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Slate’s L.V. Anderson interviews Kevin Fanning, VP of Talent & Culture at Cogo Labs, a startup incubator in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the author of the job search guide, Let's All Find Awesome Jobs. Kevin talks about the difference between recruiting and HR, why he believes people have trouble dealing with problems in the workplace, and the process of firing people.

In a Slate Plus extra, Fanning explains the potential dangers of not having an HR department and the kinds of policies he would implement if money were no object. 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.

This episode of Working is brought to you by Braintree. Looking to set up payments for your business? Braintree gives your app or website a payment solution that accepts just about every payment method with one simple integration. Plus, we’ll give you your first $50,000 in transactions fee-¬free. To learn more, visit BraintreePayments.com/Working.

And by Citrix GoToMeeting. When meetings matter, millions choose GoToMeeting. Hold a meeting with anyone from the convenience of your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Try it free for 30 days by visiting GoToMeeting.com and clicking the "try it free" button. That's GoToMeeting.com…"try it free."

Twitter: @LV_Anderson
Direct download: WP15112201_HR.mp3
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In the Season 5 premiere of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson interviews James Donofrio, a funeral director at Blair Mazzarella Funeral Home. James explains the effects of always being on the clock, how he prepares for an overseas funeral, and why a funeral director needs to know about every religion.


In a Slate Plus extra, Donofrio talks about a call he received to disinter 50 bodies and where he gets the urns and stones used for his services. 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.

 

This episode of Working is brought to you by Braintree. Looking to set up payments for your business? Braintree gives your app or website a payment solution that accepts just about every payment method with one simple integration. Plus, we’ll give you your first $50,000 in transactions fee-¬free. To learn more, visit BraintreePayments.com/Working.

 

And by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater.

 

Email: working@slate.com

Twitter: @LV_Anderson

Direct download: WP15111301_FuneralDirector.mp3
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On the last episode for this season of Working, WNYC’s Arun Venugopal talks to Elizabeth Clemants, a New York City mediator and shaman. Elizabeth talks about the psychology of conflict resolution, how she integrates her work as a shaman with mediation, and the role empathy plays in her work. Plus, Elizabeth talks about the difficulties associated with coming to a solution in the “Me” generation.

 

In a Slate Plus extra, Elizabeth talks about why she doesn’t use social media, watch the news, or Google her clients. 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.

 

Working is brought to you by Braintree. Looking to set up payments for your business? Braintree gives your app or website a payment solution that accepts just about every payment method with one simple integration. Plus, we’ll give you your first $50,000 in transactions fee­-free. To learn more, visit BraintreePayments.com/Working.

 

And by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater.

 

Email: working@slate.com

Twitter: @arunNYC

Direct download: WP15101801_Mediator.mp3
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Bernie Telsey has been casting hit musicals, films, and TV shows for over 20 years. In this week’s episode of Working, Bernie talks about what he’s looking for in an audition, how diversity has changed on the stage and screen during his time in the business, and how finding talent isn’t necessarily the hardest part of the job.

 

In a Slate Plus extra, Bernie and Arun talk about casting Ricki and the Flash with Meryl Streep. 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.

 

Working is brought to you by Braintree. Looking to set up payments for your business? Braintree gives your app or website a payment solution that accepts just about every payment method with one simple integration. Plus, we’ll give you your first $50,000 in transactions fee­-free. To learn more, visit BraintreePayments.com/Working.

 

And by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater.

 

Email: working@slate.com

Twitter: @arunNYC

Direct download: WP15101201_Casting.mp3
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In New York City’s Lower East Side there’s a dungeon with whips, swords, and a slave in chains where Conrad, a male dominatrix, carries out his work at his client’s request. On Working this week, Conrad talks to Arun Venugopal about the impact the Rent Boys bust had on his profession, one of the best places to meet clientele, and some of his safety concerns in the industry. Plus, Conrad talks about accidently hurting a few clients and how he’s finding a second sexual peak as a “Daddy.”

 

In a Slate Plus extra, Conrad talks about how he came out as a dominatrix to his parents and how it isn’t always easy to tell people what he does for a living. 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.

 

Working is brought to you by Braintree. Looking to set up payments for your business? Braintree gives your app or website a payment solution that accepts just about every payment method with one simple integration. Plus, we’ll give you your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free. To learn more, visit BraintreePayments.com/Working.

 

Working is also brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater.

