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Brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation, the program explores a wide range of social and economic topics impacting the way we work, presented through a unique historical perspective. A mix of interviews with local and national experts is helmed by a rotating cast of hosts including Rosemary Trump, Dr. Charles McCollester, Dr. Patricia DeMarco and Nathan Ruggles. Each episode wraps up with a song selection from labor music aficionado Larry McCullough. Essential Work is available on popular podcast platforms and apps. Website: essentialworkpodcast.org Comment line: (412) 326-9435 Email: bhfpodcast.nathan {@} gmail.com Please support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.org Logo by Brittany Sheets bsheetscreative.com Original Music by Jason Kendall Jasonkendallproductions.com

Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Jobs The Battle of Homestead Foundation

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Brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation, the program explores a wide range of social and economic topics impacting the way we work, presented through a unique historical perspective. A mix of interviews with local and national experts is helmed by a rotating cast of hosts including Rosemary Trump, Dr. Charles McCollester, Dr. Patricia DeMarco and Nathan Ruggles. Each episode wraps up with a song selection from labor music aficionado Larry McCullough. Essential Work is available on popular podcast platforms and apps. Website: essentialworkpodcast.org Comment line: (412) 326-9435 Email: bhfpodcast.nathan {@} gmail.com Please support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.org Logo by Brittany Sheets bsheetscreative.com Original Music by Jason Kendall Jasonkendallproductions.com

    A 21st Century WPA: Back from Halimuhfack

    A 21st Century WPA: Back from Halimuhfack

    Episode 8 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation: A 21st Century WPA: Back from Halimuhfack we take a look at the most impactful and ambitious employment program in American history: the Works Progress Administration, or WPA Includes: 1. Nathan Ruggles talks with Max Page of the University of Massachusetts Amherst about his recent piece in Labor Notes entitled “In the Face of Mass Unemployment, We Need a 21st Century WPA.” Page is Professor of Architecture and a Director of Historic Preservation Initiatives and Vice President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. They review the powerful past legacy of the WPA, his proposal for a WPA for today, and a vision for what such a program could mean for the future. The Living New Deal: https://livingnewdeal.org 2. Larry McCullough follows up with a song recording that directly resulted from WPA initiatives: “Halimuhfack” by Zora Neale Hurston. Nathan and Larry also talk the latest news from the Battle of Homestead Foundation. Comment line: (412) 326-9435 Email: comments@essentialworkpodcast.org Please rate us five stars on iTunes! Please support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.org Logo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.com Original Music by Jason Kendall: Jasonkendallproductions.com Audio Engineering consulting and assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com

    • 54 min
    Pathways to a New Economy that Works for Us

    Pathways to a New Economy that Works for Us

    Episode 7 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation: Paradise, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Freakin Frackin Includes: 1. Patty DeMarco returns with Pathways to a New Econom. Her feature interview is with teacher, activist and organizer Michael Badges-Canning. They talk dirty job and clean ones, failing industry and green, pollution and climate change. Dr. Patricia DeMarco: patriciademarco.com Michael Badges-Canning: mikeforpa64.com 2. Larry McCullough joins host Nathan Ruggles with the latest from the Battle of Homestead Foundation, and his music selections -- including a live studio surprise -- related to the feature theme of the episode. “Paradise” by John Prine “Freakin Frackin” by Jay Kulstad, from the album: World Gone Blind, available on Apple Music and Spotify. Comment line: (412) 326-9435 Email: bhfpodcast.nathan@gmail.com Please rate us five stars on iTunes! Please support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.org Logo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.com Original Music by Jason Kendall: Jasonkendallproductions.com Audio Engineering consulting and assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com

    • 34 min
    ¡Que Viva Clemente!

    ¡Que Viva Clemente!

