Grit Nation

Grit Nation

Is it hard for you to keep on top of issues that are important to your career as a building trades professional? Do you want to be more active within your union but don't know where to start? Are you interested in learning more about a future in the blue-collar trades? If so, then join host Joe Cadwell, as he talks with industry experts about topics important to your life and career. From finance management to fitness, leadership to labor history, the Grit Nation podcast hits the mark in this bi-monthly show. Be sure to like, subscribe or follow so you don't miss an episode!"

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June 20, 2022 50 min

Welcome to  the Grit Nation podcast, I’m Joe Cadwell and in this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with logger, blacksmith, carpenter, and internet sensation Scott Wadsworth.  

Better known to over 1 million YouTube followers as the Essential Craftsman, Scott, together with his son Nate, have created a wealth of entertaining and educational videos designed to help anyone interested in learning more about blue-collar craft skil...

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Welcome to Grit Nation, I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show and today I have the pleasure of speaking with author Kim Kelly about her new book titled Fight Like Hell – The Untold History of American Labor.  

Kim’s book is a remarkable interweaving of past and present that brings America’s rich and bloody labor history to vivid life. 

Her book comes at a time of economic reckoning in America. From Amazon Warehouses to Starbucks coffe...

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Welcome to another episode of Grit Nation, I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show and today I will be talking with investigative reporter David McSwane about his new book Pandemic Inc. – Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick. 

David’s book is an explosive look inside the rush to profit from the Covid-19 pandemic and connects the dots between shady backdoor deals and a robust spoils systems that led to a ca...

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In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with the Chief Style Officer for Diamondback Toolbelts, Damani Harrison. 

Headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, Diamondback is taking building trades toolbelts and gear to the next level with their innovative design, ergonomic fit and manufacturing processes.

We’ll start our conversation by discovering what makes Diamondback products standout in a marketplace that is jammed full ...

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On today’s episode I have the pleasure to speak with author Daisy Pitken about her new book titled, On the Line - A story of class, solidarity, and Two Women’s Epic Fight to Build a Union. 

In her book, Daisy recounts the story of a grueling 5 yearlong bottom-up campaign she was involved in to help unionize industrial laundry workers in Phoenix, Arizona.  

This book is both riveting and intimate and paints a humanizing portrait of th...

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April 11, 2022 27 min

Welcome to Carpenter Stories. 

I’m Joe Cadwell, the writer, producer and host of the show and I am proud to bring you this special series within the Grit NW podcast.

Carpenter Stories will introduce you to individuals whose lives have been bettered after finding a career as a professional tradesperson in the UBC.

On today’s show I have the pleasure to speak with Jimmy Jones, retired Journeyman carpenter, and member of the local 271. 

I...

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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’ll be looking into the complex world of finance credit.
To help me better understand the role credit plays in a building trades professionals life and career I have invited back to the show Patrick Town, director of operations for Union Home Plus. 

Accompanying him is Serge Bagdasarov . 

We’ll start our conversation by learning...

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March 31, 2022 14 min

Welcome to Grit Nation. 

I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show, and in this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with jobsite foreman, self-taught communication expert and author of two books on construction leadership, Brian Lousy.

Brian landed on the literary scene with a thud in early 2016 with his book, The Mind-Readers Guide to Supervision, in which he introduced the practice of managing construction projects by intentionally...

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March 21, 2022 32 min

Welcome to Grit Nation.
I’m Joe Cadwell the writer, producer and host of the show and in this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Josh Ruyle from Image Pointe and Dignity Apparel both based in Waterloo, Iowa.

Though I originally went into this conversation with the intent of discussing union printed apparel, I came away with a greater understanding of the socio-economic impact companies like Image Pointe can have in rural A...

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March 7, 2022 36 min

In this episode I speak with Katrina Onstad, author of The Weekend Effect. Her   book addresses the life changing benefits of taking time off and challenging the cult of overwork and makes the case for reclaiming our weekends to increase creativity, productivity, and success in our lives.

Katrina and I open our conversation by discussing the historical origins of the weekend and how the concept of having 2 days off in a row is a fai...

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February 21, 2022 42 min

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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February 7, 2022 65 min

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 Work and h...

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January 25, 2022 26 min

Welcome to Grit Nation, The Building Trades Podcast.

On today’s episode I will be talking with returning guest, Frank Manzo, from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. 

This time around Frank and I discuss building trades apprenticeships.

We’ll start our conversation by looking into how the Illinois Economic Policy Institute gathers the data needed to create fair, unbiased, and fact-based comparisons of apprenticeship programs acro...

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Welcome to Grit Nation, The Building Trades Podcast.

I’m Joe Cadwell the writer, producer, and host of the show and on today’s episode I will be looking into the origins and mission of the largest residential career training program in the United States, the Job Corps. 

Since 1964 the Job Corps has assisted over 2 million people between the ages of 16 and 24 in finding meaningful careers, in fields as varied as construction, the culi...

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December 27, 2021 54 min

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with professor of sociology at Middlebury College, workers’ rights activist, and the author of two books on labor, Jamie McCallum. 

Jamie’s latest effort titled, Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work is Killing the American Dream; addresses the loss of agency the average American worker has in managing their work - life balance and why labor’s next big battle may not just be about wages but abou...

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December 13, 2021 37 min

 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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November 29, 2021 37 min

On this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with Mark Martinez, founder of the Martinez Tool Company. Mark is the designer of the M-1 and M-4 Titanium hybrid hammers and has a long history of tool innovation and design. 

He has also worked as a builder for most of his life and has great insight into what it means to be a professional carpenter. 

We’ll start our conversation by learning about Marks involvement with the big brand t...

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November 15, 2021 42 min

In this episode I look into the cornerstone of the typical American dream, home ownership. 

To help me understand the ins and outs of this significant milestone in anyone’s life,  

I have invited back to the show Patrick Town, the owner of Union Home Plus, a Seattle based company that for nearly 20 years has been providing union members the safest, most cost-effective way to buy, sell or refinance their home. Also joining our convers...

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October 31, 2021 24 min

On today’s episode I speak with Frank Manzo from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. 

We will start our conversation by understanding how Frank teamed up with academics at Oregon State University to co-author his report on the effect Prevailed Wage laws have on taxpayer funded construction projects in the state of Oregon.    

We will then look into some of the falsehoods that circulate around prevailed wage projects as we uncover...

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October 29, 2021 8 min

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