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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 talk to John O'Sullivan, the founder of the Changing the Game Project, about the tyranny of youth sports. Then Wednesday Martin, author of Primates of Park Avenue, visits the show to talk about “intensive mothering” and how the rich parent their kids. Plus triumphs and fails, and a listener calls in to ask about letting her 12-year-old child read YA books with adult themes.
This week on Slate Plus, we talk with Slate news editor Chad Lorenz about a white-noise-and-baby-related fail.
Items discussed in the show:
- Changing the Game Project
- “The Kids Are Alright” at ESPN
- Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
- Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir by Wednesday Martin
- “Poor Little Rich Women” by Wednesday Martin in the New York Times
- Malcolm Gladwell’s book, David and Goliath, about the inverted U-curve
- “This Book Is Too Old for You” by Maria Casale in the New York Times
- This great episode of Louie.
Mom and Dad recommend:
Dan recommends The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy by Michael F. Patton, especially for teenagers.
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Slate Plus members: Check out The History of American Slavery, the new Slate Academy podcast co-hosted by Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion.
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And finally: Come to our live show in Durham, North Carolina on June 7 with special guest Mac McCaughan!
Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Jessie Chasan-Taber.