What's Wrong With Work?

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How do you find not just a salary, but meaning at work? It's not easy in America today to find work that matters, that’s meaningful, and that pays enough to live on. Which is the one thing we don’t talk about. 

So let’s talk about it: What’s wrong with work — and how do we fix it?

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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.More

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12:26
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The anthropologist David Graeber says “BS jobs” are an epidemic. Especially in that circle of hell known as middle management.More

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11:51
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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. More

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4:51
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. More

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11:01
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Studs Terkel talked with people from of all walks of life about their work, from firefighters, to steel workers, to labor activist Cesar Chavez. More

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September 01, 2018
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David Graeber

James Livingston

Niki Okuk

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Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 01:00