To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
May 9th is Mother's Day and this year we asked a few
moms to share the plain unvarnished truth about life with kids.
Motherhood isn't all sexy stars on the covers of magazines. It's
also baby throw-up, poopy diapers and sulky teenagers. In this hour
of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the joys of motherhood -
Susan Douglas teaches Communications Studies
and has written several books on women and the media. Her latest
(with co-author Meredith Michaels) is "The Mommy Myth: The
Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined Women."
Douglas tells Steve Paulson about "the new momism" that
tells women that not only can they have it all, they can be sexy
while they do it! Also, Ayun Halliday runs an underground
parenting zine called "The East Village Inky"
and is the author of "The Big Rumpus." She tells Anne
Strainchamps about being a young, hip Mom, and how motherhood
is different from her expectations. Want to know more? Go to Ayun
Halliday's website: http://www.ayunhalliday.com
Susan Tom has adopted a dozen or so special
needs children, plus has two of her own. Jonathan Karsh
has made a film about her family called "My Flesh and Blood."
It premieres on HBO on Mother's Day. Karsh talks with Jim Fleming
about the film and the Tom family, and we hear several clips.
California surgeon Leonard Schlain writes
sweeping books of evolutionary theory in his spare time. His latest
is "Sex, Time and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human
Evolution." Schlain tells Steve Paulson that ancestral women
made the connection between sex and birth and the moon and discovered
time. Also, Muffy Mead-Ferro recalls her one and only experience
of scrap-booking. She is the author of "Confessions of a
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-05-09-A.
- Susan J. Douglas, The
Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined
Women (Free Press)
- Ayun Halliday, The
Big Rumpus: A Mother's Tale from the Trenches (Seal)
- Muffy Mead-Ferro, Confessions of a Slacker
Mom (Pince-Nez Press)
- Leonard Shlain, Sex, Time and Power:
How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution (Viking)
- "Memo to Droola,"
Nancy White. On "Keepers 2: More Morning Show
Favorites." (Minnesota Public Radio)
- "A Go Go," and "Chank,"
John Scofield. On "A Go Go." (Verve)
- "Good Mother," Jann Arden. On
"Living Under June." (A & M Records)
- "Case of the Missing Ladyfingers,"
Shadowy Men. On "Dim the Lights, Chill
the Ham." (Cargo Records)
- "Serpentine," Ani di Franco. On
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