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How Does Bon Appétit’s Video Food Director/Stylist Do Her Job?
Apr 14 • 51 min
To wrap up Working’s impromptu mini-season on the inner workings of Bon Appétit, Jordan talks to Rhoda Boone, the Video Food Director for Bon Appétit and Epicurious. Rhoda’s job encompasses so many things, you’ll never watch a food video the same way…
How Does the Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appétit Do His Job?
Apr 7 • 57 min
This week, Working returns to Bon Appétit to continue its spontaneous micro-mini season on the people who make the seminal food magazine what it is today. In this episode, Jordan talks to the man running the show, Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport. Adam talks…
How Does a Bon Appétit Test Kitchen Chef Do Her Job?
Mar 31 • 53 min
This week, Jordan talks to Molly Baz, Senior Associate Food Editor at Bon Appétit. Molly is part of the team of chefs who create and test recipes for the magazine—which you may already know if you’re one of the millions of people who watch Bon Appétit’s…
Second Acts: How Does a Tech Exec Become a Philanthropist?
Mar 26 • 47 min
In a special five-episode mini-season of Working, we talk with people who have had “second acts,” that is people who made a dramatic career pivot at some point in their working lives.Patty Stonesifer was running a computer-book publisher in Indianapolis…
Second Acts: How Does a Lawyer Become a Rabbi?
Mar 26 • 40 min
In a special five-episode mini-season of Working, we talk with people who have had “second acts,” that is people who made a dramatic career pivot at some point in their working lives.Nicole Auerbach worked as an attorney for 10 years, first as a federal…
Second Acts: How Does an Airline Employee Become a Park Ranger?
Mar 26 • 30 min
In a special five-episode mini-season of Working, we talk with people who have had “second acts,” that is people who made a dramatic career pivot at some point in their working lives.Gerry Allen always dreamed of becoming a National Park Ranger, but by…
Second Acts: How Does a Writer Become a Physician?
Mar 26 • 25 min
In a special five-episode mini-season of Working, we talk with people who have had “second acts,” that is people who made a dramatic career pivot at some point in their working lives.Adriane Fugh-Berman was a writer and reproductive-rights activist when…
Second Acts: How Does an Economics Professor Become a Zumba Instructor for Seniors?
Mar 26 • 29 min
In a special five-episode mini-season of Working, we talk with people who have had “second acts,” that is people who made a dramatic career pivot at some point in their working lives.If it weren’t for a shoulder injury, Mary Stevenson’s retirement may…
Working at Medieval Times: How Does the Creative Director Do His Job?
Mar 24 • 46 min
In this episode, Jordan talks to Leigh Cordner, Medieval Times’ Creative Director. Leigh is in charge of making all the various elements of the show you’ve been hearing about come together to wow the crowd. And not just at one castle—but all of them. You…
Working at Medieval Times: How Does a Bar Manager Do Her Job?
Mar 17 • 37 min
Managing the bar at Medieval Times, is not quite the same a running things at the local dive. With a crowd full of customers clamoring for 32 oz beers in souvenir mugs and cocktails like the Royal Knight (which is apparently the Long Island Iced Tea of…
Working at Medieval Times: How Does a Wench Do Her Job?
Mar 10 • 32 min
Victoria Militello has been a serving wench at Medieval Times for seven years (yes, that’s really what they call waitresses at the show). As she tells Jordan in this episode, the job takes a surprising amount of athletic stamina, as well as a tolerance…
Working at Medieval Times: How Does a Falconer Do His Job?
Mar 3 • 63 min
When Bill Ponder was in third grade, he read a book about falconry and decided that’s what he wanted to do when he grew up. Unlike most kids who daydream about training and flying raptors for the King’s court, Bill actually made his dream come true by…
Working at Medieval Times: How Does a Queen Do Her Job?
Feb 24 • 43 min
Can you imagine a better day job than being Queen? Tara Henderson, a working actor who appears in roles off-broadway, really cannot. She is one of the women who plays Queen Doña Maria Isabella at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ. Queen Isabella is the…
Working at Medieval Times: How Does a Horse Trainer Do Her Job?
Feb 17 • 42 min
Do you like horses? How about dancing horses? If those words sound fun to you, you’ll be delighted to meet Amanda Kenny, the head horse trainer at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst New Jersey, where a surprisingly large chunk of the show focuses on elaborate…
Working at Medieval Times: How Does a Knight Do His Job?
Feb 10 • 60 min
The first episode of Working’s brand new season takes you back in time…and to Lyndhurst, New Jersey. This season, Jordan will be talking to the various employees of Medieval Times, the popular dinner theater experience that appeals to kids and adults…
Working at MoMA: How Does a Museum Store Marketer Do Her Job?
Jan 20 • 49 min
On the last episode of Working at MoMA we are, quite appropriately, exiting through the gift shop. Though, in MoMA’s case the term gift shop might be a little misleading. Jordan talks to Maggie Berry, the associate director of retail marketing for the…
Working at MoMA: How Do an Art Handler and a Museum Registrar Do Their Jobs?
Jan 13 • 53 min
Of all the people who work at MoMA, there very few who get as up close and personal with the artwork as the museum’s art handlers and registrars. Registrars are the people responsible for keeping tracking of every inch of every piece of art that belongs…
Working at MoMA: How Does a Museum’s Event Planner Do Her Job?
Jan 6 • 46 min
Like any museum of its scale, MoMA relies on major donations. Which, of course, means throwing major events to match. This week Jordan talks to Tania Abitbol, MoMA’s in-house event planner. Tania is the person charged with dreaming up events worthy of…
Working at MoMA: How Does a Museum’s Building Manager Do His Job?
Dec 30, 2018 • 30 min
Nelson Nieves has never been especially interested in art, yet he has one of the single most important jobs at New York’s MoMa. As the museum’s assistant director for building operations he oversees the huge team of workers who keep the building clean and…
Working for the Holidays: How Does a Christmas Window Production Director Do His Job?
Dec 25, 2018 • 51 min
For decades, strolling along New York City’s 5th Avenue during the holidays has meant being surrounded by the most magical window displays imagainable. And Spaeth Designs is part of the reason why. The company behind the amazing displays for the city’s…
Working at MoMA: How Does a Conservation Scientist Do His Job?
