Divorced Kid

Saturday, January 2, 2010 9pm

Producer: Sasha Aslanian/American Public Media
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Award-winning former American RadioWorks’ producer Sasha Aslanian explores the “divorce revolution” of the 1970s through the perspective of kids–like herself–who lived through it, and experts who have had three decades to make sense of it.

The documentary includes interviews with Avery Corman, the author of Kramer vs. Kramer, and the now-grown kids who wrote “The Kids Book of Divorce” in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1979.

The second half of the program examines how the experience of divorce has changed for kids since the 70s. We hear the voices of 4th and 5th graders in a court-mandated class for kids in Minneapolis as they learn how to avoid “divorce traps” kids can fall into. Aslanian follows one of the kids in the class, 10-year-old Lizzy, as she gets a new stepmom, half-brother and stepbrother, and enters adolescence. The program also features judicial reforms to improve divorce.