21 episodes

En Masse is an immersive storytelling podcast about working-class experiences throughout history by labor activist and union member, Liz Medina. Each season investigates the universal experience of class and work, as well as their particularities, depending on who the workers are and where they live.

En Masse Liz Medina

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

En Masse is an immersive storytelling podcast about working-class experiences throughout history by labor activist and union member, Liz Medina. Each season investigates the universal experience of class and work, as well as their particularities, depending on who the workers are and where they live.

    On the Line with Daisy Pitkin

    On the Line with Daisy Pitkin

    In this special bonus episode, I interview Daisy Pitkin, author of On the Line: A Story of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women's Epic Fight to Build a Union, which chronicles the story of a "bold five-year campaign to bring a union to the dangerous industrial laundry factories of Phoenix, Arizona." Throughout the book, Pitkin interrogates how unions are formed, the role of staff in organizing a union, and, moreover, how we tell our stories in the labor movement.

    You can pick her book up in your local independent bookstore and find her @daisypitkin

    Thank you for listening. To support the show, please go to https://www.enmassepodcast.com/donate 


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    • 54 min
    Bonus: Workers' Inquiry and Global Class Struggle

    Bonus: Workers' Inquiry and Global Class Struggle

    In this special, bonus episode, I interview Professor Robert Ovetz, author of "Workers' Inquiry and Global Class Struggle." Prepare to have any preconceived notions of unions, power, and class conflict challenged and expanded! 

    Report your strike threats at strikethreats.org

    This is an independently produced show. Please consider supporting En Masse on Patreon.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 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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