Better Life Lab

Better Life Lab

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Living a full and healthy life.


Crisis Conversations: Childcare Reckoning
Aug 1 • 33 min
Schools, summer camps and childcare centers are closed — and many may not reopen until next year. How are parents supposed to manage work, childcare and homeschooling? The childcare crisis is about to become even more acute, as many parents who lost their…
Crisis Conversations: Working pregnant in the time of COVID.
Jul 25 • 27 min
Pregnant workers already face discrimination on the job, Before the pandemic struck, the United States was the only advanced nation without a national paid maternity or parental leave policy. Now, pregnant workers have to navigate workplaces that pose…
Crisis Conversations: Lifequake Now
Jul 18 • 28 min
Bruce Feiler, an eminent thinker on meaning, spirituality and contemporary life, shares what he’s learned about navigating life’s transitions with purpose and skill. His latest book is LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS: Mastering Change at Any Age. Host: Brigid…
Crisis Conversations: Calling for a New Bailout — for Women of Color
Jul 11 • 29 min
On this edition of Crisis Conversations, we look at the arguments why the next Federal bailout package should focus on Black women and women of color. Before the pandemic, even with historically low unemployment, Black women and women of color were more…
Crisis Conversations: The (Virtual?) Future of Medicine
Jun 27 • 26 min
Telemedicine – virtual appointments with doctors and health professionals – has become the only way many people can get the care they need during the pandemic. But some see unexpected advantages to the telemedicine surge. Now more people can see a doctor…
Crisis Conversations: Being a Dad in the Time of COVID-19
Jun 20 • 29 min
Before COVID-19 hit, women spent about twice as much time as men doing childcare and housework. That unequal gendered division of labor at home contributed to gender inequality in the workplace. — and to a persistent gender pay gap. But is the pandemic…
Crisis Conversations: The Uncertain Future of Work
Jun 13 • 24 min
As states lift shelter-in-place orders meant to slow the spread of coronavirus, some office-based firms are allowing remote work to continue. Some workplaces are staggering schedules, shutting off communal spaces, and limiting the number of people in an…
Crisis Conversations: Anti-Blackness in America
Jun 6 • 34 min
Since May 25, tumultuous protests have engulfed the country — touched off by the murder of George Floyd, another black man who died at the hands of a white police officer. And as protests have transfixed the nation, data continues to show the coronavirus…
Crisis Conversations: To Have and to Have Not — Family Leave in the Pandemic
May 30 • 24 min
The United States stands virtually alone in the world in failing to guarantee paid maternity leave. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, Congress made history by quickly passing temporary emergency paid family leave – but severely limited who could get it. We’ll…
Crisis Conversations: for elder-care workers in the pandemic, one state (mostly) gets it right
May 23 • 23 min
The coronavirus pandemic has shown just how essential are the home health workers who care for our aging loved ones. Yet many of these care workers struggle with no benefits on the brink of poverty. Except in Washington state. We’ll hear stories of how an…
Crisis Conversations: Doing Essential Work in one of the few Countries that Resists Paid Sick Leave. The USA.
May 16 • 21 min
The United States is one of just 11 countries around the world that don’t guarantee workers paid time off to stay home if they’re sick – one of the surest ways to slow the spread of infection. Jody Heymann, director of the World Policy Analysis Center at…
Crisis Conversations: Parenting Alone in the Time of COVID-19
May 9 • 28 min
It’s tough to be a single parent in the best of times. Now the coronavirus pandemic has made it even harder. One in five children in the United States live with a single mother, and 4 percent live with a single father. And while the number of children…
Crisis Conversations: is our childcare system nearing its breaking point?
May 2 • 19 min
The coronavirus crisis is upending the way we work, live, connect with one another. THis week, we look at how the coronavirus pandemic is straining an already fragile child care system. The crisis is showing clearly how central child care is to our…
Crisis Conversations: The transformation of work
Apr 25 • 23 min
As crisis has become the “new normal,” there are new rules for so many things we took for granted just a few weeks ago. Some of the biggest changes have to do with work: How can people work remotely, flexibly — and effectively — in a crisis like this?…
Crisis Conversations: A new and dangerous enemy — healthcare workers battle coronavirus at work and at home.
Apr 19 • 26 min
Many front-line healthcare workers are routinely exposed to the deadly coronavirus, and many of them have made the difficult choice to live away from their families in an effort to keep them safe. Congress voted to exclude healthcare workers from…
Crisis Conversations: Living with layoffs of pandemic proportions
