With Mother's Day just behind us, Father's Day on the way, and all of June designated as LGBTQIA Pride Month, we decided to feature a collection of episodes that pays tribute to parents and families of all compositions.
Our collection begins back in 2010, when John and Ken spoke to Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld, author of The Age of Independence: Interracial Unions, Same-Sex Unions and the Changing American Family, about the postmodern family. Those families often include children and young adults, whose (in)dependence from their mothers and/or fathers is itself changing. So the philosophers turned to Ethan Watters, author of Urban Tribes: A Generation Redefines Friendship, Family, and Commitment, to ask about the nature of adullthood. Around the same time they also spent some time questioning the concept of wifehood with the late Marilyn Yalom, author of A History of the Wife. Of course in most if not all modern Western societies, a wife is one half of a monogamous romantic relationship; but why should that be? In 2017 Ken and Ray questioned Polyamory with Carrie Jenkins from the University of British Columbia, author of What Love Is: And What It Could Be. And June being LGBTQIA Pride Month, our playlist ends with a 2011 program asking about Gay Pride and Prejudice with Gilbert Herdt from SF State University, editor of Moral Panics, Sex Panics: Fear and the Fight over Sexual Rights. Enjoy listening!