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The Parenting Journey Of NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff

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Renee Bright
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KUER

As a new mom, NPR science reporter Michaeleen Doucleff was overwhelmed by motherhood and underwhelmed by the parenting advice she found in American parenting guidebooks. So, she set off to see what other cultures could teach her.

With her young daughter in tow, Doucleff traveled to three disparate places — Mexico, the Arctic Circle and Tanzania — studying and learning from their local cultures. We’ll talk with her about just how strange our American parenting practices are compared with the rest of the world, what she learned about cooperation and trust in parenting and how her experiences abroad changed her relationship with her daughter for the better. 

Michaeleen Doucleff is a science correspondent for NPR. Her book is Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans. [IndieBound|Amazon|Audible| Bookshop]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.