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Playlist: Labor Day

Compiled By: PRX Editors

Curated Playlist

Labor Day is Sept. 1.

Check out these other playlists too! There's the Work playlist from StoryCorps and more playlists about the economy here.

Below are picks chosen by PRX editorial staff. You can see all potential Labor Day pieces by using our search.

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Life Stories - Jobs: Women at Work

From Jay Allison | Part of the The Life Stories Collection series | 59:07

Three portraits of women working - A pastor, a seasonal worker, and a judge.

Lifestories These are public radio stories made over many years, by producer Jay Allison -- working together with Christina Egloff, and friends, colleagues, neighbors, strangers and whoever would take the loan of one of his tape recorders. They are are stories about life as we find it, and record it. HOST: Alex Chadwick In this hour: A Pastor's Journal (27:23) For two months, the pastor of Park Union Church in Chicago kept an audio journal chronicling her daily life and thoughts about the career and the calling of the ministry. Produced with Rev. Susan Johnson and WBEZ Chicago. After Labor Day (2:44) A short meditation on the end of the summer's work and the long winter ahead from writer Carol Wasserman. Produced with Viki Merrick. Retiring the Robe (27:05) On the occasion of her retirement, this Chicago judge borrowed a cassette recorder, and with her family, reflected on her 18 years on the bench. Produced with Judge Susan Snow, Brent Runyon and WBEZ Chicago.

Futurework

From Spectrum Radio | 59:01

IEEE Spectrum Radio explores what the workplace will look like and what the meaning of work will be 30 years into the future.

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Technological advances have put us on the edge of a new industrial revolution. Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and Susan Hassler, Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Spectrum Magazine, are joined by engineers, scientists, and futurists from MIT, Carnegie-Mellon, Rice Univ., and the Institute for the Future to give listeners insights into how technology will redefine work in the not too distant future.

 


  
Could a robot do your job?
 
What kinds of jobs will be available 50 years from now?

What does the office of the future look like, and sound like?
What kind of training will you need for jobs in the future?
How will technology affect hiring practices?  

FUTUREWORK: How Technology Will Redefine the Culture of Work

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From Hearing Voices | Part of the Hearing Voices series | 54:00

The work we do, from Wall Street traders to taxi cab drivers. People who work with brassieres, with dead bodies, and off-the-books in an underground economy. A tone-poem by Ken Nordine, a podcast from Love and Radio, and sound-portraits from Radio Diaries, Toni Schwartz, Ben Rubin, David Greenberger, and hosts Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler.

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Host: Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler of Mapping Main Street

For Labor Day, the work we do, from Wall Street traders to taxi cab drivers. People who work with brassieres, dead bodies, lost golf balls, and off-the-books in an underground economy:

The Ramones obviously believe "It's Not My Place (In the 9 to 5 World)" (1980 Pleasant Dreams).

Meryn Cadell fills out a "Job Application" (1992 Angel Food for Thought).

In the 1950s Tony Schwartz conversed with The New York Taxi Driver about "A Temporary Job." (This 1959 LP is on The Library of Congress National Recording Registry).

Steve Fisk recites some "Government Figures" (1980 Over and Thru the Night).

Grief and guts fill the work day of Aftermath,® Inc: Specialists in Crime Scene and Tragedy Cleanup, Trauma Cleanup, Accidental Death Cleanup. Interview with Tim Reifsteck by Laura Kwerel, produced by Nick van der Kolk; an excerpt from "Aftermath," a Love and Radio podcast. (L & R's slogan: "What Ira Glass might make if he showed up to work drunk.")

Cilla Black's boyfriend believes "Work is a Four Letter Word" (1968 The Best of Cilla Black).

Break music: Leroy Anderson "Plink, Plank, Plunk!" (1951 Leroy Anderson Favorites). Part two…

Retired school teacher Paul Neibuhr dons a full wet suit with air tank and transforms into a professional "Golfball Diver." Produced by Jeff Rice, with music by Leroy Anderson ("Plink, Plank, Plunk!" 1951; theme for the TV game Show I've Got a Secret for 24 years; CD: Leroy Anderson Favorites).

