau Bell assumed his single mom never had sex after she made him. Today, he gets the real story. Since this episode originally aired, it won an award! In this update, we ask Kamau what it’s like to have a public se...Show More

#101 Kids' Election Questions

37:33 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Comedians Hari Kondabolu and W. Kamau Bell attempt to answer YOUR kids' questions about the 2016 US presidential election. To join the conversation, go to www.longestshortesttime.com! This episode is brought to you by Little Passports, Primary Child...Show More

#100 Is 100 That Exciting?

51:44 | Oct 26th, 2016

In honor of our 100th episode, producer Abigail Keel talks to some centenarians about the good and the bad of 100. To join the conversation, go to www.longestshortesttime.com! This episode is brought to you by Thirdlove, Uniqlo, Olive & Cocoa and Cr...Show More

#99 When Grace Lin Realized She Was Chinese

38:41 | Oct 19th, 2016

When Grace Lin was a kid, she hated being Chinese. In this interview, the Newbery-award-winning author talks about how a handful of boring books and an inquisitive Italian helped her to embrace her parents' culture. To join the conversation, go to ww...Show More

#98 Casey Wilson on Mothering Without a Mother

40:35 | Oct 12th, 2016

Actress and comedian Casey Wilson's mom died before Casey made it on TV, got married, and had a kid. Casey talks about the long, messy process of grieving her mom's sudden death, and what it's like to parent without a mother of your own. To join the ...Show More

#97 Behind the Scenes at LST with Peter Clowney

41:03 | Sep 21st, 2016

Get a peek behind the scenes at LST, as our editor Peter Clowney challenges Hillary to describe a smell better and asks a very important question about Terry Gross's cat. Plus an oddly specific request for YOUR stories! To join the conversation, go t...Show More

#96 The Parents' Guide to Doing It with Esther Perel

51:35 | Sep 14th, 2016

How do you keep the fire alive? Can motherhood awaken your inner lesbian? Couples therapist and author Esther Perel answers YOUR sex advice questions. To join the conversation, go to: www.longestshortesttime.com! This episode is sponsored by Materia...Show More

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

42:13 | Sep 7th, 2016

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. To join the conversation, go to: www.longestshortesttime.com! This episode is sponsored by Kiwi Crate, The Great...Show More

#94 Raising A Transgender Child

45:39 | Aug 24th, 2016

Marlo Mack from the wonderful "How to Be a Girl" podcast joins us to talk about raising a girl who seems to have the body of a boy ... and what a girl even is in the first place. To join the conversation, go to: www.longestshortesttime.com! This epis...Show More

#93 Anna Sale on Becoming a Mom

41:43 | Aug 17th, 2016

Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale on her parents, her baby, a trampoline, and potato chips. To join the conversation, go to www.longestshortesttime.com! This episode is sponsored by Havenly, Hooked on Phonics, The Great Courses Plus, Thirdlove and Ho...Show More

#92 LST Presents Father Time with Jamie Kaler

56:00 | Aug 10th, 2016

Please enjoy this episode of Howl's Father Time, featuring Hillary's middle school rockstar crush, Richard Marx! To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is sponsored by Havenly, Hooked on Phonics, The ...Show More

#91 I Ate My Placenta for My Best Friend

43:09 | Aug 3rd, 2016

When you're lucky enough to have a best friend, you'd do anything for them. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is sponsored by Horizon Organic, Hooked on Phonics, Kiwi Crate, The Great Courses Pl...Show More

#90 A Childless Man Makes Edible Placenta

46:36 | Jul 27th, 2016

Radiolab's Latif Nasser learns how to turn a placenta into pills, and why it’s become a trend for new moms to consume this organ. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is sponsored by Horizon Organic...Show More

#89 When Katie Couric Became A Single Mom

41:47 | Jul 20th, 2016

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. To join the conversation about this...Show More

#88 W. Kamau Bell Asks His Mom About Sex

43:40 | Jul 13th, 2016

For most of his life, comedian W. Kamau Bell assumed his single mom never had sex after she made him. Today, he gets the real story. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is sponsored by Hooked on Ph...Show More

