183: The Missing Parents Bureau

183: The Missing Parents Bureau

Apr 20, 2001
Stories about the legacy of absent parents. We hear four cases from the files of the Missing Parents Bureau.
PLEASE NOTE

For our April 20, 2007 rebroadcast (and podcast), we changed the act order slightly, as follows:
  • Prologue.
  • Case One. I'm an Orphan; Don't Tell My Mom.
  • Case Two. Tell It to the Void.
  • Case Three. Better Left to the Imagination.
  • Case Four. Runaway Mom.
The act order remains the same for our full-episode stream.
  • Most sperm banks provide all sorts of information about their donors: Education level, medical background. They even have videotaped interviews and recorded answers to essay questions. But not all clients take advantage of this information. In fact, lots of women choose to avoid it.

    Reporter Alix Spiegel talks with single women who are planning to get pregnant with the help of a sperm bank and finds that they all wrestle with the question of how much they want to know about the fathers of their kids—and how much they want their kids to know. (20 minutes)

    Alix's story was produced in part with a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

    Recorded at Chicago's Audi Home Juvenile Detention Facility, the song was part of a show put on by Chicago's Music Theatre Workshop. Health Care/MedicineParenting
    Song:
    • "Life Without a Father", Travolta W., Kevin G., and Keith L

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