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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit a community in rural central Virginia that has been testing an interesting premise for decades—that maybe three, or four, or more parental figures are even better than two. This episode is part of a collaboration we did with Freakonomics. You can find a larger episode on this topic here.

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