Our American Discourse, Ep. 10: Paid Family Leave and Work-Life Balance in Today’s America

It’s one of the few things that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agreed on, but it’s nowhere to be seen on the current legislative agenda. Why do both a majority of both parties want paid family leave, and when are they going to get it? This isn’t just a matter of mothers and babies. It cuts to the very core of who we are as people and how we balance the things we care about. Where do we draw the line between work and life in today’s America? And what does it mean for the all-American centerpiece of our society: the family?

In this episode, we explore the future of our sacred family values and the policies that affect them with Johanna Thunell.

Ms. Thunell is a Ph.D. candidate in public policy and management at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC, she served as an Administrative Analyst at the Port of Long Beach. She holds a Master’s in public administration from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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“Our American Discourse” is produced by Aubrey HicksJonathan Schwartz, and myself, and mixed by Corey and Ryan Hedden.