Happy (almost) Mother's Day! If you're a mom, I hope you have a wonderful day doing whatever it is you love most. If you know and love a mom, I hope you have a fun day celebrating her! I'll be a thousand miles away from mine this Sunday, but we'll probably be spending half the day on FaceTime together. The other half, I'll be streaming these ten great podcast episodes on repeat. Some are old, some are new, some are long, and some are short, but each one captures the spirit of the day perfectly, celebrating wonderful moms everywhere.
23 Weeks 6 Days (Updated) from Radiolab [March 23, 2016, 1 hour, 3 minutes]. After much debate about having children, reporters Kelley and Tom become parents to Juniper French, who was born at just 23 weeks and 6 days. In an update, they talk about what life is like for her and for them.
A Mother, Then and Now from Radio Diaries [April 28, 2016, 42 minutes]. The show revisits Melissa's story two decades after it first aired, walking us through the ups and downs she's experienced since having her son at 18.
Barbara from This American Life [Oct. 15, 1999, 1 hour]. One single mom living on Chicago's south side records her family's daily life for 7 months, defying politicians' stereotypes about inner-city, black single mothers.
Insemination Story from Not By Accident [March 30, 2016, 16 minutes]. Documentary filmmaker Sophie Hunter makes the bold decision to become a single mother. She (beautifully!) documents every step along the way.
Keep the Baby, Get the Chemo from Only Human [Oct. 5, 2015, 19 minutes]. In the show's very first episode, host Mary Harris tells her own story. She's diagnosed with breast cancer, and just a few weeks later, she learns that she's pregnant with her second child.
Milk Wanted from Reply All [March 9, 2016, 39 minutes]. Moms across the world are desperate for breast milk, and stringent regulations are keeping it from them. One in particular will do anything -- anything -- to get her hands on a steady supply for her premature son James.
Mother's Day from This American Life [May 12, 2000, 1 hour]. Four stories about motherhood are told: one about mothering mistakes, one about their powerful voices, one about surrogate moms, and one about their secret loves.
Much Heart from Homemade Stories [March 25, 2015, 21 minutes]. A single mom is faced with a tough decision when she finds herself pregnant for the second time. Her son, born with special needs, ends up being the most perfect gift.
The Interview from How to Be a Girl [Dec. 24, 2014, 8 minutes]. Every upload from host Marlo Mack has me covered in goosebumps, but especially this one, where she interviews her six-year-old transgender daughter. They couldn't be more perfect together.