The Double Shift

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A reported show hosted by Katherine Goldstein about a new generation of working mothers. No parenting advice here, but rather three-dimensional stories that challenge ideas about our workplaces (from brothels to boardrooms) along with boundary-breaking conversations about our lives at home. Season 3 features Katherine and co-host Angela Garbes, diving into some of the biggest topics of 2020, including talking with guests about fixing the childcare crisis, race and social justice, and money and identity.

Episode Date
The Childcare Game-changer
The childcare industry in America is facing a huge crisis right now, and we can’t just blame COVID for its near collapse. We explore the attitudes and policies that led to how things got so bad, talk to Angie Garcia, a childcare provider on the ground, and report on an exciting initiative in Portland, OR, that shows us how local communities can begin to meaningfully address this massive systemic problem.  Resources: Read more about the UPNOW Portland campaign Thanks: Usual Wines: For $8 off your first order, go to and use the code doubleshift. Listen to Birthful wherever you get your podcasts. Special thanks to Lydia Kiesling and Sahar Muranovic. Want to support the work of this indie, mom-run operation? Become a member of The Double Shift. It starts at $5/mo. You get bonus content on this episode, plus other fun perks. 
Oct 28, 2020
Matriarchy Now
Anyone else been feeling rage these past months? Host Katherine Goldstein and co-host Angela Garbes lay out a vision for Season 3 of the Double Shift, and make a case for why it’s more important than ever to be putting mothers at the center of the story during this extraordinary time. Show notes: Double Shifters, we want to hear from you. Has your career or earnings gone through a big change since the pandemic started? How are you adjusting to that personally or financially? Is it affecting your self esteem or identity? Write us or send us a voice memo about this. Please include your first name, your location, and your story and we may use it for an upcoming episode. You can record a message using the voice memo app on your phone and email it to Angela discusses the book Minor Feelings: An Asian-American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong. Care/of is a wellness brand that makes it easy to maintain your health goals with a customized vitamin plan that helps you feel your best today and supports you long-term. For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to and enter code: doubleshift50. Want to support the work of this indie, mom-run operation? Become a member of The Double Shift. It starts at $5/mo. You get bonus content, including our Covid life conversation series, and other fun perks. 
Oct 14, 2020
Welcome Back to The Double Shift
It’s never been more important to hear from mothers. The Double Shift is back for a new season challenging the status quo of working motherhood in America, pandemic-style. Creator and Host Katherine Goldstein is joined by a new co-host, author Angela Garbes to talk about childcare, race and protest, money, and even matriarchy with a series of wonderful guests.  Be sure you are subscribed. First episode out Oct 14th.  To become a member of The Double Shift and support our work, go to
Oct 01, 2020
Introducing Labor: The Social Science on Women, Work, and Motherhood

While we’re hard at work on Season 3, check out this great new show, Labor. We hear a lot about moms being miserable these days. But did you know there's a whole field of social science research dedicated to figuring out why, and what to do about it? Journalists Elise Hu and Amy Westervelt take an intersectional dive into that research to help us all understand how we got here and how the heck we're gonna get out. 

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Sep 08, 2020
Introducing: The Passion Economy

The Double Shift is still on hiatus, but while we dream big about Season 3, check out this new show from Planet Money creator, Adam Davidson, who sits down with people who’ve channeled their unique passions and interests into successful businesses. 

If you are missing the Double Shift, consider becoming a member! It starts at $5/mo. Right now, host Katherine Goldstein and Senior Producer Rachel McCarthy are having a series of unfiltered conversations about their lives with kids in the Covid era. To get access to this, as well as other exclusive content, go to

Jul 08, 2020
F*ck Mom Guilt World Tour Live

Host Katherine Goldstein is joined live on stage at Betabrand in San Francisco by Inflection Point’s Lauren Schiller and Hana Baba from The Stoop podcast. We discuss the mental load, cross cultural pressures on mothers, and of course saying “F*ck it” to mom guilt.


