Working People: A podcast by, for, and about the working class today (now in partnership with In These Times magazine and The Real News Network).
Working People is a podcast about working-class lives in 21st-century America. In every episode, you'll hear interviews with workers from around the country, from all walks of life. We'll talk about their life stories, their jobs, politics, and families, their joys and hopes and frustrations. Overall, Working People aims to share and celebrate the diverse stories of working-class people, to remind ourselves that our stories matter, and to build a sense of shared struggle and solidarity between workers around the country.
On Strike at Warrior Met Coal (w/ Jacob Morrison & Lee Bains III)
Last Thursday, around 1,100 coal miners at Warrior Met Coal in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, went on strike. In order to cover this important strike, we've teamed up with our brothers-in-arms Jacob Morrison, cohost of the outstanding Valley Labor Report, and musician Lee Bains III of The Glory Fires. In this special episode, we've compiled clips from Lee's live performance as well as Jacob's interviews on the picket line and at the local union hall. (All music sourced from The Free Music Archive)
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the world of higher education. This week, we talk to Aaron Major, Associate Professor of Sociology at SUNY-Albany and president of the Albany chapter of United University Professions, about how COVID-19 has revealed the brokenness of our higher education system, as well as the need to reinvest in higher ed as a public good and to raise the floor for all campus workers. (All music sourced from The Free Music Archive)
Mini-cast: Columbia Is a Bully (w/ Joanna Lee, Harlan Chambers, & Cameron Foltz)
Graduate workers at Columbia University are heading into their third week on strike, braving both physical and digital picket lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk with three grad workers and members of GWC-UAW Local 2110 and the Columbia Academic Workers for a Democratic Union (C-AWDU) caucus about the strike, the workers' demands, and what listeners can do to show support. Guests: Joanna Lee, Harlan Chambers, and Cameron Foltz. (All music sourced from The Free Music Archive)
Terrill Haigler ("Ya Fav Trashman")
We chat with (former) Philly sanitation worker and Instagram sensation Terrill Haigler—or, as listeners may know him, "Ya Fav Trashman." With his platform, Terrill has helped spread awareness of the hard work sanitation workers do, the conditions they face, and what residents can do to clean up their neighborhoods. (All music sourced from The Free Music Archive)
Confessions of a Child of the Bourgeoisie (w/ Rick Perlstein)
In this special episode, we chat with internationally acclaimed and bestselling author and historian Rick Perlstein. In past interviews, Rick has discussed the origins of his books and the influences that shaped his writing career. We wanted to sit down with Rick and retell that story in a way that people haven’t heard before ... We wanted to retell that story through the lens of class. (All music sourced from The Free Music Archive)
Goliath Can Be Defeated (w/ Danny Glover)
HAVE WE GOT A TREAT FOR YOU...
Working People will be taking a much-needed break next week, but never fear—we've got something special to hold you over. Last week, Max drove 14 hours from Baltimore to Bessemer, Alabama, to report on the historic Amazon union drive for The Real News Network. While he was down there, Max was fortunate enough to snag an interview with world-renowned actor, activist, and TRNN Board member Danny Glover, who came to Bessemer to show solidarity with Amazon workers.
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long overdue but arrived right at the right time
Max Alvarez' curiosity and what seems to be egoless interview style ensure that these conversations are not about him, but about the voices of workers across the industries, whose stories we seldom (if ever) hear even though their destinies are directly tied to our own. They are beautiful conversations, and treasure troves of insight into what solidarity means and what it demands.
Don’t let them divide us!
The social justice movement has been hijacked by illiberal demands for conformity and a call to re racialize our nation. This of course fuels the real racists. Meanwhile, the elites are safe knowing the status quo will prevail. THIS MOVEMENT, your movement, is how we win. We can’t give an inch to anyone using racism (in any form). Oppressive people and people with historical oppression narratives have the same goals. They want power for themselves. This is about a better world for everyone. Let’s do it.
This is the best podcast. Full stop. Simply one of the most important archives of our modern condition. If you financially support just one podcast, make it Working People.