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Blowback: Potty training story hits a nerve

When Betsy Rosso contacted me to tell me about her three-year-old daughter being suspended from her preschool for having too many potty accidents, I knew the story would resonate. Toilet training your children, as I can certainly attest, is often...

By Brigid Schulte  | January 31, 2011; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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Postscript: Ken Diviney

Ken Diviney's doorbell rang Thursday just after a lunch. The caller was a stranger, a woman who said she had read a story on the front page of Thursday's Washington Post about his son, Ryan, 21, who has been in...

By Paul Schwartzman  | December 3, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Generous readers help Burrito Man's kids

We wrote two weeks ago about the sad and sudden death of Carlos Guardado, the burrito vendor who made the corner of 17th and K Streets NW his daytime home for almost 20 years. It was clear that Carlos --...

By Steve Hendrix  | October 29, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Hard choices, The Blowback  
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Coffeehouse coda: The anonymous girlfriend goes public

Last week, I got an unusual voice mail from an anonymous source. The source was upset. Not at me, she explained. But at herself. She wished that she had not turned herself into an anonymous source for my story just...

By Ian Shapira  | August 4, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A little sailing story blows in a gale

Was it the August doldrums? Or maybe the prevailing angst in this time of war, spills and downturns? Whatever the reason, a lot of readers have been indulging in a bit of escapist fantasy over the last two days....

By Steve Hendrix  | August 3, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Blowback: Is it unfair to use anonymous sources?

My story Sunday about tensions between parents with small kids and other folks in public spaces generated a lot of comments and email, but the reaction that took me by surprise was a call from Mel Antonen, the father...

By Annys Shin  | May 18, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Blowback  | Tags:  Journalism sourcing, Lincoln Park  
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Older Entries in This Category »

How did Tyler Cowen land Natasha?, Michael S. Rosenwald , May 13, 2010
Safe travels, Mr. Thue, Theresa Vargas , April 22, 2010
Finding Sgt. Owen, Brigid Schulte , March 11, 2010
Blowback: Do comments scare off sources?, Christian Davenport , March 4, 2010
Dear wife: Yes, my Blackberry is a problem, Michael S. Rosenwald , February 24, 2010
Reporter's wife: Blackberry stole my husband, Michael S. Rosenwald , February 21, 2010
Children of CIA officers, still searching , Ian Shapira , February 4, 2010
Moms stressed for time: Where's Dad's voice?, Brigid Schulte , January 21, 2010
Cars in D.C.: To inspect or not to inspect?, Christian Davenport , January 6, 2010
Working Mother: My life as a lightning rod, Brigid Schulte , December 28, 2009
Yes, we read your comments (& sometimes cringe), Theresa Vargas , December 14, 2009
The Blowback: Pregnant and smoking--fair image?, Brigid Schulte , December 3, 2009
 
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