Katharine Seelye, host of NPR’s ‘Takeaway,’ explains how to be a feminist in an apartment

Katharine Seelye launched NPR’s The Takeaway in 1998 as a news magazine show. Five years later, the show was renamed “Takeaway-with-a-Point” and converted to an online show on NPR.com, where it remains to this day.

Among the takeaways of “MESSY APARTMENT”: The Takeaway panelist said she felt like the show’s name implied cleaning it up herself rather than paying someone else to. The panelist expressed frustration with how clean her tidy apartment is, commenting on the work her family put into it and how they felt like they should “clean up” a place they’ve invested so much in.

“When I look in the mirror at my apartment, and I look at my husband who is a very meticulous man, who worked hard for this, and I look at my daughter who is a very conscientious and busy little one, I think that is a true feminist in itself,” Seelye told WBUR News Radio 106.7’s “Midday” on Tuesday.

“I don’t think it should be messy at all,” she said. “The little girl should be running, climbing, playing, climbing around in the kitchen.”

Seelye, who hosts the show from her own home in D.C., said the panel’s weekly visit to see her messy apartment is why she still loves it. “It’s just really in the forefront of my mind,” she said. “I can’t imagine not having that.”

The episode of “MESSY APARTMENT” aired on Monday. You can listen to it at 7:30 p.m. on WBUR.


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