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A show about work, working, and how to make work better. Hosted by Jennifer Crittenden, a former CFO who worked in corporate America for over 20 years. She is the author of several career-related books.

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A show about work, working, and how to make work better. Hosted by Jennifer Crittenden, a former CFO who worked in corporate America for over 20 years. She is the author of several career-related books.

    Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education with Derek Black

    Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education with Derek Black

    Law professor and public education policy expert Derek Black joins us to talk about his new book "Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy." In this informal but profound discussion, we review how the country's founding fathers and early government documents linked public education to the survival of the new democracy and where we have arrived today with public school funding, vouchers, and charter schools. From Betsy DeVos's promotion of religious schools to small-government advocates and libertarians' desire for choice, public education has been under attack during the past decade while recent years have also seen large demonstrations in support of teachers, bringing the nation's commitment to public education to a critical juncture, accentuated by the pandemic. This critical episode is the first in our new series about education and teaching.

    Derek's new book:
    https://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/titles/derek-w-black/schoolhouse-burning/9781541788442/

    Derek's Ted Talk he mentions:
    https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_black_a_well_informed_citizenry_fact_vs_fiction_in_american_media_then_and_now

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas

    Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas

    A modern-day town crier gets some ominous messages to read about impending pestilence in Paris while mysterious backwards 4s begin appearing on doors. The 2001 policier by French crime novelist Fred Vargas was translated into English by David Bellos and adapted into a movie by Régis Wargnier. Colorful characters, understated humor, and the complexity of Chief Inspector Adamsberg come through in the translation, not so much in the movie — although it still holds up as a competent urban thriller. A sophisticated who-dun-it with a twist of plague.

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    • 47 min
    San Diego Musician and Producer Jeff Berkley

    San Diego Musician and Producer Jeff Berkley

    San Diego native, percussionist, guitarist, and producer Jeff Berkley talks about his musical evolution, his band Berkley Hart, song writing, record production, and why we keep coming back to acoustic music. Most unusually, he relays the nuts and bolts of making a living as a professional musician and shares some occasions when things they thought would be funny on stage didn't quite work out. He also talks about the power of music and what a live performance can do. A fun and intimate episode with a pro.

    Jeff's website:
    https://jeffberkley.com/

    The Facebook Live event we talk about:
    https://www.facebook.com/berkleyhart/videos/352669735914142

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    • 55 min
    Colson Whitehead's Zone One

    Colson Whitehead's Zone One

    In this zombie-apocalypse novel, literary novelist and dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker Colson Whitehead imagines three days in the life of a "sweeper," a civilian who works as part of an operation to clear NYC of zombies so it can be re-inhabited. The story is imaginative and exciting (after the first day), and the writing is expressive, arresting, cynical, and amusing. Whether you love or hate zombie stories, this is an enjoyable read. The 19th in our Literary Sunday episodes during the pandemic.

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    • 38 min
    Up, Up and Away: The Angel Flight Book Launch

    Up, Up and Away: The Angel Flight Book Launch

    Robin Kardon, author of "Angel Flight," the new second novel in the Flygirl trilogy, joins us to talk about love and work in the life of an ambitious female pilot who is trying to succeed in a male-dominated environment. The fast-moving story finds Tris falling for a handsome captain with a mysterious past who she then discovers is competing with her for a promotion. We talk about romance at work, mental health issues among pilots, planning for death, and drama in the air, with a nod to 9/11. With help from our audience, we also offer some advice for these times: always think ahead of your airplane, and don't judge people at their worst. A timely episode about an exciting story.

    The episode with Robin about the first book:
    https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/deardiscreetguide/episodes/2020-06-05T05_00_00-07_00

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    • 50 min
    How Rules and Laws Pervert Salary Negotiations

    How Rules and Laws Pervert Salary Negotiations

    The correct starting place to negotiate the base salary for a position is its value on the open market. Happily, that information is now usually available. Unhappily, certain laws and corporate policies have been advanced that work against open dialogue and fair negotiation. For example, California's law prohibiting companies from asking for salary history ends up exaggerating the gender pay gap, something it allegedly was designed to combat. Further, company policies which place a cap on salary increases for internal candidates openly reinforce any historical pay inequities. And companies which proclaim they don't negotiate salaries -- well, what can we say except, that's a lie. A clear-minded important episode about salaries.

    A related episode about "How To Make More Money"
    https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/deardiscreetguide/episodes/2019-06-11T10_12_48-07_00

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    • 21 min

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