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Everyone works. Not everyone works in the same way or with the same expectations; some people don’t even collect a paycheck. But work shapes who we are, what we think, and how we view others. Created by Margaret J. Krauss and Kevin C. Brown, Still Working is a 10-episode audio documentary that profiles the experiences of western Pennsylvanians through their work. From bartenders and CEOs to dairy farmers and emergency room doctors, Still Working explores the uneven burdens, dangers, and joys that working creates.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Everyone works. Not everyone works in the same way or with the same expectations; some people don’t even collect a paycheck. But work shapes who we are, what we think, and how we view others. Created by Margaret J. Krauss and Kevin C. Brown, Still Working is a 10-episode audio documentary that profiles the experiences of western Pennsylvanians through their work. From bartenders and CEOs to dairy farmers and emergency room doctors, Still Working explores the uneven burdens, dangers, and joys that working creates.

    Presenting 'Pittsburgh Explainer' With Liz Reid

    Presenting 'Pittsburgh Explainer' With Liz Reid

    Life is busy, and it can be hard to keep up with the news. That’s why 90.5 WESA is launching a new podcast called Pittsburgh Explainer. Every Friday morning, we’ll bring you the biggest news stories of the week in 20 minutes. Hosted by WESA editor Liz Reid, you’ll hear from the reporters who cover politics, education, tech, health, arts and more, and get the real stories behind the headlines.

    • 1 min
    A Late-Blooming Love For The Game Of Golf

    A Late-Blooming Love For The Game Of Golf

    Retired pediatric nephrologist Dr. Demetrius Ellis has played sports his entire life: soccer, racquetball, tennis. But a sudden onset of tennis elbow in his 60s prompted his neighbor to introduce Ellis to golf. “I thought it was an extremely expensive sport for rich people who were very compulsive,” Greece-born Ellis laughs. Ellis plays nearly every day at the public course, the Bob O’Connor Golf Course, in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park.

    • 55 sec
    Looking For Work Is Tough On Even The Most Positive People

    Looking For Work Is Tough On Even The Most Positive People

    Shikha Goodwin moved to Pittsburgh last year with her husband, two small children, two cats, and all of her hopes and dreams to start a new job. The city has dealt her some tough blows and she is now looking for work. Even in the midst of her uncertainty and doubt, however, Goodwin says Pittsburgh has grown on her, thanks to moments like driving through the Fort Pitt Tunnel early in the morning.

    • 1 min
    The Antics Of A Red Squirrel On The Loose

    The Antics Of A Red Squirrel On The Loose

    Mary Sprajcar has volunteered at the Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Center for nearly 10 years. In that time, she’s seen her share of escape attempts. Volunteers spend a lot of time cleaning the temporary habitats of their patients, and doing so requires extra vigilance, as Sprajcar experienced two summers ago.

    • 1 min
    The Shoes Get Celebrity Treatment, But It Can Be Tough On The Body

    The Shoes Get Celebrity Treatment, But It Can Be Tough On The Body

    Mario Ulizzi started training as a shoemaker in 1991. His then-girlfriend, now wife, Carla, came from a family of shoemakers, and her father suggested he try it. “It just became a part-time job and then a passion and a career,” he says. But sometimes he worries about what the constant exposure to glue, shoe polish, and dust means for his health.

    • 1 min
    Off The Clock — For Very Different Reasons

    Off The Clock — For Very Different Reasons

    Working for a wage is a big part of life for most adults in the United States. Since last August, Still Working explored what those jobs mean, or don't mean, to people, and how work affects how they view the world. The final episode of the series, however, looks past paid labor. Shihka Goodwin describes the difficulty of searching for a job. Mary Sprajcar discusses her volunteer labor at the Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Center in Verona, Pa. And Dr. Demetrius Ellis reflects on his retirement and the newfound time for family, friends, and golf.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

CarlosGLopez ,

Answered a question I had been thinking about

Just before I heard of this podcast I found myself thinking about this exact question. A great way to get a little peak into peoples minds and daily lives.

blysell ,

Just wonderful!

This is a remarkable piece of work. Hearing working people tell their stories in their own voices about the work they do, why they do it, and what it means to them provides an insight that’s invaluable. Kudos to Margaret J. Krauss and Kevin Brown for giving outlet to these voices!

NickyRehnberg ,

Wonderfully thought-provoking

Excellent! Thoughtful work on labor that’s regional but helps us investigate, wherever we are, what work is and why we do it.

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