Gamifying our daily lives, American motherhood

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A mother and son smile as they hug each other outside.
Chanel Clark hugs her son, Thane, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, near her home in Verona, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

Work, school, and shopping are just some of the areas of our lives that are being influenced by video games. That’s according to our guest, who shares the ways our daily lives are being gamified. We also talk about the high expectations for American mothers and how other countries support working moms.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Jessica Grose Guest
  • Adrian Hon Guest