37 episodes

Join host Joe Cadwell as he talks with author's, industry leaders and subject matter experts about a wide ranging variety of topics important to working class people. From managing your finances to staying fit on the job and more, the Grit Nation podcast hits the mark with it's fast paced format. Be sure to like, subscribe or follow so you don't miss an episode!"

Grit Nation Joe Cadwell / Grit Nation Productions

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

Join host Joe Cadwell as he talks with author's, industry leaders and subject matter experts about a wide ranging variety of topics important to working class people. From managing your finances to staying fit on the job and more, the Grit Nation podcast hits the mark with it's fast paced format. Be sure to like, subscribe or follow so you don't miss an episode!"

    Milwaukee Tools - Heavy Duty Edition - Justin Ross

    Milwaukee Tools - Heavy Duty Edition - Justin Ross

    Welcome to Grit Nation, I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show and today I will be talking with the national account manager for Milwaukee Tools, Justin Ross. 
    Milwaukee Tools has been a leader in the construction industry since 1924, and they continue to develop innovative solutions that deliver increased productivity and unparalleled durability for building trades professionals. 
    Josh and I will open our conversation by discussing the history of the company, starting with their iconic Sawzall and later we’ll learn how Milwaukee has grown over the last century to become the largest supplier of cordless tools in North America. 
    Next, we’ll discuss how Milwaukee’s early adoption and investment in the Lithium-Ion battery platform spurred a revolution in cordless power tools and why these advances not only increase productivity and safety on the jobsite but are good for the environment too. 
    Later Josh will explain the research and development process of designing new products to meet industry demands and how Milwaukee’s in-house engineers work collaboratively with building trade professionals to find solutions for typical jobsite pain points. 
    And well wrap up our conversation by learning about Milwaukee’s unmatched commitment to the future of construction with their generous support of building trades apprenticeship programs.

    The Show Notes

    Milwaukee Tools
    https://www.milwaukeetool.com/

    Milwaukee Apprentice Program - GRID
    https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Grid/Contact

    Grit Nation  Webpage
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    The LeaveBetter PodcastWisdom-focused conversations that help you reach your next level.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
    NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NW 6 states + 29k members strong!!Image Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home.

    Diamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessories

    • 26 min
    Seen and Unseen - Technology, Social Media and the Fight for Racial Justice

    Seen and Unseen - Technology, Social Media and the Fight for Racial Justice

    In this episode I’ll be talking with bestselling author Todd Brewster who together with co-writer Marc Lamont Hill have written Seen and Unseen – Technology, Social Media and the Fight for Racial Justice.  
    This powerful book is a riveting exploration of the ways in which visual media has shaped the nations narrative on race and has fundamentally altered the centuries long battle for racial justice.  
    We’ll open our conversation as Todd outlines his career as a journalist for Time/Life Magazine, a senior producer for ABC News and his fellowship at Yale Law school. He’ll then explain the events that brought him and Marc together to collaborate on their book.  
    Next, we’ll discuss the roll technologies, such as still photography and moving pictures have played in shaping our views and opinions, and why he believes the ubiquity of cell phone cameras has now democratized our ability to document history and drive social change. 
    Later, we’ll dig into four recent high-profile events ranging from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis to the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, South Carolina that have changed the way we understand race relations in America.  
    And we’ll end our conversation by unpacking the limitations technology and social media have in sorting and prioritizing stories of significant social value from those that don’t. 
    The Show Notes
    Seen and Unseen
    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Seen-and-Unseen

    Todd Brewster
    https://www.toddbrewster.com/

    Marc Lamont Hill
    https://www.marclamonthill.com/

    Grit Nation  Webpage
    https://www.gritnationpodcast.com

    Win Grit Nation Merch
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    Email comments or suggestions to:
    joe@gritnationpodcast.com

    Grit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Network
    https://www.laborradionetwork.org/  
    The LeaveBetter PodcastWisdom-focused conversations that help you reach your next level.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
    NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NW 6 states + 29k members strong!!Union Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home.

