WBAI-FM Program Highlight


Monday, December 1, 2014   7:30 AM - --:-- PM

"Can you be fully committed to changing the world and change diapers at the same time? Can you be a nonviolent revolutionary and a present, loving role model for your children?"

Michael G. Haskins speaks with author Frida Berrigan about her new book ‘It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing into Rebellious Motherhood’.

The book illustrates how parents can create lasting and meaningful bulwarks between their kids and the violence endemic in our culture by considering how to raise thoughtful, compassionate, fearless young people committed to social and political change without scaring, hectoring or scarring them with all the wrongs in the world.

Frida Berrigan is a mother and stepmother, wife and daughter. Her parents, Phil Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister, were a former priest and nun who became nationwide icons for their prophetic witness against war and nuclear weapons, which sometimes resulted in long jail sentences. Berrigan grew up in the community they helped found, Jonah House in Baltimore, and becoming a parent herself has forced her to come to terms with her own upbringing in new ways. Expanding on the stories in her popular column for the website Waging Nonviolence, she offers a unique perspective on parenting that derives from hard work, deep reflection, and lots of trial and error.

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