Live from Miami

On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are live from the Miami Book Fair where they are joined by Pamela Paul, author of How to Raise a Reader and Adam Mansbach, author of Fuck, Now There Are Two of You. This week the hosts discuss scaring their kids with inappropriate books and making the most out of children with different schedules.

For Slate Plus, the hosts discuss if parenting really is harder nowadays—or do we just hear more about the trials and tribulations in books, blogs or even, ahem, podcasts… Sign up for Slate Plus here. 


Jamilah recommends non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner. 

Dan recommends game-ifying Christmas stockings. 

Pamela recommends Lucy Knisley’s book You Are New. 

Adam recommends the book Laugh Lines: Forty Years Trying to Make Funny People Funnier.

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Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. 


Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate. He’s the author of How to Be a Family and the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward.

Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York.

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