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ENCORE: A Look At Burnout During The Age Of Coronavirus


This interview originally aired Jan. 26, 2021. 

“Burnout” is a feeling many Idahoans can relate to these days. From the political upheaval in the country, and the anxiety that comes with trying to get through the COVID-19 pandemic to the economic instability in the face of those two crises, there’s a lot to feel exhausted by. 

Writer Anne Helen Petersen knows a lot about exhaustion. Her recent book “Can’t Even: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation” was a pre-pandemic exploration of this issue. She’s written opinion pieces in the New York Times on how the pandemic has changed our working lives, and in her weekly newsletter Petersen writes about everything from accessing the COVID-19 vaccine to dating and friendship in quarantine. 

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!