A woman who was adopted at birth receives an unexpected package – a folder containing the identity and contact information of her biological mother. Should she contact her mother? Should she ignore the information and move on with her life? Charlie tackles the complicated topic of adopted children who find their birth parents (and shares her own story of finding her father). This week’s problem was sent to in to Ask Amy at the Chicago Tribune.
It’s a story old as time itself — the son has values and beliefs that directly clash with his father’s. He’s a leftist, progressive, liberal democrat. His father is (according to his description) a “right wing racist asshole.” They fight constantly, like drunken sailors in a bar.
Can this relationship be salvaged? Before you jump to the defense of the leftist son, take a listen at how Charlie breaks down the problem and solution (there’s enough blame to go around, and the solution, like the problem, is complicated).
What if you were raised in a devout, religious family and then suddenly realized you no longer believed in the existence of a god, but became despondent over the idea of not spending eternity with your family? Yes, this week’s problem (submitted to Ask Andrew WK at The Village Voice) is a head-scratcher and a bit confusing, but Charlie is up to the task of helping our agonizing atheist sort out his spirituality (or lack thereof), his family, and eternity. BAM!