Your mom is likely the first female role model you had--good or bad. Journalist Amy Westervelt talks to a variety of women about what their mothers taught them, connecting these personal histories to the broader story of modern women.
New Year, New Book, and Introducing New Pods!
Check out Amy's new book, Forget "Having It All": How America Messed Up Motherhood—and How to Fix It (https://www.amywestervelt.com/book). We'll be back with another season later in 2019, but in the meantime, check out some other Critical Frequency pods, Peace of Mind with Bhi Bhiman (https://fanlink.to/PeaceofMind) launching January 18th and The Double Shift (https://www.katherinegoldstein.com/the-double-shift-podcast/), the podcast for a new generation of mothers, launching February 11th.
Best of TMAYM, with Ashley C. Ford, Porochista Khakpour, Rebecca Traister, Aparna Nancherla, and more
In our season 3 finale, we take a listen back through three seasons full of fascinating women.
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What Amy Roost Learned from Her Mom about Civil Rights, Keeping Quiet, Parenting, and More
Journalist and podcaster Amy Roost has a really incredible life story, starting with the fact that she was a "replacement" child in a wild adoption story. Here she tells us that story, plus how watching her mother taught her to fight for civil rights, never live vicariously through her children, and speak her truth.
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Jenny Kaplan and Her Mom Kathy Manninng on the New "Year of the Woman"
Jenny Kaplan grew up watching her mom take herself and her career as seriously as she took her family and her broader community. This year her mom was one of hundreds of women who decided to run in the wake of the 2016 election, prompting Jenny herself to make some big moves. Here, she tells us about her mom, and introduces her new podcast Women Belong in the House.
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Author Rebecca Traister on Living Feminist Ideals and Who's Allowed to Have a Temper
Author Rebecca Traister's new book Good and Mad looks at how society has handled women's rage throughout history, how it has been punished, and how it has served as a catalyst for political victories and social change. In this episode, we get some interesting insights into the first woman Traister studied, and how it formed her ideas about womanhood, work, feminism, and more.
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Giphy's Stephanie Weber on Growing Up with a Single Mom Who Taught Her to Navigate Tech, Know Her Worth, and Never Fake an Orgasm
Giphy producer Stephanie Weber moved around a lot as a kid. Her single mom wasn't following men in the 1980s, she was chasing a career as a computer programmer. They were a tight unit then and still are today, but Stephanie sometimes wonders if growing up in a matriarchal family has had an impact on her relationships with men today.
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It's a great idea to explore- the complexities and challenges of our relationship with our mothers and how it shapes us as adults. Very well narrated!