Cris Beam, noted author and public school teacher explores the troubled world of the foster care system in her new book, To The End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care. Beam, a foster parent herself, examines the lives of children raised in the foster care system from birth through adulthood, while looking at the history of the foster care system and the often conflicted emotions surrounding it. She proposes new ways mend the system, and fresh perspectives at what it is we seek in "family." To The End of June has been called "sharp critique of foster-care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family."
Joining Cris is Adam Davidson, co-founder and co-host of NPR's Planet Money, a co-production of This American Life. Before Planet Money, Adam was the International Business and Economics Correspondent for NPR.