This week on Spawned, I have the honor of welcoming back the wonderful Anya Kamenetz, NPR Education reporter and author, to talk about her new book, The Stolen Year: How Covid Changed Kids’ Lives…and Where We Go Now. I will tell you this: From the title alone, this is not the book you may think it is. Anya traces the history of our country’s failure to support children and families — especially mothers — and how the crisis that came about in 2020 was actually decades in the making.


Anya Kamenetz on the Spawned Podcast with Liz Gumbinner: The impact of Covid on kids and families

Note: I mentioned at the top of the show that I thought my daughter and I had Covid — irony! Also, false alarm! But I did have a cold when we spoke, so if it sounds like I’m saying “Adya” instead of “Anya,” now you know why. (D’oh.)

Take a listen right now. And see if you can catch our engineer John Bowen’s subversive dig at Twitter in the outro. Ha.

This week’s episode, graciously sponsored by Dell. 

Anya Kamenetz's new book: The Stolen Year: How Covid Changed Children's LivesThe Stolen Year: How Covid Changed Kids’ Lives…and Where We Go Now available at Amazon, and your local independent bookseller

Related Episodes and Other Reading:

– Spawned Ep 213: Katherine Goldstein of the Double Shift on how the Covid pandemic is screwing working moms.
– Spawned Ep 136: Rene Syler on speaking up and speaking out about racism and racial injustice
– Spawned Ep 210: Kids and birthdays in the age of Covid: The loss is real.
– Spawned Ep 262:  Pandemic fails, data-driven parenting, and how to make better decisions for your family, with author Emily Oster
– NPR: 6 new findings on learning loss from Covid
– These articles explain how the pandemic is impacting mothers
– Maternal mental health: What we can do to spread the word
– 10 books to help kids and teens cope with anxiety during Covid 19.

And ifyou like this interview with Anya, be sure to check out our interview with her on The Great Screen-Time Debate.

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Anya’s Cool Picks of the Week: Follow her on Mastodon — — where she’s looking for a Twitter alternative. (Psst… I’m on there too!

Liz’s Cool Pick of the Week: The gender expression affirming Fluide Beauty is closing shop and I’m so sad — shop now for 60% off as the close out. Related: Our new Ultimate Gift Guide for Kids is live! I have a heart for the Best Gifts for Teens right now and discuss a new favorite that Christina found as a replacement for Fluid.

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