Slate’s parenting podcast talks to Bonnie Rochman, author of The Gene Machine.

Designer Genes, on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

Designer Genes, on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

Slate's parenting podcast.
March 16 2017 11:29 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Designer Genes” Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast about reproductive technology and preparing for adolescence.


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On this week’s episode, Slate editor Gabriel Roth and writer Carvell Wallace talk about the looming iceberg of adolescence and how to prepare for it. Then they talk to Bonnie Rochman, author of The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids—and the Kids We Have, about reproductive science and its complicated future. (An excerpt from the book appeared on Slate earlier this month.)

Plus: parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and a listener call about how to get your kid up and out the door in the morning.

This week on Slate Plus, Slate writer and new parent Rebecca Onion has a parenting dilemma: Should she send her baby to the regulated day care center in town or the home caregiver in the magical house up the magical dirt road through the woods? We have opinions!


  • Carvell recommends a weekly internet show-and-tell that he calls Link Roundup.
  • Gabe recommends the Will books by Olof and Lena Landström

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Podcast produced by Zack Dinerstein.

Gabriel Roth is a Slate senior editor and the editorial director of Slate Plus.

Carvell Wallace is a father, writer, and podcaster in Oakland, California. He is a co-host of Slate’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting and has bylines in the New Yorker, GQ, New York Times Magazine, and others. The complete first season of his podcast on race in America, Closer Than They Appear, is available now.