Ruth Institute Podcast
Ruth Institute Podcast
Making Marriage Cool -- Standing up for Traditional Marriage
Bristol Palin and Oprah

(January 26, 2010) Oprah was dumbfounded and encouraged Bristol Palin to backtrack and rephrase her pledge to remain abstinent until marriage on a recent episode of her talk show.  Only in the face of Bristol's reiterated commitment did Oprah reluctantly voice encouragement.  The message was clear: that's a silly and nearly impossible goal.  Why couldn't Bristol get with the program and give a feminist-approved answer?  Aspirations to the presidency, a high-powered job, or an environmental mission all would have been acceptable alternatives. </sarcasm>

Direct download: Jan29_10.mp3
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Tim Tebow's Superbowl Ad

(January 26, 2010) During this year's Superbowl, CBS is airing an ad featuring Tim Tebow.  The ad is proving controversial because Tim thanks his mom for his life (she was facing a difficult situation, and abortion was an option).  NOW and other pro-abortion groups are inscensed that this point is being raised at the Superbowl; Dr J takes some wind out of their sails.  She opens the segment with a joke...

Direct download: Jan28_10.mp3
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Pew finding: Women Marry below their own Education and Income Levels (January 20, 2010) According to a recent study by the Pew Foundation, women are marrying men with lower incomes and education levels than they [the women] have.  No word on whether those women are happy with the arrangement, however.
Direct download: Jan22_10.mp3
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Stepping Stones: The Genesis of Prop 8

(January 20, 2010) Dr J discusses her experience with the start of the Prop 8 movement in San Diego: a sham hearing, deaf ears, and the bait-and-switch tactics used by the same-sex "marriage" movement.  She also shares some updates on the federal court case surrounding Proposition 8.

Direct download: Jan21_10.mp3
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8.5 New Year's Resolutions (January 12, 2010) Dr J shares 8.5 tips for defending marriage in the New Year.
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Prop 8 in the Federal Courts

(January 12, 2010) Proposition 8, the referendum passed in November 2008 that defines marriage between one man and one woman, has survived numerous state-level challenges in the court system.  Ted Olsen and David Boies are leading a controversial federal-level challenge.  Dr J explains some of their tactics and takes them to task on their distortion of Prop 8 supporters' position.

Direct download: Jan19_10.mp3
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On Show Trials

(January 5, 2010) Last year, California voters passed Proposition 8--an amendment to the state's constitution defining marriage as "one man, one woman."  After surviving various legal challenges at the state level, it's under attack in the federal court system.  Dr J appears on "Issues, Etc." with Todd Wilken to discuss the proceedings; she also discusses how other legal battles related to homosexual "marriage" are playing out.

Direct download: Jan15_10.mp3
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Egg Harvesting, Part 2

(December 8, 2009) Jennifer Lahl continues her interview on "Issues After Dark," fielding questions on adult and embryonic stem cell research, gamete donor anonymity, and more.  (Part 1 of this interview is available here.)  The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network's website can be found at

Direct download: Jan12_10.mp3
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Egg Harvesting, Part 1

(December 8, 2009) Jennifer Lahl founded the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network 10 years ago; as a nurse and bioethicist, she is deeply concerned with medical progress at the expense of ethics and safety.  She serves on Ruth Institute's Academic Advisory Board and appears in this segment of "Issues After Dark" to discuss egg harvesting from the donor's persepective.  (Part 2 of this interview is available here.)  Calla Papademas' experience with the fertility industry, referenced in the podcast, is available here.

Direct download: Jan11_10.mp3
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On Egg Harvesting, Means, and Ends

(December 8, 2009) So where do the eggs used in fertility treatments come from?

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