Ken Nordine wants to be "The Bullfighter" (2001 A Transparent Mask). A Radio Diary from "Selma Koch, Bra Saleswoman." Sez Selma: "Nobody says the retail business was gonna be easy." Produced by Emily Botein and Joe Richman with help from Ben Shapiro and Deborah George (2002 New York Works). LP CoverTony Schwartz talks with The New York Taxi Driver about "Females" as fares. "Open Outcry" is the trading technique heard on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange. This sound-portrait by composer Ben Rubin is a 2002 commissioned by Creative Time for Sonic Garden, World Financial Center, NYC. Features the voices of Madeline Boyd, J. Robert Collins, Jr., David Greenberg, John Hanneman, Vincent Viola, Elisa Zuritsky, and others. John, the Medicine Man does the "Chicago Hustles." An excerpt from the documentary on the city's underground economy by our hosts Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler for the 2005 series Chicago Matters: Money Talks. Reinhardt "Buck" Buchli makes a "Fortunate Decision" (2005). A story told and production by David Greenberger of Duplex Planet. Music performed by Bangalore, composed by Phil Kaplan. The New York Taxi Driver waxes work philosophies with Tony Schwartz in "...The Way It Has to Be." Depeche Mode clocks out with Work Hard (1984 Singles Box 2). And mixed in there is "Toner" by Cornelius (2006 Sensuous). A "collaboration with Takagi Masakatsu produced for Japan's Sound & Recording magazine... inspired by inkjet printers!" Cornelius "Toner":

24 Hours: A Day in the Working Life

From Bending Borders | Part of the 24 Hours: A Day in the Working Life series | 51:59

In this special report, twelve workers who might otherwise go unnoticed – including a stripper, deli waitress, bus driver, metal scrapper and bathroom attendant – take us inside their places of work to show us what they do, why they do it and what it takes.

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The Mind of the Innovator

From Richard Paul | 59:01

Innovation is a job creator. Hear how engineers think and where innovation originates.

Yoki_and_arm_small We’re told almost daily that we need innovation; that it drives prosperity and economic growth and is the engine of job creation.  We hear about these innovations all the time.  But do we ever stop and wonder where the innovation comes from?  What fosters it?  How we keep it flowing?  In this program we tell the stories of some of real-world change-makers, examine just where their big ideas come from and demonstrate exactly how innovators cultivate an environment of curiosity and experimentation.

Work 'n Music - A Labor Day Weekend Special

From Charlie Warren | 59:45

From mining to manufacturing, housework to ranching, hear surprising information about the labor movement, the return of overseas jobs, U.S. manufacturing, employment, and the auto industry, plus quitting, firing, and hiring, all highlighted by songs about unusual, tough, and dangerous jobs.

Conrailblueflaggedsidingatcedarpinespa1970_small Music about work and workers in a variety of genres: soft rock, bluegrass, country, bebop, folk, show tunes, and more, plus a classic comedy bit by George Carlin. Artists include Amy Adams, Tom Paxton, Jim Croce, Sawyer Brown, Gordon Lightfoot, Joan Baez, Jim Brickman, Hank Snow, The Silhouettes, John Denver, and many more.

Working the Night Shift

From WFUV | 59:02

Night shift workers share their perspective on life after dark, family obligations and the big question -- when do they sleep ?

Default-piece-image-2 On this Labor Day, WFUV news catches up with local night shift workers to get their perspective on life after dark, balancing family obligations and the big question -- when do they sleep? This sound-rich hour introduces listeners to a colorful cast of night shift workers, from police officers to firefighters to a singing sanitation worker. The show also features interviews with a sociologist concerned that the needs of night shift workers are not being appropriately addressed and a sleep expert.

Fired:Tales of Jobs Gone Bad - Labor Day Special

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 58:59

Most of us who earn a living have at one time or another been fired – let go, downsized, outsourced, canned.

Fired_small Just ask actress and commentator Annabelle Gurwitch. Shortly after landing a part in a play directed by her idol, Woody Allen, she was fired because of so-called “creative differences” between her and the director. Gurwitch channeled her disbelief and bitterness into something more constructive, creating the show you’re about to hear. She began calling up her friends and colleagues, and found that everyone had a compelling and often hilarious story to tell.

Fired: Tales of Jobs Gone Bad was created by Annabelle Gurwitch, with a little help from her friends Carl Capotorto, Jason Kravits, Paul F. Tompkins, Jim Turner, Charlayne Woodard, and Roy Zimmerman.

Working With Studs

From Atlantic Public Media | Part of the The Transom Radio Specials series | 54:00

Studs Terkel, America's greatest listener: A remembrance from those who worked with him.

200107 For many years, Transom editor, Sydney Lewis, worked side by side with Studs on his radio show and his books. For this remembrance, told in a seamless blend of doumentary and reminiscence, she brings together of crew of Stud's co-workers with their great stories along with wonderful previously-unheard tape of Studs himself. 

Note: Studs would have been 98 on May 16, 2010.  

Dream Jobs 2011: Outside The Cubicle

From Spectrum Radio | Part of the Spectrum Radio series | 59:00

In Dream Jobs: Outside the Cubicle listeners will hear the stories of three very determined people who struggled to find the career path outside conventional workplaces.

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In Dream Jobs: Outside the Cubicle listeners will hear the stories of three very determined people who struggled to find the career path outside conventional workplaces.
 
