Episode 13 – Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

In 1965 Margaret Crane was a young graphic designer with a crazy idea: Why couldn't women do their own pregnancy tests at home? This is the story of how she single-handedly created a billion-dollar industry that changed our lives forever, but never got any credit -- until now. Podcast art and website by Justin Schnarr: [...]

Episode 12 – Mommy Dearest

Martha abandoned each of her kids, as her relationships with their fathers soured. So why did they come together to care for her before she died? Contributor Matthew Barnes brings us the story of his own great-grandmother. Plus, meet Alex Hall, the songwriter who created our new song -- and hear it for the first [...]

Episode 11 – O Mother, Where Art Thou?

A young midwife helps NYC moms deliver their babies, while searching for her own birth mother in Korea. A young man travels to a Korean orphanage to hold babies awaiting adoption. And Korean single moms in Queens band together to triumph over social stigma. Schuyler Swenson: www.schuylerswenson.com Alex Lewis: twitter Learn more about the Single [...]

Episode 10 – Scout Moms, Unite!

An LGBTQ community center in Tulsa, Oklahoma struggles to become host to a Cub Scout troop. Meanwhile, a mom and her friend in Oakland, California are creating a radically different scouting experience for young girls. And Anne shares some BIG news. Radical Monarchs Scouts for Equality Oklahomans for Equality Boy Scouts of America Music in [...]

Episode 9 – Personhood Reregistry + The Adult Womb

Comedian Emily James tries to reregister as a person after her daughter is born, and writer Bryce Bauer (*not* a mom) teams up with Amy to explore one of the many artificial "wombs" adults sometimes escape to -- a float tank. Special thanks to Emily James of Mom Com. Check out her videos on YouTube [...]

Episode 8 – Dog Moms Delight

When Lucy got her dog Friede, there were some things she wasn't expecting -- like feeling like Friede's mom ... and outliving her. Contributor Caitlin Pierce brings us the story of Lucy's funeral for Friede. Plus, Amy and Anne share their own Doggie Mommy experiences and we hear from two "Dog Guardians" whose ideas about [...]

Episode 7 – What We Talk About When We Talk About Pregnancy Loss

Why is it so hard to talk about pregnancy loss? Contributor Miranda Shafer asks some hard questions about how she reacted to her own sister's miscarriage. Amy explores the medical science underlying a case in Indiana where a woman who says she had a stillbirth was convicted of feticide. (Read more about the case here) [...]

Episode 6 – Cooking With Fear

When Anne + Amy try to cook with Amy's young daughter, there's an unexpected ingredient in the mix: fear. Plus, a profile of a transgender Dominican mom and her daughter. Production assistance by Sarah Barrett. Special thanks to Sue Yacka. Music credit: "Doctor True" by Jingle Punks, courtesy of YouTube Audio Library "You and Me" [...]

Episode 5 – Mom Manifestos

What do the poets + artists of the Italian Futurism movement (1909-1944) have in common with a bunch of mothers? To celebrate our first anniversary + Mother's Day, we collected "Mother Manifestos" from a group of mothers: our family, friends, and several inmates at the Indiana Women's Prison. Contribute your own Mother Manifesto on the [...]

Episode 4 – Madeleine L’Engle + Me

Amy digs into a childhood encounter with author Madeleine L'Engle, and Anne poses as a "mother" for a few hours. Plus, get a preview of an upcoming feature starring a transgender showgirl from the South Bronx. Producer: Amy Gastelum Photo courtesy Crosswicks, Ltd.