Dec 23, 2018 • 50 min
When you think about the types of jobs at an art museum, scientist probably doesn’t spring to mind. But as it turns out, science plays a big part in the art world. As a senior conservation scientist at MoMA, Chris McGlinchey uses the latest scientific…
Working for the Holidays: How Does a Greeting Card Writer Do His Job?
Dec 19, 2018 • 57 min
When you look at the rows of greeting cards at your local pharmacy or megastore, it’s easy to forget that each one of those cards was actually written by someone. And, if they’re anything like our guest, that person put some very real emotion into writing…
Working at MoMA: How Does a Painting Conservator Do Her Job?
Dec 16, 2018 • 46 min
Anny Aviram has been conserving paintings at MoMA for 40 years. So, as can imagine, she’s had her hands on some of the world’s most famous artworks. And, occasionally, her saliva. Anny tells Jordan about the techniques conservators use to restore and…
Working at MoMA: How Does a Museum Security Supervisor Do His Job?
Dec 9, 2018 • 50 min
This week Chet Gold tells Jordan about all the unexpected excitement of working security at a museum. Chet is not only a MoMA security supervisor but an artist in his own right. That’s why he’s treated his hours standing guard over some of the world’s…
Working at MoMA: How Do Exhibition Designers Do Their Jobs?
Dec 2, 2018 • 54 min
When you walk through an exhibition at MoMA, every step you take is part of deliberate design that takes you from piece to piece in just the right way. And it all starts with a dollhouse-like version the gallery and teeny tiny art replicas called “chips”.…
Working at MoMA: How Does a Curator Do Her Job?
Nov 25, 2018 • 74 min
The next person taking us inside life at MoMA is Sarah Meister, a curator in the museum’s Department of Photography. Sarah’s work ranges from pitching exhibits, tracking down and acquiring pieces to writing those words on the wall that let you know what…
Working on Thanksgiving: How Does the Director of Operations at a Soup Kitchen Do His Job?
Nov 21, 2018 • 50 min
In this Thanksgiving bonus episode, Working takes a detour from MoMA to visit one of New York City’s biggest emergency food programs, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. Jordan talks to Michael Ottley, the Director of Operations of the program about tracking down…
Working at MoMA: How Does a Collection Specialist Do His Job?
Nov 18, 2018 • 44 min
In the new season of Working, host Jordan Weissmann is going inside New York City’s storied Museum of Modern Art to meet the people who keep one of the world’s great artistic institutions running. Paul Galloway is MoMA’s collection specialist for the…
Working With Weed: How Does a Marijuana Lobbyist Work?
Nov 4, 2018 • 43 min
In the final episode of Working With Weed, Jordan talks to Peter Marcus who is the communications director and head of political outreach for Terrapin Care Station in Boulder, CO. Like most positions in this newly legalized industry, lobbying for the…
Working With Weed: How Does a Compliance Specialist Work?
Oct 28, 2018 • 31 min
As it turns out, doing business in an industry that only recently became (semi) legal involves a lot of red tape—and messing up even a small bit of paperwork can be a disaster that might get a marijuana dispensary shut down or fined. That’s why compliance…
Working With Weed: How Does a Cannabis Lawyer Work?
Oct 21, 2018 • 47 min
Marshall Custer wasn’t planning on going into the marijuana industry after he graduated law school. But as he tells host Jordan Weissmann this episode, it’s turned out to be a booming business. You just have to be a little careful about knowing exactly…
Working With Weed: How Does a Marijuana Farmer Work?
Oct 14, 2018 • 46 min
In this episode, Jordan goes back to Green Dragon in Denver to talk with Ryan Milligan, the company’s co-owner and head of cultivation. He quickly learns that the hardest part of farming marijuana definitely isn’t growing the plant. Learn more about your…
Working With Weed: How Does a Cannabis Researcher Work?
Oct 7, 2018 • 49 min
This week Jordan takes a detour from the cannabis industry to take a look at the science of it all. Dr. Angela Bryan conducts research on marijuana at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies marijuana’s connection to teen risk behavior, it’s…
Working With Weed: How Does an Edibles Baker Work?
Sep 30, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode, Jordan gets deeper in the nitty gritty of baking with marijuana. He talks with Lauren Kaufman, who helps oversee the kitchen at Love’s Oven in Denver, about the nuances of working with weed and why requires so much more precision than…
Working With Weed: How Does the Head Chef at an Edibles Company Work?
Sep 23, 2018 • 38 min
Years ago, a terrible accident left Hope Frahm without taste buds. To cope, she began baking for friends, which led her to cooking school and jobs in top restaurant kitchens. Today, she’s the corporate executive chef for Love’s Oven in Denver, where she…
Working With Weed: How Does a Hash Maker Work?
Sep 16, 2018 • 39 min
Our series on workers in Colorado’s legal cannabis industry keeps on burning. This week, Jordan talks with Max Platt, a cannabis extraction technician at Denver’s Concentrated Love about the physically demanding art of making professional-grade hash for a…
Working Presents: Secret History of The Future
Sep 12, 2018 • 44 min
Technology continues to change the way we live and work. Which is why The Secret History of The Future—the new technology show from Slate and The Economists—is digging through the past to find lessons for our future. Subscribe to Secret History of the…
Working with Weed: How Does a Dispensary CEO Work?
Sep 9, 2018 • 53 min
This week, Working with Weed goes to the top of the command chain at a dispensary. Jordan speaks with Alex Levine, owner and Co-CEO of a company called Green Dragon. Green Dragon is one of the largest recreational dispensary chains in Colorado with 12…
Working With Weed: How Does a Trimmer Work?
Sep 2, 2018 • 42 min
Can you imagine what it would be like to spend 10 hours a day sitting at a table, cutting the leaves off marijuana buds? Working’s season on the legal cannabis industry continues with a job you’ve probably never thought about—weed trimmer. These folks are…
Working With Weed: How Does a Dispensary Manager Work?
Aug 26, 2018 • 36 min
What’s it really like to grow and sell legal weed for a living? In the new season of Working, we’re finding out by visiting Colorado to talk with people employed in the state’s cannabis industry. On the first episode of the series, Jordan talks with…
How Does the Owner of Katz’s Deli Work?
Jul 22, 2018 • 42 min
This week on Working, Jordan sits down with Jake Dell who is the latest member of his family to take over New York’s famed Katz’s Deli. When you own a restaurant that has been beloved since 1888, your work is never done. Jake tells us about what goes into…
How Does a Tattoo Artist Work?