    The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.Image Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaDiamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessories

    • 38 min
    LinkedUnion - Skating Towards the Puck/Embracing Technology to Build Stronger Unions - Steve Jones

    LinkedUnion - Skating Towards the Puck/Embracing Technology to Build Stronger Unions - Steve Jones

    On today's episode I will be speaking with Steve Jones, the founder and CEO of LinkedUnion, an app based organizing tool that puts the power of unions in the hands of its members. 
    We’ll open our conversation as Steve explains the shortcomings many unions have historically faced in mobilizing their ranks, and the moment of betrayal by a political candidate that was the catalyst for him to create LinkedUnion. 
    Next, we’ll discuss the roll technology plays in helping organized labor unions inform, engage, and mobilize their members, and why the utilization and embrace of tech is so important to their survival and prosperity. 
    Later, Steve will share some of the challenges he and his team overcame in developing their proprietary software, and why he feels staying nimble and responsive to their customers’ needs allows them to stand apart, in a highly competitive marketplace.   
    We’ll then dig into a few features of the LinkedUnion app, such as searching for work, submitting apprenticeship hours, paying union dues, and receiving time sensitive calls to action.  
    And we’ll end our conversation by understanding how LinkedUnion uses robust, state of the art security to protect its user’s personal data.

    The Show Notes
     LinkedUnion
    https://linkedunion.com/

    Grit Nation  Webpage
    https://www.gritnationpodcast.com

    Win Grit Nation Merch
    https://mailchi.mp/c28da31260b8/grit-nation-podcast-sign-up-page

    Email comments or suggestions to:
    joe@gritnationpodcast.com

    Grit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Network
    https://www.laborradionetwork.org/  
    NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NW 6 states + 29k members strong!!Union Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home.

    Image Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaThe Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.Diamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessories

    • 23 min
    The Essential Craftsman - Scott Wadsworth

    The Essential Craftsman - Scott Wadsworth

    Welcome to  the Grit Nation podcast, I’m Joe Cadwell and in this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with logger, blacksmith, carpenter, and internet sensation Scott Wadsworth.  
    Better known to over 1 million YouTube followers as the Essential Craftsman, Scott, together with his son Nate, have created a wealth of entertaining and educational videos designed to help anyone interested in learning more about blue-collar craft skills. 
    Scotts laid back, straight shooting, and down to earth demeaner resonates well both on and off camera and I found this interview to be truly enjoyable. 
    We’ll start our conversation by learning how Scott got involved in the building trades over 4 decades ago and what he believes some of the bigger industry changes and challenges have been. 
    Next, Scott will share details of individuals he has met as a professional builder and what characteristics and attributes they possessed that made them so memorable and influential in his life. 
    Later, we’ll dig into the concept of “workmanship of risk vs. workmanship of certainty” and why a healthy balance of both is needed both on and off the job to achieve a career and life, full of meaning and reward. 
    We’ll then discuss why now more than ever a career as a building trades professional can produce the same or greater socio-economic gains as a college degree and investigate some of the factors responsible for shifting this paradigm.  
    And we’ll wrap up our conversation by discussing what it means to be a Craftsman and why Scott’s definition of success doesn’t rely solely on how many digits you have in your savings account.

    The Show Notes

    The Essential Craftsman
    https://essentialcraftsman.com/

    The Essential Craftsman Podcast
    https://essentialcraftsman.com/podcast

    Grit Nation Host Interview on The Essential Craftsman Podcast
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MprNsllxr-g&t=1224s

    David Pye- The Nature and Art of Workmanship
    https://www.amazon.com/Nature-Art-Workmanship-David-Pye/dp/0713689315

    The Yankee Screwdriver
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee_screwdriver

    Grit Nation  Webpage
    https://www.gritnationpodcast.com

    Win Grit Nation Merch
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    The LeaveBetter PodcastWisdom-focused conversations that help you reach your next level.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
    NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NW 6 states + 29k members strong!!Union Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home.

    Image Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaDiamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessoriesThe Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.

