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Inflection Point 59: Why are we so unhappy? Ruth Whippman author of "America the Anxious"

Phorto courtesy of Ruth Whippman/modified from original
America the Anxious by Ruth Whippman

Are you anxious? Here's why.

Last week we aired our conversation with Ruth Whippman, Author of "America the Anxious. Why our search for happiness is driving us crazy and how to find it for real." In that episode, we compared what she’d discovered about the self-help industry with this idea of empowerment feminism. Girl Power anyone? If you missed that episode, make sure to check it out in our podcast feed. Today I’m sharing the interview I did with Ruth from 2016 about the self-help industry. This episode also includes Donna Jaffe, President of Peaceable Kingdom, a cooperative game company for kids; and Megan Tan, of the "Millennial" podcast, on learning how to negotiate.

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Lauren Schiller is the host and creator ofInflection Point, a podcast and nationally syndicated public radio show about how women rise up. Launched in 2015, and produced in partnership with KALW and PRX, Inflection Point was one of the first radio shows and podcasts in the country to exclusively feature conversations with women about how they build power and lead change. In 2008, Lauren co-created and co-hosted “The Lady Brain Show”, one of the first ever female-led podcasts. Lauren is an award-winning producer, was the Executive Producer of Audio for Salon Media, where she is a regular contributor, and has been a guest host for “The Conversation” on BBC World Service. Lauren is also a speaker and moderator at live events including INFORUM, The Commonwealth Club, Bay Area Book Festival, JCCSF, and Cal Performances