I use this blog to write about the shows and ideas in podcasting that I have to get down right away, that aren't exactly right to pitch to another publication, that are most emotionally resonant and immediate to me. This isn't the week for a white lady writer to talk too much, but I wanted... Continue Reading →
When our isolation started in mid-march, I couldn’t listen to podcasts at all. I was decentered and the days were too surreal. I played Fiona Apple and Waxahatchee and all my dad’s old favorite songs and my own old favorite teenage emo songs on repeat when I ran two and a half miles on my new running route, zig-zagging across the streets to avoid being near anyone, trying to find a way to escape my worried, racing mind. The pockets of time where I used to listen to podcasts, alone in my house doing chores, in the car on the way to pick up kids or do errands, running on my old busier, crowded trail, had all been suddenly shut down. I had no interest in listening to any voice recorded before March 12. That was another epoch, another era, a foreign country where I didn’t understand the language anymore.
January 1 always feels like...a lot. Today, my husband is working an afternoon and evening shift, my kids are sick, and my house is a serious explosion of tiny toys, cardboard, crumbs, and sweated-in holiday clothes piled in corners. You need distraction from this mess! You need to be immersed in drama, dive deep into... Continue Reading →
A few weeks ago, we sat outside on a hill above the Iowa River and watched Elizabeth Warren give her stump speech, talking about how a two-cent tax on the richest Americans can transform opportunities for the rest of us. She told the parts of her story I’d heard a hundred times on how her... Continue Reading →
It was -45 degrees here last week, then it snowed, so school for my two preschoolers is a mythical notion that maybe used to happen but also maybe I made it all up and they’re never going back! We are hibernating creatures, we are hunkered down, we are maybe all just a little crazy, and... Continue Reading →
If there's a common thread in all my favorite podcasts of 2018, it was seeing another side of something I thought I knew. And if there's one question I have a hard time answering for myself, even with a trip down a good old Google rabbit hole, it's, "Where should I start with this new-to-me podcast?"... Continue Reading →
My husband got a new computer that turned out to be a lemon, and somehow after sending it back to get fixed five times and enduring seven hundred hours on the phone with the nice folks at Apple, managed to convince them to give him a new one and a few hundred bucks in credit... Continue Reading →
The idea behind But That’s Another Story is to get notable people talking about a book that changed them, changed the way they saw the world, or found them at just the time in their lives when they needed it. Host Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club and editor at Macmillan publishers, says he got... Continue Reading →
NPR’s roundtable discussion of what to watch, read, and listen to is my go-to podcast for discovering what’s worth being on my precious post-kid-bedtime-binge-list, but it’s also more than that. The panelists do such a good job of talking about pop culture’s role in our lives: its importance in making us feel less alone,... Continue Reading →
Maybe you have a fulfilling, financially lucrative, and flexible work situation. Maybe you have a kid who sleeps through the night, doesn’t nurse like a starving pterodactyl and never gets sick with the kid puking plague. Maybe you’ve reached that mythical asymptotic place on the curve of work and kids that gets as close to having it down as it possibly gets.
Or maybe you’re more like me and literally every woman I know when it comes to work and kids: