LABOR'S LOVES LOST
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Have you ever had one of those moments when you know
you really should think about a different line of work? For Daniel
Pink, it was a scorching hot June day in Washington, D.C. when he
almost threw up on Al Gore. In this hour of To the Best of Our
Knowledge, Daniel Pink's career as a "free agent" ? an independent
worker. Also journalist Barbara Ehrenreich shares her stories of
life as a waitress, maid, and cleaning woman.
Daniel Pink is the author of "Free Agent
Nation: How America's New Independent Workers Are Transforming
the Way We Live." He tells Jim Fleming about the day he almost
threw up on Al Gore, and gives examples of the new ways people
are finding to work. His website is http://www.freeagentnation.com.
Also, Steve Paulson talks with Josh and Jacob Kornbluth
who made a film version of Josh's play "Haiku Tunnel, which chronicles
Josh's experience as a temporary worker. And we hear a selection
from "Temp Slave: The Musical." Their website is http://www.haikutunnel.com
Cheri Register is the author of "Packinghouse
Daughter: A Memoir." She tells Jim Fleming about her visit with
her sixth grade class to the meat-packing plant where her father
worked, and recalls the bitter strike at the plant that divided
the town, temporarily closed the plant and brought violence and
fear to the community.
For her latest book, "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not)
Getting by in America," writer Barbara Ehrenreich worked
at a series of minimally paid jobs. She tells Anne Strainchamps
that cleaning houses under deadline pressure was the worst job
she had and that she was surprised to be both physically exhausted
and mentally challenged by "menial" work. Also, Bob Jacobson
tells Steve Paulson that he attaches no moral value to working.
He has a job, but would rather spend his time loafing, and gives
some examples of his past jobs.
Cassette copies are available
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- Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed:
On (Not) Getting By in America (Metropolitan)
- Daniel H. Pink, Free Agent Nation: How
America's New Independent Workers Are Transforming the Way We
- Cheri Register, Packinghouse Daughter:
a memoir (Perennial/HarperCollins)
- "Work, Work, Work"/Lee Dorsey from his album, "Wheelin'
And Dealin: The Official Collection" (Arista)
- "Snowball In Hell"/They Might Be Giants
from their album, "Lincoln" (Restless Records/ Bar/None Recordings)
- "I'll Take It" from the album, "Temp Slave:
The Musical" (independent)
- "Begin The Beguine"/Esquivel from his album,
"Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music" (Bar/None Records)
- "Casey Jones - The Union Scab"/Pete Seeger
and the Song Swappers from the album, "Don't Mourn -- Organize!:
Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill" (Smithsonian Folkways)
- "Over The Waterfall"/Hollow Rock String
Band from the album "Folk Song America: A 20th-Century Revival"
(The Smithsonian Collection of Recordings/Sony Music)
- "Minimum Wage"/They Might Be Giants from
their album "Flood" (Elektra)
- "I Got A Job"/Nick Lowe from the album "The
Wilderness Years" (Demon Records)
- "Hobbies"/NRBQ from the album "Tiddlywinks"
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