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Dec 30, 2019

In this episode, Emily examines how real surrogate grandparenting works in an imaginary world--a living history museum where it's always 1836, and the townspeople included Emily's children.  (Photo: Asa Gauen)


Here's Emily with Betsy Gerard:

Emily with Betsy Gerard, historic interpreter

Above Betsy's couch hangs this Tasha Tudor...

Dec 15, 2019

Emily talks with a couple who have loved a family as surrogate grandparents, filling a void and finding joy in the role they chose. And she interviews the author of "Tiny, Perfect Things," about what a grandfather and his granddaughter see while walking slowly and looking carefully.


Author M.H. Clark

Dec 1, 2019

Sometimes the gift-giving season can be overwhelming when shopping for grandchildren. Listen as Emily talks to an out-of-town grandmother who has to weigh the pros and cons of shipping items or ordering online, and then learn something from a store owner about supporting local businesses throughout the holiday...

Sep 14, 2019

Hear Emily's guests from Season 1 describe the traditions handed down from their grandparents, now put in the hands of their grandchildren. Emily's essay is about a family game that's been running for 80 years, and we preview Season 2 of The Grand Life.
 --Interviews: Grand Traditions
 --The Stretch It Takes: Jenkins...

Sep 2, 2019

Creating time and space to be one-on-one with a grandchild pays great relationship rewards. Hear how several grandparents approach special vacations and activities. Also:
--The Stretch It Takes: Time Alone With Nana.    
--Passing Along Your Passions: Scuba Diving.  
--Arts for Grands: Getting To Know You

The Stretch It...