Airing: June 23, 2018

Coming Up: Blending Families

More than a hundred years ago, a small group of Russian Mennonites went looking for Christ in Central Asia. They didn’t find him, but they did find a home among Muslims in Uzbekistan. Sofia Samatar (James Madison University) tells their history alongside her own story of growing up the daughter of a Somali Muslim and an American Mennonite. And: Before a new baby comes, expectant moms and dads often read books about parenting their child. But after becoming a dad later in life, Christopher Phillips (Christopher Newport University) realized that parenting is more about the raising of the parent. Turns out, there’s a word for that: childing.

Later in the show: The glass ceiling in the ivory tower is real and frustrating to women’s aspirations. Diane Hodge (Radford University) says women are now entering academia in equal numbers to their male counterparts, but fewer women are achieving tenure. Hodge thinks that barriers to female academics moving up in institutions of higher learning are still entrenched.

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