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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 interview Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, about school integration, private versus public school, and the tech gap. Then Slate’s Ruth Graham comes on to talk about why some atheist or agnostic parents are nonetheless raising their children in church. Plus triumphs and fails, a listener question about racist grandparents, and more.
In our Slate Plus segment, we asked Ruth Graham for a recent triumph or fail.
Items discussed in the show:
- The two-part This American Life episode “The Problem We All Live With” by Nikole Hannah-Jones
- Allison’s story arguing that all Americans should send their kids to public school, “If You Send Your Child to Private School, You Are a Bad Person,” which somehow is only the second-most-hate-mail-inspiring piece she’s written at Slate
- Ruth Graham’s Slate story “Why Hold a Child Hostage to My Doubts?”
- Christel Manning’s book Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents Are Raising Their Children
Mom and Dad recommend:
Allison recommends quiche.
Dan recommends listening to the Hamilton original cast recording with kids.
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Podcast produced by Zach Dinerstein.