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How's the Family?

with Nanci Olesen
Episode 1
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Airs Friday, May 18, 2 pm and Sunday, June 17th at 6 p.m. on all MPR News and Information stations, including KNOW in the Twin Cities.
Segments in this episode
Wakenheza project of Ramsey County, MN

Parenting in Public

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Instead of turning away from families who are having meltdowns in grocery stores or on airplanes, what can we do to help? Public Health workers say bystanders can learn to step in to support a parent and ease up on the kids.
Chris Roberts

Diary of a Worried Dad

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In our "Everyday Parent" segment, Minnesota Public Radio Reporter Chris Roberts lays bare all of his worries about the job he's doing as a dad.
Billy Collins

"The Lanyard" - Billy Collins

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Can we ever pay our parents back? Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins reads his poem, "The Lanyard."
Tracy Thompson


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Author Tracy Thompson (The Ghost in the House, blogging at Maternally Challenged) says being depressed and caring for young children is like being in an airplane that's about to crash—and there's only one parachute.

A mother, Pata, and her twelve year old daughter, Niko, talk about how depression has come between them. We found them through Families for Depression Awareness.

We also hear from Dr. William Beardslee (Out of the Darkened Room) who has spent his career researching families with depression.
Neal Pollack

Two Generations of Fatherhood

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Neal Pollack, author of "Alternadad," talks with his dad, Bernie Pollack, about fatherhood today versus Bernie's generation. Still, the younger Pollack wonders whether all men are destined for the same place ... eating bacon on the couch, wearing boxers.
Beth Gilleland

Replacement Mom

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Commentator Beth Gilleland steps into a ready-made family and comes to terms with an awkward title.
Sally Ellyson

Mixing Babies and Bands

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In our "Parents at Work" segment, Sally Ellyson, lead singer for the band Hem, talks about her life touring as a musician and how it poses a dilemma for her as a new mom.


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Nanci Olesen delves into the topic of distraction—the way that our lack of attention to the present moment can affect our families.

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How's the Family? is in its pilot phase, and will be broadcast on MPR News stations the last two Fridays in May.

Episode 1 airs May 18th at 2 p.m. and June 17th at 6 p.m.

Episode 2 airs May 25th at 2 p.m. and May 27th at 6 p.m.

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