Social Policy

Ep 127. Caitlyn Collins: Seeking Work/Life Justice

Ep 127. Caitlyn Collins: Seeking Work/Life Justice

Caitlyn Collins is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis and author of Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving, a cross-national interview study of 135 working mothers in Sweden, Germany, Italy, and the United States. Stew and Caitlyn discuss the cross-national differences Caitlyn observed in her research on working mothers in four countries. It was only the American women who blamed themselves for the stresses and strains of life as a working mother…[Click for more]

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Ep 112. Rebecca Henderson: Reimagining Capitalism

Ep 112. Rebecca Henderson: Reimagining Capitalism

Rebecca Henderson is the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University, where she has a joint appointment at the Harvard Business School. Her research explores the degree to which the private sector can play a major role in building a more sustainable economy, focusing particularly on the relationships between organizational purpose and innovation and productivity in high performance organizations. She teaches Reimagining Capitalism: Business & the Big Problems at Harvard, a course that has grown from 28 students to over 300, and is under contract for a book tentatively titled “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire.” Why is she hopeful…[Click for more]

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Ep 107. Paul Rupert: Respectful Exits

Ep 107. Paul Rupert: Respectful Exits

Paul Rupert is the Founder and CEO of Rupert Organizational Design as well as CEO of the advocacy start-up Respectful Exits, a company promoting the rights of aging workers by improving retirement options including online guidance and training for all forms of flexible work, including Phased Retirement…[Click for more]

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Ep 106. Marc Freedman: The Power and Beauty of Intergenerational Connections

Ep 106. Marc Freedman: The Power and Beauty of Intergenerational Connections

Marc Freedman is the President and CEO of Encore.org; one of the nation’s leading experts on the longevity revolution; member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel and the author of several books including Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life and The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife. Freedman co-founded, with AARP, Experience Corps to mobilize people over 50 to improve the school performance and prospects of low-income elementary school students; spearheaded the creation of the Encore Fellowships program, a one-year internship for grownups as well as the Purpose Prize (now run by AARP). Marc and Stew talk about his latest book, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations…[Click for more]

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Ep 79. Advocates for Paid Leave: Ellen Bravo, Sen. Joe Fain, Rep. Kaniela Ing

Ep 79. Advocates for Paid Leave: Ellen Bravo, Sen. Joe Fain, Rep. Kaniela Ing

This week Stew speaks with three guests who are all advocates of paid family leave: Ellen Bravo (founding director of Family Values at Work), Washington State Republican Senator Joe Fain, and Hawaii Democratic State Representative Kaniela Ing. They discuss the need for paid leave (beyond parental leave) and the economics for employers and employees and societal impact. [Click for more]

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Ep 65. Jeffrey Pfeffer: Is Your Work Killing You?

Ep 65. Jeffrey Pfeffer: Is Your Work Killing You?

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and the author of the bold and critically important 2018 book, Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance -- And What We Can Do About It.  Stew and Jeff discuss the stress and strain, the toxicity, of today's workplaces and the effects on employee health. To hear about humane organizations and solutions...[Click for more]

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Ep 63. Ellen Galinsky: Making Life Better for Parents and Children

Ep 63. Ellen Galinsky: Making Life Better for Parents and Children

Ellen Gallinsky is the Chief Science Officer at the Bezos Family Foundation where she also serves as executive director of a program called Mind in the Making. In addition, she’s Senior Research Advisor for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She's the co-founder and President of the Families and Work Institute and author of the best-selling Mind in the Making and also of Six Stages of Parenthood. Stew and Ellen talk about the current state of working families, childcare, parental leave, and what children and parents, employers and society need...[Click for more]

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Ep 49. Josh Levs: Paternity Leave Champion

Ep 49. Josh Levs: Paternity Leave Champion

Josh Levs is an author, entrepreneur, and expert on fathers in the workplace. For 20 years, Josh wrote for NPR and CNN. He is a six-time Peabody award-winner and two-time Edward R. Murrow award-winner.  At the time of the birth of his third child he sued his employer, CNN/Time Warner, to obtain a paternity leave for biological fathers that matched the company’s leaves for mothers and adoptive parents....[Click here for more]

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Ep 24. Joan Williams: What Elites Don't Get about the White Working Class

Ep 24. Joan Williams: What Elites Don't Get about the White Working Class

Joan Williams is a Distinguished Law Professor at the University of California Hastings and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law, which promotes gender and racial equality in the workplace. She’s written extensively on gender and work. We discuss her just released book, White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America...[Click here for more]

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Ep 17. Brad Harrington: Fathers at Home

Ep 17. Brad Harrington: Fathers at Home

Brad Harrington is Executive Director of the Boston College Center for Work & Family and leads research focusing on the changing role of fathers, career management, and work-life integration.  He recently completed a series of...[Click for Show Notes, Links, more]

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