We'll meet:
Loredana BessoneLoredana Bessone who couldn't afford the program and college she wanted and settled on a school close to her home in Italy. Her major, informatics, gave her a range of skills that would eventually equip her to train astronauts in robotics, engineering, software, and behavioral skills they need in space exploration.
 
 
 
Amir Abo-ShaeerAmir Abo-Shaeer who made a radical move quitting a dreary position at a telephone-products company, a job he said was sucking his soul dry. Determined to teach technology to high school students, Abo-Shaeer pioneered a four-year engineering academy inCalifornia, and has won a McArthur "genius" grant for his creative approach to teaching.
 
Loredana BessoneLucie Pautet, who, as a teenager growing up inFrance, wanted to become a rocket scientist but wasn't accepted into aerospace school. Instead she studied underwater acoustics which launched her into a meandering, globe-trotting career as a cable-laying technician and a coastal waters scientist.
 
 
This Labor Day inspire your listeners with
Dream Jobs: Outside the Cubicle!

Labor Day Special - "Workin’: The Work Song in Jazz and Popular Music"

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz series | 59:00

An hourlong program for the Labor Day holiday, with special guest jazz historian Ted Gioia (author of the book WORK SONGS). Featured artists include Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Nat Adderley, Louis Armstrong, and Cassandra Wilson.

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Work songs gave laborers a way of transforming their toil into something more meaningful, of enriching their everyday lives through music.  How did the influence of the work song emerge in the recordings of artists such as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Nat Adderley, Dave Brubeck and other musicians?  Jazz historian Ted Gioia, author of Work Songs, joins Night Lights for a Labor Day look at the work song's relationship to jazz and popular music.  Other featured artists include Louis Armstrong (his ode to Pullman porters, "Red Cap"), Cassandra Wilson (her cover of Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman") and Sting (with saxophonist Branford Marsalis joining him for the tribute to English coal-miners, "We Work the Black Seam").

Action Speaks! - What Now? 1937: The Flint, Michigan United Auto Workers Sit-In

From Action Speaks Radio | 58:58

A series of 8 one-hour programs suitable for individual or serial airplay. Banks, Auto and Insurance Companies bailed out, lay-offs abound and yet...Where's the anger of the past? The Auto Industry, unions and the drive to protest: Has it stalled? Are union's pot-holes on the road to recovery?

Flintsit-in_small Action Speaks! is a series of contemporary topic-driven panel discussions framed by the theme "Underappreciated Dates that Changed America."  Each panel draws three or four experts, academics, creatives, and other relevant guests into an open-ended discussion with the larger community in the casual atmosphere of the downtown Providence arts organization, AS220.  Action Speaks! has partnered with RI's NPR station, WRNI, since 1995, and holds the honor of being been the first locally generated show aired on the station. Now you can tune in nationwide to Action Speaks! to hear host Marc Levitt and an endless parade of perceptive intellects and insightful audience members!

The spring season of Action Speaks: Underappreciated Dates that Changed America is organized around the theme ‘What Now?’ With our country mired in its worst economic collapse since the great depression, history can be a guide for what actions our nation should or shouldn’t take to provide for its citizens and whether or not it is time to re-set our priorities.

Featured Guests:

Richard McIntyre, PhD is Professor of Economics and Director of the University of Rhode Island Honors Program at The University of Rhode Island. He has written and published extensively in the fields of international and comparative political economy and labor relations. McIntyre is the author Are Worker Rights Human Rights? (University of Michigan Press, 2008) and editor of the New Political Economy book series for Routledge Press.

Travis James Rowley is a conservative republican and native of the state recently named the most democratic in our nation, Rhode Island (Gallup, 2009). A 2002 Brown University graduate, Rowley co-founded the Foundation for Intellectual Diversity at Brown University, an independent 501(c)3 committed to the promotion of underrepresented ideas, beliefs, and perspectives through lectures, conferences, publications, and academic programs at academic institutions in southern New England, including his liberal alma mater. Rowley is the chair if the RI Young Republicans and works as an independent financial advisor for New York Life Insurance Company. Rowley is the author of Out of Ivy: How a Liberal Ivy Created a Committed Conservative (BookSurge Publishing, 2006) and a frequent contributor to the Providence Journal.

Rachel Miller serves as the Rhode Island director of Jobs with Justice, a strongly pro-union non-profit organization with a national presence of around 40 local coalitions. These coalitions bring together labor unions, community organizations, religious groups, and student groups in their fight for economic and social progress in workplaces and communities. Jobs with Justice works on the direct concerns of the labor movement, such as first contract campaigns and organizing, as well as broader economic issues, including affordable housing and health care.

 


 

Action Speaks!, a co-production of AS220 and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, would like to thank The National Endowment for the Humanities who provided major funding to our program; our Media Partners: WRNI, RIPBS & the Providence Phoenix.  Thanks to The What Cheer? Brigade for our intro music.