    • 51 min
    Fight Like Hell - The Untold Story of American Labor - Kim Kelly

    Fight Like Hell - The Untold Story of American Labor - Kim Kelly

    Welcome to Grit Nation, I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show and today I have the pleasure of speaking with author Kim Kelly about her new book titled Fight Like Hell – The Untold History of American Labor.  
    Kim’s book is a remarkable interweaving of past and present that brings America’s rich and bloody labor history to vivid life. 
    Her book comes at a time of economic reckoning in America. From Amazon Warehouses to Starbucks coffee shops, interest in organized labor is at a peak not seen in more than half a century. 
    We’ll open our conversation by learning why Kim transitioned from writing about heavy metal and country music for Vibe Magazine to covering worker rights issues. 
    Next, we’ll discuss the significant role women have played in the labor movement as we dig into the stories of historical figures such as Lucy Parsons and Mother Jones. 
    Later, we’ll look into the recent win for workers at an Amazon Warehouse in New York and what it means for the organized labor in the years to come. 
    And we’ll wrap up our conversation by understanding the connection between the struggle for rights for people with disability and the labor movement.

    The Show Notes

    Kim Kelly
    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Fight-Like-Hell/Kim-Kelly/9781982171056

    Grit Nation  Webpage
    https://www.gritnationpodcast.com

    Win Grit Nation Merch
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    Email comments or suggestions to:
    joe@gritnationpodcast.com

    Grit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Network
    https://www.laborradionetwork.org/  
    The LeaveBetter PodcastWisdom-focused conversations that help you reach your next level.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
    NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NW 6 states + 29k members strong!!Image Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaThe Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.Diamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessoriesUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home.

    • 28 min
    Pandemic Inc: Chasing the Thieves and Capitalist Who Got Rich While We Got Sick - David McSwane

    Pandemic Inc: Chasing the Thieves and Capitalist Who Got Rich While We Got Sick - David McSwane

    Welcome to another episode of Grit Nation, I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show and today I will be talking with investigative reporter David McSwane about his new book Pandemic Inc. – Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick. 
    David’s book is an explosive look inside the rush to profit from the Covid-19 pandemic and connects the dots between shady backdoor deals and a robust spoils systems that led to a catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic. 
    Pandemic Inc is a brilliant nonfiction thriller that takes us behind the scenes to reveal how traders, contractors and healthcare companies used one of the darkest moments in American history to fill their pockets. 
    During our conversation David will introduce us to a host of characters he met while writing his story. From the fraudster who signed a million-dollar contract with the government to provide lifesaving PPE and yet came up with not a single mask to the Navy admiral at the helm of the national hunt for medical supplies.  
    David’s roller coaster of a story takes us inside private jets and dirty warehouses as he seeks to expose the stranger than fiction criminal enterprise that played out in real time right before our very eyes. 

    The Show Notes

    David McSwane
    http://www.davidmcswane.com/

    Grit Nation  Webpage
    https://www.gritnationpodcast.com

    Win Grit Nation Merch
    https://mailchi.mp/c28da31260b8/grit-nation-podcast-sign-up-page

    Email comments or suggestions to:
    joe@gritnationpodcast.com

    Grit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Network
    https://www.laborradionetwork.org/ 
    The LeaveBetter PodcastWisdom-focused conversations that help you reach your next level.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
    NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NW 6 states + 29k members strong!!Union Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home.

    The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.Image Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaDiamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessories

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

RagNif ,

Important Work Here!

Joe, thank you for the work, influence, and perspective you bring. Interesting and informative, great messaging in a time in this country when people believe opinion as fact. Keep delivering the truth of how we can gain favorable control of our future if we choose to wake up and listen?

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Keep it up, Joe!

I’ve been a listener since the beginning and I’m endlessly impressed with what Joe has put together here. Great guests and topics. It just keeps getting better.

Union Jack NW ,

Great first episode!!

I didn’t know what to expect when I first saw this but I am glad I gave it a listen. Informative and relevant to my trade and career. Wasn’t aware how important politics were to the health of my union. Looking forward to hearing where this podcast goes. Episode 4 is the best episode yet. Not wanting to sound too appreciative but I’m glad someone is doing this. Mark really put into perspective everything me and my family’s value as a union family. Thank you for putting together a great show pres Joe.

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