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A weekly look at the things parents are talking about, complaining about, and obsessing about right now.
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A weekly look at the things parents are talking about, complaining about, and obsessing about right now.

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Speed Round: Would You Rather: New Entertainment or Old Favorites?

7/20/2018
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Today's speed round is a Speed Round 2, with Catherine and Terri bringing their Tuesday entertainment chat to Friday for a special round of "Would You Rather." In this case, they ponder whether they prefer trying out new TV, movies, and books or revisiting beloved favorites. Doesn't help that it's never been easier to find that old stuff, or just watch memorable scenes on YouTube over and over and over again.

Duration:00:07:08

Speed Round: Helping Children Understand Inclusion

7/19/2018
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We've talked a lot about inclusion on this podcast (did you hear that Nicole wrote a book?), and today we welcome author Ann Yurcek to tell us about an inclusion resource designed for parents and teachers to read with kids. Hear Ann talk about why she wrote Furry: The Little Penguins That Could: Teaching about Friendship, Ability, and Inclusion and then visit the website at furrythepenguin.com to learn more, buy the book and stuffed penguins, and eventually get the curriculum that goes with...

Duration:00:04:53

Speed Round: How Has Humor Helped Your Parenting?

7/18/2018
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Our guest for today's Speed Round—Tim J. Myers, author of Glad to Be Dad—shares some of those stories of family life that you just might as well laugh at.

Duration:00:07:25

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, West Wing, and Royal Pains

7/17/2018
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Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:34 So You Think You Can Dance: We tried to skip the audition process. Turns out we failed, because the Academy is just "gotcha! more auditions!" 12:07 The West Wing: On "Disaster Relief," Donna and Margaret show they're as effective as FEMA (probably more so). 22:22 Challenge Round: Royal Pains: Terri challenged Catherine to finish her USA Network procedural education by watching the pilot of this McGyver-ish medical show set in...

Duration:00:31:12

Episode 224: Sick-Day Sampler

7/16/2018
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00:50 Plane Plague: With one podcaster down for the count, we bring you an assortment of our past conversations on sickness and health. Your road map: 01:07 When Parents Get Sick: When Mom or Dad is under the weather, does everything stop? Does life go on? Does it matter which parent we're talking about? We talked about it all on this speed round from February 2017. 05:18 Do You Ever Take a Sick Day? Sometimes, we wish for the ability to just put school or work on hold for 24 hours and take...

Duration:00:25:55

Speed Round Flashback: Inclusion in Action

7/13/2018
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[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Nicole. No surprise that she picked this one from April 2018.] Hey, did you hear that Nicole wrote a book? And it's finally here! We celebrate her book-release day with a little talk about Inclusion in Action: Practical Strategies to Modify Your Curriculum and why you should run out right now and buy it.

Duration:00:07:58

Speed Round Flashback: What Weird Food Combinations Do You Really Enjoy?

7/12/2018
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[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Nicole. This one originally ran in April 2017.] On today's Speed Round, we talked weird foods we're not afraid to say we like. Hear us justify our appreciation of rice cakes with margarine, Brussels sprouts, and Vegemite.

Duration:00:04:32

Speed Round Flashback: Have You Had Any Weird Pets?

7/11/2018
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[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Nicole. This one originally ran in September 2016.] Catherine's son is still angling for an alpaca, and while none of us has ever had one of those in our backyard, we have occasionally accumulated less common pets than the dogs that regularly chime in on our episodes. What's the weirdest pet you've had? Tell us about it in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Duration:00:05:26

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, The West Wing, and The Martian

7/10/2018
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Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:36 So You Think You Can Dance: After giving up on this show two years ago (during an ill-fated "next generation" season featuring tweens), we are trying again. So far, so good! 11:17 The West Wing: On "Constituency of One," everyone in the West Wing is having a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day. 21:03 Challenge Round: The Martian: Meanwhile, on Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is having a much worse series of days, but he has a...

Duration:00:35:59

Summer Rerun: Teaching Kids Resilience

7/9/2018
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[We're taking turns picking out some favorite episodes to share with you on weeks when vacations disrupt our usual chattiness. Nicole raided our archives for today's full episode (from January 29, 2018) and the speed rounds you'll hear on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Tomorrow, though, you can listen to a brand-new Round 2.] 00:46 Travels with Catherine: We know you'll be jealous when you hear where Catherine stopped on her 15-hour trip from Wisconsin to Kansas. 06:58 The Buzz About...

