Two twentysomethings talk twentysomethings

Dec 10, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Samantha Henig, co-author of Twenty Something: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck?

In this age of Facebook, online slacktivism, poor job prospects, and a pop culture that seems hung up on extended adolescence, something of a national discussion is going on about whether today’s young people are in fact increasingly swearing off adult responsibilities and delaying once important milestones in their lives —  or whether older generations are merely criticizing young people the way they always have since the term “teenager” was new and Elvis was on Ed Sullivan.

Robin Marantz Henig has collaborated with her daughter Samantha on an exploration of modern life for the millenials.

Samantha Henig is web editor for the Times Magazine and has previously worked for The New Yorker, Slate, and Newsweek. In pairing with her Baby Boomer mom, she helps clarify the argument from a young person’s standpoint in her book. And I found that we had much in common – we graduated from college a year apart, work in the media, and have no kids at home or in our daydreams (at least for the moment), which is common among many of our peers.

The book is published by Hudson Street Press