Find out more at http://actionspeaksradio.org/ 


Contact the production crew at actionspeaksradio@as220.org with any feedback, ideas for future shows for press info or to request a personalized ID. You can also write to us at Action Speaks! c/o AS220 Main Office, 95 Mathewson St. Dreyfus #204, Providence RI 02903. If you are a radio station and wish to receive a CD of Action Speaks! please visit Creative PR's website: creativepr.org to make a request or contact them at info@creativepr.org / 1-888-233-5650. After December 2009, please contact actionspeaksradio@as220.org with any CD requests.


Sand , Still in My Shoes 54 minute version

From Liner Notes | Part of the LINER NOTES series | 54:58

On Labor Day, Liner Notes captures the mood, speaking to millions of us who reluctantly let go of our summer selves and get ready for the regular rhythms of work, school, and home.

Medium302_small "Sand, Still in My Shoes" A LINER NOTES SPECIAL FOR LABOR DAY. In summertime we are not ourselves. Thank Goodness. We fall in love. We rediscover the ocean, trashy novels and the hot fudge sundae. We travel to places that restore our strength, replenish our souls. Then, on Labor Day, the fulcrum of the year, we find ourselves teetering, nostalgic about summer, excited by or frightened of the fall. Labor Day is the real New Year. Labor Day is bittersweet. On Labor Day, 2008, Liner Notes captures the mood, speaking to millions of us who reluctantly let go of our summer selves and get ready for the regular rhythms of work, school, and home. Host Paul Holdengraber, Artist Maira Kalman (Principles of Uncertainty) and Investigative Humorist Henry Alford (The Big Kiss) offer their takes on summer and its inevitable end. Henry teaches us how to put sunscreen on our backs even though we are alone. This involves a door frame. Maira marvels at how one is praised in summer, condemned in winter for the same thing: spending the whole day in a hammock, reading. In a portrait of the swanky Hamptons, Manhattan's summer playland, flamboyant ad-man and restaurateur Jerry Della Famina recounts how he and Martha Stewart were both crowded out of his own restaurant, and wound up cooking a better dinner at home. Famed Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sachs reveals why he must swim; author Roger Benner (Camp Camp) describes summer camp as "Lord of the Flies" meets "Fantasy Island", and reflects on the golden summers of the 70's through the early 90's; Diane Ackerman, author of The Natural History of the Senses, reveals our heightened summer senses, as well as summer mating habits and the evolution of kissing; the world's most distinguished travel writer, Jan Morris, explains "the Trieste Effect." Paul Holdengraber and Jan Albert (Film Blogger and Host of "Behind the Screen") explore summer movies such as "The Summer of 42", "To Kill a Mockingbird", and "Do the Right Thing". Labor Day is when the balance tilts. It is for each of us, our own personal equinox. It is still warm but summer is no longer. Our tan is still there but will only fade. There is no sand in sight, but it is still in our shoes.

Getaway – Your Holiday Weekend Travel Special

From Charlie Warren | 56:51

Music variety and unusual facts about traveling in the past, present, and future, to accompany your listeners as they journey by plane, train, car, boat, even on foot. For broadcast on or before any heavy travel weekend.

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Hear Peter Allen and John Denver describe the hit travel songs they wrote.  Hear the music of The Seldom Scene, Tom Paxton, Barbra Streisand, Christopher Cross, Crystal Gayle, The Front Porch String Band, Kathy Mattea, Simon & Garfunkel, and tons more, including music from TV, movies, and Broadway.

May be aired continuously with no breaks, or with breaks of approximately 1 minute each, plus ID time after close.

No content is specific to any holiday.  For broadcast on or before any heavy travel weekend: Thanksgiving, Christsmas, New Years, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, etc.  Air it as many times as you like for a full year.

BEAT LATINO 032: Working, Trabajando - A Labor Day Special

From Catalina Maria Johnson | 59:04

An hour of melodies and rhythms that are all about working to celebrate Labor Day!

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Beat Latino celebrates in every hour a different facet of the extraordinary diversity of the Latin & Latino musical universe. This edition of Beat Latino, "A Labor Day Special" is all about work, and celebrating the contribution to this land of hard-working Latinos.

Whether it´s working all the time, working too hard, not working enough, looking for work, or even taking the occasional day off, there´s a song (and a dance!) to match the mood. Hosted in English and Spanish by Catalina Maria Johnson, so that nearly all who enjoy the music will also have access to the information.

Broadcasts nicely around Labor Day.

Passaic On Strike!

From New Jersey Historical Commission and NJN Public Radio | 54:55

In 1926, 16,000 Wool Workers Strike for nearly a year in New Jersey. From New Jersey Historical Commission and NJN Public Radio.