Duration:00:45:41

Speed Round: What Would Your Dream Mall Have?

7/6/2018
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Nicole brought to our attention an article about American Dream Miami, soon to be the biggest mall in America, but not exactly our dream of the perfect mall. We'd skip the amusement park rides and ice-climbing wall and focus on things like roaming nail technicians, golf carts, and the ability to shop in peace. (Mentioned: Mall of America, West Edmonton Mall, and American Dream Meadowlands, coming soon to Terri's neighborhood, yikes.)

Duration:00:07:07

Speed Round: What Could You Eat Forever and Never Get Tired Of?

7/5/2018
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There are plenty of foods we have limited interest in, or enjoy in small amounts, or enjoy not at all. But is there anything we can imagine indulging in again and again and forever? Hear what salty, cheese-y, and sweet stuff makes our list.

Duration:00:03:37

Speed Round: Would You Rather Get Over It or Get Even?

7/4/2018
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Sure, it's healthy to let things go, and to appreciate that the only people we can change are ourselves. But can we always manage that? Do we still try to get even with people? Or just yell at them in our heads? It's complicated.

Duration:00:03:08

Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and Burn Notice

7/3/2018
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Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:37 Trophy Wife: We come to the end of this one-season wonder, wistfully. It's quirky and sweet and you should watch it (for free on the ABC website). 09:40 The West Wing: Speaking of wistful, season 5's "Han" includes a lot of sad piano music, troubled CJ, and mournful Bartlet. 20:39 Challenge Round: Burn Notice: Terri continued Catherine's USA Network education (see also Suits, White Collar, and Psych) with the 2007 pilot of...

Duration:00:27:52

Episode 223: Summer Then and Now

7/2/2018
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00:30 Greek Salad Truths: Catherine has just returned from Greece, and can confirm: There should be no lettuce in your "Greek" salad. 07:47 What I Did on My Summer Vacation: It's no surprise that our kids' experiences are a lot less free-range than our own were. But we did find at least one common thread. 18:30 Speed Round: Summer Birthdays: One thing Terri and Catherine did during their school holidays was attempt to celebrate their birthdays. It wasn't easy, but those born under other...

Duration:00:35:00

Speed Round Flashback: Would You Rather Be a Superhero or a Sidekick?

6/29/2018
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[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Terri. This one originally ran in September 2016, and includes our old friend Amanda Morin.] You might expect people who talk as much as we do to be ready for a little action, but when it comes right down to it, we're a sidekick kinda group. Find out who alone among us was ready to assume both great power and great responsibility, and tell us which role you'd pick in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Duration:00:03:30

Speed Round Flashback: Would You Rather Reverse Decisions or Stop Time?

6/28/2018
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[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Terri. This one originally ran in September 2016, and includes our old friend Amanda Morin.] All this week on Parenting Roundabout Speed Round, we'll be playing a game of "Would You Rather?" Today's question: Would you rather be able to reverse one decision you make every day or stop time for ten seconds every day? And while all of us were underwhelmed by that ten-second time break, two of us were flat-out horrified at the...

Duration:00:03:20

Speed Round Flashback: Would You Rather—Dessert Edition

6/27/2018
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[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Terri. This one originally ran in August 2017.] We do some quick takes on pies vs. cakes. Also cookies vs. brownies, hard ice cream vs. soft, and fruit vs. chocolate. Mentioned: discussions on bake sales, raisins (38:15) and refrigerator freezers (29:12).

Duration:00:05:20

Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and Coco

6/26/2018
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Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:47 Trophy Wife: Terri has figured out why this show works: Its pleasantly surprising plot pivots, like the Scandal parody in "The Minutes." 06:25 The West Wing: The First Lady is still mad, CJ is asking hard questions, and Will Bailey really, really likes fireworks in "Jefferson Lives." 15:12 Challenge Round: Coco: Pixar does it again with this beautiful, visually inventive movie starring an aspiring musician and a...

Duration:00:25:19

Summer Rerun: Our Lives Are Like a Bad TV Show

6/25/2018
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[We're taking turns picking out some favorite episodes to share with you on weeks when vacations disrupt our usual chattiness. Terri raided our archives for today's full episode (from August 11, 2017) and the speed rounds you'll hear on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Tomorrow, though, you can listen to a brand new Round 2.] 00:59 Back to School: Nicole's daughter headed back to school, which somehow led us to reminisce about Gym Classes of Our Past. 08:00 All the Drama, None of the Fame...

Duration:00:44:05