The Daily Show's Desi Lydic | Maternal Wage Gap, Gender Equality, + our Southern Blonde's Guide to Surviving Family Politics

Desi Lydic on Atomic Moms Podcast

Desi Lydic on Atomic Moms Podcast

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The Daily Show correspondent and toddler wrangler DESI LYDIC chats about her recent globe-trotting adventures to Iceland, Namibia, and Spain in order to find out how America can do better with the Gender Gap. (The United States ranks flipping #49!). We talk about the time she flew across the country for her dream job interview that happened to coincide with a not yet revealed pregnancy. (Would you tell your potential boss if you were pregnant?) And since we're southern blondes, we share our hot tips for keeping things civil-ish when visiting our Fox News loving families back home. (We love you Moms.) We also give a Daniel Tiger shout, commiserate about not being our kid's favorite parent, and we can't wait for all y'all to watch her special The Daily Show Presents Desi Lydic: Abroad debuting Monday, May 13, at 11 pm ET/PT.

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According to OECD data, the motherhood penalty amounts to about a 7% wage reduction per child. There is also some evidence of a fatherhood premium: a positive relationship between a man’s wage and the number of children he has.
— Laura Tyson, Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at Berkeley


Women Are on Track to Earn the Same as Men -- in 202 Years - Bloomberg

The global gender gap will take more than 100 years to close — here are the countries with the highest and lowest gender gap around the world - Business Insider

Mapped: The best (and worst) countries for gender equality - The Telegraph


Desi Lydic joined The Daily Show as a Correspondent in September 2015 when Trevor Noah started his tenure as Host. She is a professionally trained improvisational and comedic actress, she had a starring role on MTV’s hit comedy series Awkward — where she befriended one of our Atomic Moms buddies and two time Atomic Moms guest Nikki DeLoach - remember her story about her baby boy Bennett’s open heart surgery? Back to Desi! Her other credits include FXX’s The League and Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo.

Desi Lydic: Abroad

Desi Lydic: Abroad

Atomic Moms podcast pairings:

Writing Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Mom Life, & Fred Roger's Legacy with Becky Friedman

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#158 The delightful Becky Friedman, twice Emmy nominated head writer of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood(PBS Kids), is in studio. We talk about her transition from preschool teacher to children’s media creator, her recent west coast migration, the new mom friends search, our babies’ celebrity dopplegangers, Fred Rogers' legacy, our comedic screenwriter husbands named Adam (hers executive produced The Daily Show with John Stewart), the kid games we play while lying down from exhaustion, pregnancy while parenting a toddler, and her journey from intern to head writer of a cultural phenomenon. Of course, I also get to the bottom of important listener questions like: why doesn't Daniel Tiger wear pants and how his mom is so frigging calm? xx Ellie Knaus

Body CONSCIOUS | Nikki DeLoach, Jen Dede: open-heart surgery, fertility, friendship

What is your body trying to tell you? Has it ever felt like it has betrayed you? And what wisdom did you glean from the experience? This week Atomic Moms podcast is back at what it does best: commiserating over sleepless nights + expressing the grit and determination necessary to live fully and discovering the tools to do so, with a Cali-dose of woo woo and optimism.

Friends Nikki DeLoach (Awkward) and Jen Dede (Shameless) have supported each other through hell and back and aren't afraid to crack a joke about it. They speak candidly about Jen's 8 year struggle with fertility, Nikki's harrowing experience with her newborn's open-heart surgery two months ago, and our fear of the big D and we don't mean Dallas OR Divorce. OK fine...I'll say it. Death. Join us in celebrating the launch of their super positive, uplifting, and crazy honest site: What We Are: A community of women celebrating our beautifully unfiltered selves.