Slate's Working

Slate's Working

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Slate interviews Americans about their jobs. On this season of Working, we're going to the White House. Part of the Panoply Network.

Episodes

In Baltimore: How Does a Neurosurgeon Work?  

On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.

When Harry Mushlin operates on a brain, he feels his patient's selfhood in his hands. Mushlin is a neurosurgery resident with the University of Maryland currently practicing pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and operating on victims of violence at UMD's Shock Trauma Center. He spoke with us about working on the human brain, the trying hours of neurosurgery, and seeing Baltimore through the lens of the operating room.

Then in a Slate Plus Extra, Mushlin tells us about working in the shadow of Baltimore's most famous neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

In Baltimore: How does a Yarn Dyer Work?  

On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.

Karida Collins names her yarn colors after Baltimore neighborhoods at her Neighborhood Fiber Company. Karida tells us about how she got started dying yarn, walks us through the full dying process at their studio, and tells us about how she tries to weave connections with Baltimore's wider community.

In a Slate Plus Extra, Lippman tells us about her own knitting projects and the special qualities that make a friend or family member "knit-worthy." If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

In Baltimore: How Does Crime Novelist Laura Lippman Work?  

On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.

On this first episode, crime novelist Laura Lippman tells us about how she first got started writing fiction, how she approaches writing and revising her books, and why she's tired of arguing about the validity of genre novels. She loves Baltimore despite its problems, and the city infuses her books, including the Tess Monaghan detective series.

In a Slate Plus Extra, Lippman tells us about her connection to the progenitor of detective novels Edgar Allan Poe, another Baltimore citizen. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

The "How Does a Labor Organizer Work?" Edition  

This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.

Between the rise of so-called "Right To Work" states and increasing deregulations, labor unions are facing increasing challenges. David Mott organizes health care workers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Mott spoke with Jacob Brogan about how he charts out workplaces, identifies and develops leaders, and evades management to help build and strengthen unions.

Then, in a Slate Plus Extra, Mott brings out his guitar and tells us how he uses music as an organizing tool. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

The "How Does a Satirist Work?" Edition  

This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.

Alexandra Petri writes humorous spins on the news for the Washington Post She spoke to Jacob Brogan about what it's like to make satire in an increasingly absurd news climate.

Then, in a Slate Plus extra, Petri tells us about Emo Kylo Ren, a parody account she made imagining the villain of Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a petulant teenager. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Petri's blog "ComPost": https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/
Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

The "How Does a Psychotherapist Work?" Edition  

This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.

Shane'a Thomas helps LGBTQ youth work through depression, anxiety, and other mental illness. She spoke to Jacob Brogan about a typical day of sessions, how she helps patients get what they want out of their therapy, and how the recent political climate is affecting her work.

Then, in a Slate Plus extra, Thomas tells us how she feels about armchair attempts to "diagnose" Donald Trump from afar. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

The "How Does a Pollster Work?" Edition  

Recently, Donald Trump tweeted that "any negative polls are fake news," so we wanted to understand some of the work that goes into polling.  In this episode of Working, Pollster Jim Gerstein of GBA Strategies tells Jacob Brogan about how he uses surveys and focus groups to help his clients understand and influence America. In a Slate Plus Extra, Gerstein tells us how he got some of his earliest experience in polling in Israel.

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

The "How Does a Librarian Work?" Edition  

This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.

University of Pennsylvania Librarian Laurie Allen is working with a collective of scientists, students, professors, programmers, and librarians on the Data Refuge project, archiving environmental data before it has the opportunity to disappear in government transition. She spoke with Jacob Brogan about her work with the Data Refuge Project, and about her career as a librarian. Allen detailed how her work has evolved as digital technology has progressed and about how she tries to keep her work connected to scholarship and helping students, even as the times change.

Then, in a Slate Plus extra, Allen tells us about a special project she worked on with the Penn Environmental Humanities Lab featuring stories and information from Philadelphia's Schuykill River. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan
Learn more about Data Refuge: http://www.ppehlab.org/





The "How Does a CIA Analyst Work?" Edition  

This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.

Since his election, Trump has been dismissive of the intelligence community, reportedly neglecting briefings and sometimes even insulting the efforts of its members. We wanted to understand what it means to actually work in that secretive world. And while we couldn’t, for obvious reasons, get an active intelligence officer to talk to us, we did score the next best thing. Our guest this week is Aki Peritz, who worked as an intelligence analyst for the C.I.A., focusing for much of his time there on counterterrorism. He talks to Jacob Brogan about what that job actually involved, and about the importance of getting things right. He also tells us about everything from office culture at the CIA to the burden of secrecy. And, of course, he shares some thoughts about Trump.

Then, in a Slate Plus extra, Peritz tells us about Hunted, the reality TV show that he’s working on now. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

The "How Does an Inaugural Parade Announcer Work?" Edition  

Charlie Brotman announced every inaugural parade since 1957, and was fired by Donald Trump's team in 2017.

Brotman told Jacob Brogan about how his work at the parades have changed over the decades, and about some of the tricks he used to keep the crowd's attention.

In a Slate Plus Extra, Charlie Brotman reads an announcement about the history of different kinds of inaugural parades. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

The "How Does a Protest Organizer Work?" Edition  

This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.