Strikephotocropped_small Immigrant protests are nothing new in America. Eighty years ago, in 1926, 16,000 wool workers in Passaic, New Jersey, went on strike when they meager wages were cut 10 percent. It was the first major strike by the Communist Party U.S.A. This the latest program written and produced by Marty Goldensohn and David S. Cohen. It features re-enactments by Broadway actors Phil Bosco and Alison Fraser and interviews with historians Jim Shenton of Columbia University, Dee Garrison of Rutgers, and Paul Buhle of Brown University. It is a coproduction of NJN Public Radio and the New Jersey Historical Commission. Photo credit: The Botto House/National Labor Museum.


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The Port Chicago 50: An Oral History

From Long Haul Productions | Part of the American Worker Series series | 25:12

The story of the worst homefront disaster of World War II -- an ammunition explosion that killed more than 300 men -- and what happened to the 50 African-American men who refused to go back to work loading ammunition after the explosion.

Portchicago_small On July 17, 1944, two Liberty ships anchored at the Port Chicago Munitions Case near San Francisco exploded, killing 320 men and injuring 390. It was the worst homefront disaster of World War II. A majority of the casualties were African-American sailors who loaded ammunition onto the ships at Port Chicago. Shortly after the explosion, the African-American munitions loaders who survived were transferred to a nearby base and ordered back to work. Shaken by the death of their workmates and afraid that another explosion might occur, 50 men refused. In the largest courtmartial in Navy history, they were all convicted of mutiny and sentenced to up to fifteen years of hard labor. In January 1946, only months after the war ended, all convicted men's sentences were suspended as part of a general amnesty. While these men were allowed to return to civilian life, they were left angry, ashamed, and afraid they would be fired from their jobs or worried that they would be seen as unpatriotic. As a result, some did not discuss the case, even with family members, for more than 50 years. Originally broadcast on This American Life in 1996.

Hog Butchers to the World

From Long Haul Productions | Part of the American Worker Series series | 28:21

For labor day, check out the whole series! Studs Terkel reads excerpts from Upton Sinclair's novel "The Jungle" in this history of African Americans in the packinghouse industry of Chicago.

Workers_together_small The history of African Americans in Chicago's meatpacking industry and the formation of the Packinghouse Workers Union, featuring Studs Terkel reading excerpts from Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle." Production note: Host introduction can be transcribed and edited and read by station announcer.

Skywalkers of Akwesane

From Helen Borten | Part of the A Sense of Place: Third Season series | 29:20

For over a hundred years the Mohawks of Akwesane, a reservation on the New York-Canada border, pursued the occupation of ironworkers, one of the most dangerous jobs in construction.

Default-piece-image-2 For over a hundred years the Mohawks of Akwesasne, a reservation on the New York-Canada border, pursued the occupation of ironworkers, one of the most dangerous jobs in construction. Mohawks were on the high steel crews of every bridge and skyscraper in Manhattan, commuting between job and their 12-hour-distant home every weekend, and became famous for their skill, daring and major contribution to the skyline of New York. This is the story of men plying a difficult craft in the modern world while cleaving to tribal customs in an ancient world -- a balancing act that has taken its toll in lives and relationships. An honest, intimate and informative portrait of an unusual occupation and the Native Americans who made it their own.

The Jobs Plan

From Hearing Voices | Part of the The Plan series | 29:05

Stories of employees.

0609planjobs_small This week it's all about the J-O-B... PLAYLIST: ARTIST | AUDIO | ALBUM (*=PRX piece) 1. Postal Workers- University Of Ghana | Canceling Stamps | Worlds Of Music 2. Crossing The BLVD | 800 Jobs | Crossing The BLVD 3. Meryn Cadell | Job Application | Angel Food for Thought 4. Rebecca Flowers | Office Yoga | HearingVoices.com 5. The Books | Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again | Thought For Food 6. Jeff Rice | Golfball Diver | HearingVoices.com 7. Radio Diaries | Pasquale Spensieri, Grinder* | New York Works 8. Steve Fisk | Government Figures | Over And Thru The Night 9. David Greenberger | Fortunate Decision* | The Duplex Planet 10. John Handy | Hard Work | Canival

Nightfall in Chester County

From Helen Borten | Part of the A Sense of Place series | 29:29

In Pennsylvania farmland that was the first stop on the Underground Railroad, a strike by Mexican mushroom pickers polarizes a Quaker community.

Default-piece-image-1 In Pennsylvania farmland that was the first stop on the Underground Railroad, a strike by Mexican mushroom pickers polarizes a Quaker community. From historical chronicles of escaped slaves to the present-day inequalities of immigrants who also followed the North Star,this program traces the journey and ordeals of two groups who arrived at the same place,separated in time but connected by their hopes for a better life. One :30 Promo (click "listen" page, promo labeled "Segment 2")

Remembering Mother Warren

From jessica lockhart | 28:41

A look into the labor history of one of the world's oldest paper mills.