Jul 15, 2018 • 40 min
This week, Jordan talks with Victor J. Webster of Brooklyn’s East River Tattoo, who specializes in striking, large-scale pieces of body art inspired by Polynesian traditions. Victor discusses why working in black ink is trickier than you think, how tattoo…
How Does a Professional Wrestler Work?
Jul 8, 2018 • 44 min
This week, Jordan talks with pro-wrestler Bull James, a longtime pro-wrestler and former WWE personality who now performs on the independent circuit while working as the head trainer at New York Wrestling connection. Bull (real name: James Smith) tells…
How Does a Child Life Specialist Work?
Jul 1, 2018 • 45 min
Chances are, you don’t know much about Jami Barretta’s job. But you really should. Jami is a Child Life Specialist at the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. Which means she is in charge of the education and emotional well being of patients…
How Does a Music Supervisor Work?
Jun 24, 2018 • 50 min
If you really love the music in a film from the last 25 years, there’s a good chance Randall Poster was responsible for that. This week, Jordan speaks to the veteran music supervisor who has worked with Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linklater,…
Working Presents: Better Life Lab
Jun 20, 2018 • 33 min
Today, we’re coming to you with something special — the inaugural episode of Better Life Lab, the new podcast from Slate and New America. Better Life Lab looks at the challenges to work-life balance, and how we can change as a culture. Subscribe to Better…
How Does a New York City Archaeologist Work?
Jun 17, 2018 • 55 min
What does it mean to be an archaeologist in one of the world’s biggest cities? In this episode, Jordan talks to Alyssa Loorya, an archaeologist whose job it is to find out exactly what’s buried under New York City. Along with her Brooklyn-based firm,…
How Does an Art Auctioneer Work?
Jun 10, 2018 • 44 min
This week, Jordan takes a trip to the New York office of Sotheby’s, the world’s oldest and largest international auction house, to interview Helena Newman. Helena is the Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and Co-head of Impressionist & Modern Art Worldwide and…
How Does an Urban Winemaker Work?
Jun 3, 2018 • 51 min
Working is back with a new season and a new host, Slate’s economics correspondent Jordan Weissmann. In his first episode, Jordan talks to Christopher Nicolson, head winemaker at Red Hook Winery, a unique operation in the heart of Brooklyn that produces…
Working Classics: How Does a Drag Queen Work?
May 27, 2018 • 56 min
On the final episode of Working Classics, Jacob Brogan talks to New York drag queen, and now Rupaul’s Drag Race contestant, Miz Cracker about how she conceives of her shows and outfits, the significance of makeup, drag lore, the place of drag and RuPaul’s…
Working Classics: How Does the Writer of Batman Work?
May 20, 2018 • 75 min
In Working Classics, Jacob Brogan revisits some of his favorite episodes from his time hosting the show. In this episode, Jacob sits down with Tom King, the current writer of Batman to discuss his process, how he came to the industry, the mythology of the…
Working Classics: How Does a Barbecue Chef Work?
May 13, 2018 • 54 min
For this episode, we visited Slows Bar B-Q to talk with its chef, Mike Metevia. Prior to coming to Slows a decade ago, Metevia had worked in other sectors of the restaurant industry and with other cuisines, but he’d always been a barbecue guy in his…
Working Classics: How Does an Aquarium Veterinarian work?
May 6, 2018 • 35 min
Leigh Clayton takes care of the health of 1,500 animals in Baltimore’s National Aquarium. She explains how you can tell when a fish is sick, and everything that goes into keeping them healthy. She also tells us about how the National Aquarium connects to…
Working Classics: How Does an Immigration Lawyer Work?
Apr 29, 2018 • 43 min
Nithya Nathan-Pineau is Program Director of CAIR Coalition’s Detained Children’s Program. She spoke with Jacob Brogan about helping children understand their legal situation, and her work helping making arguments that kids facing deportation deserve…
Working Classics: How Does an Abortion Provider Work?
Apr 22, 2018 • 42 min
In this classic episode of Working, Jacob Brogan talks to Diane Horvath-Cosper, an abortion provider, about her job and the future of abortion post-Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Working Classics: How Does a Director of Presidential Correspondence Work?
Apr 15, 2018 • 31 min
In Working: Classics, we’re revisiting some of our favorite episodes from past arcs of the show.There’s no workplace that looms larger in Washington, D.C. than the White House. Hundreds of employees work within its walls, but most of us don’t know much…
Working Classics: How Does a Bartender Work?
Apr 8, 2018 • 24 min
Chantal Tseng has been working as a bartender for 16 years, and has been designing her own cocktails for almost as long. She now operates out of the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen, a small, book-lined bar within a larger Washington, D.C. restaurant.…
Working Animals: How Does a Show Jumping Horse Work?
Mar 25, 2018 • 52 min
On the final episode of our season about Working Animals, Jacob Brogan sits down with Shauna Alexander to talk about Skywalker, the show jumping horse. They discuss the lives of sporting horses generally, how these animals train for their jobs, the…
Working Animals: How Does Fiona the Hippo Work?
Mar 18, 2018 • 46 min
As part of our continuing series about animals with jobs Jacob Brogan sits down with Wendy Rice of the Cincinnati Zoo to talk about Fiona the Hippo and how she helps Fiona in her job as ambassador of the Cincinnati Zoo, and all of hippo-kind. Learn more…
Working: How Does Neil Gaiman Work?
Mar 11, 2018 • 54 min
We’re taking a break from our season about working animals for a special episode. Jacob Brogan sits down with Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman comics, American Gods, Good Omens, and most recently a book called Norse Mythology. They discuss Gaiman’s work…
Working Animals: How Does a Livestock Guard Dog Work?
Mar 4, 2018 • 45 min
As part of our continuing series about animals with jobs, Jacob Brogan sits down with Georgia Ranney to discuss Sarge, Kinderhook Farm’s maremma guard dog, responsible for help guarding a flock of sheep from predators including coyotes, fishers, and other…
Working Animals: How Does a Theater Dog Work?
Feb 25, 2018 • 57 min
Continuing our season on animals with jobs: Jacob Brogan sits down with trainer William Berloni to talk about Bowdie, a dog and the star of the stage musical “Because of Winn Dixie”. They discuss what makes a trainable dog, Bowdie’s daily routine, his…
Working Animals: How Does a Guide Dog Work?
