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The Coffee-Spiked Cake That Spanned Generations (and Families)

Several years ago, my sister Sheila and I lost one of our favorite recipes. Our mother Dorothy's Honey Cake had always been the star of our holiday celebrations, but the handwritten recipe had been misplaced. No matter how many times we tried to substitute other recipes for the Honey Cake, they all …

High-Stress High School

What’s the balance between preparing students for college and ensuring they aren’t killing themselves in the process?<p>Kids who go to elite private high schools enjoy lots of advantages. They have access to the most challenging academic classes at reputable institutions, with staffs that are …

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I really love my daughter, but I'm not supposed to talk about that

When my daughter was 5 months old, we went to visit my husband’s family. A cousin shifted my daughter into her arms, and we gazed down at my baby’s sea storm eyes, her chick’s fluff of hair. “She’s beautiful,” the cousin said. “Don’t you just want to throw her out the window sometimes?”<p>In fact, I …

How to Successfully Paint Your Kitchen in One Day

<i>Hannah Wilken works days on the marketing team at Food52 and nights writing the lifestyle blog Hannah Hart Beat. This summer she enlisted the help of the Food52 team when she decided to paint her kitchen.</i><p>Moving in New York is not easy and moving during the summer is even harder. How do I know? This …

A Writer Moves To 'Bettyville' To Care For His Elderly Mom

In 2011, George Hodgman visited his mother Betty for her 91st birthday in Paris, Missouri. When he saw she needed care, he left Manhattan to live with her. But she still hasn't accepted that he's gay.<p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Many Americans are living longer, …

Q&A: Raising Kids Who Want To Read

In his new book, <i>Raising Kids Who Read</i>, Daniel Willingham wants to be clear: There's a big difference between teaching kids to read and teaching them to love reading.<p>And Willingham, a parent himself, doesn't champion reading for the obvious reasons — not because research suggests that kids who read …

The Long Road To 'Single, Carefree, Mellow'

Writer Katherine Heiny has published her first collection of short stories, <i>Single, Carefree, Mellow</i>.<p>Transcript<p>DON GONYEA, HOST:<p>We're going to spend some time now with writer Katherine Heiny. That profession is not something her family expected and, she says, in some ways, neither did she.<p>KATHERINE …