Our Parents Did What?!

Our Parents Did What?!

Latest Episodes

May 19, 2022

We're back after a brief mid-season break and are bringing you two episodes on the use of highly addictive drugs as medicines for children and babies in history. In our first episode, Diane describes the various uses of cocaine. What began as a very

Mini Episode - Reading Rainbow
April 19, 2022

Today's mini episode is all about one of the most beloved PBS programs of all time, "Reading Rainbow". Lovingly brought to life by the one and only Levar Burton, it's won an embarrassing number of awards and has enjoyed a resurgence in

The Great Depression (Part 2)
April 13, 2022

In the second half of our two-part series on The Great Depression, Diane describes some of the details of The New Deal and how government programs impacted the lives of children and families. The Great Depression was objectively awful, but that won't

Mini Episode - Captain Planet
April 05, 2022

Captain Planet: he's our hero! Gunna bring pollution down to zero!This show is a beloved addition to our collection of mini episodes. Jen and Diane spend this week's episode nerding out over their planeteer status from the 90s. Jen also takes us

The Great Depression (Part 1)
March 29, 2022

In the first of our two part series on The Great Depression, Diane goes over the history of the Great Depression and how it impacted families, children, and women. There are some surprising facts that come from this time (sorry kids, you can't work m

Mini Episode - Weinerville
March 22, 2022

Jen is certain that she is living in a parallel universe this week as Diane tells her all about a television show that rings zero bells. After her mini existential crisis, Jen listens intently as Diane tells her all about Weinerville - a truly bizarre sli

March 15, 2022

Our series on playgrounds is over, so we're taking a break this week with a one-off episode about the history and cultural significance of the hiccup! It's a nice, light episode. A bit of a palette cleanser before our next stretch, which will be

Mini Episode - Dinosaurs
March 08, 2022

It's another mini episode! Television in the 90s offered up some truly inspired and lasting material. But few shows were as groundbreaking, beautifully executed, and timeless as Dinosaurs. In one of Jim Henson's final projects before his death,

Playgrounds - Accessibility
March 01, 2022

In our final episode in our exploration of Playgrounds, Diane shares what she has found about making modern playgrounds accessible to all children. We also discuss the resurgence of adventure playgrounds and touch upon the dreaded topic of playground poli

Mini Episode - Anne of Green Gables
February 22, 2022

In our third mini episode of Season 2, Diane brings us back to 1985 to remember the much beloved Canadian TV miniseries, "Anne of Green Gables". It was wildly popular then and is enjoying a bit of a nostalgic come back due to the new Netflix ser