The Double Shift

Double Shift Productions

The Double Shift is a narrative show that challenges the status quo of motherhood in America, hosted by Katherine Goldstein and Angela Garbes. For the latest on The Double Shift's newsletter and community that's a social change laboratory for moms, go to thedoubleshift.com and sign up for our newsletter.

Announcing... The Double Shift’s Next Chapter
Jun 22 2022
Announcing... The Double Shift’s Next Chapter
It’s been a minute since you’ve heard from us, but Katherine is excited to share news about the next chapter of The Double Shift, a newsletter and community that’s a social change laboratory for moms. The Double Shift has always been more than a podcast, and we're embracing our membership community as a place for building connections around political, social and workplace change, transforming families and building a more just future for everyone. We believe in: Solidarity — not advice Bold ideas — not life hacks Curiosity — not judgment Thoughtful research and analysis — not uninformed flame throwing Membership starts at $7/mo, and members get: An audio version of the newsletter to listen to on your favorite player The ability to comment on public posts and members-only private threads Access to members-only hangouts on Zoom (and in person!) This is the start of the list. More benefits coming, based on member feedback. (Read the full announcement post here! ) (Your paying membership )allows this to be one of the very-few non-corporate spaces left on the mom-internet.  To sign up for our (revamped newsletter) full of reporting about the forces that shape family life in America and challenging the status quo of motherhood, go to (thedoubleshift.com/newsletter). To see all the member benefits, join the community or upgrade your membership go to (thedoubleshift.com/join.) If you’d like a donated membership email, askthedoubleshift@gmail.com. Our next virtual hangout is July 20th at 3pm EST. It’s titled Workplace Revolution w/Erin Grau, who’s the co-founder and COO of Charter Works. To listen to Erin on the Double Shift, listen to " (Paid Leave, We Can Do Better,)" and the followup ( episode we made about Double Shifters) who were galvanized to advocate for better family policies by listening to Erin's story. To celebrate our relaunch, this event is open to all. (RSVP here. )
This is Not Goodbye
Feb 9 2022
This is Not Goodbye
The Double Shift podcast launched three years ago to share the real stories of motherhood in America, and radically explore the social forces that make being a mom so challenging.  We’ve brought you stories from inside brothels and a 24-hour childcare center; we’ve confronted capitalism, patriarchy, and the idealized myth of nuclear family; we opened up conversations about mental health and its stigma and amplified the voices of people often left out of conversations about motherhood; and we’ve gone deep on the experiences of moms and caregivers during the pandemic.  Along the way we’ve reframed the conversation about motherhood and built a community of folks who aren’t only listening, but also supporting each other and taking action to make their communities better.  While the podcast in this format will be on indefinite hiatus, our work is just getting started. We’ll be investing time and energy into our free weekly newsletter, led by Katherine, about the forces that shape family life in America, filled with reporting and storytelling. Sign up here: (thedoubleshift.com/newsletter) We’re also nourishing our robust member community with hangouts, audio newsletters, and more. Please join us and support our ongoing mission! It starts at $5/mo. Go to (thedoubleshift.com/join). THANK YOU with our whole hearts for being part of The Double Shift.   In case you’d like to go down memory lane, here’s a (playlist of some of our favorite episodes) over the last 3 years.  Pre-order Angela’s book, (Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change). Read this week's newsletter: (5 Things I've Learned as a Pandemic Mom and Podcast Business Lady)
Building a Movement for Paid Leave
Dec 8 2021
Building a Movement for Paid Leave
Changing workplaces to make them substantially better for moms and caregivers is, in fact, possible. Inspired by our show on paid family leave back in 2019, we hear from some Double Shift listeners who fiercely advocated for -- and got -- better paid family leave at their companies. We are closer than ever before to getting federally funded paid leave for everyone. This is so important, but it’s just one part of an ongoing movement. Today’s episode offers encouragement, some playbook tactics, some real world examples, and something we all need right now -- hope.  Subscribe to our newsletter: (www.thedoubleshift.com/newsletter), and become a member to support our show. (www.thedoubleshift.com/join). Listen to our episode from 2019, (Paid Leave, We Can Do Better). Subscribe to our newsletter: (www.thedoubleshift.com/newsletter), and become a member to support our show. (www.thedoubleshift.com/join). Listen to our episode from 2019, (Paid Leave, We Can Do Better). Information and Resources: “ (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: “ (5 Ways to Explain the Urgent Need for Paid Family Leave.)”  “ (The Economic Benefits of Paid Parental Leave.)” “ (Wal-Mart and Now Starbucks: Why More Big Companies are Offering Paid Family Leave.)” 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.)” Additional organizations that support family 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. Get in touch with Erin Grau on (LinkedIn), or email her at e@charterworks.com. Check out (The Chamber of Mothers), and get involved.  ----------
