Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Live From Brooklyn 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 are live in Brooklyn, talking to Slate columnist Michelle Goldberg about the moral and ethical issues surrounding surrogacy, and to three children’s artists—singer-songwriter Laurie Berkner and authors Matt de la Peña and Rebecca Stead—about making art for kids. Plus parenting triumphs and fails, audience questions (with special guest/Allison’s husband John Cook), and recommendations.

This week on Slate Plus, Allison and Dan present parenting conundra to their Bell House audience.  

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Mom and Dad recommend:

Dan recommends “spaghetti with eggs.” Here is the recipe: Boil some spaghetti. Meanwhile, sauté some garlic (and maybe a shallot?????) in a decent amount of olive oil. When the garlic is golden, crack 2–3 eggs in the oil. Drain the pasta (save a little water). When the egg whites are solid toss the oil/garlic/eggs with the hot pasta. (The noodles will finish cooking the yolks.) Add a shitload of parmesan cheese and, if it’s a little gummy, a tiny bit of pasta water. A sprinkle of dried herbs? Sure.

Allison recommends taking a vacation or just getting together for a long weekend with your O.F. (original family) and without your spouse and children.

This week’s advertisers are Boll and Branch, Club W, and Abrams Books.

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Podcast recorded by Daniel Powell and produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Shiva Bayat.