Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Unexpected Loss Edition

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In this week’s parenting podcast, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Gabriel Roth talk to Debbie Haine Vijayvergiya, founder of the stillbirth awareness organization the Two Degrees Foundation, about her experience before, during, and after delivering a stillborn baby. Then, kid birthday parties: Is there any way to plan them in a way that doesn’t drive everyone mad? Plus parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and a listener call about evening routines.


This week on Slate Plus, Slate’s news editor Chad Lorenz joins Gabe and Allison to kvetch about television remotes, the difficulty of just putting a show on for your kid, and shares a tiny technical triumph over iCloud.


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Gabe recommends The Great Brain, by John D. Fitzgerald, a book he loved growing up that he is now sharing with his 6-year-old daughter in audiobook form.

Allison recommends Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s GQ profile of Tom Ford, specifically for how it should harden your resolve to not care about your children looking stylish.

This week’s advertisers are Little Passports, Casper, and Shari’s Berries.

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Podcast produced by Zack Dinerstein.