Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Live From Basically the White House Edition

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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois come to you live from Washington, D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth theater! Allison and Dan talk to Stephen Thompson of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour about the joys and pitfalls of passing along your pop culture taste to your children. Then, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett comes on to discuss work-life balance, paid leave, and more. And John Dickerson of the Slate Political Gabfest and CBS’s Face the Nation talks presidential parenting. Plus, a special edition of parenting triumphs and fails and a special guest for audience parenting questions.


In our Slate Plus segment, we asked each of our three guests for a parenting triumph or fail, and they came through with big-time fails.

Items discussed in the show:

Mom and Dad recommend:

Allison recommends coin collecting for children.

Dan recommends Go First Dice for figuring out who goes first in a game. You can read more about the math behind them here.

Outro: “Washington, D.C.” by the Magnetic Fields


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This episode was recorded at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. Winners and Losers will be playing there until November 22. For a discount on the second week of shows, use the code SLATE at

If you’re a fan of Slate’s podcasts, you can’t miss out on our one-night-only show in New York City on Nov. 16! We’re combining Slate’s most popular personalities from the Political Gabfest, the Culture Gabfest, and Hang Up and Listen into a blowout event called “Superfest on Broadway” at Manhattan’s Town Hall. After the blowout event, we will be holding an exclusive after-party with the hosts, Slate staff, and Panoply partners at an undisclosed location. Only 50 tickets will be sold to this exclusive event, which will include drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The venue will be within walking distance of the live show, and an email with the location will go out two weeks prior to attendees. You can buy your show ticket on this page or a show and after-party package here. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the show and 9 p.m. for the after party. If you are a Slate Plus member, you will receive 30 percent off your ticket purchase. Use your Upcoming Events tool in the Slate Plus dashboard on the right side of the Slate Plus home page to receive your individualized discount code.

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Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Jessie Chasan-Taber.