“Politics of Parenting” archives

Jan 27 2016

Politics of Parenting: Love’s Promises – How Formal and Informal Contracts Shape All Kinds of Families

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GUEST: Martha M. Ertman, Law Professor at the University of Maryland’s Carey Law School and editor of Rethinking Commodification: Cases and Readings in Law and Culture. Her new book is called Love’s Promises: How Formal and Informal Contracts Shape All Kinds of Families.

*This program was originally broadcast on October 6, 2015.

The Supreme Court’s decision last year to legalize gay marriage should have been the last …

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Jul 02 2015

Politics of Parenting: Study Finds Children of Working Moms Do Better

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GUEST: Mayra Ruiz Castro is a Researcher at the Harvard Business School.

A Pew research poll from 2013 found that “A plurality of adults (42%) say having a mother who works part time is ideal for a young child, and one-third say having a mother who doesn’t work at all is ideal.” Even among women who are working mothers, “only 22% [said] having a mother who works full time is …

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Mar 18 2015

Politics of Parenting: It Runs in the Family

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GUEST: Frida Berrigan serves on the board of the War Resisters League, and helped to found the group Witness Against Torture…

Many of us are involved in political activism – especially if you’re tuned into this show. But what happens when you have kids? In my own life I can remember being so involved about ten years ago – in anti-war activism, journalism, anti-racist actions, going to meetings and joining …

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Mar 10 2015

Politics of Parenting: ‘The Princess Problem’

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GUEST: Rebecca Hains, media studies professor at Salem State University, Massachusetts, and author of ‘The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years.’

Disney’s upcoming live-action feature film Cinderella by Kenneth Brannagh is supposed to be a feminist re-telling of an old fairytale, where the main character has agency and intelligence. But, sadly it is visually very much in line with unrealistic notions of feminine beauty that we see in …

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Sep 18 2014

Politics of Parenting: Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time

A recent study from Penn State University measured levels of the stress hormone Cortisol and found that women experience much lower levels of stress at work rather than at home. While the research may not come as a surprise to many women who are often juggling the myriad demands of their jobs and families, …

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Sep 10 2014

Politics of Parenting: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

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As part of our series called ‘The Politics of Parenting’ we turn now to award winning author Andrew Solomon. Solomon spent years exploring parent-child relationships for his book entitled Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. …

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Aug 25 2014

Politics of Parenting: How Work Scheduling Technology Wreak Havoc on Family Routines

The global coffeehouse chain Starbucks recently announced it would reconsider its work scheduling policies for the 130,000 baristas. A company spokesperson said Starbucks wanted to address concerns over “stability and consistency,” for its workers. The announcement came ostensibly in response to a major profile of a Starbucks barista and mother Jeannette Navarro in the …

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Jul 17 2014

Politics of Parenting: The Criminalization of Mothers Who are Poor and Women of Color

A few decades ago, a child playing alone at the park would have raised few eyebrows, but today it can be the cause for criminal action against parents. A woman named Debra Harrell was arrested in South Carolina this week for allowing her 9 year old daughter to play at the …

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May 30 2014

The Politics of Parenting: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time

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A recent study from Penn State University measured levels of the stress hormone Cortisol and found that women experience much lower levels of stress at work rather than at home. While the research may not come as a surprise to many women who are often juggling the myriad demands of their jobs and …

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Nov 13 2013

Politics of Parenting: New Study Shows PG-13 Films More Violent Than R Rated Films!

It’s Saturday night and your kids want to watch a movie. There’s no way you’ll let them see an R-rated film but what about PG-13? Seems harmless right? But before you decide which film you’d like your children to watch you might want to take a look at a new study released by Ohio State University and the Annenberg Public …

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