#407 – Mindfulness as An Antidote for The Busy-ness Epidemic with Brigid Schulte

Brigid Schulte


Brigid Schulte is an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and Washington Post magazine. She is also a fellow at the New America Foundation. In her career, she has written about, among other subjects, politics, culture, the military, science, the environment, work-life issues, gender and poverty. She was part of the team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Tom Bowman, military affairs correspondent for National Public Radio, and their two children, Liam and Tessa.

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  1. Dr. Michael Ocana
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    This was an excellent interview. Here we have a real look at cultural factors affecting stress in our lives. These factors are at the root of mental illness in a way that I am fairly certain gut flora are not. Many fascinating observations about our north american culture in contrast to other viewpoints from overseas! And a reference to one of my favorite social thinkers, Sarah Hrdy. I plan to pick up this audiobook! I also liked your dialogue with your intern today.

  2. Posted June 22, 2014 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Wonderful interview! It struck me as I was listening that I have a personal advantage over many in that I am Sabbath observant. This gives me 25 uninterrupted hours weekly for rest, contemplation, family time, social time and a host of other benefits. However, I remember that when I was a child, the culture around me also took weekly downtime – the stores were all closed on Sundays and you could see people going to church everywhere. I found it interesting that Bridgette didn’t mention this particular cultural shift and its consequences: the non-stop 7 day week. On another note, I want to say that I enjoyed the post-interview review with your new intern! Thanks so much for a great show as always!

  3. Posted July 20, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    This was an enjoyable and thought provoking interview! I must confess that I find it frustrating that gender roles are still such an issue; men need to be held more accountable by society when it comes to work and family. As a divorced mother of three, the idea that women are expected to juggle so much when it comes to work and children, is irritating and unrealistic. Thands for this interview Dr. Dave!

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