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February 19 2014


February 13 2014


Crowdsourcing And The New Genealogy Boom

The genealogy craze meets crowdsourcing . Soon, you may be meeting your 17th cousin. Be prepared for surprises.

US first lady Michelle Obama, center, with her daughters Sasha, and Malia, second from the right, look through archives documenting the Obama's Irish Ancestry during their visit to the Old Library at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. The first lady and her daughters were given a presentation on their own family genealogy and connection to Ireland. (AP)

US first lady Michelle Obama, center, with her daughters Sasha, and Malia, second from the right, look through archives documenting the Obama’s Irish Ancestry during their visit to the Old Library at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. The first lady and her daughters were given a presentation on their own family genealogy and connection to Ireland. (AP)


A.J. Jacobs, author and journalist. Author of “The Know-It-All,” “The Year of Living Biblically,” My Life As An Experiment” and ‘Drop Dead Healthy.”  (@ajjacobs)

Judy G. Russell, writer and genealogist. Blogger at “The Legal Genealogist.”

Spencer Wells, geneticist and director of the Geographic Project at National Geographic.

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times:  Are You My Cousin? – “My family tree sprawls far and wide. It’s not even a tree, really. More like an Amazonian forest. At last count, it was up to nearly 75 million family members. In fact, there’s a good chance you’re on some far-flung branch of my tree, and if you aren’t, you probably will be soon. It’s not really my tree. It’s our tree.”

The Verge: Who am I? Data and DNA answer one of life’s big questions — “Taking a peek into the past now requires nothing more than a decent internet connection and a laptop. DNA testing, which just a few years ago cost thousands of dollars and offered little information for genealogists, is now a growing consumer option, reaching back hundreds of years to provide undreamed of amounts of information about our ancestors.”

The Desert News: Gaming for genealogy: Helping bring genealogy to a digital generation –”One of Taylor’s most compelling arguments for introducing gaming to genealogy was that current family history methods need to speak to a ‘new generation of genealogists.’ The upcoming generation has been involved in the digital world since birth, and many of them have hardly any experience with physical records.”

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January 28 2014


TPV Podcast, Episode 27: Mark Sisson and the Primal Connection | Paleo Parents

In this episode, Stacy and Sarah are joined by the fabulous Mark Sisson! Mark's new book, the Primal Connection talks about how to reconnect to your genes and ancestral heritage. http://paleoparents.com/featured/tpv-podcast-episode-27-mark-sisson-and-the-primal-connection/

December 30 2013


The Choice To Be Childfree

This Program Is Rebroadcast From August 23, 2013

Childless by choice.  We look at the trend of couples saying “no thanks” to having kids.

(Jenny Huey/Flickr)

(Jenny Huey/Flickr)

In 1970, just one in ten American women never bore a child.  Today, it’s one in five.  More and more American women, men, couples are going childfree.  Once there was a stigma.  Today it’s not so clear.

Some of the childfree say it’s too expensive.  Some say the world’s population is enough.  Some say it’s too much trouble.  They’re just not inclined.  The Bible says “be fruitful and multiply.”  We’ve certainly done that.  What about the childfree way?  For individuals?  Couples?  For society?

This hour, On Point:  going childfree in America.

- Tom Ashbrook


Lauren Sandler, author of the Time magazine article “Having It All Without Having Children.” Also author of “One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One.”

Laura Scott, director of the Childless by Choice Project. Author of “Two is Enough: A Couple’s Guide to Living Childless by Choice.”

D’Vera Cohn, senior writer at the Pew Research Center.

From Tom’s Reading List

Time Magazine: Having It All Without Having Children – ”The decision to have a child or not is a private one, but it takes place, in America, in a culture that often equates womanhood with motherhood. Any national discussion about the struggle to reconcile womanhood with modernity tends to begin and end with one subject: parenting. If you’re a woman who’s not in the mommy trenches, more often than not you’re excluded from the discussion.”

CBS News: What it costs to raise a kid: $241,080 – “Psst! Want an easy way to save a fortune? Don’t have kids.  Children will cost you roughly one-quarter of a million dollars before they turn age 18. If you send them to college, you could spend twice as much, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

Los Angeles Times: Parenthood Optional — “That’s why this whole childlessness discussion needs to be reframed. It’s great that Time is moving in the direction of validating those who, by choice or circumstance, will never be parents. But the point is not simply that society should stop judging those of us who don’t have children. It’s that society actually needs us. Children need us. It may take a village to raise a child, but not every villager needs to be a mom or dad. Some of us just need to be who we are. The children we never had would thank us. And so should you.”

