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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. Interviews feature local and national guests -- change agents, activists, experts, workers, researchers, and more. Episodes are helmed by a rotating cast of experienced hosts including Dr. Patricia DeMarco (who addresses labor, environment and health with Pathways to a New Economy that Works for All of Us) and Nathan Ruggles, along with feature commentators Rosemary Trump and Dr. Charles McCollester (who look at current events through a historical perspective with Working Over Time). Essential Work is available on popular podcast platforms and apps. Website: essentialworkpodcast.org Comment line: (412) 326-9435 Email: comments {@} gmail.com Please support this podcast and the organization: battleofhomestead.org Logo by Brittany Sheets bsheetscreative.com Original Music by Jason Kendall Jasonkendallproductions.com Production advisor Angela Baughman thatsoundgirl.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. Interviews feature local and national guests -- change agents, activists, experts, workers, researchers, and more. Episodes are helmed by a rotating cast of experienced hosts including Dr. Patricia DeMarco (who addresses labor, environment and health with Pathways to a New Economy that Works for All of Us) and Nathan Ruggles, along with feature commentators Rosemary Trump and Dr. Charles McCollester (who look at current events through a historical perspective with Working Over Time). Essential Work is available on popular podcast platforms and apps. Website: essentialworkpodcast.org Comment line: (412) 326-9435 Email: comments {@} gmail.com Please support this podcast and the organization: battleofhomestead.org Logo by Brittany Sheets bsheetscreative.com Original Music by Jason Kendall Jasonkendallproductions.com Production advisor Angela Baughman thatsoundgirl.com

    Microloans for Hidden Peoples

    Microloans for Hidden Peoples

    Season 2, Episode 2 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.
    Nathan Ruggles hosts our feature interview with the co-founders of ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples: Dr. Louis Picard and Pauline Greenlick.  They discuss microloans, and how they provide financial resources and support to qualified individuals and groups -- particularly to vulnerable and fragile children and adults beset by strife, disability, or trauma in Uganda -- helping them build sustainable, successful business enterprises.  We take a look through our unique lens of past, present, and future: getting the all-important background to their organization, hearing the stories of the microloan recipients, along with discussing what lies beyond the impact of the pandemic.
    ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples: https://asasocialfundforhiddenpeoples.orgPauline Greenlick’s films for the organization and IMDb pageDr. Louis Picard at The University of Pittsburgh
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    Podcast website: essentialworkpodcast.org
    Comment line: (412) 326-9435
    Email: comments@essentialworkpodcast.org


    Audio Engineering support and consulting provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com
    Logo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.com
    Original Music by Jason Kendall: jasonkendallproductions.com

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    The Battle of Homestead Foundation Organized to preserve, interpret, & promote a people’s history focused on the 1892 labor conflict.SquadCast Record studio-quality content from anywhere. Create engaging audio + video with an intuitive platforBuzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://battleofhomestead.org/bhf/donations/)

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Back Again!

    Back Again!

    This is Season 2, Episode 1 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.
    The start of a new season!
    Host Nathan Ruggles talks with Battle of Homestead Foundation Communications Manager and music guru Larry McCullough.  After a quick check-in and look back on the organization, Larry kicks off this season with a selection from the cannon of presidential campaign songs. He reviews the New Lost City Ramblers and their version of “Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Back Again,” from their album “Songs from the Depression”, with a look back at its place in the tradition of both music and presidential politics. 
    “Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Back Again” on YouTube Music 
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    Podcast website: essentialworkpodcast.org
    Comment line: (412) 326-9435
    Email: comments@essentialworkpodcast.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
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    • 15 min
    Farming for the Future: Community & Urban Gardening

