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P-Units Ep. 1: Introducing Members Of Our Parent Panel + Bathrooms For Transgender Students

from L-R: Kelly Wickham Hurst, Rachel Otwell, Kim Liestner & N'Jema McIntyre

We've put together a roster of moms, and a dad or two, who will join us on Illinois Edition to take on issues that matter to those trying to successfully raise children in these hectic modern times. Rachel Otwell, NPR Illinois reporter and the mother of a toddler, hosts the rotating panel.

Joining us for the first episode is Kelly Wickham Hurst, a Springfield local who is a mother of 6, a former classroom teacher, and a current middle school administrator. She also has a blog she calls Mocha Momma. Kim Leistner runs SpringfieldMoms.org and has two daughters ages 11 and 13. She is also a brand manager for a major digital learning company. N’Jema McIntyre is the mother of two: a 6 year old & a 22 year old. She's also a student of black studies at Northern Illinois University.

On this episode the moms talk about their personal parenting styles, which bathrooms transgender students should use and the debate around that playing out in the state and country and how to de-clutter and save money on summer clothing for kids.

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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