Feb 18, 2018 • 54 min
Jacob Brogan sits down with Albert Elia and his guide dog Cheech as part of our continuing series on animals with jobs. they discuss how dogs like Cheech learn to become guide dogs, what their day-to-day responsibilities are, and the special relationships…
Working Animals: How Does a Landscaping Goat Work?
Feb 11, 2018 • 43 min
On this episode of Working, we continue speaking about animals with jobs. Jacob Brogan sits down with Tammy Dunakin to talk about her agricultural goats, and her business, Rent-a-Ruminant, based on Vashon Island in Washington. Learn more about your ad…
Working Animals: How Does a Miniature Therapy Horse Work?
Feb 4, 2018 • 51 min
On this season of Working we’re talking about working animals, their jobs, and the people who work with them. For our first episode of the season Jacob sits down with Debbie Garcia-Bengochea of the non-profit Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses to…
Working LGBTQ: How Does an ACLU Attorney Work?
Jan 7, 2018 • 60 min
In the final episode of our season of LGBTQ jobs, Jacob sits down with Josh Block, senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project. They discuss how he found his way to the ACLU, some of his current cases, and how it feels to work on a case that…
Working LGBTQ: How Does a Gender and Sexuality Journalist Work?
Dec 31, 2017 • 61 min
This season on Working we’re talking to people whose jobs touch on all aspects of LGBTQ life. On this episode Jacob Brogan sits down with Christina Cauterucci, a staff writer at Slate whose beat encompasses gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ issues. She talks…
Working LGBTQ: How Does a Presbyterian LGBTQ Advocate Work?
Dec 24, 2017 • 50 min
This season on Working, we’re talking to people whose jobs touch on different aspects of LGBTQ life. On this episode, Jacob sits down with Alex McNeill, the Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ causes…
Working LGBTQ: How Does Sci-Fi Author Samuel Delany Work?
Dec 17, 2017 • 58 min
On this season of Working, Jacob sits down with people whose jobs touch on LGBTQ life. On this episode, Jacob sits down with science fiction author Samuel Delany, author of Trouble on Triton, Babel-17, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, and many…
Working LGBTQ: How Does a Gender Reassignment Surgeon Work
Dec 10, 2017 • 47 min
This season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to people whose jobs touch on all elements of LGBTQ life. Today Jacob sits down with Dr. Jess Ting, a plastic surgeon who specializes in transgender surgery at Mt. Sinai hospital in New York City. They talk about…
Working LGBTQ: How Does a Queer Theorist Work
Dec 3, 2017 • 64 min
This season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to people whose jobs touch on all elements of LGBTQ life. On this episode Jacob sits down with Elizabeth Freeman, queer theorist, professor of English at UC Davis, and author of the books Time Binds, The Marriage…
Working LGBTQ: How Does a Bespoke Tailor Work?
Nov 26, 2017 • 55 min
This season on Working, Jacob Brogan speaks with people whose careers touch on all aspects of LGBTQ life. On this episode Jacob sits down with Daniel Friedman, co-founder of Bindle & Keep, a bespoke tailoring company with a majority LGBTQ clientele. Learn…
Working LGBTQ: How Does a Drag Queen Work?
Nov 19, 2017 • 56 min
This season on Working, Jacob Brogan sits down with artists, doctors, pastors, business owners, and more whose work touches on LGBTQ life. On this episode, Jacob talks to New York drag queen Miz Cracker about how she conceives of her shows and outfits,…
Working: How Does a Comic Book Librarian Work?
Oct 22, 2017 • 56 min
In the final episode of this comics-focused season of Slate’s Working, Jacob Brogan sits down with Caitlyn McGurk, Assistant professor and associate curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University to discuss her work as a…
Working: How Does a Comic Book Store Owner Work?
Oct 15, 2017 • 53 min
As part of our continuing series about the comics industry, Jacob Brogan sits down with Jared Smith, one of the co-owners of Big Planet Comics in Washington DC. They discuss the day to day business of interacting with customers, managerial…
Working: How Does the Creator of a Graphic Novel Work?
Oct 8, 2017 • 54 min
So far in this series of Working, Jacob Brogan has been speaking to the team of creators behind DC’s Batman comic books, who each perform an individual job in the pipeline. Today Jacob talks to a cartoonist who does all aspects of writing and artwork in…
Working: How Does the Colorist of Batman Work?
Oct 1, 2017 • 54 min
On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC’s Batman comic book. He’ll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and more. In this episode, Jacob sits down with Dean White, a freelance colorist, who recently worked on DC’s All…
Working: How Does the Letterer of Batman Work?
Sep 24, 2017 • 59 min
On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC’s Batman comic book. He’ll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and more. In this episode, Jacob sits down with Deron Bennett, owner of AndWorld Design and recent letterer of…
Working: How Does the Inker of Batman Work?
Sep 17, 2017 • 51 min
On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC’s Batman comic book. He’ll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and more. In this episode, Jacob sits down with Seth Mann, a freelance inker who recently worked on Tom King’s…
Working: How Does the Penciler of Batman Work?
Sep 10, 2017 • 51 min
On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC’s Batman comic book. He’ll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and more. In this episode, Jacob sits down with David Finch, the penciler of Batman, to discuss his process of…
Working: How Does the Writer of Batman Work?
Sep 3, 2017 • 75 min
On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC’s Batman comic book. He’ll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and more. In this episode, he sits down with Tom King, the current writer of Batman to discuss his process, how…
In Detroit: How Does a Music Educator Work?
Aug 6, 2017 • 38 min
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We spoke with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future.For this final episode, we visited the Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit…
In Detroit: How Does Shinola’s Manufacturing VP Work?
Jul 30, 2017 • 61 min
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We’re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future.For this episode, we visited Shinola’s headquarters in Detroit,…
In Detroit: How Does a Barbecue Chef Work?
Jul 23, 2017 • 54 min
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We’re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future.For this episode, we visited Slows Bar B-Q to talk with its…
In Detroit: How Does the Mayor’s Chief of Staff Work?
Jul 16, 2017 • 55 min
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We’re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future. For this episode, we spoke with Alexis Wiley, Mayor Mike…
In Detroit: How Does a Community Internet Organizer Work?
