Grit Nation

Grit Nation

Join host Joe Cadwell as he talks with authors and thought leaders about how to live a life full of meaning, contemplation and action.

Episodes

October 4, 2023 36 mins

 Welcome to Grit Nation, the Building Trades Podcast. 

I’m Joe Cadwell, the writer, producer, and host of the show and today I have the pleasure of speaking with Ken Rusk.  

Ken is a blue-collar career choice advocate, construction industry entrepreneur and the author of Blue-Collar Cash which details how you can…. Love Your Work, Secure Your Future and Find Happiness for Life. 

We’ll start today’s conversation by learning about Ken’s...

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On today’s episode I discuss organized labor movements in America and why it is so important for UBC carpenters to develop and appreciate the storied history of our organization.  

Without knowing how we got to where we are, many may find it easy to undervalue the vast amount of blood, sweat and tears that were spilled in achieving the benefits we all enjoy as union members today. 

Countless hours devoted to organizing and negotiatin...

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Welcome to Grit Nation. I’m Joe Cadwell the writer, producer, and host of the show and on today’s episode I have the pleasure of speaking with author Kathleen McLaughlin, about her new book titled; Blood Money – The Story of Life, Death and Profit Inside America’s Blood Industry.

In her book Kathleen turns the lights on a healthcare crisis hidden in plain sight and reveals a stunning example of economic inequality in action. 

Intertw...

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On todays episode I have the pleasure of speaking with authors Ali Winston and Darwin BondGraham about their new book titled, The Riders Come Out at Night: Brutality, Corruption and Cover-up in Oakland.

Their book is a meticulously researched and engaging account of a police force rotten to its core and serves as a poignant reminder that the problem with policing in America isn’t just about crooked cops. The problem is a broken syst...

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April 4, 2023 39 mins

Use the link below to see the NBC Nightly News Story.

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/hidden-scourge-wage-theft-when-higher-profits-come-out-workers-n1272238

This episode of Stolen begins in the early morning of August 2020, when a storm system develops on the barren plains of the Nebraska and South Dakota border. 

Known as a Derecho, Spanish for straight, these type’s of storms are powerful, fast-mo...

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March 22, 2023 19 mins

On today’s episode we will meet labor attorney, member of Teamster’s Local 810 in New York City and  author, Mark Torres.

Mark’s latest book, Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust for Blood, chronicles the plight of thousands of poverty stricken migrant workers lured to the agricultural fields of New York State for decades with the promise of good wages and decent housing. Once there, they were preyed upon by corrupt camp operators ...

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On this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with management professor, leadership expert and author of, The Seismic Shift in Leadership

Her name is Michelle Johnston and on today’s show we discuss her book to learn more about how to be a better, more connected leader in today’s world whether in the boardroom or on the jobsite. 

We’ll open our conversation by learning what the seismic shift is and why the transition from an old-...

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Welcome to Grit Nation. I'm Joe Cadwell, the host of the show, and on today's episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with urban law expert and author
Michelle Wilde Anderson about her book, The Fight to Save the Town - Reimagining Discarded America.

The San Francisco Chronicle
writes that her book is "a sweeping and eye opening study of wealth inequality and the dismantling of local governments of wo...

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On today’s episode I have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Mike Rucker about his book, The Fun Habit - How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life.

The Fun Habit is a science-backed, actionable case for the importance of seeking fun, rather than happiness, in our daily lives. 

Mike argues that fun is a resource available to anyone, at almost anytime, yet most people are not having enough of it. His insightful new book rev...

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On todays episode I have the pleasure of speaking with professor of sociology at Middlebury College and author Jamie McCallum.

Jamie’s latest work titled, Essential: How the Pandemic Transformed the Long Fight for Worker Justice, digs deep into the of today’s working class rage and uncovers the unravelling of the nation’s social safety net and regulatory standards.

Essential is an in-depth look into how the Covid -19 pandemic changed...

