Sweet Spot: Need to vent? Call the New York Times 'Primal Scream' hotline


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The New York Times has set up a Primal Scream hotline to help callers let it all out.

All you have to do is call, wait for the beep, and scream. Or complain. Or talk. Your call.

"Any of our readers or anyone who is not a reader can call to scream, laugh, cry," said Jessica Bennett, editor at large for the New York Times. "We've been hearing for months now about how women have been disproportionately affected in the pandemic and we've been hearing about parents who are struggling to manage work and child care."

The call line is not just for women, but most of the calls have been from them.

One woman called in and screamed at the top of her lungs before saying that's she sick of her kids.

Another woman called in and through tears said, "This pandemic has made me realize that maybe I'm not cut out to be a mother."

One caller vented about the seemingly never-ending stream of household chores. "I am doing my sixth load of laundry today. Ugh, God, every day I think I can't do this again but then I do," the caller said.

"I think a lot of people put their own mental health last," Bennett said. "We knew that we were not going to solve the problem but we thought maybe we could provide a little bit of catharsis with this primal scream line."

If you want to scream or get something off your chest call 212-556-3800. Click here for more information.

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