#87 The Mortality of Motherhood

39:28 | Jun 14th, 2016

We check back in with NPR's Kelly McEvers on what it's been like to readjust to American life with her 7-year-old, after a long stint as a Middle East correspondent. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com! This epi...Show More

#86 The Secret Life of a Deaf Superhero

44:44 | Jun 8th, 2016

Cece Bell lost her hearing at age four. In this interview, the Newbery-award-winning author and illustrator talks about how she's used her hearing aid for good ... and evil. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com! ...Show More

#85 Dispatches from Black Motherhood

39:09 | Jun 1st, 2016

Anthonia Akitunde went looking for websites about Black working moms that broke stereotypes. She came up empty. So she started her own. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is sponsored by Amazon Ki...Show More

#84 My Best Friend's Baby

40:55 | May 25th, 2016

Two friends try to figure out how to stay friends after one of them has a baby. The one without the baby hatches a secret plan. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is sponsored by Third Love, Amazo...Show More

#83 How to Parent Like a Clown

38:25 | May 17th, 2016

A clown reveals the secrets of how to trick your kids out of tantrums. Plus, the magical power of farts.

#82 There's No Place That's Home

44:00 | May 10th, 2016

In this update, Wicked makeup artist Christina Tracey talks about settling down after two decades on the road. Plus her recent relapses.

#79 Terry Gross on Not Having Kids

37:48 | Apr 20th, 2016

Public radio icon Terry Gross talks about why she chose to never have children. And her recurring nightmare about a baby. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

#78 Lauren Lapkus Answers Kids' Unanswerable Questions

38:45 | Apr 12th, 2016

Lauren Lapkus fields questions about unicorns, poop, and a well-kept secret about Darth Vader. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

#59 Mama Don't Understand

39:04 | Mar 22nd, 2016

A game of got-yer-nose turns racial and a 6-year-old raps to her white mom about not getting her Blackness. Two stories of biracial kids schooling their mamas. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

#42 Peeping Mom

29:12 | Mar 15th, 2016

Most people get through postpartum depression with therapy. But for Megan Stielstra, the answer was spying on her neighbor. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

#77 Behind Family Lines

34:21 | Mar 8th, 2016

Darlene's childhood dream was to join the military. She didn't imagine she'd also be raising three children solo. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

#76 Kicking Ass While Pregnant

33:31 | Mar 1st, 2016

When Marvel asked Dennis Hopeless to create a new story for Spider-Woman, he knew he wanted her to be pregnant. In this episode, he explains why. And we hear from his wife Jessie, the real-life superhero behind Spider-Woman. To join the conversation ...Show More

#75 Outnumbered By Animals

30:45 | Feb 23rd, 2016

What's it like to nurse piglets in one hand and your own baby in the other? Life on a farm, with baby. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

#74 The Scarlet A

32:55 | Feb 16th, 2016

What it's like to be a mom with the rare job combo of both delivering babies and terminating pregnancies. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

#73 Love Yurts

43:08 | Feb 9th, 2016

A marriage; a miscarriage. A divorce; a guy who looks (and smells) like a caveman. All in this epic love story. (With an UPDATE to last year's cliffhanger!) To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

#72 Stuff Mom Never Told You About C-Sections

34:38 | Feb 2nd, 2016

The fab research geeks at Stuff Mom Never Told you unpack the history of the cesarean. Plus, listeners share their wildly conflicting feelings over the procedure. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

#71 A Childless Man Gets a C-Section

35:08 | Jan 25th, 2016

Can a fake C-section have real emotional impact? Plus, a simple change in the procedure that erases one mom's C-section guilt. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

#70 There's Something About Andy

44:16 | Jan 18th, 2016

A young Mormon plays a long con on his childhood crush—in the hopes of starting a family with her.

#69 Kids Ask Chris Gethard Unanswerable Questions

41:43 | Jan 11th, 2016

Do dinosaurs go to heaven or hell? Why don't dogs have hands? Comedian Chris Gethard attempts to answer YOUR kids' unanswerable questions. Plus, a surprise guest gives Hillary podcasting advice.

