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Millions of people in the U.S. left the workforce as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A majority of them were women. This week on NEXT, we hear from women who left their jobs and talk with an expert about the stressors  — and what recovery might look like. Plus, high school English teacher Takeru Nagayoshi on what he’s learned in this past year of hybrid teaching. And we remember trans activist and ballroom icon Jahaira DeAlto. 

STORIES FROM THE COLLABORATIVE

During the pandemic, 2.4 million women left the U.S. workforce from Feb. 2020 to Feb. 2021, compared to 1.8 million men who left in that same period. Credit: Getty Images

Episode 250: ‘It’s Like Climbing Up A Mudslide’: Pandemic Pushes Women Out Of The Workforce

Millions of people in the U.S. left the workforce as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A majority of them were women. This week on NEXT, we hear from women who left their jobs and talk with an expert about the stressors  — and what recovery might look like. Plus, high school English teacher Takeru Nagayoshi on what he’s learned in this past year of hybrid teaching. And we remember trans activist and ballroom icon Jahaira DeAlto. 

Excerpted from "The Secret to Superhuman Strength" by Alison Bechdel. Copyright © 2021 by Alison Bechdel. Reprinted by permission of HMH Books & Media. All rights reserved.

Episode 249: Alison Bechdel On ‘The Secret To Superhuman Strength’; Advocates Push Colleges To Hire More Black-Owned Firms To Oversee Investments

Alison Bechdel’s new graphic novel depicts her life through fitness. This week on NEXT, we talk with Bechdel about ‘The Secret to Superhuman Strength,’ which is more about a state of being than six-pack abs. Plus, advocates make the case for colleges to hire more diverse financial firms to manage billion-dollar endowments. And scholar-activist Katharine Morris reflects on her experience at the intersection of racism, environmental justice and public health, and her framework for moving forward.

Laurie Santos teaching  “Psychology and the Good Life." (Karin Shedd/Yale)

Episode 248: ‘The Happiness Lab’ Professor On Ways We Can Be Happier; How Jonny Sun Is Learning To Balance Work And Rest

When Professor Laurie Santos first offered a course about psychology and happiness at Yale University, over a thousand students signed up. This week on NEXT, Santos gives us tips  on how we can be happier in our lives. Plus, we’ll hear dream experts discuss the evolution of COVID-19 dreams. And we talk to author, illustrator and TV writer Jonny Sun about his relationship with work and free time — and the things he’s unintentionally inherited from his family. 

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