On this week’s episode, Allison returns! Ruth Graham joins to discuss her 2014 essay on the culture of parental complaint, “Why Do Parents Make Parenting Sound So God-Awful?”—and to revisit the issue now that she’s a parent. Then the panel answers a question from a listener whose mother-in-law never visits her grandchildren. Plus: parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and more. And on Slate Plus this week, Allison asks Gabe and Carvell for help, and they do their best.
- Allison recommends rock tumbler kits and the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond.
- Gabe recommends Jordan Stratford’s Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series.
- Carvell recommends Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate.
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Podcast produced by Benjamin Frisch.