#68 The Parents' Guide to Doing It 2

46:34 | Oct 10th, 2015

Twanna Hines and Dr. Hilda Hutcherson answer YOUR questions about improving your sex lives as parents, and people.

#67 I've Got News 6

25:07 | Sep 26th, 2015

Our series on accidental pregnancy continues with audience favorite Ellen Kecskemethy. Who’s got brand new news.

#66 Momming It Solo

21:33 | Sep 12th, 2015

One woman’s unusual path toward becoming a single mother by choice.

#65 Kids Ask About Death

31:36 | Aug 29th, 2015

All kids have questions about death, and they can start really young. We brought in an expert to answer YOUR kids’ questions about death.

#64 Should I Have Kids?

25:40 | Aug 14th, 2015

Most people struggle with whether or not to become a parent, but few speak about it in public. Tune in as one brave woman grapples with her ambivalence over starting a family.

#63 Kids Eat ... What?!

29:05 | Aug 1st, 2015

Dan Pashman from The Sporkful weighs in on your kids’ weird eating habits. And how they might not be so weird after all.

#62 The Accidental Gay Parents 2

30:15 | Jul 18th, 2015

The "accidental gay parents" return, this time with John's side of the story.

#61 I've Got News 3

26:19 | Jul 4th, 2015

A man finds out on his 47th birthday, he’s about to become a grandpa. Part 3 of our "I've Got News" series.

#60 The Accidental Gay Parents

34:25 | Jun 20th, 2015

One weekend Trystan and his boyfriend were clubbing in Vegas; the next they were steeped in diapers and Legos. The story of how two twenty-somethings became parents. Overnight.

#59 Mama Don't Understand

35:46 | Jun 6th, 2015

A game of got-yer-nose turns racial and a 6-year-old raps to her white mom about not getting her Blackness. Two stories of biracial kids schooling their mamas.

#58 The Bestest Worstest Time with Roman Mars

38:06 | May 22nd, 2015

Roman Mars likes to say that the first year of his twins’ life was the worst year of his. Tune in to hear how Roman's babies gave him courage, how he’s afraid he might’ve offended his single mom; and how his boys are completely different from him in ...Show More

#57 Sixty-Five Women and a Baby

19:02 | May 9th, 2015

Remember Three Men and a Baby? Imagine if there were sixty-five of them. But college girls.

#56 The New You … It’ll Do

23:11 | Apr 25th, 2015

Parenthood changes people. Beauty guru Jane Marie gives tips on how to (mostly) accept the new you. Plus, one mom whose post-baby change prevents her from singing karaoke.

#55 The Emperor's New Onesie

20:32 | Apr 11th, 2015

The story of one mom held hostage by a naked toddler. Plus, listeners share their own clothing fights. Hint: Rhinestone belts and George Michael jean jackets.

#54 When the Breadwinner Makes Dough

22:41 | Mar 28th, 2015

First comes love, then comes marriage. Then comes a gender role reversal ... and lots and lots of doughnuts.

#53 When Are You Gonna Be Normal Again?

30:52 | Mar 14th, 2015

Melinda was always anxious. When she had kids, she became even more anxious. But she kept it secret from everyone, afraid she'd destroy her image as a “model minority.”

#52 Booze Emergency!

9:44 | Mar 6th, 2015

The Sporkful's Dan Pashman helps us triage our signature cocktail for an upcoming event. But we need YOUR help, too! Don't let it be a mug of wine!

#51 Real Teens, Fake Babies

24:39 | Feb 24th, 2015

We follow two high school girls through their 48-hour stints with fake babies they receive in sex ed. And the experience totally transforms their attitudes toward motherhood.

#50 Mom, It's Time We Had the Talk

22:28 | Feb 13th, 2015

A mom has the birds and the bees talk with her 8-year-old son. Or does he have it with her?

#49 Healing After Childbirth

40:42 | Jan 29th, 2015

One brave listener shares her story of giving up on pain-free sex after a childbirth injury; one pelvic floor expert tells us why she doesn't have to.

