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36 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Season 1 Finale! What the Pandemic Taught Us About Parenthood
In the season ender Elise and Amy take a look back at what they've learned most this season, where we're at now, and where things might go from here.
21 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
A Silver Lining? How the Pandemic Might Change Work Culture
Leslie Forde joins us to talk about what she calls the "Mom's Hierarchy of Needs," and what she's hearing from companies about their desire and commitment to come out of the pandemic with dramatically improved workplaces.
18 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
How to Take a Real Break
Petra Bueskens, is a psychologist and social scientist in Australia, and a well-known motherhood researcher worldwide. She coined the term "strategic absence" to describe a tactic she saw while studying women who were deliberately trying to upend traditional gender dynamics in their home. The idea is that if you plan the occasional absence from the home, not only does it help maintain your independence, but also it forces everyone else in the household to share the load of domestic tasks. But ... can it work in a pandemic?
24 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
A Lesson in Communal Parenting from Native American Culture
Midwife and public health research Janelle Palacios grew up on the Flathead reservation and specializes in native families. In this episode, she walks us through how American social workers pathologized Indigenous family structures, the long period of family separation in tribal communities that followed, and all the many ways that a communal approach to family is better than the nuclear family approach.
23 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
The Complexities of Covering Moms, Way Beyond Mom Blogs
Writer Heather B. Armstrong (aka Dooce) and author & Longest Shortest Time creator Hillary Frank join us to talk about the history of the mom beat and why it's still not taken seriously.
20 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
No School Or After School. Now What?
School's not back after the summer, exposing even more need for after school programs that have filled the gap for working families. But those programs face a precarious funding future. Nikki Yamashiro from the Afterschool Alliance joins to share her latest research. PLUS a brief history of how daycare shame started in America. Check out the Afterschool Alliance: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/
30 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
What the Climate Crisis Can Teach Us About Fixing the Parenting Crisis
Dr. Beth Sawin has spent decades studying systems change, and what she's learned about the climate crisis and various other crises gave us a surprising feeling ... dare we say hope?
24 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
A Japanese Home Ec Experiment
Japanese fatherhood researcher Masako Ishii-Kuntz explains why Scandinavian-style family support families failed in Japan (complete with applicable lessons for the U.S.), and why she's placing her faith in an unusual solution to gender inequality: home economics classes.
29 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
In A Pandemic, All Parents Left Behind
Sociologist Julie Kohler is a senior advisor at The Democracy Alliance. She joins us to talk about where the idea that every (nuclear) family should fend for themselves even came from, and what the pandemic tells us about the need to find a new model. Read her story "The End of Family Values," in Boston Review: http://bostonreview.net/class-inequality/julie-kohler-end-family-values
1 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Welcome to Labor
We were already digging into the research on various problems facing American families, and then COVID-19 hit and ratcheted all of it up a notch. This season we'll look at where the nuclear family ideal came from, the relationship between families and the school system, how and why mothers from different racial and ethnic backgrounds face very different experiences of motherhood in America, how the climate, COVID and parenting crises intersect, and much more. Subscribe now so you won't miss our first episode, dropping August 18th ... the day school was supposed to start again.
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