Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Paul Tough on college dropout intervention, and kids in hot cars.

What One University Is Doing to Get More Students to Graduation Day

What One University Is Doing to Get More Students to Graduation Day

Slate's parenting podcast.
May 22 2014 10:41 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Two Kids in a Hot Car” Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on college dropout intervention and the ethics of intervening in other people’s parenting.

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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 Paul Tough about his New York Times Magazine cover story, “Who Gets to Graduate” on how one school is lowering its dropout rates. Then, parenting ethics. Dan sees two kids alone in a hot car. Should he intervene? We discuss.


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Allison wants everyone to read Mario Vittone’s Slate article “Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning,” which is so important that she will say no more about it.

Dan recommends the gift that every new parent will thank you for: Chux, blue absorbant underpads for the incontinent bundle of joy.

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Allison Benedikt is Slate’s executive editor. Follow her on Twitter.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.