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Should Connecticut Mandate Paid Family and Medical Leave?

Paid leave has been a hot-button issue on the campaign trail and in the Connecticut legislature. Earlier this year, state lawmakers considered a bill that would have established mandatory paid family and medical leave for private employees. That bill, however, died in the Senate. 

This hour, we sit down with legislators and public policy experts to discuss what happened, and what’s next for paid leave efforts in Connecticut. We also find out why some moms and dads are turning to crowdfunding to help support their unpaid parental leave. And we meet the author of A Bun in the Oven -- a new book with some novel ideas about the food and birth movements.


  • Catherine Bailey - Legal and Public Policy Director at Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund; co-chair of the Campaign for Paid Family Leave
  • Senator Beth Bye - Represents Connecticut's 5th Senate District 
  • Kathleen Fleury - Editor-in-Chief of Down East Magazine; founder of MyBabyBond
  • Barbara Katz Rothman - Professor of Sociology and Public Health at City University of New York; author of A Bun In the Oven: How The Food and Birth Movements Resist Industrialization

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Lucy Nalpathanchil and Tucker Ives contributed to this show.

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