Slate’s parenting podcast on frozen embryo disposal and difficult playmates.

What to Do With Millions of Frozen Embryos, on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

What to Do With Millions of Frozen Embryos, on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

Slate's parenting podcast.
Oct. 12 2017 2:00 PM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Some Kids Are Jerks” Edition

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On this week’s episode, Rebecca and Gabe talk to writer Elissa Strauss about the 1 million frozen embryos stored in the United States, including two of her own, and what should be done with them. Then they take a question from a listener whose kids don’t want to spend a weekend with the difficult children of another family. Plus: parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and more. And on Slate Plus this week, another report from the frontlines of Rebecca’s sons’ adolescence.

Discussed on the show:The Leftover Embryo Crisis,” Elissa Strauss’ story in Elle.


  • Rebecca recommends taking your teenager on a work trip.
  • Gabe recommends getting your father-in-law to play Pretty Pretty Princess with his granddaughter.

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