The Longest Shortest Time
If you are not the parent of a young child, consider the lot of that bleary-eyed cohort: they have seen excrement of all varieties; they have washed cereal from their hair; they have tried to explain the human condition to beings younger than your television. So here is something for ye of the broken nights, the sweet and sticky cuddles - but also for anyone who has ever thought about procreating, or known a parent, or known a kid. In this long-running show, radio producer and mother-of-one Hillary Frank brings us fascinating and sometimes difficult stories about what it means to be a parent. She speaks to famous parents (Roman Mars) and non-parents (Terry Gross), but also to her friends, and to strangers with interesting stories. She prods the mythology around natural childbirth and is frank about her own suffering after a traumatic labour. In an excellent ongoing series, she introduces us to a gay couple - one of whom is trans - who unexpectedly became adoptive parents and now want to get pregnant naturally. Through all of this, she is a true friend: warm, relatable, never judgey.
A deep resource, not just for advice, but for rock-solid storytelling. Close to 100 episodes are available now.
Gateway episodes: #26 Blind Love (16 Mar 2014) / #27 Rewriting Your Birth Story (28 Mar 2014) / #60 The Accidental Gay Parents (20 Jun 2015) / #64 Should I Have Kids? (14 Aug 2015)