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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Jessica Winter talk to Jordan Weissmann about the rising cost of college and Hillary Clinton’s education proposal. Then, Amanda Hess comes on to discuss YouTube stars Sam and Nia Rader—who announced their pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage in viral YouTube videos—and the ethics of talking about your family online. Plus, parenting triumphs and fails and we answer a listener’s question about fair punishments.
This week on Slate Plus, Slate senior technology writer and new parent Will Oremus shares a parenting triumph or fail.
Items discussed in the show:
- “Tuition and Fees and Room and Board over Time” from CollegeBoard
- “Congratulations, Class of 2015. You’re the Most Indebted Ever (For Now)” by Jeffrey Sparshott in the Wall Street Journal
- “40 Million Americans Now Have Student Loan Debt” on CNN Money
- “The Big, Bold Idea at the Heart of Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Make College Cheaper” by Jordan Weissmann in Slate
- “Hillary Clinton to Offer Plan on Paying College Tuition Without Needing Loans” by Patrick Healy in the New York Times
- “By Many Measures, More Borrowers Struggling with Student-Loan Payments” by Drew Desilver at the Pew Research Center
- “The Changing Profile of Student Borrowers” by Richard Fry at the Pew Research Center
- Sam and Nia Rader’s pregnancy and miscarriage announcements on YouTube
- “WE’RE GOING VIRAL!!” by Amanda Hess in Slate
Mom and Mom recommend:
Allison recommends “Organic Shmorganic” by Melinda Wenner Moyer in Slate and taking your kids to minor league baseball games.
Jessica recommends Tom Scocca’s column on the Awl, Underparenting.
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Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Jessie Chasan-Taber.