Eugene Puryear is volunteer activist and organizer with ANSWER Coalition, a group founded to resist war and racism. With his fellow organizers, Eugene is currently preparing for a large rally on Trump's inauguration day along the parade route. He tells Jacob Brogan about the meetings, permits, fundraising, and hours of work that go into pulling off a successful rally, and a little bit about what keeps him motivated.

Then, in a Slate Plus extra, Puryear shares his perspective on any threat of counter-protestors and what security efforts they have in place. You’ll also help Slate hold Donald Trump accountable in our podcasts and on the site as a whole. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

ANSWER Coalition: answercoalition.org
Eugene's podcast: By Any Means Necessary

The "How Does Santa Claus Work?" Edition  

For our last episode of the year, we're taking a break from our ongoing series of jobs imperiled by the election of Donald Trump for a holiday special.

Santa Ed brings presents, stories, and joy to parties each holiday season. He spoke with Jacob Brogan about how he tries to make each Christmas memorable for all of his guests and clients. He discusses his storytelling style, his tricks for making an impression as the Real Santa, and why he avoids the Mall Santa route.

Then, in a Slate Plus extra, Santa Ed tells us how he behaves when his clients want something a little bit "spicier" from Santa. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Santa Ed's Website: santa-4-rent.com

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

The "How Does a Nuclear Nonproliferation Expert Work?" Edition  

This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.

Professor Matthew Kroenig is a Nuclear Nonproliferation Expert and an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He spoke with Jacob Brogan at Georgetown about how he got involved in nonproliferation, and a project to help prevent 3D printing of nuclear weapon components.

Then, in a Slate Plus extra, Kroenig talks about nuclear weapons in the movies. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. You’ll also help Slate hold Donald Trump accountable in our podcasts and on the site as a whole. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

The "How Does an Imam Work?" Edition  

This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.

For this episode Jacob Brogan visited Masjid Muhammad, one of Washington, DC’s oldest mosques. We spoke with Imam Talib Shareef, a retired U.S. air force officer who helped reform the military’s relationship with its Muslim service members during his own time in the armed forces. Imam Shareef spoke with us about some of his basic responsibilities as a religious leader, such as leading prayers, but he also spoke about his involvement with interfaith projects, along with other forms of community outreach. And he addressed the ways that Islamophobia informs his daily efforts, both before and after the rise of Donald Trump.

Then, in a Slate Plus extra, Imam Shareef talks about his decades-long study of martial arts, and discusses how it plays into his more peaceful work at the mosque. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. You’ll also help Slate hold Donald Trump accountable in our podcasts and on the site as a whole. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

The "How Does an Immigration Lawyer Work?" Edition  

This season on Working, we're talking to people employed in fields potentially imperiled by the results of the recent U.S. Presidential election.

Nithya Nathan-Pineau is Program Director of CAIR Coalition's Detained Children's Program. She spoke with Jacob Brogan about helping children understand their legal situation, and her work helping making arguments that kids facing deportation deserve asylum under American law.

In a Slate Plus Extra, Nathan-Pineau discusses her program's relationship with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and how that might change under the new presidential administration. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition: https://www.caircoalition.org/
Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

The "How Does an Abortion Provider Work?" Edition  

This season on Working, we're talking to people employed in fields potentially imperiled by the results of the recent U.S. Presidential election.

Diane Horvath-Cosper is an OBGYN and family planning specialist who advocates for reproductive rights. She talked to Jacob Brogan about why she chose to train as an abortion provider and what it's like compassionately counseling women as they prepare for abortions.

In a Slate Plus Extra, Horvat-Cosper reflects on the changing presence of abortion in mainstream culture. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

Keep Calm with Slate's Election Newscast  

Slate presents a rolling audio newscast all day on Nov. 8. Hosted by Alison Stewart and This American Life's Zoe Chace. Find the audio at www.slate.com/newscast.

The "How Does a Clown Work?" Edition  

Carol Collins has performed over 40 years as Bingo the Clown. She tells Jacob Brogan, about how she got started, what goes into being a clown, and how the recent clown scares have affected her work.

In a Slate Plus Extra, Collins shares some of her favorite memories from her 40 years in the clown industry including clown conferences around the world, her own articles for clown publications, and Tom Seleck... the clown.

Learn about Carol's agency at partyco-op.com

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

Working Beautifully: Stylist Rosana Vollmerhausen  

Rosana helps professional find their own personal style. She rummages through their closet to help get a sense of who they are and what they have, then she goes shopping with them and helps them create outfits with their new and old clothing.

In a Slate Plus Extra, Rosana shares her thoughts on style in Washington, D.C., a city with a reputation for dressing a little bland. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

See Rosana's work at dcstylefactory.com

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

Working Beautifully: Nail Artist Vivian Cam  

Nail Artist Vivian Cam helps her clients have healthy and beautiful nails. She'll even go a step beyond painting intricate designs and images on her customer's nails—everything from autumn trees to minions. Vivian talked to Jacob Brogan about how she got started doing nails and how she helps clients decide on the right design for them.

In a Slate Plus extra, Vivian talks about the work she does on male customer's nails, and shares how she got over her own nail-biting habit. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

See Vivian Cam's nail art on her Instagram: @viiviiannailart

Email: working@slate.com
Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan

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