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January 3, 2023 42 mins

Welcome to Grit Nation

On this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with Dan Kerrigan the author of Functional Firefighter Fitness.

Though written for firefighters this book is packed full of solid advice to help you maximize your output on the job no matter what your trade is.

We’ll open our conversation by discussing what it means to be “fit for duty” as we investigate the similarities construction industry professionals share ...

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December 20, 2022 46 mins

Welcome to Grit Nation.

I'm Joe Cadwell, the host of the show, and on today's episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with the co-writer of a newly released book titled Dead in the Water, a true story of hijacking murderer and a global maritime conspiracy. His name is Matthew Campbell, and he's an award winning reporter and editor for Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine.

Together he and his co author...

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December 6, 2022 65 mins

Welcome to Grit Nation

In this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with journalist, professor of sociology and author Eyal Press.

Eyal’s latest book titled Dirty Work – Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America, addresses the morally troubling work that society silently condones and the hidden class of workers who do it. 

 Eyal and I begin our conversation by discussing the origins of the term Dirty ...

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November 22, 2022 39 mins

Welcome to Grit Nation,

I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show and on today’s episode I have the pleasure of speaking with Waldo Waldman, a former Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, who is now a highly sought after motivational speaker and executive coach. He is also the author of The New York Times best seeking book, Never Fly Solo.

Known to the tens of thousands of people who have attended his leadership seminars as the Wingman...

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November 8, 2022 42 mins

On today’s episode I have the pleasure of speaking with retired US Navy Commander, and author of the new fictional thriller, Secrets in Depth

His name is Joe Dituri and his laid-back persona and colorful and exciting life truly make for an interesting episode. 

We’ll open our conversation by learning about Joe’s journey as an enlisted sailor to being commanding officer in charge of the Navy’s’ deep submergence unit.  

Next, we’ll un...

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October 25, 2022 56 mins

Welcome to Grit Nation, I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show and on today’s episode I have the pleasure of speaking with physician, adventurer and author of the newly published book titled, The Unseen Body.

His name is Dr. Jonathan Reisman, and on today’s show Jonathan and I will discuss how his passion for, travel, prehistoric crafts, food, and practicing medicine all coalesced when writing his book.

We’ll open our conversation as J...

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October 11, 2022 33 mins

On today’s episode I have the pleasure of talking with internationally acclaimed speaker and bestselling author, D.J. Vanas

D.J.’s latest work titled, The Warrior Within - Own Your Power to Serve, Fight, Protect and Heal, draws upon Native American philosophy and tradition to reveal insight on how to develop the resilience and toughness needed to face the overwhelming chaos and noise in today’s modern world. 

We’ll start our conver...

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September 27, 2022 58 mins

Welcome to Grit Nation, I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show and on today’s episode I have the pleasure of speaking with strength coach, self-defense instructor, and author, Varg Freeborn

I first came upon Varg’s unique perspective to self-defense and violence preparedness a few years ago and became a fan of his straight shooting, no BS philosophy. So, I was especially pleased to have the opportunity to talk with him recently. 

We’...

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September 6, 2022 54 mins

Hi, I’m Joe Cadwell, writer, producer, and host of Grit Nation, but in this special episode of the Building Trades Podcast I’ll actually be the guest on someone else’s show.

Join me today as I talk with Nate Wadsworth from the Essential Craftsman Podcast. 

If you haven’t heard of the Essential Craftsman, you should really check them out. 

I’m a big fan of their YouTube channel, which is hosted by Nate’s dad Scott, and in fact I have b...

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August 30, 2022 37 mins

On today’s episode I have the honor and privilege of speaking with Brian Bogert founder of the Brian Bogert Companies.

Brian is a human behavior and performance coach, motivational speaker, and business strategist who has change the lives of thousands with his revolutionary coaching programs.

Brian starts today’s conversation by sharing with us the horrific accident that he suffered as a child and then will explain how he was determi...

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