author + radio producer


b. 1986, HK.

Hillary Frank is the award-winning creator of The Longest Shortest Time, a podcast about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans. On the show, Hillary has covered topics ranging from birth injuries to transgender pregnancy to the sex lives of parents, as well as a critically acclaimed series on discrimination against working moms called It's a Real Mother. The show was named one of the 50 Best Podcasts by The Atlantic and TIME. The Longest Shortest Time’s signature event, Speed Dating for Mom Friends, was profiled in The New Yorker.

Hillary's first radio story aired on This American Life in 1999, which she produced using a microcassette answering machine and a shiny red boombox. She went on to become a regular contributor to the program, and reported stories for Studio 360, Marketplace, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend America. Hillary is also the author and illustrator of three young adult novels. Her latest book is Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches.


Webby Award: Best Kids & Family Podcast, 2018

Third Coast International Audio Festival: Honorable Mention, 2017

Third Coast International Audio Festival: Skylarking, 2017

The Bump: Moms Movers & Makers Honoree, 2016

New York Festivals World’s Best Radio: Silver Award, Health, 2015

Academy of Podcasters: Best Parenting, Kids & Family Podcast, 2015

National Mental Health Association: Best First-Person Account, 2005

Association for Women in Communications: Best Documentary Series, Public Radio, 2005

Third Coast International Audio Festival: Honorable Mention, 2004