Father of five, author, and journalist Paul Raeburn joins us to talk about his new book, Do Fathers Matter, What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked. Paul talks about some of the landmines he encountered as he researched the book and how he balances the impact a father can have on his family and the reality that many children grow up without active dads in their lives. We also talk about the latest dad-related research across various scientific fields including sociology, biology, anthropology, and psychology.
Paul Raeburn is a journalist and the author of five books, including, most recently, The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting. He’s written for many magazines and websites, including The New York Times Magazine, Discover, Scientific American, and The Huffington Post. He’s currently writing a column on media for the web magazine Undark.org and contributing regularly to MedPage Today.
Paul spent 15 years as the science editor and chief science correspondent at the Associated Press, and seven as a senior editor and writer at BusinessWeek. He was the creator and host of Innovations in Medicine and The Washington Health Report on XM satellite radio, and a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition. And he is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers.
His books include Acquainted with the Night, a memoir of raising children with depression and bipolar disorder, and Mars, published by the National Geographic Society.
A native of Detroit, Paul now lives in New York City with his wife, the writer Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, and their two children.
The Parents’ Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins us again with his response to people that gush over a dad with his child at the playground, or even worse, refer to a dad with his child as a “babysitter.”
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