December 24 2013


Christmas Stories From Hearth to War Zone

We asked, and you delivered: your most memorable Christmas stories. Weird, wild, and wonderful. We’ll all listen.

Santa chats with Asher Powell, age 6, while Asher's sister Alexis smiles during a visit to Santa's Wonderland House inside Flatirons Crossing Mall, in Broomfield, Colo., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP)

Santa chats with Asher Powell, age 6, while Asher’s sister Alexis smiles during a visit to Santa’s Wonderland House inside Flatirons Crossing Mall, in Broomfield, Colo., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP)


Kevin Allison, comedic writer, actor and host of the storytelling podcast, RISK! (@thekevinallison)

From Tom’s Reading List

Albany Democrat-Herald: Think Too Much: Christmas stories trigger flood of emotions –”Some themes emerge with regularity: Writers reflect on how their parents scrimped and sacrificed to bring them happier holidays. Others marvel at how the holidays bring together families for beloved traditions – and other reflect on how those traditions sometimes fuel stressful situations. Most of them have happy endings, but not always – and even in many of the happy stories, a sense of loss is palpable just underneath the surface.”

The Guardian: Light And Space — “As I tiptoed towards Feretory with that fire axe on Christmas morning, I told myself that I was there to destroy the resin empress. But Hudson-Glasser 11 is mightier than a will as weak as mine.”

The New Yorker: The Christmas Miracle – “I am telling this story to you, K, even though you are a Russian Communist and a Jewish person who doesn’t believe Jesus was the son of God, and even though Christmas is an obnoxious holiday when millions of people decapitate pine trees and watch them slowly die in their living rooms, because miracles can happen on any day, and as long as man has existed he’s celebrated this weirdest time of year, the shortest stretch of sunlight, the winter solstice, as a time of fear, change, courage, and passion. I’m going to tell you the story of a miracle that happened at Christmas.”

Check Out More Listener Christmas Stories On Our Blog

December 21 2013


Technical Difficulties 060 - Family Videoconferencing

Gabe and Erik talk about all the fun ways to video conference with your family over the holidays. Show notes at: http://technicaldifficulties.us/episodes/060-family-video-conferencing

December 02 2013


A Jewish Family’s Twentieth Century Story

With Hanukkah upon us, the story of a Jewish family made and broken in the 20th century in David Laskin’s “The Family.”

“The pulse of history beats in every family,” writes David Laskin.  His own Jewish family, he writes in a new history, was made and broken by the 20th century.  Three strands out of Eastern Europe.  One to America and a fortune making Maidenform bras.  One to Israel, and sweat of the brow toil and settlement.  One to misery and mass graves in the Holocaust.  “Open the book of you family, and you will be amazed” at what you find, Laskin writes.  For his Jewish family and many others, the 20th century was epically dramatic. This hour On Point:  One family, three paths in a century of change.

– Tom Ashbrook


David Laskin, journalist, historian and author. Author of “The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century.” Also author of “The Children’s Blizzard,” “The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War,” “Braving the Elements: The Stormy History of American Weather” and “Partisans: Marriage, Politics, and Betrayal Among the New York Intellectuals.” (@DavidLaskin)

From Tom’s Reading List

USA Today: ’Cultural’ Jew label grates on me –”If she has children, I’m sure my daughter will pass on as much of her knowledge and reverence as the children are willing to absorb. The Pew study’s ‘Jews by religion’ will say none of that counts because my daughter isn’t Jewish and thus her children won’t be Jewish either. I say these are narrow categories that leave no room for imagination, for curiosity, for inspiration, for true holiness.”

The Washington Post: ‘The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century’ by David Laskin (Review) — “The story is no easier to read when told in Laskin’s understated prose than it is in the countless other documents we have about the Holocaust. But no matter how many times the tale is told, it demands to be read. Told as it is in the history of this one family, it becomes a metaphor of sorts for the 20th century, one in which incredible good fortune was granted to some and incomprehensible agony to others.”

Pew Research Center: A Portrait of Jewish Americans – “This shift in Jewish self-identification reflects broader changes in the U.S. public. Americans as a whole – not just Jews – increasingly eschew any religious affiliation. Indeed, the share of U.S. Jews who say they have no religion (22%) is similar to the share of religious ‘nones’ in the general public (20%), and religious disaffiliation is as common among all U.S. adults ages 18-29 as among Jewish Millennials (32% of each).”