Apr 11 • 26 min
The coronavirus pandemic is completely disrupting the way we work, and the way we live, That’s why the Better Life Lab is offering Crisis Conversations - Live from Better Life Lab. With host Brigid Schulte working from her home office — recording into the…
Crisis Conversations - Live from Better Life Lab: Sand and Diamonds — the pandemic upends the balance of labor at home
Apr 4 • 28 min
The coronavirus pandemic is completely disrupting the way we work, and the way we live, care and relate to one another. So much is changing, and so fast, it’s hard to keep up with it all, That’s why the Better Life Lab is offering Crisis Conversations -…
Crisis Conversations - Live from Better Life Lab: Family and Medical Leave in the Time of Coronavirus
Mar 28 • 30 min
The coronavirus pandemic is completely disrupting the way we work, and the way we live, care and relate to one another. The novel virus that threatens public health and is sending stress and anxiety levels soaring is also reshaping public policies for…
Karoshi
Apr 19, 2019 • 28 min
In Japan, workers are so used to working punishingly long hours that dying from overwork is a common phenomenon: so common, in fact, that victim families can and do routinely apply for worker compensation benefits. We hear the stories of Japanese workers…
Egalitarian Relationships
Apr 12, 2019 • 37 min
Research shows that egalitarian couples who fairly share work and home responsibilities are happier, healthier and have better sex. But are egalitarian partnerships really possible, especially when U.S. work cultures demand all-out devotion and women…
Schedule Chaos
Apr 5, 2019 • 36 min
While an unpredictable schedule has always been a part of a restaurant worker’s experience, the advent of scheduling technology and the pressure to keep labor costs low has turned the schedules - and lives - of restaurant and retail workers upside down.…
Beyond Inbox Zero
Mar 29, 2019 • 30 min
In a famous 2007 talk at Google, productivity guru Merlin Mann introduced the world to Inbox Zero, his idea of managing the raging river of digital overload. But is such a high standard even possible today? In this episode, we explore Email Mindset, and…
Work-Work Conflict
Mar 22, 2019 • 29 min
You’ve heard of work-life conflict, but when one Stanford researcher looked into how doctors managed it, she discovered another complicating factor: work-work conflict. It’s having so many different tasks and responsibilities at work that you can quite…
The Calm Company
Mar 15, 2019 • 35 min
When Jason Fried founded Basecamp, he and his partner decided not to focus on growth, but on sustainability, and healthy work-life balance. While Fried’s stance is unorthodox in an economy where success is literally measured by growth, economist and…
Introducing Season 2
Mar 5, 2019 • 2 min
Better Life Lab is back! In Season 2, join host Brigid Schulte as she explores the torture of “Inbox Zero”, work schedule chaos, and the Japanese idea of “karoshi” — a sadly common phenomenon where people work so hard they die — and much more. The Better…
The Surprising Reason Why the Gender Pay Gap Hasn’t Shrunk
Jul 19, 2018 • 32 min
It gets more intense every year — the drive to work longer and longer hours. And there’s striking new research that shows that women, who already get paid less than men, are put at a distinct disadvantage by an American job market that rewards overwork…
Inside A Workaholics Anonymous Meeting
Jul 12, 2018 • 23 min
What happens when you can’t stop working? In this episode, the Better Life Lab podcast goes to a workaholics anonymous meeting to find out. We also here from Malissa Clark, a professor of psychology at the University of Indiana and an expert in…
Even Progressive Offices Fail at Work-Life Balance
Jul 5, 2018 • 26 min
No meeting Wednesdays and work from home Fridays are not enough. In this episode, you’ll find out how employers can really create a healthier and more productive workplace. Tara Oakman, a former Obama White House official who is currently working as a…
Why You’re Addicted to Being Busy
Jun 28, 2018 • 31 min
Email inboxes and push notifications were designed to keep us busy. But when we break it all down and how we think about busyness, we should be paying attention to the way our environment is designed — both at work and at home. Behavioral economist Dan…
How to Take Summers Off and Still Get Promoted
Jun 21, 2018 • 29 min
Michelle Hickox took summers off and still got promoted. First, she had to believe that she could, then she had to prove to others it was possible. Now she wants everyone to know how she did it. She tells her story to Better Life Lab.
Your Work May Be Killing You
Jun 15, 2018 • 27 min
Bragging about being overworked is not badge of honor. Economists say the way we work has become so stressful it’s now the fifth leading cause of death. That’s according to Jeff Pfeffer, a Stanford business professor and author of some of the first…
Introducing Better Life Lab
May 18, 2018 • 3 min
On Better Life Lab, we explore the art and science of living a full and healthy life. The podcast combines the power of storytelling - people sharing their own very real struggles, failings and triumphs with work-life balance – or work-life harmony as…