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Screaming on the Inside: New York Times reporter Jessica Grose on the unsustainability of American motherhood

Time & Date

Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:30 pm

Both in-person and virtual tickets are available for this event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Event Location

WBUR CitySpace890 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215Open in Google Maps

Ticket Price



Women have always shouldered most of the parenting duties, from playdates to teacher conferences to family dinners. Jessica Grose, author of the New York Times parenting newsletter, is here to say enough is enough. In her new book, “Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood,” she explains how we got to this moment, why the current state of expectations on mothers is wholly unsustainable and how we can move towards something better.

Grose will be in conversation with Emily Oster, professor of economics, author and another mother who is an expert on the challenges of parenting.

Copies of “Screaming on the Inside” will be available to purchase from our bookstore partner Brookline Booksmith. Grose will sign books after the conversation.

CitySpace Tickets 
Premiere: $25.00 (includes reserved seating)
General: $15.00
Student: $5.00

Virtual Tickets
$5.00 (only one ticket needed per household)

Ways To Save
WBUR Sustainers save $5.00 on general and virtual tickets and WBUR Members save $5.00 on general tickets to this event online or at the door with your Membership card.

To apply the discount to your ticket purchase online, you’ll need to enter a promo code. You can get your code by emailing

Registrants may be contacted by CitySpace about this or future events.

About “Screaming on the Inside”
Close your eyes and picture the perfect mother. She is usually blonde and thin. Her roots are never showing and she installed that gleaming kitchen backsplash herself (watch her TikTok for DIY tips). She seamlessly melds work, wellness and home; and during the depths of the pandemic, she also ran remote school and woke up at 5 a.m. to meditate.

You may read this and think it’s bananas; you have probably internalized much of it.

Journalist Jessica Grose sure had. After she failed to meet every one of her own expectations for her first pregnancy, she devoted her career to revealing how morally bankrupt so many of these ideas and pressures are. Now, in "Screaming on the Inside," Grose weaves together her personal journey with scientific, historical, and contemporary reporting to be the voice for American parents she wishes she’d had a decade ago.

The truth is that parenting cannot follow a recipe; there’s no foolproof set of rules that will result in a perfectly adjusted child. Every parent has different values, and we will have different ideas about how to pass those values along to our children. What successful parenting has in common, regardless of culture or community, is close observation of the kind of unique humans our children are. In thoughtful and revelatory chapters about pregnancy, identity, work, social media and the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, Grose explains how we got to this moment, why the current state of expectations on mothers is wholly unsustainable and how we can move towards something better.

This event is made possible with support from Cambridge Trust.

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