#48 The Parents' Guide to Doing It

49:46 | Jan 16th, 2015

Join guests Dan Savage and Jane Marie as they help listeners navigate sex and parenthood. This episode covers a range of topics, from finding time to get it on when all you want to do is sleep, to getting in the mood after pregnancy loss, to real (NS...Show More

#47 Your Parenting Resolutions, 2015

20:50 | Jan 3rd, 2015

Turns out parents want to go easier on themselves in 2015. Or, as in our host's case, get more combative with their offspring. Plus, we make a big show announcement!

#46 Music Together-ish

20:27 | Dec 20th, 2014

Fourteen years ago, Jacob hated his mom's lullabies, which she thought meant he hated music. But now he's a modern Freddie Mercury.

#45 Love Yurts

29:39 | Dec 6th, 2014

A marriage; a miscarriage. A divorce; a guy who looks (and smells) like a caveman. All in this epic love story.

#44 There's No Place That's Home

28:30 | Nov 23rd, 2014

Dreading a long holiday drive with the kids? Imagine if your whole life was on the road. That's how it is for makeup artist Christina Tracey, who tours with the Broadway show Wicked, and brings her toddler along.

#43 It's Like She Knows Us

23:50 | Nov 9th, 2014

Sick of all the white couches and salads in stock photos of family life? Sara Given’s hilarious Tumblr “It’s Like They Know Us” skewers that world. And it all started here!

#42 Peeping Mom

23:22 | Oct 26th, 2014

Most people get through postpartum depression with therapy. But for writer Megan Stielstra, the answer was spying on her neighbor.

#41 How to Be a Pregnant Butch

27:34 | Oct 12th, 2014

Artist A.K. Summers on her fabulous graphic memoir Pregnant Butch, and what it’s like to try to look tough and masculine while your body is growing a baby.

#40 Building a Better Boobie Trap

30:23 | Sep 28th, 2014

A woman fed up with her breast pump enlists 150 people to make it better. We send in a childless man to see if that’s possible.

#39 Owner of a Holey Heart

25:10 | Sep 14th, 2014

A baby gets two holes in his heart and a Mormon stranger comes to the rescue, believing she is doing something illegal.

#38 Pediatricians, They're Just Like Us

29:04 | Aug 31st, 2014

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."

#37 What Makes a Happy Family?

29:44 | Aug 17th, 2014

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.

#36 Lucy and the Bike Girl

17:15 | Aug 3rd, 2014

A half-true/half-fictional story about two pregnant best friends who can never meet. Because being in the same room would be lethally dangerous.

#35 Picturing Her

22:54 | Jul 20th, 2014

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.

#34 The Parents' Guide to Eating Over the Sink

23:03 | Jul 6th, 2014

Dan Pashman of The Sporkful tells me how to make scarfing down food over the sink as delicious as possible. But grosses me out in the process.

#33 How Cute! Is He Yours?

19:59 | Jun 22nd, 2014

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.

#32 The Reluctant Father and His Wife

19:12 | Jun 8th, 2014

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.

#31 How to Brag to Your Mom Friends

26:41 | May 25th, 2014

Is it possible to share your parenting triumphs with other moms without making them feel bad?

#30 When Mommy Means Everything

15:16 | May 11th, 2014

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."

#29 The Shortest Day

43:40 | Apr 27th, 2014

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. Part 3 of a 3-part seri...Show More

#28 The Missing Chapter to Ina May’s Guide

25:52 | Apr 12th, 2014

I tell the leader of the modern natural birth movement that I feel betrayed by her message.

#27 Rewriting Your Birth Story

32:11 | Mar 28th, 2014

I attempt to rewrite her traumatic birth story, four years after the fact. Part 1 of a three-part series on natural birth.

#26 Blind Love

24:00 | Mar 16th, 2014

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?

#25 The Provider’s Guide to Quitting

29:14 | Mar 2nd, 2014

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.

#24 Due Date Desert

20:49 | Feb 16th, 2014

A mom breastfeeds her preemie against all odds. Then she wakes up on her due date. Dry.

