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Playlist: ARCHIVED - Labor Day

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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.

Eric-logo_small 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.

The Mind of the Innovator

From Richard Paul | 59:01

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.

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-1 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.


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.

Spectrum Radio


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

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

From Action Speaks Radio | 58:58

Action Speaks!-Underappreciated Dates that Changed America presents What Now? 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 and 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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. This week, Part 1 of a retrospective documentary on the 2011 Wisconsin uprising, produced by Workers Independent News.


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.

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

Working: Then & Now

From Radio Diaries | 10:13

In the early 1970s, radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel went around the country interviewing people about their jobs. Studs recorded more than 130 interviews, and the end-result was a book called “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.” And — something very rare for an oral history collection — it became a bestseller. “Working” struck a nerve because it elevated the stories of ordinary people – and the most ordinary parts of their daily lives.


In the early 1970s, radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel went around the country interviewing people about their jobs. Studs recorded more than 130 interviews, and the end-result was a book called “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.” And — something very rare for an oral history collection — it became a bestseller. “Working” struck a nerve because it elevated the stories of ordinary people – and the most ordinary parts of their daily lives.

After the book came out, the cassettes were packed away in boxes and stored in Studs’ home office. This year Radio Diaries and Project& have been given access to the original raw field interviews, many of which have not been heard in 40 years. This story features Helen Moog, a taxi driver in Youngstown, Ohio and grandmother of five, and Lovin’ Al Pommier, a car hiker in Chicago, Illinois.

This is a pilot for a national initiative from Project& that includes a week-long public radio series that we’re co-producing. Thanks to the Chicago History Museum, WFMT, the Studs Terkel Radio Archive and Studs’ longtime collaborators Sydney Lewis and Lois Baum.

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.


The Working Mother

From Shante` Pierre | 13:21

The Struggle Women Face when having a career and being a mother

Default-piece-image-0 Ms Noel a PhD student and mother of 1, talks about the struggle she faces to juggle roles as wife, mother, and student

On The Line: Union Actors In New York

From Eevin Hartsough | 09:46

New York actors face ridiculous odds trying to get work, but persevere nonetheless

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.

StoryCorps NTI: Tyrese Graham

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

Tyrese Graham remembers his first day as a teacher at John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago, IL.

Grahamt_small 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.

6. Jesy Fortino, indie songstress and burrito maker

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

Day Job is a look at how (Seattle) musicians pay 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.