Millworkers_small Remembering Mother Warren - A look into the labor history of one of the world?s oldest paper mills Remembering Mother Warren unearths the culture of an industrial community, the drama of life working for a once-great employer, and probes the meaning of workers? memories in the face of disruptive industrial change. Produced by Big Talk on WMPG, it is a 30-minute documentary that traces the labor history of the S.D.Warren paper mill in Westbrook, Maine. You?ll hear stories from generations of mill workers and managers, including Shirley Lally, a 30-year veteran who sorted reams of paper by hand, Phil LaViolette, who recalls the struggles of Warren?s Franco workers, and Howard Reiche, a former mill manager who describes the mill?s paternalism and the favoritism encountered by workers prior to unionization. Other workers tell the history of the S.D. Warren ?family,? of their experiences in the mill dating back as far as the 1920s, of the extreme heat, dangerous equipment and deadly accidents, a forgotten1916 strike, unionizing in the 1960s, and of the mill?s recent decline. University of Maine historian Charles Scontras, and University of Southern Maine economist and labor historian Michael Hillard provide analysis of the mill?s unique labor history. ?Remembering Mother Warren? is produced by Big Talk members Jessica Lockhart, Michael Hillard, and Claire Holman. Narrator: Thomas Lestage, President PACE Local 1069. Project Historians: Eileen Eagan and Michael Hillard. Additional narration by Paul Drinan. ?Remembering Mother Warren? won First Place in Public Affairs from the Maine Association of Broadcasters 2003. Sponsored by the Southern Maine Labor Council, AFL-CIO, with funding from the Maine Humanities Council. e-mail us at bigtalk@maine.rr.com

The Wisconsin Workers Uprising (Part 1)

From Making Contact | Part of the Making Contact series | 29:00

Was the occupation of the state capital in Madison, Wisconsin a resurgence of organized labor in the United States? Or the last gasp for unionized workers, as they face continual erosion of their rights? Part 1 of a retrospective documentary on the 2011 Wisconsin uprising, produced by Workers Independent News. Part 2 is here.

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It began as a protest by a few students and teaching assistants over deep budget cuts, but quickly turned into a history making movement of working people in Wisconsin.   Was the occupation of the state capital in Madison, Wisconsin a resurgence of organized labor in the United States?  Or the last gasp for unionized workers, as they face continual erosion of their rights.  Over the next two weeks, we’ll hear a retrospective documentary on the 2011 Wisconsin uprising, produced by Workers Independent News.


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On The Line: Union Actors In New York

From Eevin Hartsough | 09:46

This piece uses voices of New York actors, casting directors, and the head of auditions at Actors Equity to tell the story of Equity Principle Auditions.

Default-piece-image-1 This piece uses voices of New York actors, casting directors, and the head of auditions at Actors Equity to tell the story of Equity Principle Auditions. This is the story of people doing irrational things in pursuit of their passion. Host Intro: Most mornings, scattered around Midtown Manhattan, just as the coffee-and-donut peddlers in their compact silver carts are setting up shop on various street corners and before Times Square has become clogged with trucks, taxis, and tourists, lines of people are forming. At first glance, they might be the homeless waiting for a soup kitchen to open or early-risers in line for the DMV or a travel visa. But they’re not. They’re actors. What they have in common is an Actors Equity card – they belong to the union of actors, directors and stage managers who work in the theater – and they’re waiting in line to audition. With just under twenty thousand members in and around New York City, the odds that they’ll get work are against them. Yet rain or shine, hot or cold, there they are. Eevin Hartsough explores why.

The Working Mother

From Shante` Pierre | 13:21

A youth-produced piece about the struggle women face when working and being a mother.

Default-piece-image-2 Ms Noel a PhD student and mother of 1, talks about the struggle she faces to juggle roles as wife, mother, and student

Aftermath

From Love + Radio | 17:24

WARNING: Gruesome and not for the faint of heart. Preview before buying!

From the company headquarters of Aftermath, Inc., amidst a strip of bland office buildings in Chicagoland, Tim Reifsteck makes his living cleaning up after the darkest side of human society.

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People Who Work (Series)

Produced by Richard Paul

A series of self-narrated stories of blue-collar workers. We spend time with a garbage man, a bus driver, a parking ticket writer, the owner of a barber shop, an aerobics instructor and the drivers of a van that checks on the health of pregnant women in the inner city. Various pieces between 3 and 9 minutes.

