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Episode #24 | Brigid Schulte: Overwhelmed – Crafting a Better Life for All

“I just felt like I was living in fast-forward.”

– Brigid Schulte


If you’re feeling overwhelmed these days, you aren’t alone. For many of us, the lines between family and work have blurred. Brigid Schulte argues that, as a society, we’ve created systems that make it difficult to combine family and work responsibilities. But how can we confront and undo entrenched habits and norms? Drawing from her own journey, Schulte offers tips for those seeking out the common elements—love, community, play—of a more fulfilling, sustainable life.

About Brigid Schulte

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Brigid Schulte is the director of the Better Life Lab, the work-family justice program at New America, a nonpartisan think tank. The lab uses narrative to move public policy, workplace practices, and culture so that people of all genders and racial and ethnic identities can thrive, with decent, dignified work and time for care and connection across the arc of their lives. Schulte is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, formerly of the Washington Post, and the author of the New York Times bestselling book Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, which was named a Washington Post and NPR notable nonfiction book of the year. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Monthly, Vox, BBC, Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Slate, The Atlantic, and New York Magazine, among other publications.

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