Raising the Betts

A family podcast by StarQuest’s CEO, Dom Bettinelli, and his wife, Melanie Bettinelli, who are raising five kids in the Boston area. They discuss marriage, homeschooling, Catholic faith, their adventures far and wide, cooking exotic dishes, exploring nature, engaging culture and more. Join them as they travel to zoos, museums, and historical sites; get their kids to try strange, new foods; read books and watch TV and movies together; and try to raise their kids into healthy, well-adjusted, and capable Catholic adults.

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Recent Episodes

Betts on Cape Cod - Their exile isn't over yet, but the Betts have been staying in borrowed and rented homes while their own home is being repaired. Meanwhile, they've been cooking in other's kitchens, catching up on books and movies, and visiting new parishes.
Betts in Exile - This is a special episode in which Dom explains that RTB will be on hiatus for a few weeks because of water damage and mold growth in their house, which has made it unlivable until it's fixed. But the Betts will be back!
That’s Not the Moon, That’s the Space Station - Inspired by SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission, Dom and Melanie discuss watching the liftoff and splashdown then stargazing and seeing the ISS pass overhead. Plus three soups and three apple desserts; YA novels set in Afghanistan, a Pearl Harbor book, Longmire, and a Guy Ritchie movie
Apple Season - Is apple-picking season the best season? Dom and Melanie make the case, talk about their favorite orchard, then discuss some new recipes, including apple cider donut cake and ranch fried pork chops. Plus, they talk about what picking up your cross means for kids.
Blue Skies - The best New England season is beginning and the Betts are ready for it, including starting with homeschooling, getting out in the great weather, cooking all the great produce. Plus they discuss a dark episode of Marvel's What If? and a wonderful African children's book.