Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Jobs

Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Jobs

Brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation. The program explores a wide range of social and economic topics impacting the way we work, presented through a unique historical perspective. Interviews feature local and national guests -- change agents, activists, experts, workers, researchers, and more. Episodes are helmed by a rotating cast of experienced hosts including Dr. Patricia DeMarco (who addresses labor, environment and health with Pathways to a New Economy that Works for All of Us) and Nathan Ruggles, along with feature commentators Rosemary Trump and Dr. Charles McCollester (who look at current events through a historical perspective with Working Over Time). Each episode also includes news, updates, and a song selection from BHF Communications Manager and labor music aficionado Larry McCullough. Essential Work is available on popular podcast platforms and apps. Website: essentialworkpodcast.org Comment line: (412) 326-9435 Email: comments {@} gmail.com Please support this podcast and the organization: battleofhomestead.org Logo by Brittany Sheets bsheetscreative.com Original Music by Jason Kendall Jasonkendallproductions.com Production advisor Angela Baughman thatsoundgirl.com... Show More

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February 10, 2021 44 min

This is Episode 11 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.

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1. Patricia DeMarco (https://patriciademarco.com) hosts our feature interview with Rayden Sorock, Director of Community Projects for Grow Pittsburgh, who has worked to support the growth and sustainability of more than 100 community gardens in Allegheny County over 9 years.  They disc...

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This is Episode 10 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.

"Investing in Communities to Build a New Economy: A Marshall Plan for Middle America"

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1.  A feature interview from host Patricia DeMarco (https://patriciademarco.com), this time with Tom Croft, Managing Director of Heartland Capital Strategies (www.heartlandnetwork.org) and Exec...

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This is Episode 9 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.

Working Over Time: What’s at Stake in Election 2020

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  • Commentators Rosemary Trump and Charlie McCollester return just in time for Election Day with their regular feature Working Over Time.  They discuss what’s at stake for working people , with host Nathan Ruggles, the origins of current i...
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    Episode 8 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation:

    A 21st Century WPA: Back from Halimuhfack

    Taking a look at the most impactful and ambitious employment program in American history: the Works Progress Administration, or WPA

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    1. Nathan Ruggles talks with Max Page of the University of Massachusetts Amherst about his recent piece in Labor Notes enti...

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    Episode 7 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation:

    Pathways to a New Economy that Works for Us

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    1. Patty DeMarco returns with Pathways to a New Economy.  Her feature interview is with teacher, activist and organizer Michael Bagdes-Canning.  They talk dirty jobs and clean ones, failing industry and green, along with fracking and climate change.

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    October 9, 2020 56 min

    Episode 6 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.

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    A feature interview about the issues facing immigrant workers from Latin America in the United States, and in particular those who are undocumented, with Guillermo Perez from theLabor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).  Topics also include Puerto Rico, baseball, and the annual even...

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    Episode 5 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.

    Final episode in the series featuring the struggles of food service workers.  Representatives of the nonprofit organization The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) Pittsburgh talk with Nathan Ruggles about their experiences.  Organizer and former server Bobbit Linskens, and local barista and member of...

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    September 19, 2020 32 min

    Episode 4 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.

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    A feature interview continuing the focus on the struggles of food service workers with Part 2 of a conversation with the nonprofit organization The Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) PA and their work fighting to improve wages and working conditions.  This part covers the issue of wages and...

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    September 11, 2020 40 min

    Episode 3 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.

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  • A feature examining the struggles of food service workers through a conversation with Pittsburgh representatives of the nonprofit organization The Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC).  Nathan Ruggles talks with organizer and former server Bobbit Linskens, and local barista and member of ROC,...
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    This is Episode 2 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.

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    The start of a new monthly feature called Working Over Time, with regular expert commentators Rosemary Trump and Charlie McCollester.  Host Nathan Ruggles engages with them on the issue of worker health and safety in the time of a pandemic, with a historic perspective and atte...

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    This is the premiere episode of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.

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  • Discussion between host Nathan Ruggles and John Haer, current President of the Battle of Homestead Foundation, about the organization, it’s mission, and why it’s starting a podcast.
  • As part of her regular segment Pathways to a New Economy, looking at labor, environ...
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