    Farming for the Future: Community & Urban Gardening

    This is Episode 11 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.
    Including:
    1. Patricia DeMarco (https://patriciademarco.com) hosts our feature interview with Rayden Sorock, Director of Community Projects for Grow Pittsburgh, who has worked to support the growth and sustainability of more than 100 community gardens in Allegheny County over 9 years.  They discuss initiatives around urban agriculture and preserving fertile land in Pittsburgh to feed people, along with ideas of regenerative agriculture.
    Grow Pittsburgh: growpittsburgh.org“Pathways to a New Economy that Works for All of Us”: With her thirty-year career in energy and environmental policy in both the private and public sector, Dr. DeMarco regularly addresses labor, environment and health considerations as she explores Re-Imagining America with her guests -- all amazing experts and change agents -- who are building those positive pathways toward a sustainable future.2. Battle of Homestead Foundation Communications Manager Larry McCullough talks with host Nathan Ruggles, reviewing the online programming from the past year -- including the YouTube series “Charlie’s Monday Marker” -- and inviting listeners to contribute ideas for future events (email bhfprograms@gmail.com).  The episode wraps with a music selection from Larry.  This time, it’s an example of a Mexican-American corrido with a labor and political theme. The song is composed by Rumel Fuentes, and recorded in 1976 by Los Pinguinos Del Norte, preserved as part of the Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings at UCLA:
    Corrido de César Chávez Please review us and give us five stars on Apple Podcasts!
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    Podcast website: essentialworkpodcast.org
    Comment line: (412) 326-9435
    Email: comments@essentialworkpodcast.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
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    • 44 min
    Investing in Communities to Build a New Economy: A Marshall Plan for Middle America

    Investing in Communities to Build a New Economy: A Marshall Plan for Middle America

    This is Episode 10 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.
    "Investing in Communities to Build a New Economy: A Marshall Plan for Middle America"
    Includes:

    1.  A feature interview from host Patricia DeMarco (https://patriciademarco.com), this time with Tom Croft, Managing Director of Heartland Capital Strategies (www.heartlandnetwork.org) and Executive Director of the Steel Valley Authority (www.steelvalley.org).  They discuss the Marshall Plan for Middle America Roadmap along with responsible investing and its impact on economies and communities.  They also delve into layoff aversion, innovative economic policy, and investment in sustainable energy, and what it all means for jobs in the Appalachian region and beyond.
    Reimagine Appalachia: https://reimagineappalachia.org“Pathways to a New Economy that Works for All of Us”: With her thirty-year career in energy and environmental policy in both the private and public sector, Dr. DeMarco regularly addresses labor, environment and health considerations as she explores Re-Imagining America with her guests -- all amazing experts and change agents -- who are building those positive pathways toward a sustainable future.2.  Larry McCullough takes a look at recent episodes and previews upcoming stories in the YouTube series “Charlie’s Monday Marker” with host Nathan Ruggles.  He also invites listeners to contribute their ideas for future programming by the Battle of Homestead Foundation (email bhfprograms@gmail.com).  As with each episode, it wraps with a music selection from Larry.  This time, it’s a historic folk song composed by Slovakian immigrant Andrew Kovaly, and recorded by Vivian Richman, preserved as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress:
    “Aja Lejber Man” (I’m a Working Man) 

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    Podcast website: essentialworkpodcast.org
    Comment line: (412) 326-9435
    Email: comments@essentialworkpodcast.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
    Support the show (https://battleofhomestead.org/bhf/donations/)

    • 50 min
    Working Over Time: What’s at Stake in Election 2020

    Working Over Time: What’s at Stake in Election 2020

    This is Episode 9 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.
    Working Over Time: What’s at Stake in Election 2020
    Includes:
    Commentators Rosemary Trump and Charlie McCollester return just in time for Election Day with their regular feature Working Over Time.  They discuss what’s at stake for working people , with host Nathan Ruggles, the origins of current issues, and look ahead to what we might expect both post-election and in 2021.Larry McCullough talks over the latest from the Battle of Homestead Foundation (including the ongoing YouTube series “Charlie’s Monday Marker”)  The episode wraps with an inspired music selection from Larry, a folk song among the many found and recorded over decades by journalist George Korson, and which are now part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress:“This Is What the Union Done” by Uncle George Jones
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    Podcast website: essentialworkpodcast.org
    Comment line: (412) 326-9435
    Email: comments@essentialworkpodcast.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
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    • 57 min
    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
    Taking 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.org2.  Larry McCullough follows up with a song recording that directly resulted from WPA initiatives: “Halimuhfack” by Zora Neale Hurston.  Nathan and Larry also discuss the latest news from the Battle of Homestead Foundation.

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    • 54 min

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