“Good Moms” and the COVID Vaccine
Nov 10 2021
“Good Moms” and the COVID Vaccine
COVID vaccinations for five to 11 year olds are here, and for so many parents and caregivers this moment could not have come soon enough. Others are taking a wait-and-see approach, including many moms who are vaccinated themselves but may feel anxiety about the COVID vaccine when it comes to their kids... and they don't necessarily have access to a doctor or health care worker who can help them sort through the information -- and emotion -- overload that dovetails with socially imposed expectations on what it means to be a “good mom.”  Katherine has got you covered. She talks with her great friend AND trusted advisor, board certified family physician Dr. Liz Baltaro, about the science on kids and the COVID vaccine, and about the swirling vortex of “vaccine anxiety:” The worry many moms feel when making these weighty decisions about their children’s safety. Dr. Liz fields questions from you, our listeners, and brings calm to the chaos. Even if you are on board with getting your kids the shot, this episode may answer some important, lingering questions you have and will help you better understand those in your life who aren’t quite sold. Some Helpful Resources: (Pfizer study on vaccines for ages 5-11 measures vaccines ability to neutralize antibody responses) (The risk of myocarditis is higher from COVID than from the COVID vaccine) --The New England Journal of Medicine (The official CDC guidance on vaccines for kids and teens)  (American Academy of Pediatrics FAQs of the COVID Vaccine)  (Answers to your Questions About the COVID Vaccine and Kids) -- NYTimes Research cited in this episode was based on information available as of October 2021. Research on the impact of the covid vaccine on children is being updated regularly -- check the  (CDC web page for children and teens) for the most recent information on vaccine safety and effectiveness. If you love the Double Shift Podcast, sign up for our newsletter, ( thedoubleshift.com/newsletter).  Consider joining The Double Shift member community, which is a social change laboratory for moms. Learn more here at (thedoubleshift.com/join).
The Moms Are Not OK (Part 2)
Jun 2 2021
The Moms Are Not OK (Part 2)
In Part 1 of this series, hosts Katherine Goldstein and Angela Garbes shared their own mental health challenges over the past year. They definitely aren’t the only ones who have struggled -- and in this episode we hear directly from some listeners who’ve sent us voice memos about how they are also not OK. We share some of the most pressing issues we are hearing about with Dr. Amber Thornton, a clinical psychologist and a motherhood wellness consultant. We discuss moms’ needs coming last, challenges in accessing care, additional obstacles for women of color in getting mental health support, some realities around self medicating, and more.  You can find out more about Dr Amber at (Balanced Working Mama), and her podcast (The Balanced Working Mama Podcast). & you love the Double Shift Podcast, sign up for our newsletter, ( thedoubleshift.com/newsletter).  Resources: If you are needing mental health support, please check out the following organizations: (Postpartum Progress ) (Postpartum Support International Hotline): 1-800-944-4773 (1-Spanish, 2- English) (Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (In English and Spanish)) (Motherhood Understood), which includes Mother’s Manual for Postpartum Mental Health, Cheat sheet to Medications, Cheat sheet to Partners, and other resources. SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Helpline is 1-800-662-HELP (4357). They also have (a treatment locator.)  (National Suicide Prevention Hotline): 800-273-8255 Membership: Consider joining The Double Shift member community, which is a social change laboratory for moms. Learn more here at (thedoubleshift.com/join).
Jenna
Mar 10 2021
Jenna
In the Before Times, Jenna Mason had been cobbling together enough money as a freelance writer and restaurant server to support herself and her two kids -- she has shared custody with her ex-husband. When the world ground to a halt in her town of Oxford, Mississippi, the life she’d built for her family -- and the confidence she felt in herself -- came apart … not in one big crash, but in a cascading series of crises, one leading to another leading to another. On the one year anniversary of the pandemic shutdown in the US, Jenna talks about financial precarity, her mental health struggles, navigating unemployment and how she’s found a way to keep going. This episode is a collaboration with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and The Guardian. To read a print version of this story, (go here). If you love the Double Shift Podcast, sign up for our newsletter, ( thedoubleshift.com/newsletter).  Consider joining The Double Shift member community, which is a social change laboratory for moms. Learn more here at (thedoubleshift.com/join). We want to hear from you: we know a lot of moms who are dealing with existing and new mental health issues. So we want to hear from you about what you are experiencing right now. What does it look like when you are not “holding it all together?” How has the pandemic brought on a change in your relationship to medication or self-medication? Or tell us a story about a turning point when you realized you needed to take action to support your mental health....Send us a email or a voice recording using the voice memo app on your phone -- to askthedoubleshift@gmail.com and we may use it in an upcoming show.