Jul 9, 2017 • 50 min
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We’re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future. For this episode, we spoke with Diana Nucera, director of the…
In Detroit: How Does an Automotive Battery Engineer Work?
Jul 2, 2017 • 53 min
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind to visit Detroit. We’re speaking with people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future.The automotive industry, which has arguably defined Detroit for…
In Detroit: How Does an Urban Farmer Work?
Jun 25, 2017 • 41 min
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind to visit Detroit. We’re speaking with people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future.Greg Willerer grows a variety of organic crops on a few plots of…
In Detroit: How Does a Hair Care Entrepreneur Work?
Jun 18, 2017 • 52 min
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind to visit Detroit. We’re speaking with people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future.For our first episode, we sat down with Gwen Jimmere, CEO of…
In Baltimore: How Does a Schooner Captain Work?
Jun 4, 2017 • 48 min
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We’re hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Jordan Smith is a captain of the Pride…
In Baltimore: How Does a Real Estate Property Manager Work?
May 28, 2017 • 47 min
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We’re hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Damon Walker helps real estate…
In Baltimore: How Does the Aquarium Veterinarian work?
May 22, 2017 • 35 min
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We’re hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Leigh Clayton takes care of the health…
In Baltimore: How Does Dan Deacon Work?
May 9, 2017 • 66 min
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We’re hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Dan Deacon makes inventive, playful…
In Baltimore: How Does a Public Defender Work?
May 1, 2017 • 49 min
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We’re hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Jenny Egan defends children in juvenile…
In Baltimore: How Does a Neurosurgeon Work?
Apr 21, 2017 • 43 min
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We’re hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.When Harry Mushlin operates on a brain,…
In Baltimore: How does a Yarn Dyer Work?
Apr 13, 2017 • 47 min
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We’re hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Karida Collins names her yarn colors…
In Baltimore: How Does Crime Novelist Laura Lippman Work?
Apr 4, 2017 • 57 min
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We’re hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.On this first episode, crime novelist…
The “How Does a Labor Organizer Work?” Edition
Mar 9, 2017 • 50 min
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the…
The “How Does a Satirist Work?” Edition
Feb 28, 2017 • 50 min
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the…
The “How Does a Psychotherapist Work?” Edition
Feb 22, 2017 • 41 min
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the…
The “How Does a Pollster Work?” Edition
Feb 12, 2017 • 43 min
Recently, Donald Trump tweeted that “any negative polls are fake news,” so we wanted to understand some of the work that goes into polling. In this episode of Working, Pollster Jim Gerstein of GBA Strategies tells Jacob Brogan about how he uses surveys…
The “How Does a Librarian Work?” Edition
Feb 6, 2017 • 47 min
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the…
The “How Does a CIA Analyst Work?” Edition
Jan 30, 2017 • 48 min
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the…
The “How Does an Inaugural Parade Announcer Work?” Edition
Jan 20, 2017 • 51 min
Charlie Brotman announced every inaugural parade since 1957, and was fired by Donald Trump’s team in 2017.Brotman told Jacob Brogan about how his work at the parades have changed over the decades, and about some of the tricks he used to keep the crowd’s…
The “How Does a Protest Organizer Work?” Edition
Jan 16, 2017 • 36 min
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the…
The “How Does Santa Claus Work?” Edition
Dec 20, 2016 • 47 min
For our last episode of the year, we’re taking a break from our ongoing series of jobs imperiled by the election of Donald Trump for a holiday special.Santa Ed brings presents, stories, and joy to parties each holiday season. He spoke with Jacob Brogan…
The “How Does a Nuclear Nonproliferation Expert Work?” Edition
Dec 12, 2016 • 42 min
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the…
The “How Does an Imam Work?” Edition
Dec 5, 2016 • 34 min
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the…
The “How Does an Immigration Lawyer Work?” Edition
Nov 27, 2016 • 47 min
This season on Working, we’re talking to people employed in fields potentially imperiled by the results of the recent U.S. Presidential election. Nithya Nathan-Pineau is Program Director of CAIR Coalition’s Detained Children’s Program. She spoke with…
The “How Does an Abortion Provider Work?” Edition
Nov 21, 2016 • 45 min
This season on Working, we’re talking to people employed in fields potentially imperiled by the results of the recent U.S. Presidential election. Diane Horvath-Cosper is an OBGYN and family planning specialist who advocates for reproductive rights. She…
The “How Does a Clown Work?” Edition
Oct 30, 2016 • 43 min
Carol Collins has performed over 40 years as Bingo the Clown. She tells Jacob Brogan, about how she got started, what goes into being a clown, and how the recent clown scares have affected her work. In a Slate Plus Extra, Collins shares some of her…
Working Beautifully: Stylist Rosana Vollmerhausen
Oct 23, 2016 • 43 min
Rosana helps professional find their own personal style. She rummages through their closet to help get a sense of who they are and what they have, then she goes shopping with them and helps them create outfits with their new and old clothing.In a Slate…
Working Beautifully: Nail Artist Vivian Cam
Oct 16, 2016 • 38 min
Nail Artist Vivian Cam helps her clients have healthy and beautiful nails. She’ll even go a step beyond painting intricate designs and images on her customer’s nails—everything from autumn trees to minions. Vivian talked to Jacob Brogan about how she got…
Working Beautifully: Tailor Cheryl Lofton
Oct 11, 2016 • 43 min
Self-described “tailoress” Cheryl Lofton makes new clothes fit better, brings new life to old clothes, and helps design customer’s dream clothing on a budget. She spoke with Jacob Brogan about her family history in the industry and how she works with…
Working Beautifully: Makeup Artist Christin Michelle
Oct 2, 2016 • 41 min
