A conversation with Susan Levin about her son Ben, who is now 11. She tells the story of discovering his autism, and talks about the ways she blamed herself for his difficulties. She then explains the techniques she used to develop a stronger bond with Ben, and how he has become more interactive and connected.
Ellen Jennings is the mother of a 19-year-old son with autism. She talks about the winding path that brought them to that diagnosis, about coping with judgment of her parenting, and about advocating for her son to get him the services he needs.
A conversation with Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco in which he talks about the challenge of really knowing he was gay in a family that strongly discouraged it.
Transgender teen Aiden talks about how he entered high school as a girl, gradually came to understand that he had always been a boy, and how he made that transformation real.
A conversation with Samantha, who was outed as a lesbian to her parents by a teacher at her school, about the turmoil this has created in her life. She talks about being rejected by some of the most important people in her life after they learned she was gay, and how that experience has inspired […]
This week’s show concludes our series on incarceration. We speak with Dostoevsky scholar Dr. Robin Feuer Miller about how the classic novel Crime and Punishment is relevant to the experiences of prisoners today, and we hear stories from listeners about how incarceration, and the stigma it carries, have affected their own lives.
A conversation with Mike, who spent seven years in a federal prison on a drug conviction. He talks about the circumstances which led to his arrest, including an abusive upbringing and a chemical dependency which began in his mid-teen years. He describes his arrest in a hotel, and the subsequent trial in which the perjury […]
An interview with Bill Verrill, a former banker, who now suffers from early Alzheimer’s disease. Bill describes his deep trust in his wife Shirley’s ability to take care of him, but his deepest fear is for her, and the toll his illness will take on her life. He talks about letting go of his driver’s […]
An interview with elder-caregiving expert Carol Bradley Bursack about sibling conflict in the care of a parent with Dementia. Carol reports that most adult children caregivers are still women, and that typically the responsibilities of caregiving fall mostly to one child within a family. This creates the conditions for old resentments, jealousies, and conflicts to […]
A conversation with Melynda, whose husband’s early-onset dementia has hit their family especially hard. He has frontotemporal dementia (FTD), which unlike Alzheimer’s is not first characterized by problems with memory, but by poor judgment and inappropriate behavior. Melynda’s husband, a doctor, began to make errors in judgment by over-prescribing pain medications to his patients, and […]