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Why Paid Family Leave Might Finally Happen

The pandemic laid bare just how little support caretakers have. Is Congress ready to change that?


Episode Notes

The United States is the only rich industrialized nation without a universal paid family leave policy. But as child and home care costs balloon, and the pandemic continues to leave families in precarious work situations, many caretakers have hit a wall. Congress might finally be ready to do something about it.

Guest: Chabeli Carrazana, economy reporter for the 19th.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.

Special thanks to Natali Fani-González at Community Change.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

  • Erin Ryan is a writer and political commentator. She is the host of Hysteria on the Crooked Media podcast network and a contributor to the Daily Beast.