Working embarks on a new series with the people who make sure that we look good. This week, we start with foundation. Christin Michelle, a professional freelance makeup artist helps clients get ready for weddings, photo shoots, galas, and more. She tells…
NMAAHC Opening Special: The “How Does a Museum Specialist Work?” Edition
Sep 26, 2016 • 41 min
This week, the Smithsonian’s National African American History and Culture Museum had its grand opening, so we’re sharing a conversation we had earlier this year with one of its curators. Ever find yourself at a museum wondering about who chose the…
Working at the White House: Horticulturist Jim Adams
Sep 18, 2016 • 38 min
Jim Adams keeps every plant at the White House healthy and beautiful as the Supervisory Horticulturist for the National Park Service Special Liaison to the White House. In this last episode of our Working at the White House series, we spoke to Adams in…
Working at the White House: Protester, Philipos Melaku-Bello
Sep 11, 2016 • 38 min
Outside the gates of the White House, Lafayette Plaza is often full of tourists, Secret Service, Performers, and Protesters. We spoke to Philipos Melaku-Bello, an advocate for nuclear disarmament who has been supporting a peace vigil across from the White…
Working at the White House: Former Intern Chase Woods
Sep 4, 2016 • 36 min
This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. For this week’s episode, we spoke to someone who was a little less familiar with the institution. Chase Woods, a rising senior at the University of Chicago, served as an intern at the White House…
Working at the White House: Quick Break
Aug 21, 2016 • 3 min
We’re taking a short vacation, so it’s a great time to catch up on the rest of the series. Learn about who writes the President’s speeches, who picks out his letters, and who manages his schedule. We’ll be back in early September with the end of this…
Working at the White House: Legislative Affairs Director Amy Rosenbaum
Aug 14, 2016 • 39 min
Meet the President’s chief negotiator in Congress, Amy Rosenbaum.This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. For this episode, we visited the West Wing office of Amy Rosenbaum, President Obama’s Director of Legislative Affairs. She shuffles…
Working at the White House: Management and Administration Assistant to the President, Maju Varghese
Aug 7, 2016 • 43 min
This season, we’ve been going to the White House trying to understand how the Presidential administration’s employees operate and interact. To get a better sense of how the building itself operates, we spoke to Maju Varghese, Assistant to the President…
Working at the White House: Washington Post’s Bureau Chief Juliet Eilperin
Jul 31, 2016 • 44 min
This week we took a step back from the administration itself to talk to the Washington Post’s White House Bureau Chief, Juliet Eilperin. A former environmental reporter for the Post, Eilperin made the jump to her current beat back in 2013, and she’s been…
Working at the White House: Head Speechwriter Cody Keenan
Jul 24, 2016 • 35 min
This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. Head Speechwriter Cody Keenan writes and edits the President’s speeches. He takes us through his career starting as a speechwriting intern in 2008 and how a speech goes from the blank page to the…
Working at the White House: Director of Scheduling Gregory Lorjuste
Jul 17, 2016 • 40 min
This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. Director of Scheduling Gregory Lorjuste is responsible for figuring out what the President will do from one minute to the next while he’s on the road. In a Slate Plus Extra tells us about scheduling…
Working at the White House: Update
Jul 10, 2016 • 3 min
This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. Because the jobs of the people who work there are sometimes unpredictable, we weren’t able to bring you an episode this week. But we’ll be back next week with another conversation. In the meantime,…
Working at the White House: Public Engagement Director, Paulette Aniskoff
Jul 3, 2016 • 37 min
This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. For our second episode, we spoke to Paulette Aniskoff, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Aniskoff has been working with the president since 2007, and she brings many of the…
Working at the White House: Director of Presidential Correspondence, Fiona Reeves
Jun 26, 2016 • 32 min
There’s no workplace that looms larger in Washington, D.C. than the White House. Hundreds of employees work within its walls, but most of us don’t know much about what really goes on there. In a special season of Working, we’re peeking behind that curtain…
The “How Does Slate’s Director of Events Work?” Edition
May 22, 2016 • 28 min
We spoke to Faith Smith who orchestrates all of Slate’s live events. She puts together live tapings of podcast episodes, and has also organized conferences, panel discussions, happy hours, and much more. She offered us a literal backstage look at the way…
The “How Does the Chief Scientist of NASA Work?” Edition
May 15, 2016 • 29 min
Meet the Chief Scientist of NASA, Dr. Ellen Stofan. By training, Dr. Stofan is a planetary geologist who has studied volcanoes both here on Earth, and elsewhere in the solar system. In her current role, she helps coordinate scientific projects of all…
The “How Does a Museum Specialist Work?” Edition
May 8, 2016 • 40 min
Ever find yourself at a museum wondering about who chose the artifacts and wrote the captions? We spoke with Mary Elliott, a museum specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Along with her colleague Nancy…
The “How Does a Book Seller Work?” Edition
May 1, 2016 • 30 min
Visit Second Story Books in Washington, D.C. and meet book buyer and seller Topher Lundell. He told us about how they acquire the thousands of books that line the store’s shelves and discussed how the internet change his brick and mortar business model.…
The “How Does a Dog Walker Work?” Edition
Apr 24, 2016 • 25 min
Jason Mogavero is a dog walker based in Washington, D.C. who looks after a dozen or more pups every day. He went in deep with us on the particulars of his job, from the way he gets to know new clients—human and animal alike—to the way he arranges his…
The “How Does a Butcher Work?” Edition
Apr 17, 2016 • 31 min
Learn how the sausage gets made with a butcher who combines traditional meat preparation with fine dining. Nathan Anda is a butcher and chef in Washington, D.C. whose company Red Apron produces artisanal meats for its stores and restaurants. Though Anda…
The “How Does a Bartender Work?” Edition
Apr 10, 2016 • 24 min
Chantal Tseng has been working as a bartender for 16 years, and has been designing her own cocktails for almost as long. She now operates out of the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen, a small, book-lined bar within a larger Washington, D.C. restaurant.…
The “How Does a Landscape Designer Work?” Edition
Apr 3, 2016 • 23 min