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Jan 13, 2020
The Revolution Begins with Us

Motherhood in America is not a game anyone is set up to win. For our season finale, we talk to author Angela Garbes about the root of the deep pressures mothers feel in our society, and reframe the conversation about the mental load in a way that is about so much more than handy life hacks. “There’s never any revolution without mothers and children.”

Resources: Like a Mother: A Feminist Guide to the Science and Culture of Pregnancy, by Angela Garbes.

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Dec 16, 2019
Living The Double Shift

Host Katherine Goldstein talks candidly with Senior Producer Rachel McCarthy about her life's own plot twists since season 1 as she prepares for big changes in her own family. She also discusses how the themes of the season have influenced her, her maternity leave plans, and the future of The Double Shift.


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Dec 09, 2019
Don't Call Me "Mom," Call Me Ted

After giving birth to five children, Ted Rau now identifies as a transgender man, and he’s created a life outside the single family model by raising his kids in co-housing. His story presents a fascinating and nuanced take on community, gender and motherhood.

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Dec 02, 2019
Choose Your Own Family

We've headed to Canada to highlight families making their own rules. First up, Sarah MacDonald, who's raising her kids with a queer man she found through a co-parenting "dating" site, and Natasha Bahkt and Lynda Collins, who've never been a couple and are jointly parenting a special needs child.

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Nov 25, 2019
The 43% Mother

In Nataly Antar’s Orthrodox Jewish marriage, her husband worked while she cooked, cleaned, and took care of their young children. Nataly assumed her divorce would be just as traditional. She was wrong. In this episode, we explore what it means to be a "good" and fulfilled mother when you have no legal custody over your own children.

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Nov 18, 2019
The Honor Student

Maria Ramirez was a straight-A high school senior gunning for the Ivy League when she found out she was pregnant. Her journey to college graduation was filled with huge personal and financial obstacles, until she found a program that viewed motherhood as a role to be supported, not stigmatized.

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Nov 11, 2019
S2: The Revolution Begins at Home

In Season 1 we dove into work and careers, but no one’s work life is going to change if our home lives are stuck in the past. This season we’re bringing you six episodes of boundary-breaking conversations that present bold new ideas for our lives.

Oct 28, 2019
Introducing The Next Big Idea

Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. How can you process it all? You can start with The Next Big Idea. Host Rufus Griscom and legendary thought leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, and Susan Cain, will be your personal “idea” curators. Open your mind and get ready for something big, because the right idea--at the right moment--has the power to transform your life. Listen now on

Oct 15, 2019
Bonus: Inflection Point on Paid Family Leave

If you loved Ep. 10 on family leave, check out this episode of Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller, a show about how women rise up. She’s joined by Katie Bethell, founder of Paid Leave for the US, who shares stories and strategies for getting paid leave for all by 2022. Listen to Inflection Point for more great interviews.


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Jul 29, 2019
BONUS: Unladylike preview

We’re still on break working hard on Season 2, but in the meantime, check out this preview from our friends at Unladylike, a show about gender rules and the people who break them. This episode features Hillary Frank discussing a topic dear to us: the special misogyny reserved for working mothers. Subscribe to Unladylike today!


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Jun 25, 2019
Paid Family Leave: We Can Do Better

The paid family leave situation in America is so bad, mothers are conditioned to think that we’re “lucky” to get ANY time off at all to care for a new baby or adopted child. Erin Grau was a New York Times employee who wasn’t satisfied with “good enough” parental leave. So, along with a determined group of women, she fought to make it better for everyone at her company.


Additional interview with Claire Cain Miller, reporter for the Upshot at the New York Times.


In addition to Erin, Rebecca Grossman-Cohen, Alex Hardiman, Christine Hung, and Alex MacCallum worked to improve the New York Times’ parental leave policy.


Additional field production on this episode by Molly Nugent.




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Where are the Mothers?” Read host Katherine Goldstein’s original reporting about how the women at the New York Times improved their parental leave.


Making the case for parental leave with reporting from Claire Cain Miller:

The Economic Benefits of Paid Parental Leave.

In Google’s Inner Circle, a Falling Number of Women.”

