The Longest Shortest Time: Parents Unite ★★★★★
I may be slow or dense, but I think the title of this podcast gives little insight into what the show is about. So if you’re quicker on the draw than me you can skip ahead! The Longest Shortest Time is all about parenting. Host and creator Hillary Frank calls it “a 3:00 am bedside companion” meant for parents who are up in the middle of the night – because she had been there and done that. The show actually airs on WNYC at 3:00 am, but that’s no problem for us podcast listeners.
There are some great series on this show – “I’ve Got News” and “Accidental Gay Parents” come to mind within the last year. They follow parents through something significant in their lives – namely a gut-wrenching call home to inform Mom and Dad that a college girl is pregnant and a gay couple’s decision to adopt children overnight.
I am a parent of two children under 4 and I feel connected to this show, it’s like listening to a friend. I also think of my younger self before I was a parent and the things I no doubt put my own parents through, and the impact I saw my friends have on their families by their decisions. I want to soak up every single episode of this show. Hillary Frank is a terrific host – she speaks often of her own parenting adventures (though not so much as to overtake the show as I feel Lea Thau does in Strangers) and she interviews guests in a way that puts them at the center of attention but allows her personality to shine through.
Show topics have been silly, serious, painful, have made me cry … and overall have made me feel. This is 1000% what I expect from a storytelling, true story podcast. I just love it.
**Update… On 10/14 Frank wrote that Episode 68 will be the last episode on WNYC. I truly hope they find a home somewhere else because I really enjoy this podcast.
Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (3 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (3 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (5 / 5)
Flow (both planned podcast flow and advertisement-impacted) (5 / 5)
Humor (4 / 5)
Investigation (2 / 5)
Storytelling (5 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (5 / 5)
It is great for me as a parent to find some kind of validation of my parenting style, direction or lack of it, preferences, etc. Just hearing how other people do it, in a non-judgmental way, laughing at the bad stuff that happens and crying over the sweet things or the sad things, makes me know I’m doing just fine.
Bonus stars ★
I typically award a bonus star if the podcast’s website is fantabulous, and this one is no exception and I think there is a lot more potential too.
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (5 / 5)
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