 

Email: working@slate.com

Twitter: @arunNYC

Direct download: WP15100401_Dominatrix.mp3
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WNYC’s Arun Venugopal talks to Dr. Bradley Adams, a forensic anthropologist for the city of New York. Dr. Adams talks about the impact 9/11 had on forensic anthropology in the city, the different types of cases he investigates, and how there are no typical days in his line of work. Plus, Dr. Adams tells the story of an unidentified female body in Brooklyn and how he helped uncover a murder in the mafia.

 

In a Slate Plus extra, Dr. Adams take a closer look at the skull of a person who had been shot in the head during the Civil War and discuss the challenges of identifying a person’s race just by looking at a skull. 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.

 

Working is brought to you by Braintree. Looking to set up payments for your business? Braintree gives your app or website a payment solution that accepts just about every payment method with one simple integration. Plus, we’ll give you your first $50,000 in transactions fee-­free. To learn more, visit BraintreePayments.com/Working.

 

Email: working@slate.com

Twitter: @arunNYC

Direct download: WP15092701_ForensicAnthropologist.mp3
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The host of WNYC’s Micropolis series, Arun Venugopal, interviews Eric Aleman, a barber at King of Kings Barber Shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Eric talks about how hairstyles have changed in his years as a barber and how gentrification is changing the conversation in his shop. Also, Eric discusses his role as a therapist for some clients and why they trust him with their secrets and sharp objects.

 

In a Slate Plus extra, Aleman talks about how to not be a nightmare of a client and what he believes is at the root of the beard revival. 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.

 

Working is sponsored by Braintree. If you’re working on a mobile app and searching for a simple payments solution, check out Braintree. With one simple integration, you can offer your customers every way to pay. Period. To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to braintreepayments.com/working.

 

Email: working@slate.com

Twitter: @arunNYC

Direct download: WP15092001_Barber.mp3
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In the Season 4 premiere of Working, the host of WNYC’s Micropolis series, Arun Venugopal, interviews Elena Waldman, a self-defense instructor at MKD Karate in Queens, NY. Elena explains how she came to be a martial artist, demonstrates to our host how to escape from a violent sexual perpetrator, and talks about a personal attack that has informed the way she teaches her students.

 

In a Slate Plus extra, Waldman explains how to disable any attacker in less than 30 seconds. 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.

 

Working is sponsored by Braintree. If you’re working on a mobile app and searching for a simple payments solution, check out Braintree. With one simple integration, you can offer your customers every way to pay. Period. To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to braintreepayments.com/working.

 

Email: working@slate.com

Twitter: @arunNYC

Direct download: WP15091301_SelfDefense.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

On this episode of Working, the last of Slate’s third season, host Aisha Harris talks to Jordan Pavlin, a book editor at Knopf, about how she identifies future bestsellers, works with talented but sometimes temperamental authors, and how she fights for her book within the publishing house.

 

In a Slate Plus extra, Pavlin explains how she answers the most common question she’s asked: Will you read my novel? If you’re not 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.

 

Our sponsors today: Citrix GoToMeeting. Hold a meeting with anyone from the convenience of your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Try it free for 30 days by visiting GoToMeeting.com and clicking the “try it free” button.

And by Braintree. If you’re working on a mobile app and searching for a simple payments solution, check out Braintree. With one simple integration, you can offer your customers every way to pay. To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to braintreepayments.com/working.

Email: working@slate.com

 

Twitter: @craftingmystyle

Direct download: 150816editor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

Aisha Harris talks to "Jake," a veteran manager for a fast-fashion retail chain in New York. He talks about the challenges of his job including interacting with young staff, angry customers, and shoplifters. Plus, Jake reveals how he uses what he's learned behind the counter when shopping for himself.

 

In a Slate Plus extra, find out if a store’s sales staff will really be honest with you when you ask how something you’re trying on looks. If you’re not 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.

 

Our sponsor today: Our sponsors today: Citrix GoToMeeting. Hold a meeting with anyone from the convenience of your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Try it free for 30 days by visiting GoToMeeting.com and clicking the “try it free” button.

 

And Braintree. If you’re working on a mobile app and searching for a simple payments solution, check out Braintree. With one simple integration, you can offer your customers every way to pay. To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to braintreepayments.com/working

 Email: working@slate.com

 

Twitter: @craftingmystyle

Direct download: working14080903_retail.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

John Donvan has made a career out of staying calm – and staying on topic. A veteran ABC News correspondent, he’s now the moderator of Intelligence Squared Debates, a series of Oxford-style debates on the most controversial issues of the day. In this week’s episode of Working, Donvan explains how a successful debate requires a good question and a moderator who knows when to interrupt.