    Episode 6 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation. Includes: A feature interview about the issues facing immigrant workers from Latin America in the United States, and in particular those who are undocumented, with Guillermo Perez from theLabor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). Topics also include Puerto Rico, baseball, and the annual event celebrating storied Hall of Famer Robert Clemente: ¡Que Viva Clemente! Larry McCullough with the latest online events from the Battle of Homestead Foundation, before the wrap-up music selection. This week: not one but 2 songs from the Puerto Rican tradition: Mister con macana by Roy Brown Cuando Yo Canto Una Plena by La Recompensa (La R) ¡Que Viva Clemente! Event Registration Casa San Jose: https://casasanjose.org Podcast website: Essentialworkpodcast.org Comment line: (412) 326-9435 Email: bhfpodcast.nathan@gmail.com Please rate us five stars on iTunes! Please support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.org Logo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.com Original Music by Jason Kendall: Jasonkendallproductions.com Audio Engineering consulting and assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com

    • 56 min
    Serving It Up Pandemic-Style (ROC Part 3)

    Serving It Up Pandemic-Style (ROC Part 3)

    Episode 5 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation. Includes: Final episode in the series featuring the struggles of food service workers. Representatives of the nonprofit organization The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) Pittsburgh talk with Nathan Ruggles about their experiences. Organizer and former server Bobbit Linskens, and local barista and member of ROC, Abbey Rideout conclude the multipart interview by detailing the particular challenges for restaurant workers under a pandemic, additional work by ROC, and talk about their hopes for the future. (Be sure to check out Parts 1 & 2!.) Please give us five stars on Apple Podcasts! Podcast website: Essentialworkpodcast.org Comment line: (412) 326-9435 Email: bhfpodcast.nathan@gmail.com Please support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.org Logo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.com Original Music by Jason Kendall: Jasonkendallproductions.com Audio Engineering consultation and assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com

    • 30 min
    Nickeled and Dimed (ROC Part 2)

    Nickeled and Dimed (ROC Part 2)

    Episode 4 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation. Includes: A feature interview continuing the focus on the struggles of food service workers with Part 2 of a conversation with the nonprofit organization The Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) PA and their work fighting to improve wages and working conditions. This part covers the issue of wages and benefits in the industry, through the experiences of Bobbi Linskens, organizer and former server, and Abbey Rideout, a barista and member of ROC. (Part 3 will appear in a special bonus episode.) Battle of Homestead Foundation Communication Manager Larry McCollough with the latest on upcoming free online events hosted by the organization. The episode finished with a song selection from Larry, another inspired by the theme of the restaurant worker: “Nickeled and Dimed” from the film “The American Ruling Class”, inspired by the book “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America,” written by the social historian Barbara Ehrenreich in 1998. Podcast website: Essentialworkpodcast.org Comment line: (412) 326-9435 Email: bhfpodcast.nathan@gmail.com Please rate us five stars on ITunes! Please support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.org Logo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.com Original Music by Jason Kendall: Jasonkendallproductions.com Audio Engineering assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com

    • 32 min
    Compliments of Your Waitress (ROC Part 1)

    Compliments of Your Waitress (ROC Part 1)

    Episode 3 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation. Includes: A feature examining the struggles of food service workers through a conversation with Pittsburgh representatives of the nonprofit organization The Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC). Nathan Ruggles talks with organizer and former server Bobbit Linskens, and local barista and member of ROC, Abbey Rideout. Topics in this multipart interview include their experiences on the job, the issues they and other workers in the industry have been facing, the particular challenges for restaurant workers under a pandemic, the work ROC has done to help struggling workers, and their hopes for the future. (Part 2 will appear in a special bonus episode!) A spotlight on upcoming free online events hosted by the Battle of Homestead Foundation. Communication Manager Larry McCollough provides the latest. The episode closes (as always) with a song selected by Larry, this time inspired by the restaurant worker: “Compliments of Your Waitress” from eclectic English band Chumbawanda (known for their 1997 hit “Tubthumping.”) Please give us five stars on Apple Podcasts! Podcast website: Essentialworkpodcast.org Comment line: (412) 326-9435 Email: bhfpodcast.nathan@gmail.com Please support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.org Logo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.com Original Music by Jason Kendall: Jasonkendallproductions.com Audio Engineering assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com

    • 40 min

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