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As childcare costs overwhelm young families, more women are staying home, and families are losing financial ground. Gust host Barbara Bogaev asks whether the time has come for federally funded daycare. Should employers step up with paid leave, flexible work hours, on-site preschool?

Also, Russia opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has been given a suspended sentence, and a round-up of the tech stories we'll keep talking about into 2015.

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Jenny Hamel
Sonya Geis

Russia Opposition Leader Given Suspended Sentence, Brother Arrested 6 MIN, 30 SEC

A Moscow court today convicted the anti-corruption crusader and opposition leader Aleksei Navalny of criminal fraud charges. The court suspended his sentence but in a surprise move ordered his brother, who was also charged, to serve three and a half years. The case is widely seen as political retribution by President Putin on the former postal-worker turned activist. Joining us from Moscow is Mark Galleotti, a security expert at New York University's Center for Global Affairs.

Guests:
Mark Galeotti, New York University (@MarkGaleotti)

When Childcare Costs as Much as College 34 MIN, 26 SEC

In the last twenty years the cost of childcare has outstripped every other item in the family budget. Meanwhile the quality of care is lower than any other developed nation in the world. According to the latest Pew Research Center study, a growing number of parents are opting out of the workforce as a result -- and despite the Lean-In and feminist revolutions -- the parent dropping out of the workforce is still, usually, a mom. Is the exploding expense of childcare setting back the clock on the women's movement? Should the government subsidize childcare as aggressively as higher education? Should the United States have federally mandated paid parental leave and more subsidies for childcare?

Guests:
Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR (@titonka)
Arlie Hochschild, University of California, Berkeley
Tamara Straus, University of California, Berkeley
Emmy McCarthy, Amsterdam Mamas (@IAmEmmyMcC)

More:
Childcare Aware on the cost of childcare
Kurtzleben on the cost of raising an American child
Dillon Matthews on who gets the biggest childcare tax breaks
UNICEF's overview of child well-being in rich countries
Moms Rising
Straus on what stalled the gender revolution, the cost of childcare
Amsterdam Mamas on the Dutch childcare system

The Second Shift

Arlie Hochschild

This Year's Tech Stories You'll Be Reading More on Next Year 8 MIN, 43 SEC

2014 was a banner year for new technology and controversies over its ramifications: think net neutrality, the sharing economy and people wearing Google Glass bumping into things. None of this is going away anytime soon so, in the spirit of the New Year, we're looking ahead to some ongoing tech stories for 2015. Vauhini Vara is a business and technology correspondent for the New Yorker

Guests:
Vauhini Vara, New Yorker magazine (@vauhinivara)

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