 

In a Slate Plus extra, Donvan schools Harris on why she shouldn’t try to game Intelligence Squared’s scoring system. If you’re not 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.

 

Our sponsor today: Braintree. If you’re working on a mobile app and searching for a simple payments solution, check out Braintree. With one simple integration, you can offer your customers every way to pay. To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to braintreepayments.com/working

 

Email: working@slate.com

 

Twitter: @craftingmystyle

 

Direct download: 140802_moderator.mp3
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Aleksey Kernes is the guy to know if you’re trying to skip the line outside a hot New York City club. The front of house manager at Hotel Chantelle, a nightclub on New York’s Lower East Side, talks nightlife, table service, and how being a doorman is a lot like being a lifeguard. (He also, of course, has his own app, Hooch, a subscription service for free cocktails at select venues.)

In a Slate Plus extra, Kernes gives advice on how to get a bartender’s attention should you find yourself in a crowded bar. If you’re not 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.

Our sponsors today: Citrix GoToMeeting. Hold a meeting with anyone from the convenience of your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Try it free for 30 days by visiting GoToMeeting.com and clicking the “try it free” button.

And by Braintree. If you’re working on a mobile app and searching for a simple payments solution, check out Braintree. With one simple integration, you can offer your customers every way to pay. To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to braintreepayments.com/working.

Email: working@slate.com

Twitter: @craftingmystyle

Direct download: working15072602_clubmanager.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

Danielle Selber is there for Jewish singles who’ve struck out online or just don’t have enough time to get themselves into the dating pool. She’s a matchmaker with Tribe 12, a Jewish nonprofit in Philadelphia. Host Aisha Harris met up with Selber in coffee shop to talk about that work, its strong history in the Jewish community, and what it takes to find the perfect match in the digital age.

In a Slate Plus extra, get advice from Selber on what makes a great first date. (A hint: Dinner’s no good, and drinks probably aren’t either.) If you’re not 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.

Our sponsors today: Citrix GoToMeeting. Hold a meeting with anyone from the convenience of your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Try it free for 30 days by visiting GoToMeeting.com and clicking the “try it free” button.  

And Audible: who has more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free audiobook of your choice at audible.com/working.  

Email: working@slate.com  

Twitter: @craftingmystyle

Direct download: working15071902_matchmaker.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

In the season three premiere of Working, Slate culture writer Aisha Harris interviews Alexandra Charrow, a medical resident at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She describes what a typical day is like, how she’s learning to grapple with death, and how her job isn’t at all like Grey’s Anatomy.

 

Charrow is in her second year studying both medicine and dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard Joint Dermatology program (which includes Brigham and Women's, Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel, Children's Hospital, the VA, and Lahey Clinic). 

 

In a Slate Plus extra, get a tour of the hospital and learn just what food can break the will of even the most steel-nerved doctor. If you’re not 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.

 

Our sponsors today: Citrix GoToMeeting. Hold a meeting with anyone from the convenience of your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Try it free for 30 days by visiting GoToMeeting.com and clicking the "try it free" button.

 

And, Warby Parker, a new concept in eyewear. Warby Parker makes buying glasses online easy, risk-free and most of all, enjoyable. Get free three-day shipping on your final frame choice when you go to warbyparker.com/working.

 

Direct download: working15071203_resident.mp3
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In this special, one-off episode of Working, Slate editor-in-chief Julia Turner speaks with British Airways pilot Mark Vanhoenacker. From the cockpit of a 747 and then the terminal of JFK airport, Vanhoenacker describes what it's like to fly a large aircraft in the modern world.

Vanhoenacker is also a Slate contributor and the author of the recent Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot, from which Slate is running excerpts this week. He’s also asking readers to submit pictures taken from the window seats of planes. You can submit a picture and view other submissions at the book's online home. 

For our Slate Plus listeners, Vanhoenacker talks about the history of the 747, what it's like to be like Beyonce in the airport, and the cast of characters he meets in flight. Join today and enjoy a free two-week trail at slate.com/workingplus.

Direct download: workin20150605_Vanhoenacker.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

In this final episode of Season 2, host Adam Davidson and former Working host David Plotz interview each other about walking away from large media companies and starting new adventures in their careers. 

In a Slate Plus extra, they critique the format of Working and discuss the future of the show. If you're not a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

 

Our sponsors today: Citrix GoToMeeting. Hold a meeting with anyone from the convenience of your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Get a free 30 day trial at GoToMeeting.com. Also: QuickBooks. Explore what QuickBooks Self-Employed can do for you with a free 30-day trial at TrySelfEmployed.com/working.