Tom Noll trained as an artist, but he eventually translated his passion for plants and green living into a career as a landscape designer. Working mostly out of Washington, D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood, he decorates the yards of the area’s many row…
The “What’s It Like to Be a Twerking Instructor?” Edition
Mar 6, 2016 • 29 min
Meet a fitness instructor who teaches people how to twerk.Working is brought to you by Hiscox Small Business Insurance. Hiscox offers a new way to buy small business insurance by tailoring coverage to fit your needs and allowing you to buy only what you…
The “What’s It Like to Run a Medical Marijuana Dispensary?” Edition
Feb 28, 2016 • 31 min
Meet the rabbi and former hospital administrator who now run a pot dispensary.Working is brought to you by Hiscox Small Business Insurance. Hiscox offers a new way to buy small business insurance by tailoring coverage to fit your needs and allowing you to…
The “What’s It Like to Run DC’s Only Japanese Supermarket?” Edition
Feb 21, 2016 • 24 min
In this episode of Working, Slate’s Rachel E. Gross talks to the owners of DC’s Hana Japanese market, married couple Ikuyo and Yoshio Tanabe.In a Slate Plus extra, Ikuyo Tanabe talks about what it’s like to run a travel agency out of the back of a…
The “How Does a Professional Pie-Baker Work?” Edition
Feb 14, 2016 • 33 min
Teeny Lamothe is the owner of Teeny Pies, a handmade pie company in Washington, D.C. that sells pies at farmers’ markets, local coffee shops, and maybe even to your CSA.Working is brought to you by Hiscox Small Business Insurance. Get customized insurance…
The “How Does a Jewelry-Maker Work?” Edition
Feb 7, 2016 • 28 min
In this episode of Working, Slate editorial assistant Rachel Gross talks to Rachel Pfeffer, whose signature honeycomb necklace has been spotted on Beyonceì, aka the Queen B.Working is brought to you by Hiscox Small Business Insurance. Get customized…
The “How Does a Coffee Roaster Work?” Edition
Jan 31, 2016 • 34 min
In this episode of Working, Slate editorial assistant Rachel Gross talks to Joel Finkelstein, professional coffee roaster and owner of Qualia Coffee in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C.Working is brought to you by Hiscox Small Business…
The “How Does a Realtor Work?” Edition
Dec 20, 2015 • 34 min
In the final episode for this season of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson talks with Vanessa Pollock a Realtor for Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty in northern New Jersey. Vanessa discusses the drawbacks and benefits of real estate school, her friendly…
The “How Does a Wine Portfolio Manager Work?” Edition
Dec 13, 2015 • 30 min
In this week’s episode of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson sits down for a glass of wine with Andrew Mulligan, a wine portfolio manager for Skurnik Wines in New York City. Andrew talks about the difficult aspects of his job, such as dealing with U.S.…
The “How Does a Freelance Chef Work?” Edition
Dec 6, 2015 • 23 min
This week on Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson talks to Santana Benitez, a freelance chef in New York City. Santana talks about building a pop up kitchen for a private event, how she prepares to cook for a party, and the different cultures she draws upon for…
The “How Does a Animal Behavior Specialist Work?” Edition
Nov 29, 2015 • 25 min
In this week’s episode of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson talks to Victoria Wells, an animal behavior specialist for the ASPCA in Manhattan. Victoria explains the strategies she uses to help dogs overcome behavioral problems stemming from years of abuse…
The “How Does the Head of HR Work?” Edition
Nov 22, 2015 • 26 min
Slate’s L.V. Anderson interviews Kevin Fanning, VP of Talent & Culture at Cogo Labs, a startup incubator in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the author of the job search guide, Let’s All Find Awesome Jobs. Kevin talks about the difference between recruiting…
The “How Does a Funeral Director Work?” Edition
Nov 15, 2015 • 23 min
In the Season 5 premiere of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson interviews James Donofrio, a funeral director at Blair Mazzarella Funeral Home. James explains the effects of always being on the clock, how he prepares for an overseas funeral, and why a funeral…
The “How Does a Mediator Work?” Edition
Oct 18, 2015 • 35 min
On the last episode for this season of Working, WNYC’s Arun Venugopal talks to Elizabeth Clemants, a New York City mediator and shaman. Elizabeth talks about the psychology of conflict resolution, how she integrates her work as a shaman with mediation,…
The “How Does a Casting Director Work?” Edition
Oct 11, 2015 • 27 min
Bernie Telsey has been casting hit musicals, films, and TV shows for over 20 years. In this week’s episode of Working, Bernie talks about what he’s looking for in an audition, how diversity has changed on the stage and screen during his time in the…
The “How Does a Male Dominatrix Work?” Edition
Oct 4, 2015 • 27 min
In New York City’s Lower East Side there’s a dungeon with whips, swords, and a slave in chains where Conrad, a male dominatrix, carries out his work at his client’s request. On Working this week, Conrad talks to Arun Venugopal about the impact the Rent…
The “How Does a Forensic Anthropologist Work?” Edition
Sep 27, 2015 • 30 min
WNYC’s Arun Venugopal talks to Dr. Bradley Adams, a forensic anthropologist for the city of New York. Dr. Adams talks about the impact 9/11 had on forensic anthropology in the city, the different types of cases he investigates, and how there are no…
The “How Does a Barber Work?” Edition
Sep 20, 2015 • 25 min
The host of WNYC’s Micropolis series, Arun Venugopal, interviews Eric Aleman, a barber at King of Kings Barber Shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Eric talks about how hairstyles have changed in his years as a barber and how gentrification is changing the…
Working: The “How Does a Self-Defense Instructor Work?” Edition
Sep 13, 2015 • 29 min
In the Season 4 premiere of Working, the host of WNYC’s Micropolis series, Arun Venugopal, interviews Elena Waldman, a self-defense instructor at MKD Karate in Queens, NY. Elena explains how she came to be a martial artist, demonstrates to our host how to…
The “How Does a Book Editor Work?” Edition
Aug 16, 2015 • 33 min
On this episode of Working, the last of Slate’s third season, host Aisha Harris talks to Jordan Pavlin, a book editor at Knopf, about how she identifies future bestsellers, works with talented but sometimes temperamental authors, and how she fights for…
The “How Does a Retail Manager Work?” Edition
Aug 9, 2015 • 32 min
Aisha Harris talks to “Jake,” a veteran manager for a fast-fashion retail chain in New York. He talks about the challenges of his job including interacting with young staff, angry customers, and shoplifters. Plus, Jake reveals how he uses what he’s…
The “How Does a Debate Moderator Work?” Edition?
