Mother's Day special

May 11, 2012

This week’s show is all about moms—and we have the good, the bad and the ugly. First up, we’ll hear about a book of portraits on the life of the American mother and later we have an audio essay on the complicated mother/daughter relationship.

Still thinking of what to do this Sunday for Mother’s Day? How about interviewing your mom? That’s a suggestion from StoryCorps founder Dave Isay. Since 2003, the organization has collected over 40,000 interviews, some of which have aired on NPR. Some have also been compiled into the book Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps. It consists of interviews with and about – you guessed it – moms. KBIA’s Rehman Tungekar spoke with Dave Isay. They started out by talking about what the book teaches us about mothers.

What happens when you discover you’re turning into your mother? For some people, it’s their worst nightmare. Gabrielle Lipton has this audio essay on what this transformation means for her.