Most recent piece in this series:

Barber Shop-Long Version

From Richard Paul | Part of the People Who Work series | 04:40

Anacostia_small (NOTE: The name of the shop is pronounced like the second syllable in "Detroit") It seems like you can't pick up the paper today without reading a story decrying the loss of a sense of community in America. Well in Southeast Washington, DC, there's a man who's KEEPING community alive along an aging business strip that -- depending on your attitude -- is either all the way down or well-on-its-way-up. The man is Danny Washington -- the latest proprietor of a neighborhood institution known as Troyit's Barber Shop. This week, in our continuing series on people who work, we spend a Saturday with Danny -- an experienced barber, who, when he took over the shop -- was NOT an experienced businessman. But he's a survivor and he'll keep going because he holds to one, undeniable truth. (THE PIECE BEGINS WITH HIM SAYING: "If you can cut hair, you know that somebody always gonna get a haircut. So all you gotta do is be here. Simple as that.") CLOSE: Danny Washington runs Troyit's Barber Shop at 2018 Martin Luther King Ave, Southeast, Washington, DC. Our series on people who work is produced by Richard Paul.

plummeting approval

From Nate DiMeo | Part of the the memory palace series | 05:02

The story of Sam Patch, who went from working in the mills of early 19th century Rhode Island and New Jersey to become America's first daredevil.

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This is an episode of the memory palace podcast.  Listen to the whole series at www.thememorypalace.us
Each episode is a short (between 1:30 and 5:30) water-coolery story of the past, with an emphasis on American History.   

Movie Director

From Homelands Productions | Part of the WORKING series | 07:14

For labor day, check out the whole series! In this piece Jon Miller profiles one of the most prolific directors in Nigeria's booming Nollywood home video industry.

Movie_director_small Nigeria's "Nollywood" movie industry is less than two decades old, but it's already the third most productive in the world. Nollywood videos have become an entertainment staple – and a source of pride – for Africans everywhere. With little government support, daily power failures, no real studios, and the most rudimentary equipment, Nigerian filmmakers must be artists, entrepreneurs, and masters of making do. That describes Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen. At 37, the man known as "The Governor" has already directed more than 150 films. And every single one has been a struggle. Jon Miller's profile is part of the WORKING series from Homelands Productions. 

Lil' Hot Mama Flossie Turner Lewis

From Kate Szrom | 07:28

Vaudeville entertainer Flossie Turner Lewis reflects on her life, including working with the family act in the minstrel show circuit and finally getting an education.

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

From Chelsea Merz | 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-0 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.

Entrepreneur

From Jesse Dukes | 06:13

Adam Johns never wanted to be a worm digger, but he does what's necessary to make ends meet.

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Default-piece-image-0 Adam Johns is a self-styled entrepreneur. These days, that means digging for bloodworms at thirty cents a worm, or anything else to make a quick buck. Adam is frustrated by his circumstances and worried that he might not be able to dig worms anymore. Even so, he still manages to laugh at life.

Religion: A New Union Between the Church and Labor

From KALW | 06:59

In recent years, the polarization of party politics has forced a rift in what was once a union. Now, many religious leaders in California say enough is enough and are joining forces to fight for the working poor.

Jesus_small Historically speaking, religious leaders of all faiths have often worked for economic and social justice. The first abolitionists were Quakers. Methodists led the effort to end child labor in America. And a Baptist minister named Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed while supporting 1,300 striking garbage workers in Memphis, Tennessee. But in recent years, the polarization of party politics has forced a rift in what was once a union. Now, many religious leaders in California say enough is enough? and they?re joining forces to fight for the working poor. More than 1,000 religious leaders representing a quarter-million congregants are launching a statewide coalition to fight poverty and rebuild the middle class. Rose Aguilar reports from San Francisco.

Gems of Bluegrass #1037 Here's to the Working Man

From Philip Nusbaum | Part of the Gems of Bluegrass series | 06:28

The old bluegrass comes from people who did hard, manual labor such as mining coal and farming. And in bluegrass songs you hear about the danger of these occupations, about the deaths, the poverty. But despite all that, bluegrass songs about work express our commitments to working, to belonging to certain industries and finally, that we are known by our work.

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Gems of Bluegrass are 5 - 8 minutes drop-in modules that look at bluegrass / old time history, aesthetics and culture. Each Gem consists of multiple song clips with commentary over music beds. For an insightful weekly 1-hour bluegrass show that includes Gems of Bluegrass, see the Bluegrass Review, available from PRX. Contact Phil Nusbaum at pnusbaum@bitstram.net to download the show from www.bluegrassreview.com.

Gems of Bluegrass #937 Work and Realism

From Philip Nusbaum | Part of the Gems of Bluegrass series | 05:51

Bluegrass has a number of songs that reflect on working. The nature of the work has changed over the years. But even if it’s office work, it exacts a human toll.

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Gems of Bluegrass are 5 - 8 minutes drop-in modules that look at bluegrass / old time history, aesthetics and culture. Each Gem consists of multiple song clips with commentary over music beds. For an insightful weekly 1-hour bluegrass show that includes Gems of Bluegrass, see the Bluegrass Review, available from PRX. Contact Phil Nusbaum at pnusbaum@bitstram.net to download the show from www.bluegrassreview.com.

