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Kids and careers – let’s make it easier

About the episode

Parents in the U.S. are having a hard time juggling work and family life. Is the U.S. "parent-hostile”? Or are people in the Nordics just altruistic, peer-loving creatures who love to pay for the expenses of other people? Find out what Caitlyn Collins, Anu Partanen, Robert Strand and Robert Reich have to say about parental leave.  

“The idea is that the Nordic model is based on altruism. But the system in the Nordic countries is not about the wealthy paying for the poor – it’s about the middle class paying for the middle class. The middle class pays taxes for services that they use.”

– Anu Partanen

This podcast episode features the following speakers

Caitlyn Collins

Caitlyn Collins (U.S.)

Author of the book “Making Motherhood Work: How women manage careers and caregiving”. Assistant Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis.

Robert Strand

Robert Strand (U.S.)

Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and Lecturer at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. PhD. Robert Strand researches and teaches in corporate social responsibility, the SGDs and Nordic sustainable business.

Robert Reich

Robert Reich (U.S.)

Professor Robert B. Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century.

Anu Partanen

Anu Partanen (Finland)

Journalist who has been living in New York for more than a decade. Author of the book “The Nordic Theory of Everything”.