Wal-Mart and Now Starbucks: Why More Big Companies are Offering Paid Family Leave.

With Paid Leave, Gates Foundation Says There Can Be Too Much of a Good Thing.


Read The NYTimes Parenting Section’s Guide to negotiating for parental leave:

How to Ask for Parental Leave When You’re an Hourly Worker

How Freelancing Parents Can Create Maternity or Paternity Leave.

How to Ask for Maternity or Paternity Leave When Your Company Has No Policy.


Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving, By Caitlyn Collins


Additional organizations that support parental leave advocacy:


Paid Leave US is a national advocacy organization aimed at getting national paid family leave by 2022. Check out their FAQ, templates for getting better workplace policies and a cost benefit analysis resource.


A Better Balance has tons of resources on knowing your rights around family leave, pregnancy and more.


National Domestic Workers Alliance has an online platform for paid leave for domestic workers.

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Jun 03, 2019
Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby

Angelica Lindsey-Ali is the mother of four and a sex educator. She’s also a practicing Muslim who travels around the country with a bag full of rainbow dildos teaching mothers that a sexually awakened woman is a powerful woman.... And the best “self care” of all might just be really mind-blowing sex.


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May 20, 2019
A Mother's Day Revolution & Invitation

Author Amy Westervelt and host Katherine Goldstein discuss how we can recapture the revolutionary spirit of Mother’s Day... and why it’s time for us to put a dollar amount on all the invisible labor moms do to keep society and families running. Plus, we announce an awesome next step for The Double Shift... a membership program for listeners.

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To read Amy and Katherine’s essay on returning Mother’s Day to its revolutionary roots, click here. And check out our invisible labor calculator and to find out how much you should earn per year keeping your family (and society) running.



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May 06, 2019
Co-Work, Co-Play

Most offices in America are still built by men, for men. Because of this, Tiffany Frye couldn't find any work and childcare arrangement that worked for her. So she built her own. We visit Nido, a workspace in North Carolina that puts the needs of mothers and children first.

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Apr 22, 2019
On Not Having It All

Host Katherine Goldstein was dedicating her career to covering issues facing working moms when her own personal and work life came messily crashing together. Recorded as an audio diary, Katherine shares a very personal story about family, ambition, and loss.

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Apr 08, 2019
Inside the Brothels BONUS Episode

Our "Mamas of the Brothels" episode took a lot to pull off. We tell some of the wild, behind-the-scenes stories about how this story about sex worker moms almost fell apart. Executive Producer Sarah Ventre shares how she pulled the story together by "brothel hopping" in a Tony Soprano car.

Apr 01, 2019
Mamas of the Brothels

Natasha Star is one of the highest-earning sex workers at The Sagebrush Ranch in Lyon County, Nevada. She's also a mom to a five year-old son. In this episode we talk to moms, a madam at The Mustang Ranch, and experts to explore the perks and pitfalls of being a working mom when your office is a legal brothel.

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Mar 25, 2019
The Candidate Who Carpools

Ashton Clemmons didn't think the voice of mothers was well represented in North Carolina's state government. So in 2018, she was one of the unprecedented number of women who ran for office. This intimate story gives a real look at what it's like to be a candidate with three little kids.

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Mar 11, 2019
Night Shift in Sin City

Nydia Sanchez runs one of Las Vegas' only overnight, 24-hour child care centers, serving 108 kids. Many of her clients are single moms who work in casinos, and as waitresses, nurses and dancers. We visit to find out how Nydia keeps her business affordable and serves a group of moms that many bosses, politicians, and other daycare owners just don’t think about.

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Feb 25, 2019
Punk Rock Rabbi

For over 10 years, Louisa Rachel Solomon has been the frontwoman for the rock band, The Shondes. She hasn't let pregnancy or parenthood slow her down. But she's now staring down a big existential question: How do you continue to have a creative and fulfilling professional life after you have a kid?

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Feb 11, 2019
Introducing The Double Shift

Welcome to The Double Shift, the show about women who are challenging how society sees mothers and how we see ourselves. 

Jan 21, 2019