Politics and History

Plants at the beginning
Airdates: 
September 15, 2018

The first birth is when you arrive here, as a wet, wiggling newborn. But there may be other transitions in your life that feel just as difficult and profound. Some people actually call those passages re-birth. More

Studs Terkel in studio
Audio

Studs Terkel talked with people from of all walks of life about their work, from firefighters, to steel workers, to labor activist Cesar Chavez. 

Niki poses with some of her staff. She makes accommodations for employees struggling with prior convictions or legal status.
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A few years ago, Niki Okuk started a tire recycling company in Los Angeles. Run along the lines of a worker-owned cooperative, the employees are people who would ordinarily have a hard time finding any job. 

Length: 
11:01
punch the clock
Dangerous Ideas

When we talk about reforming work, fixing work, creating new kinds of work — author and historian James Livingston thinks perhaps we’re not going far enough. 

Length: 
4:51
man walking to work
Articles

The anthropologist David Graeber says “BS jobs” are an epidemic. Especially in that circle of hell known as middle management.

Length: 
11:51
man moving steel
Articles

Alissa Quart spent the last few years traveling around the country, talking with all kinds of people about work. What she found is a lot of people with jobs that look good on paper but who feel — in a word — squeezed.

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12:26

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