May 30 2014

The Politics of Parenting: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time

A recent study from Penn State University measured levels of the stress hormone Cortisol and found that women experience much lower levels of stress at work rather than at home. While the research may not come as a surprise to many women who are often juggling the myriad demands of their jobs and families, it does point to a serious problem in our high stress society.

Now, a new book by Brigid Schulte called Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time takes a critical look at the mounting time pressures we feel in our daily lives.

Part autobiographical, part sociological analysis, Schulte, a mother of two and an award winning journalist for the Washington Post, part of a team that won the Pulitzer, lays out the case for why we need to slow down as a society. While Schulte presents grim research on how the pressures of modern life are detrimental to our health, she also offers solutions and alternatives to the manic frenzy we often find ourselves in.

GUEST: Brigid Schulte, award winning journalist for the Washington Post and the Washington Post Magazine, part of the team that won the Pulitzer, and a Fellow at the New America Foundation. Author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time

Special thanks to Tony Federico of KPCC

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