Read An Excerpt From “The Family: Three Journeys Into The Heart Of the Twentieth Century” by David Laskin

October 30 2013


Anne Lamott On Coming Back After Tragedy

Best-selling soul-keeper Anne Lamott on finding meaning and healing in a frazzled age.


Anne Lamott, best-selling author of many books, including “Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair,” “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life,” and “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.”  (@AnneLamott)

From The Reading List

Huffington Post: What Author Anne Lamott Says When She Talks To God — “‘It’s very easy for me to see God in my backyard with the dogs and the very bitter cat that I call my own,’ she says. ‘But when someone’s sick, when you get the bad phone call, when someone’s heard from the doctor, when the appearance of life is very, very shaky … it throws me completely off my game. It throws me for a loop. I think, ‘This can’t be right.””

New York Times: Anne Lamott: By The Book — “I like to read away as much of the afternoon as possible, until real life rears its ugly head. During the day, I read on the couch in the living room, and tend to read nonfiction or The New Yorker during this time. Then I am in bed by 11 p.m. and read for an hour or so, often a novel. Sometimes I also sneak into the guest room to read in the early evenings — although since I live alone, sneaking from room to room is just a personal preference.”

Read An Excerpt From “Stitches: A Handbook On Meaning, Hope and Repair” by Anne Lamott

October 15 2013


Get Your Kanban On and Don’t Be a Cheap Bastard - Bootstrapped with Kids

In this episode of Bootstrapped With Kids we talk about how a sleep deprived entrepreneurial dad implements a productivity strategy with some success. We learn more about outsourcing and discuss Scott’s first pass at hiring. You’ll hear details about the long email follow up sequence including the process of getting it together, the side benefits, and the end result. http://www.bootstrappedwithkids.com/episode-27/

August 13 2013


Anthropology of Childhood

We've seen it blasted all over the news lately: Tiger Mom, Bringing Up Bebe, Italian mothers do it best and more! It seems every culture does it right and we have it all wrong. American mothers are outraged and perplexed as to why they are being targeted and what they can learn from these books and articles making national headlines. Let's face it, we all want to raise bright, strong, independent children. So instead of saying “we do it best” let's discuss what we can learn that has worked and how our children can benefit from the studies of other parenting cultures around the world. Joining Laura & Heather for our hour-long talk show are Charity Matthews of Foodlets & Huffington Post Parents, an American currently living in Italy David F. Lancy, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Utah State University and author of The Anthropology of Childhood Laura Bandak, American mom of twins living in Bahrain About our BlogTalkRadio show: Mommy ‘Bites' Live is our monthly radio show where we mix things up ‘live' with our community of moms and parenting experts. You have a lot of choices on how you can participate in our show – dial in by phone or listen via the internet. Whatever is most convenient for you! We encourage you to send in questions in advance of the show as well as ask them during the show. This is a chance for you to speak to worldwide parenting experts about every parenting topic under the sun. Sign up for more details on how to tune in to this show. Missed any of our past shows, you can find them all here (in easy to listen and/or download format): http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mommybites. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mommybites/2012/03/28/us-v-the-world-how-different-are-our-parenting-methods

July 05 2011


the radio rabbi • A r c h i v e • Rabbi Barbara Aiello

The Radio Rabbi Show Archive • Past Shows http://www.rabbibarbara.com/the_radio_rabbi_archive.html

June 20 2011


The Green Divas Radio Show Podcast

Green Diva Meg takes a light-hearted approach to sustainable living. She hosts a weekly, one-hour radio show along with various Green Diva correspondents and Guest Green Divas from around the country. Always in the studio is the GD testosterone side-kick, Green Dude Scott. Listen to great interviews with high-profile celebrities and leaders in the green living movement, hear practical and low-stress ways to be green in style, and laugh along with GD Meg and GD Scott as they stumble along the big sustainable highway.. http://thegreendivas.buzzsprout.com/2640/27244-green-divas-6-18-11-graham-hill-treehugger-com

April 01 2011


92Y Podcast: Kurt Vonnegut Reads Breakfast of Champions - 92Y Blog - 92nd Street Y - New York, NY

June 07 2010


The Gores and “Gray Divorce”

After 40 years, Al and Tipper Gore split up. We look at what’s behind a rise in late-life divorce for baby boomers.
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