Marion Asnes talks about America's interest in babies and baby products with two guests: anthropologist Linda Layne and Gregory Schuman, publisher of Babytalk and Healthy Pregnancy Magazine.
Jonathan Field talks with historian Paula Fass about the emergence of "babyhood" in the 20th century. Fass dives into the way changing ideas about babies translated into products, as well as conceptions of citizenship, progress, and what makes a meaningful adult life.
Paula Fass is Byrne Professor of History at UC, Berkeley, and the author of several books on childhood, including The Damned and the Beautiful: American Youth in the 1920s; Outside In: Minorities and the Transformation of American Education; Kidnapped: A History of Child Abduction in the United States, and is the co-editor of the Childhood in America. Her forthcoming book on children and globalization will be published next year.
Historian Amy Bentley talks with Jonathan Field about the emergence of baby food products in the 20th century, exploring its roots as well as its significance to the larger culture.
Amy Bentley is Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University. She is currently working on two books, including one on the cultural history of babyfood. And she is the author of Eating for Victory: Food Rationing and the Politics of Domesticity.