from Wisconsin Public Radio
Lauren Weedman grew up knowing she was adopted. When she became a teenager, she decided she wanted to meet her birth mother, but the hospital records were sealed and the search seemed hopeless. Then Lauren's mom got in on the act, and today Lauren has two moms and a one woman show about how they all found each other. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge stories about mothers.
Scott Gelfland directs the Ethics Center at Oklahoma State University, and organized an international conference called "The End of Natural Motherhood?" Gelfland tells Jim Fleming about the latest in reproductive technology: the artificial womb. He worries that the device will be upon us before we've settled all the social and ethical issues it raises. Also, Jacqueline Plummez, author of "Motherpower: Discover the Difference that Women Have Made All over the World," tells Steve Paulson that every caring woman has greater strength than she imagines and gives some examples of Mother power in action, from MADD to the Mall of America.
Jacqueline Hornor Plumez, author of "Mother Power"
Lauren Weedman was adopted. When she got curious about her birth parents, her adoptive mother organized a conspiracy to track them down. Weedman's made a one-woman play, "Homecoming," from the saga. She talks about it with Anne Strainchamps and performs excerpts. Also, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are the authors of the best-selling novel, "The Nanny Diaries." They tell Anne Strainchamps about their experience as nannies and discuss the complexities of paid child-care in the home.
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Poet Gillian Ferguson lives in Edinburgh. Her volume "Baby: Poems on Pregnancy, Birth and Babies" explores her experience of being pregnant and giving birth. Ferguson talks with Jim Fleming, and reads some of her poems.
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