We're working on a new version of PRX. Want a sneak peek?

Piece image

Garbage Man-Short Version

From: Richard Paul
Series: People Who Work
Length: 04:00

A trashman talks frankly about his life and work

Trashtrucksm_small Whenever governments -- especially local governments -- cut back, there's always a lot of talk about "essential services" .... The ones everyone expects to be performed. This is a look at someone who performs one of those "essential services." Arguably one of the most important. But not one any of us really likes to think about much. Producer Richard Paul spent the day with a man nicknamed "Motor Mouth" who collects Washington DC's trash. CLOSE: Albert M. Roe, Junior -- better known to his colleagues as "Motor Mouth" -- collects trash in Washington, DC. Our series on people who work is produced by Richard Paul.

To hear the full audio, sign up for a free PRX account or log in.

Piece Description

Whenever governments -- especially local governments -- cut back, there's always a lot of talk about "essential services" .... The ones everyone expects to be performed. This is a look at someone who performs one of those "essential services." Arguably one of the most important. But not one any of us really likes to think about much. Producer Richard Paul spent the day with a man nicknamed "Motor Mouth" who collects Washington DC's trash. CLOSE: Albert M. Roe, Junior -- better known to his colleagues as "Motor Mouth" -- collects trash in Washington, DC. Our series on people who work is produced by Richard Paul.

2 Comments Atom Feed

Caption: PRX default User image

Review of Garbage Man-Short Version

Quite nice, this piece and this series. It's a good look at the type of person who is judged only when (s)he does a bad job, or is late or doesn't show up. But this is a real person who ended up in his job in a different way than many of his/her co-workers. You visit a doctor, and you can have a pretty good assumption of what education and training he needed to get there, but what about a "garbageperson"? Or a taxi driver? And why does (s)he continue to do that particular job? I want to know more. Good use of nat.sound as well.

Caption: PRX default User image

Review of Garbage Man

Good idea, well executed. This piece makes us rethink assumptions about what makes a good job. The producer is generous to leave in his question about whether it bothers the garbage man that others have a negative image of the job. It's something the listener really wants to know, but might be afraid to ask. The gentleman's answer is terrific - those health benefits would be worth a lot to most of us!

Timing and Cues

IN: (truck beeping) "C'mon back. I got ya"

OQ: Gimme a gear Max! (gear grinding)

Related Website

http://www.rlpaulproductions.com