Direct download: WORKING15051701_PLOTZ.mp3
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In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson talks with Det. Erica Hurley of the Portland Police Bureau's Child Abuse Team. 

Hurley explains how she investigates allegations of physical and sexual child abuse and the types of cases she encounters. Also, she discusses how she started her job and how it affects her life as a mother. 

In a Slate Plus extra, Hurley talks about Hollywood’s depiction of her work. If you're not a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Our sponsors today: Citrix GoToMeeting. Hold a meeting with anyone from the convenience of your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Get a free 30 day trial at GoToMeeting.com. Also: QuickBooks. Explore what QuickBooks Self-Employed can do for you with a free 30-day trial at TrySelfEmployed.com/working.

Direct download: WORKING15051001_hurley.mp3
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On this episode, Adam Davidson of the New York Times Magazine talks to stand-up comedian Brooke Van Poppelen. She explains what it’s like to have to be funny all of the time, how to prepare for gigs, and whether this is good time to be a female comic.

In a Slate Plus extra, listen to a clip of Van Poppelen’s recent set at The Bell House in Brooklyn. If you're not a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Our sponsors today: Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/working and using the promo code "Working." And: Stamps.com, where you can buy and print U.S. postage for any letter or package. For a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer, go to Stamps.com, click on the microphone, and enter the promo code "Working."

Direct download: WORKING15050203_POPPELEN.mp3
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In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson talks with midwife Karen Jefferson about her work providing labor and delivery services in the comfort of people's homes. 

Jefferson discusses how she entered midwifery and what it's like to provide prenatal, postnatal, and delivery services in New York City.  

In a Slate Plus extra, Jefferson talks about maintaining a professional relationship with patients, despite the intimacy of her job. If you're not a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

Our sponsors today: Stamps.com, where you can buy and print official U.S. postage for any letter or package using your own computer and printer. For a no-risk trial and a special $110 bonus offer, visit their site and use the promo code "Working." Also: Citrix GoToMeeting. Hold a meeting with anyone from the convenience of your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Get a free 30 day trial at GoToMeeting.com.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine talks with singer-songwriter Sarah Quintana about her life on the New Orleans music scene. 

Quintana discusses growing up amid the city's deep and wide musical heritage, her evolution away from jazz favorites into original compositions, and her Kickstarter campaign (which you should really check out). 

And in a Slate Plus extra, Sarah talks about American Idol. If you're not a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus 

Our sponsors today: Stamps.com, where you can buy and print official U.S. postage for any letter or package using your own computer and printer. For a no-risk trial and a special $110 bonus offer, visit their site and use the promo code "Working." Also: Harry's, featuring great razors, blades, and shaving products. For $5 off your first purchase, go to Harrys.com and use the promo code "Working." 

Direct download: WORKING15041901_QUINTANA.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

In this installment of Slate’s podcast about work, host Adam Davidson talks with mother-and-son duo Monica and Kicker Kalozdi about their New Orleans-based business, Kalencom Corp.

They discuss how they design, manufacture, and distribute a wide variety of products including toddler potties, diaper bags, and men’s briefcases.

The Kalozdis walk Davidson through the process of choosing overseas manufacturing and explain why it is hard for small American businesses to survive without some international outsourcing.

For an extended version of this interview and the transcript, join Slate Plus! Members receive bonus material, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your two-week trial at slate.com/workingplus

 

Direct download: Working14041201_KALOZDI.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

The president of the New York Customs Brokers talks about his 37 years of experience in the importing business, and how the industry has changed.You can find out more at MailChimp.com. 

For an extended version of this interview and the transcript, join Slate Plus! Members also get bonus segments, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your two-week trial at slate.com/workingplus. 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine talks with his brother in law, Tony Banbury, who also happens to be a high-ranking official at the United Nations. 

 

As the assistant secretary general for field support, Banbury is responsible for making sure the UN's peacekeeping and political missions around the world have the necessary personnel, supplies, food, and even helicopters

 

He talks to Davidson about dividing his time behind a desk at the Secretariat in New York and in crisis situations around the world, such as the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

 

Thanks to this week's sponsor, Mailchimp. More than 7 million business around the world use MailChimp to send email newsletters. Plus, MailChimp distributes hats for cats and small dogs. You can find out more at MailChimp.com.

 

For an extended version of this interview (featuring Banbury's experience in the Central African Republic) and the transcript, join Slate Plus! Members also get bonus segments, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your two-week trial at slate.com/workingplus

 

Direct download: working15032902_working.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine talks with veteran bail bondsman Ira Judelson

"I am the bank for people that get incarcerated," Judelson says, describing the complexity of his job in simple terms. "I am, on the street, a legal loan shark. I bail people out. I put up their bond to get them out of jail."

