Mom and Dad Are Fighting

The “So. Many. Questions.” Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast on how to tackle the big life questions your kids ask.


Episode Notes

On this episode: Zak and Elizabeth are joined by Scott Hershovitz, author of the book Nasty, Brutish and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with My Kids as well as director of the Law and Ethics Program and professor of law and philosophy at the University of Michigan.

They answer a question from a father who doesn’t know how to answer his curious daughter’s constant questions about everything from the meaning of life to if ants feel pain. How can he foster her curiosity while also helping her maintain a sense of mental peace?

On Slate Plus, Zak, Elizabeth, and Scott share some of the funniest things their kids have said. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at to listen and support our work.

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Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson and Jasmine Ellis.


About the Show

Jamilah Lemieux, Elizabeth Newcamp, and Zak Rosen share triumphs and fails and offer advice on parenting kids from toddler to teens.

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