19 episodes

En Masse is a storytelling podcast about working-class life by oral historian and labor activist, Liz Medina. In each episode, we hear and discuss individual testimonies to the human costs of economic processes as well as working-class resistance. Each season reveals universal aspects of class and work through the personal experiences of the workers interviewed. Member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network.

En Mass‪e‬ Liz Medina

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    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

En Masse is a storytelling podcast about working-class life by oral historian and labor activist, Liz Medina. In each episode, we hear and discuss individual testimonies to the human costs of economic processes as well as working-class resistance. Each season reveals universal aspects of class and work through the personal experiences of the workers interviewed. Member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network.

    Protect the Results!

    Protect the Results!

    “The entire history of this country can be understood as a long and arduous struggle to count the votes, and indeed the lives, of working people, women, people of color, immigrants, and native peoples.” - Andrew Tripp, union organizer. Hear more from speakers, representing VPIRG, Rights and Democracy, and the VT AFL-CIO during a “Protect the Results” vigil in front of Vermont’s State House on November 4th. Best of all, hear from Plainfield singer and artist, Heidi Ann Wilson, as she leads us through songs of remembrance and hope. Recording courtesy of Carl Etnier, host of Relocalizing Vermont. Photo courtesy of sister Daphne Kinney-Landis. Stay strong and stay vigilant. Find “Protect the Results” events near you: https://protecttheresults.com/


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    • 26 min
    BONUS: The Story of John Henry, Part 2

    BONUS: The Story of John Henry, Part 2

    In Part Two, Dylan Kelley, friend of the pod and local journalist, and I dive into the hard history embodied in the story of John Henry while exploring the remains of Barre’s railyard. John Henry’s ghost still haunts us, calling us to acknowledge the violence of our past and fight for justice. The revolutionary history and spirit so clearly embodied in the version we feature as our theme song in Season 1 shows us how.

    We thought the story of John Henry and Eric George’s performance were so important and incredible, that we are making them available to all of our listeners. However, we will continue producing exclusive content for our Patreon members to show our thanks for being a member of our En Masse community. If you haven’t become a member yet, please consider doing so. Go to patreon.com/enmasse


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    • 48 min
    BONUS: The Story of John Henry, Part 1

    BONUS: The Story of John Henry, Part 1

    In Part 1, we hear a live performance of “John Henry” by Eric George, a Vermont-based songwriter, sound engineer, and performer of original music and poetry. Eric also shares his relationship to the song and the repertoire of folk music more generally. We also discuss the role of music and culture in shaping a personal narrative, social consciousness and social movements. Last, we get to hear Eric perform an original song off his album, “Songs of Resistance.”

    We thought the story of John Henry and Eric George’s performance were so important and incredible, that we are making them available to all of our listeners. However, we will continue producing exclusive content for our Patreon members to show our thanks for being a member of our En Masse community. If you haven’t become a member yet, please consider doing so. Go to patreon.com/enmasse


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    • 52 min
    Bonus (Patreon Members Only): Behind the Scenes Teaser

    Bonus (Patreon Members Only): Behind the Scenes Teaser

    Hear the full, 53-minute BONUS episode by becoming a Patreon member today: Support En Masse on Patreon.

    So you’ve finished Season 1 of En Masse. Maybe you’ve noticed En Masse is a bit different than other podcasts you’ve heard. The interviews are not quite interviews; they’re oral histories. And the oral histories are performed by different narrators. Liz Medina and Dylan Kelley take you behind the scenes to share our process and give some tips in doing your own oral history project!



    Please excuse the decrease in audio quality! We are trying to find creative ways to keep on going with only our smartphones during the pandemic.


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    • 1 min
    Bonus (Patreon Members Only): No Stone Left Unturned Teaser

    Bonus (Patreon Members Only): No Stone Left Unturned Teaser

    Hear the full, one-hour BONUS episode by becoming a Patreon member today: Support En Masse on Patreon.

    There’s a huge pile of rocks near each quarry pit. Large enough to make a person stop their car to look, or for the neighborhood kids to get scraped and bruised to claim kingship over them. They are made of granite waste rock -- the bits and pieces considered invaluable and left behind. In the field of oral history, all stories are valuable. Oral historians care about people not profit. No stone is left unturned. In this bonus episode, we present to you fragments of working life in Barre, Vermont from the rest of Liz Medina’s Barre Oral History Project (2017). 



    MUSIC CREDITS:

    "Amber Haze" by Daniel Birch

    "Sun comes up, I come down" by Silicon Transmitter


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    • 4 min
    A message from En Masse: You got something ahead of you

    A message from En Masse: You got something ahead of you

    Those of you who’ve made it to the end of Season 1 may be wondering, “What’s next? When will Season 2 come out?” Please consider supporting En Masse on Patreon.



    MUSIC CREDITS
    "Call me" by Daniel Birch. From Free Music Archive. CC BY

    "Recalling" by Blear Moon. From Free Music Archive. CC BY-NC


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    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Quarantine Queen ,

Informative, Entertaining, and Well Made

I LOVE this podcast! The host has such a calming, pleasant voice, and the stories told are extemely interesting. The sound quality is also very good!

eksullivan ,

Engaging oral histories

En Masse explores big themes like poverty, industrialization and marginalization in meticulously curated bites. Oral histories are strung together by a host with an impressive handle on American Capitalism and a great voice. Intriguing and informative, it’s hard to believe Liz Medina can package so much in a mere 20-30 minutes.

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