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How's the Family?

with Nanci Olesen
Episode 2
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Airs Friday, May 25, 2 pm on all MPR News and Information stations, including KNOW in the Twin Cities.
Segments in this episode
Crystal's shoes

Crystal and her Mom

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A 16-year-old California girl who's been involved with a gang talks with her mother about the troubles between them.
Jim Gates

Dad Goes to Prison

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What happens when the person who taught you right from wrong starts breaking the rules? Reporter Jim Gates drives his dad, Philip Gates, to prison. Philip Gates was arrested in November 2006 for publicly protesting the School of the Americas.
Walking on Eggshells

Walking on Eggshells

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Where's the manual for "parenting" your children when they become adults? Jane Isay hopes she has written it.
Celina Ottaway

Use Your Words, CAREFULLY!

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Celina Ottaway was raised in the "get real" school of parenting where kids and adults swore. She's trying to change that with her own kids.
Alan Berliner

Parents at Work: Wide Awake

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In our segment "Parents at Work," Insomniac documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner's latest work "Wide Awake" explores his lifelong obsession with sleep. Can he shift into the same time zone as his wife and child?
Adults Say the Darnedest Things

Adults Say the Darnedest Things...

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Voices of parents, with the best and worst parenting advice they've received.
Kitchen Table Newscast

Kitchen Table Newscast

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Nanci Olesen pours herself a glass of wine, peruses the paper and shares some news.
Operation Homefront

Everyday Parent: Military Mom in Iraq

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Lisa Davison is a psychiatric nurse in the Air Force. She's left behind her husband and 16-year-old daughter. Her son is on his second deployment in Iraq. What happens when a mom deploys? We reached her through Operation Homefront.
Sharon Olds

The Story of Replacement

Being Uncool

Being Uncool

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Olesen's teenage kids tell her she's embarrassing. Ariel Gore (Hip Mama) says coolness is all about the kids.

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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.