Are American Workers Starving For A Longer Lunch?
Or are lunch breaks 'totally overrated'?
Lunch here at WNPR is both a sad and a joyous affair.
Those people who work on this show have, of course, almost no time for lunch. We mostly eat at our desks, but then so do most of our co-workers, even the ones on very different schedules.
On the happier side, we have established diplomatic relations with a wide network of cheap takeout providers, and it's not uncommon for ace newsman Jeff Cohen to blow a wooden whistle announcing what we call "the lunch train." (To get on board is to consult that takeout menu and place one's order.)
So we have ritual. And we have knowledge of the city and its myriad food trucks and counters.
But we don't use lunch to reboot our brains and our souls. And we don't use it to gather around a table and share ideas.
Lunch is always a statement about where you work, and the statement here is: we have more that we want to do than we have time to do it. And we're broke. On today's show, we share our lunch philosophies and hear your thoughts about this mid-day meal.