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Our expectations of work are changing. Whether you're a cubicle-dweller, side gig hustler, or blue-collar breadwinner, we're all experiencing some major changes to the idea of what a workplace should look and feel like. Can the culture of work change too?

In this latest season of Rough Translation, we'll be traveling the globe to see how people are shifting their relationship to their jobs. From the mysterious man who inspired a "slacker revolution" in China to an American trans woman trucker changing the rules of the road, and from to the new codes of small talk in the Brazilian metaverse, to the ways that a war can change how Ukrainians look at work (and how work can change how they see a war). We explore what happens when international workplace norms are challenged both by local customs and homegrown rule-breakers.

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Our expectations of work are changing. Whether you're a cubicle-dweller, side gig hustler, or blue-collar breadwinner, we're all experiencing some major changes to the idea of what a workplace should look and feel like. Can the culture of work change too?

In this latest season of Rough Translation, we'll be traveling the globe to see how people are shifting their relationship to their jobs. From the mysterious man who inspired a "slacker revolution" in China to an American trans woman trucker changing the rules of the road, and from to the new codes of small talk in the Brazilian metaverse, to the ways that a war can change how Ukrainians look at work (and how work can change how they see a war). We explore what happens when international workplace norms are challenged both by local customs and homegrown rule-breakers.

    You're@Work: The Right Persona for the Job

    You're@Work: The Right Persona for the Job

    Who are you at work? In this episode, two stories of people who really commit to embodying their work selves. The result? New realms and new personalities.

    • 33 min
    Failing@Work: Epic Fails & Failure Epics

    Failing@Work: Epic Fails & Failure Epics

    Many of us think we can't share our stories of failure until we've reached success. Some Mexico City entrepreneurs started a club to change that, and the world took notice.

    • 30 min
    Stuck@Work: Your Country's Brand Is Escape, But You Can't

    Stuck@Work: Your Country's Brand Is Escape, But You Can't

    When Portugal forbade bosses from contacting employees after hours, international media jumped at the chance to cover the new law. Portuguese workers were oddly quiet. Why?

    • 41 min
    Lunching@Work: When Eating at Your Desk Is Forbidden

    Lunching@Work: When Eating at Your Desk Is Forbidden

    In 2021, France suspended a law that forbids eating lunch at work. We talk to an American teacher relieved to see it go and a French historian determined to bring it back.

    • 30 min
    Slackers@Work: A Song for the Exhausted

    Slackers@Work: A Song for the Exhausted

    A video ricochets across Chinese offices, and a scooter thief becomes an icon for brewing discontent. Why is a thief who says he's tired of working viewed by the Chinese state as such a threat?

    • 40 min
    New Season: @Work. Starting June 1.

    New Season: @Work. Starting June 1.

    We're back @Work. The new season of Rough Translation will tell surprising stories from workplaces and work cultures around the world.

    • 2 min

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