The New York Times presents “First Person,” a new podcast hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro. All opinions begin with stories, and we’ll hear plenty in weekly episodes all about people developing opinions rooted in real experiences. In “intimate conversations about the big ideas shaping our world,” Lulu is joined by guests to unpack the moments they’re living through.
Stream “First Person” in any order, with the most recent episodes covering timely topics you’ve likely been seeing in the headlines. Episodes are less than 45 minutes on average.
On the first episode, writer Merritt Tierce talked to Lulu about the abortion she did not have 23 years ago. Then, she was 19 and not planning on motherhood at the time of her pregnancy. She shared, “I realized instantaneously when I saw the two pink lines appear telling me that I was pregnant, there was no way to go back to before that moment. I was going to have to make a choice that was going to be impossible.”
If Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court, women will live in many states where abortion is outlawed. Without a choice, or limited options, some women might be left having children against their will. Hear Merritt’s personal narrative in episode 1.
In episode 2, Will Estrada joined Lulu to discuss parental rights and the movement’s history. So far in 2022, 82 bills were introduced in 26 states in the name of parental rights. Parents are meeting with school boards to discuss masking, vaccine mandates, book bans, critical race theory, and more topics, saying they want to decide what’s being taught in school and included in their children’s lives.
Years before COVID-19, parental rights were front-and-center for Christian home-schooling communities nationwide. Will was raised by his family in rural Pennsylvania, 1 of 8 home-schooled kids. As president of the Parental Rights Foundation, Will told Lulu about the movement’s roots and how he thinks the Democratic Party missed out. Will answered a major question: “Are parents’ rights truly rights for all parents, no matter their politics?”
For in-depth conversations about our world, tune in for new, weekly episodes wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.