#23 The Longest Longest Time

33:47 | Feb 2nd, 2014

Lisa's longest shortest time lasted 11 years. And it all went down before she even had a baby.

#22 The Mom Who Did Everything Wrong

23:10 | Jan 19th, 2014

Heather told me she did everything wrong in her first years as a mom. Judge for yourself (but don't be too judgy).

#21 The Numbers

29:17 | Jan 5th, 2014

After having a preemie, my friend Kirsten unwittingly takes on her husband's personality, and becomes obsessed with numbers. To the decimal point.

#20 I’ve Got News 5

18:33 | Aug 25th, 2013

We continue the I've Got News series with the birth of Ellen's baby . . . and the project Tom took on to cope.

#19 The Mortality of Motherhood

20:24 | Jul 26th, 2013

A war correspondent on childbirth vs dodging a sniper.

#18 I’ve Got News 4

20:40 | Jun 3rd, 2013

Two weeks before their due date, Ellen and Tim reflect on the game of Being Awesome at Being Adult.

#17 I’ve Got News 3

22:05 | Feb 28th, 2013

We continue our series following a young pregnant woman, this time with grandpa's perspective.

#16 I’ve Got News Too

26:46 | Jan 29th, 2013

Tom got news. Then more news. Now there's even more.

#15 What YOU Expect When You’re Expecting

22:55 | Jun 25th, 2012

One pregnant woman on her fears of mothering a boy. And why she doesn't even really want to be called "Mom" in the first place.

#14 And Behind Door Number Two …

8:10 | Apr 1st, 2012

Toilets, exposed body parts, . . . pornography?! One horror story about pumping at work.

#13 Making Noise to Prevent More Noise

14:02 | Dec 28th, 2011

A toddler sniffs all of his Christmas presents before opening them and his mom realizes something is wrong. What Tourette's, OCD, and ADHD look like in a young child.

#12 I’ve Got News

25:02 | Sep 11th, 2011

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.

#11 Nap Boot Camp

16:41 | Jul 24th, 2011

An exasperated mom decides that her daughter WILL nap in her crib by the end of the week.

#10 My Newborn, the A**hole

17:02 | Jun 2nd, 2011

My friend Kristin and I reminisce over our frequent angsty phone calls after our daughters were born. And she reveals something to me she's never told me before.

#9 The Emperor’s New Onesie

13:34 | May 8th, 2011

A naked toddler holds her mom hostage for over a month.

#8 Would’ve Been the Mean Mommy

12:24 | Apr 8th, 2011

An unexpected tragedy turns a mean mommy into a laid back one.

#7 Nurse, Get the Handcuffs

14:23 | Mar 28th, 2011

Thirty-four years after having me, my mom breaks down for the first time over not being able to breastfeed me.

#6 Endangered Sea Turtle, Yum

12:01 | Mar 14th, 2011

A vegetarian of 22 years decides that the way to fix her son's umbilical hernia is to start eating meat.

#5 Kittens Can Do It, so Why Can’t We?

12:13 | Mar 1st, 2011

A mom who finds breastfeeding stressful discovers that a machine helps her feel closer to her son.

#4 Don’t Make Me Be Your Miracle

13:44 | Feb 14th, 2011

After having her first child, a woman experiences heart failure and is told she has less than a 50 percent chance of surviving another pregnancy. Through a surrogate, she finally gets her "miracle" baby and is surprised to discover he's just a regula...Show More

#3 Is Class Over Yet?

14:32 | Jan 29th, 2011

A woman leaves her dream job to stay home with her baby, and then, out of boredom, starts sewing and unwittingly creates a new full-time job for herself.

#2 When the Poop Is No Longer a Gift

10:37 | Jan 16th, 2011

A newborn turns blue, is rushed to the NICU, and his parents deal with going home while the baby remains in the hospital, hooked up to machines.

#1 Your Singing Really Interferes With My Going-To-Sleep Process

7:45 | Dec 25th, 2010

A music teacher tries to stop her newborn’s crying with lullabies. Turns out it’s the worst thing she can do.