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Not My Job: Tales From the "Degreasing Room."

From: Chelsea Merz
Length: 08:42

Matthew Works has been living on the streets for ten years. Here he remembers one of his last paying jobs, assembling Braille typewriters, which thrust him into a Dickensian nightmare.

Default-piece-image-1 Matthew Works has been living on the streets of Boston for over a decade. Here he remembers one of his last paying jobs, assembling braille typerwriters, which thrust him into a Dickensian nightmare. Producer Chelsea Merz has been chronicalling Matthew's life on the streets for the last few years. This story was taped at a pizza joint in downtown Boston.

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Matthew Works has been living on the streets of Boston for over a decade. Here he remembers one of his last paying jobs, assembling braille typerwriters, which thrust him into a Dickensian nightmare. Producer Chelsea Merz has been chronicalling Matthew's life on the streets for the last few years. This story was taped at a pizza joint in downtown Boston.

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Review of Not My Job: Tales From the "Degreasing Room."

This is a graceful albeit painful angle about working. Carefully produced - and I mean respecting the natural pacing of Matthew's
story, thoughtfully revealing the simple and long-legged truth about working the wrong job.
Merz has an artistic hand with music, giving the listener a chance to digest what has been laid out on the table without being heavy handed. I aired this amid various stories about working on "Arts and Ideas" and it stands out.

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Host Intro: Matthew Works has been living on the streets of Boston for over a decade. Here he remembers one of his last paying jobs, assembling Braille typewriters, which thrust him into a Dickensian nightmare. Matthew was recorded at a pizza joint in downtown Boston.

OUTRO: Shortly after refusing to do "degreasing duty" Matthew was fired. He's currently living on the streets of Boston.