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Love your career? Love your family? Best of Both Worlds is the show for you! Hosts Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and a mom of four, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician and mom of two (soon to be three!) discuss work/life balance, career development, parenting, time management, productivity, and making time for fun. Tune in each week for strategies to help you thrive in all spheres of life.

Best of Both Worlds Podcas‪t‬ Laura Vanderkam and Sarah Hart-Unger

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    • 4.6 • 516 Ratings

Love your career? Love your family? Best of Both Worlds is the show for you! Hosts Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and a mom of four, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician and mom of two (soon to be three!) discuss work/life balance, career development, parenting, time management, productivity, and making time for fun. Tune in each week for strategies to help you thrive in all spheres of life.

    Power Moms: Joann Lublin on how women in leadership successfully navigate work and life

    Power Moms: Joann Lublin on how women in leadership successfully navigate work and life

    This episode starts with a discussion of summer 2021: are camp spreadsheets yet in effect? Laura and Sarah discuss the merits of keeping things simple (especially this year!). Then, Laura interviews former WSJ journalist Joann Lublin about what she has discovered studying the ways executive mothers navigate work and life. (Her new book on the topic -- Power Moms -- released earlier this month!). In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah answer a listener question about handling undefined chunks of time when kids are young.  
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    • 43 min
    FUN: A Deep Dive

    FUN: A Deep Dive

    This episode is all about . . . fun! One of Laura's goals for the year was to cultivate more fun in her life, so this episode is an exploration of exactly what we find fun and how one might go about having more of it! In the Q&A, they answer a listener question looking for work-from-home lunch inspiration.
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    • 41 min
    Growing Your Family During Medical School with Marlise Pierre-Wright

    Growing Your Family During Medical School with Marlise Pierre-Wright

    Sarah and Laura open up with a discussion of winter doldrums (or lack thereof), and strategies for getting through February, which can feel like a long month (even though it's not!). Then, Sarah interviews Marlise Pierre-Wright, a 3rd-year medical student at Northwestern University and mother to a 5-month-old. Marlise made the decision to start her family during medical school and wrote an excellent article about it to help others. We chat all about the knowledge she has shared, what she has learned, and what the experience has been like. In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah answer a set of questions from a professor due with her first baby this spring about maternity leave, summer childcare, and more.

    Marlise Pierre-Wright's interesting article can be found here: https://in-training.org/yes-its-possible-to-have-a-baby-in-medical-school-heres-how-21345  
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    • 43 min
    Teens & Tweens: Exploring a New Frontier

    Teens & Tweens: Exploring a New Frontier

    In this episode, Sarah and Laura talk about their current parenting stages, and then Sarah asks Laura all about issues pertaining to parenting tweens and teens, something Laura has been experiencing for the past few years. Topics discussed include getting one on one time, how involved to get with school work, current social life/screen time issues -- and more. In the Q&A, Laura answers a question about time tracking.
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    • 47 min
    Making More Time with Dr. Christina Shenvi

    Making More Time with Dr. Christina Shenvi

     In this first episode of the new year, Laura and Sarah ponder 2021 exercise ambitions. Then, Dr. Christina Shenvi, an emergency medicine physician who also coaches medical students and faculty on productivity, joins Laura to discuss both of their favorite topics: time management! Christina shares how she teaches people to think about their time, and how she maximizes her focus as a busy working mom of four. In the Q&A, Sarah and Laura answer a question about job searching while pregnant.
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    • 44 min
    Self-help, TV, and more with Kristen Meinzer

    Self-help, TV, and more with Kristen Meinzer

    In the intro, Sarah and Laura talk a little about the entertainment they currently enjoy. Then, Laura interviews Kristen Meinzer, the co-host of Movie Therapy with Rafer & Kristen, and By the Book (with Jolenta Greenberg). They discuss how TV and movies are helping people get through the pandemic, and some good shows to check out now. They also talk about the self-help books Kristen loves (and hates!) and what makes a good self-help book. In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah answer a question about transitioning from working from home back to parenting mode.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
516 Ratings

516 Ratings

kpasby ,

Simply the Best

If you are a working mom this is for you! So uplifting with great ideas and info! Truly empowers the working mom to be true to themselves!

2021-02 I still LOVE this podcast! It should be in the family category too! Love the insight and listening to how the hosts have evolved as I have been listening!

Bartek_movie_fan ,

Waste of time

Unfortunately, the books were worthwhile but the host and her co-host are running out of material, elitist and hard to relate to.

Patito212 ,

My absolute favorite podcast!

This is the one podcast that I never miss an episode of, and I look forward to new ones coming out on Tuesdays. I love the conversational style plus the many fantastic guests they have. I completely disagree with other reviews that complain about their so-called “privilege” being any sort of problem. I do think the podcast is generally targeted a little bit at more middle to upper class professional, working women (which is fine! There is a huge demographic of women there that can benefit greatly from that podcast content), but I also think the huge majority of their content is relevant for all. I like the mix of perspectives that they bring, too- Laura works from home and Sarah works out of the home, so they can cover many different aspects of working motherhood. I love the blend too of parenting/family topics + the planning/productivity world also. A must listen and my all time favorite!!! Keep up the great work!!

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