Edna Turnblad (played by Divine), Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (played by Sofia Vergara), Clair Huxtable (played by Phylicia Rashad) and Kris Jenner, matriarch of the Kardashians.

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How Pop-Culture Moms Shape Our Views On Motherhood

May 12, 2017

Stay-at-home moms, working moms, seemingly perfect moms and moms whose struggles are on display -- they all make up the pop-culture moms of American film, television and music. How have mother figures like Clair Huxtable, Gloria Delgado-Pritchett and Edna Turnblad shaped the way we view mothers in America? And how do these characters reflect the nation's current values or priorities when it comes to being a mom? 

Guests

- Michael Jeffries, professor of American studies at Wellesley College. Follow Michael on Twitter.

- Irene Mata, associate professor of women’s and gender studies at Wellesley College. 

- Rachel Rubin, professor of American studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

BONUS: CUT FOR TIME -- Our panel and Callie discuss a short clip from "Gilmore Girls"

 

BONUS: Check out some of the Mother's Day songs we discussed in this week's show, plus a few extras!

 


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