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Polls show more than three-fourths of Americans think the best marriage allows both mothers and fathers equal time to work and take care of the family, but in practice that's increasingly hard. What's happened since the Women's Movement began 50 years ago? Are employment practices out of sync with workers themselves? Also, with the payroll tax holiday over, are people spending less? On Reporter's Notebook, great films and actors that never won.

Banner image: National Organization for Women (NOW) founder Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan (2nd L), 1968. Photo courtesy Smithsonian Institution

Making News Payroll Tax Holiday Is Over, Are People Spending Less? 7 MIN, 38 SEC

The "payroll tax holiday” enacted two years ago to stimulate the economy expired on January 1. Retailers, restaurants and other businesses say that reduced take-home pay for consumers is taking a bite out of sales. Sudeep Reddy is economics reporter for the Wall Street Journal.  He blogs at Real Time Economics.

Sudeep Reddy, Wall Street Journal (@Reddy)

Main Topic Has the Movement for Women's Equality Hit a Wall? 34 MIN, 23 SEC

Fifty years ago, Betty Friedan jump-started the Women's Movement, and the number of women joining the workforce increased for the next 30 years. But toward the end of the 90's, that number began to decline, partly because workplace requirements increased without becoming more flexible. Now, among industrial nations, the US is dead last in accommodating families with mothers and fathers who both want to work. Is this why America's birthrate is going down? Is it time for workplace practices to catch up with worker's ideals?


Stephanie Coontz, Council on Contemporary Families (@StephanieCoontz)
Nadia Taha, New York Times (@Nadia8)
Christina Caldwell, Women's E-News (@AGirlNamedTutu)
Stewart Friedman, Wharton School (@StewFriedman)
Elizabeth Marquardt, FamilyScholars.Org (@newmetaphor70)

A Strange Stirring

Stephanie Coontz

Reporter's Notebook A Short History of Oscar's Worst Snubs 6 MIN, 40 SEC

Is Stanley Kubrick the greatest director who never won an Oscar? What about Orson Wells? Is the Academy likely to make some new mistakes on Sunday night? Nine films are up for Best Picture this year, and the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and other awards have created expectations for winners and losers. We look back at some mistakes of the past with David Sterritt, Chairman of the National Society of Film Critics. His latest book is Spike Lee's America.

David Sterritt, National Society of Film Critics (@DavidSterritt)

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