 


Drop-Ins (2:00-4:59)

Let's Rename it "Labor Exploitation Day"

From KSFR | Part of the Equal Time with Martha Burk series | 02:30

Labor Day was created in the 19th century by the unions, to celebrate the economic achievements of American workers. But if we look at the 21st century “economic achievements” by U.S. corporations in taking advantage of their low wage employees, we might as well rename it Labor Exploitation Day.

Podcastphoto_small Big low-wage employers are now issuing ATM style "payroll cards" instead of paychecks, costing low wage employees hundreds of dollars a year just to acess their money.

StoryCorps NTI: Tyrese Graham

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:16

Tyrese Graham is a second year science teacher at John Marshall Metropolitan High School on the West Side of Chicago. When he started teaching, Marshall was among the worst public schools in the city. At StoryCorps, Tyrese talked about his first day on the job.

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l'il nipper

From Nate DiMeo | Part of the the memory palace series | 02:11

We are reminded that mines are a terrible place to work, especially if you are nine. A snapshot of one of the worst jobs ever and the horrors of child labor in the early 20th Century.

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This is an episode of the memory palace podcast.  Listen to the whole series at www.thememorypalace.us
Each episode is a short (between 1:30 and 5:30) water-coolery story of the past, with an emphasis on American History.   

Singing Sanitation Worker

From WFUV | Part of the On the Night Shift series | 04:51

In this segment, a sanitation worker sings his way through a very late -- or early -- shift.

Default-piece-image-2 Intro: While some people wake up to the sounds of an alarm clock or a rooster's cock-a-doodle-doo, some New Yorkers are awoken by the sounds of a singing sanitation worker. Andrew Macchio belts out show tunes and other songs while picking up the early morning trash. Tag: This "On the Night Shift" segment was produced by WFUV News.

Commentary: Labor's Day -- and Yours

From Dick Meister | 03:20

A commentary on how working life would be much harder and far less rewarding were it not for organized labor.

Default-piece-image-0 There are many reasons to honor unions on Labor Day. Despite their declining membership and arguments among themselvers over organized labor's future direction, they remain extraordinarily important to all working people, union and non-union members alike. Paid holidays such as Labor Day, paid vacations, the eight-hour workday and 40-hour workweek, overtime pay, empl;oyer-financed pensions, medical care and other fringe benefits, health and safety standards, the right to bargain collectively with employers, a truly effective voice in politics -- working people owe all that, and more, to the labor movement.

6. Jesy Fortino, indie songstress and burrito maker

From Joshua McNichols | Part of the Day Job (2007-2008 series) series | 04:01

Meet an indie songstress and burrito maker; see how this Seattle musician pays the rent.

Jesyfortino2_small I interview Seattle's non-professional musicians about their dayjobs, mixing in music and ambiance from the workplace. The series gets at something universal - how to achieve balance and contentment in life. Jesy Fortino makes burritos at Bimbo's. She also performs indie music under the name Tiny Vipers. Day Job is an ongoing series. New entries will be added to PRX thirty days after episodes debut at Seattleweekly.com.


Interstitials (Under 2:00)

Gumbuster

From WFUV | Part of the Odd Jobs series | 01:27

In this piece Anthony Mulay explains the technology he uses to rid New York City's sidewalks of gum patches, and where his machine gets the most use.

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Default-piece-image-2 In his own words, Anthony Mulay explains the technology he uses to rid New York City's sidewalks of gum patches, and where his machine gets the most use.

StoryCorps: Walter Fahey

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 01:45

Retired police officer Walter Fahey tells his son Bill about his long career. For 40 years, Walter walked the streets of Boston as a police officer.

Fahey_small For 40 years, Walter Fahey [FAY-hee] walked the streets of Boston as a police officer. The secret to lasting so long, he says, was that he had "a good reputation on the street, because I never looked down on people." Now retired, Fahey recently spoke with his son, Bill, about his time on the job. As he got older, Fahey was made a detective. But he resigned in order to return to the rank of patrol officer. When the police commissioner asked him why, Fahey's response was simple: "I got to get back on the street, where I make a difference." Fahey was awarded the department's Medal of Honor twice. The first time was in 1961, when he talked a 15-year-old girl out of jumping off a building. The second time was in 1996, for his role in ending a hostage standoff. Asked about the most frightening moments in his time on the job, Fahey runs down a list. "I was shot at twice. Hit by a car twice," he says. "Thrown off a porch once ? now, that's a good one." But what helped him get through it all, he says, was having a loving wife and family to come home to ? Bill, and his five siblings. Fahey says it allowed him to go back to work the next day, "like nothing ever happened." Walter Fahey joined the Boston police force in 1957. His retirement in 1997 was mandatory ? he had turned 65.