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Episode 4:Amy Westervelt

Journalist Amy Westervelt on the Myth of Finding Balance through Freelancing.


In this week's conversation, I had the pleasure of speaking with Amy Westervelt.

Amy is an award winning journalist, with honors including a 2007 Folio Eddi for her feature on the potential of algae as a feedstock for biofuel, a 2015 Rachel Carson award for 'women greening journalism' and a 2017 Edward R. Murrow award for a series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. As a writer and editor, Amy covers many topics including the environment, health, tech, and business. She has also contributed regularly to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among many other notable publications. Her magazine work includes Popular Science, Elle, BusinessWeek, and Travel + Leisure. She has written books for Fodor’s, Great Destinations, and Wallpaper.

In November, she launched Drilled -- "the first ever true-crime style podcast to examine the creation of climate denial". On top of that, her book Forget Having It All: How America Messed Up Motherhood, and How to Fix It was just released by Seal Press.  She is also the founder of Critical Frequency, a podcast network she designed to provide a platform for other, often unheard voices, including those, here on The 43 Percent.

In our conversation, Amy shared her experiences as a working mom, and discussed the myth of finding balance through freelancing. You can listen to the full episode below or wherever you listen to podcasts by clicking here.