The Ways We Are Born — Again and Again

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September 15, 2018

The first birth is when you arrive here, as a wet, wiggling newborn. But there may be other transitions in your life that feel just as difficult and profound. Some people actually call those passages re-birth. Why does the birth metaphor matter? In this hour, we talk with people at all stages of birth and re-birth: A midwife, a transgender man, and a born again Christian.

Baby, new to this world
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If you think of your life as a series of births, what changes? Why does the birth metaphor matter?

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Wendy Kline says the history of birth in America is the story of the medical establishment’s deliberate suppression of midwives. For her as for most mothers, it’s a story that’s political and personal.  

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15:05
The midwives of "Call the Midwife" (BBC)
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Anne Strainchamps joins a group of women, Laurie, Jane, Carol and Liz, to watch the premiere of Season 7 of "Call the Midwife" and talk about birth.  

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5:24
Three of the transgender men whose stories are told in "Unbound"
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Sociologist Arlene Stein has been following four people who were identified as female at birth but later transitioned to male.  She tells their stories in her book, “Unbound.”   

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10:45
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How does it work out over time for people who have made the transition to a new gender? Steve Paulson reached out to a transgender man — Benn Marine — to hear his experience.

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06:01
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Greg Cootsona was born again on February 8, 1981. And this is his “testimony.”

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12:50
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September 15, 2018
Guests: 
Arlene Stein, author of "Unbound"

Arlene Stein

Sociologist at Rutgers University
Wendy Cline, author of "Coming Home: How Midwives Changed Birth"

Wendy Kline

History Professor and Author

Benn Marine

Professional Photographer
Greg Cootsona, author of "Mere Science and Christian Faith"

Greg Cootsona

Author
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September 14, 2018