Judelson discusses his daily routine, the role that trust plays in his work relationships, and the famous clients that inspired the newspaper stories that adorn his office wall, including Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Ja Rule, Robert Durst, and Lindsay Lohan.

Judelson gives Davidson a tour of that wall, defends his use of a flip phone, explains how he earns a living from posting bail bonds, and reveals his passion project, an app he's developing called JammedUp that helps people who get, well, jammed up.

Thanks to this week's sponsor, Mailchimp. More than 7 million business around the world use MailChimp to send email newsletters. Plus, MailChimp distributes hats for cats and small dogs. You can find out more at MailChimp.com.

For an extended version of this interview and the transcript, join Slate Plus! Members also get bonus segments, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your two-week trial at slate.com/workingplus

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

Slate's podcast about work returns with host Adam Davidson talking to writer, director, and producer Adam McKay about collaborating with Will Ferrell, co-founding Funny or Die, and McKay's three different daily routines.

Thanks to this week's sponsor, Mailchimp. More than 7 million business around the world use MailChimp to send email newsletters. Plus, MailChimp distributes hats for cats and small dogs. You can find out more at MailChimp.com.

For an extended version of this interview and the transcript, join Slate Plus! Members also get bonus segments, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your two-week trial at slate.com/workingplus

Direct download: working15031603_mckay.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine explains what's on tap for the second season of Slate's Working podcast. Know someone we should interview for the show? Email us at working@slate.com

Listen to our archives and learn more about our guests on our show page

Direct download: SW15021801_working.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:29pm PDT

Slate’s Podcast About Work Explores How a Principal Deals With Angry Parents, Standardized Tests, and Low-Income Middle School Students.

Direct download: working_14121802_working.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm PDT

Slate's podcast about work explores the world of a software engineer and her quest to write good code and good poetry.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:15am PDT

 

Slate’s podcast about work explores how a Merriam-Webster lexicographer defined the work “take.”

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On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks to fruit grower Eddie Rankin about GoldRush apples, the value of farmers' markets, and how farmers switched to "softer" pesticides.

Direct download: working14120804_working.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:09am PDT

David Plotz talks to screenwriter and executive producer Craig Turk about the value of different types of screenwriters, and how the cast and crew of The Good Wife kept a big season five secret.

Direct download: The__How_Does_A_Hollywood_Screenwriter_Work___Edition.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:00am PDT

On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks to day care manager Dannae Sewell about balancing different expectations for child development, and how to tailor care to each child’s needs. 

Direct download: working14120103_sewell.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT

David Plotz speaks with Jeff Ennis, a flight paramedic out of North Carolina about what it's like to work 24-hour days, and transporting emergency patients to trauma centers in a helicopter.

Direct download: working14112604_ennis.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:55am PDT

On this episode of Slate's Working, David Plotz talks to appliance repairman John Lefever about learning to fix new appliances and what it's like to work in a stranger's home five times a day.

Direct download: working14112401.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:01pm PDT

David Plotz talks to a hospice nurse about caring for the elderly, dealing with families in the process of grieving, and what it’s like to give a bath to a person who has just died.

Direct download: The__How_Does_A_Hospice_Nurse_Work___Edition.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with porn star Jessica Drake about how she selects her scene partners and what it's like to be on the set.

Direct download: The__How_Does_A_Porn_Star_Work___Edition.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:40am PDT

On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with a veteran waiter about how he does his job, how much he makes, and why waiters are definitely judging their customers.

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Direct download: working14111504_waiter.mp3
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On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles about the importance of finding humor in the news and why he draws 24 cartoons each week.

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On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with perfumer Anne Serrano-McClain about starting a perfume business and how to create a mass-market perfume from scratch.

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Direct download: working14110703_ep5.mp3
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On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with John Flansburgh from They Might Be Giants about what it’s like to go on tour, and what he has in common with The Rolling Stones.

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On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with Dr. Howard-John Wesley about how a pastor prepares a sermon and why he creates personal boundaries between himself and his congregation.

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On Ep. 2 of Working, David Plotz talks with Dr. Meri Kolbrener about how treating poor families in Washington, D.C. requires both technical skill and intense empathy.

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On Ep. 1 of Working, Slate's David Plotz talks with Stephen Colbert on how he puts his show together and turns himself from Stephen Colbert into the character “Stephen Colbert.”

Direct download: Working_Colbert_2.mp3
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