Aug 2, 2015 • 31 min
John Donvan has made a career out of staying calm – and staying on topic. A veteran ABC News correspondent, he’s now the moderator of Intelligence Squared Debates, a series of Oxford-style debates on the most controversial issues of the day. In this…
The “How Does a Club Doorman Work?” Edition
Jul 26, 2015 • 27 min
Aleksey Kernes is the guy to know if you’re trying to skip the line outside a hot New York City club. The front of house manager at Hotel Chantelle, a nightclub on New York’s Lower East Side, talks nightlife, table service, and how being a doorman is a…
The “How Does a Matchmaker Work?” Edition
Jul 19, 2015 • 27 min
Danielle Selber is there for Jewish singles who’ve struck out online or just don’t have enough time to get themselves into the dating pool. She’s a matchmaker with Tribe 12, a Jewish nonprofit in Philadelphia. Host Aisha Harris met up with Selber in…
The “How Does a Medical Resident Work?” Edition
Jul 12, 2015 • 35 min
In the season three premiere of Working, Slate culture writer Aisha Harris interviews Alexandra Charrow, a medical resident at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She describes what a typical day is like, how she’s learning to grapple with death, and…
The “How Does a 747 Pilot Work?” Edition
Jun 15, 2015 • 47 min
In this special, one-off episode of Working, Slate editor-in-chief Julia Turner speaks with British Airways pilot Mark Vanhoenacker. From the cockpit of a 747 and then the terminal of JFK airport, Vanhoenacker describes what it’s like to fly a large…
The “How Does the Host of Working Work?” Edition
May 17, 2015 • 48 min
In this final episode of Season 2, host Adam Davidson and former Working host David Plotz interview each other about walking away from large media companies and starting new adventures in their careers. In a Slate Plus extra, they critique the format of…
The “How Does A Child-Abuse Detective Work?” Edition
May 11, 2015 • 58 min
In this installment of Slate’s podcast about work, host Adam Davidson talks with Det. Erica Hurley of the Portland Police Bureau’s Child Abuse Team. Hurley explains how she investigates allegations of physical and sexual child abuse and the types of cases…
The “How Does a Stand Up Comedian Work?” Edition
May 3, 2015 • 37 min
On this episode, Adam Davidson of the New York Times Magazine talks to stand-up comedian Brooke Van Poppelen. She explains what it’s like to have to be funny all of the time, how to prepare for gigs, and whether this is good time to be a female comic. In…
The “How Does a Home Birth Midwife Work?” Episode
Apr 26, 2015 • 44 min
In this installment of Slate’s podcast about work, host Adam Davidson talks with midwife Karen Jefferson about her work providing labor and delivery services in the comfort of people’s homes. Jefferson discusses how she entered midwifery and what it’s…
The “How Does a New Orleans Musician Work?” Edition
Apr 19, 2015 • 25 min
In this installment of Slate’s podcast about work, host Adam Davidson of NPR’s Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine talks with singer-songwriter Sarah Quintana about her life on the New Orleans music scene. Quintana discusses growing up amid the…
The “How Does a Family Business Work?” Edition
Apr 12, 2015 • 34 min
In this installment of Slate’s podcast about work, host Adam Davidson talks with mother-and-son duo Monica and Kicker Kalozdi about their New Orleans-based business, Kalencom Corp. They discuss how they design, manufacture, and distribute a wide variety…
The “How Does a Customs Broker Work?” Edition
Apr 5, 2015 • 18 min
The president of the New York Customs Brokers talks about his 37 years of experience in the importing business, and how the industry has changed.You can find out more at MailChimp.com. For an extended version of this interview and the transcript, join…
The “How Does a UN Official Work?” Edition
Mar 29, 2015 • 40 min
In this installment of Slate’s podcast about work, host Adam Davidson of NPR’s Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine talks with his brother in law, Tony Banbury, who also happens to be a high-ranking official at the United Nations. As the assistant…
The “How Does a Bail Bondsman Work?” Edition
Mar 23, 2015 • 33 min
In this installment of Slate’s podcast about work, host Adam Davidson of NPR’s Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine talks with veteran bail bondsman Ira Judelson. “I am the bank for people that get incarcerated,” Judelson says, describing the…
The “How Does Adam McKay Work?” Edition
Mar 16, 2015 • 34 min
Slate’s podcast about work returns with host Adam Davidson talking to writer, director, and producer Adam McKay about collaborating with Will Ferrell, co-founding Funny or Die, and McKay’s three different daily routines. Thanks to this week’s sponsor,…
Working Season 2: Starts March 16!
Feb 20, 2015 • 3 min
Adam Davidson of NPR’s Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine explains what’s on tap for the second season of Slate’s Working podcast. Know someone we should interview for the show? Email us at [email protected] Listen to our archives and learn more…
Working: The “How Does A Principal Work?” Edition
Dec 18, 2014 • 22 min
Slate’s Podcast About Work Explores How a Principal Deals With Angry Parents, Standardized Tests, and Low-Income Middle School Students.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The “How Does a Google Coder Work?” Edition
Dec 15, 2014 • 17 min
Slate’s podcast about work explores the world of a software engineer and her quest to write good code and good poetry.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The “How Does A Lexicographer Work?” Edition
Dec 11, 2014 • 28 min
Slate’s podcast about work explores how a Merriam-Webster lexicographer defined the work “take.”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The “How Does A Farmer Work?” Edition
Dec 8, 2014 • 29 min
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks to fruit grower Eddie Rankin about GoldRush apples, the value of farmers’ markets, and how farmers switched to “softer” pesticides.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The “How Does A Hollywood Screenwriter Work? Edition
Dec 4, 2014 • 33 min
David Plotz talks to screenwriter and executive producer Craig Turk about the value of different types of screenwriters, and how the cast and crew of The Good Wife kept a big season five secret.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The “How To Run a Day Care Center” Edition
Dec 1, 2014 • 18 min
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks to day care manager Dannae Sewell about balancing different expectations for child development, and how to tailor care to each child’s needs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The “How Does a Flight Paramedic Work?” Edition
Nov 26, 2014 • 31 min
David Plotz speaks with Jeff Ennis, a flight paramedic out of North Carolina about what it’s like to work 24-hour days, and transporting emergency patients to trauma centers in a helicopter.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The “How Does An Appliance Repairman Work?” Edition
Nov 24, 2014 • 23 min
On this episode of Slate’s Working, David Plotz talks to appliance repairman John Lefever about learning to fix new appliances and what it’s like to work in a stranger’s home five times a day.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The “How Does A Hospice Nurse Work?” Edition
Nov 20, 2014 • 32 min
David Plotz talks to a hospice nurse about caring for the elderly, dealing with families in the process of grieving, and what it’s like to give a bath to a person who has just died.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The “How Does A Porn Star Work?” Edition
Nov 18, 2014 • 27 min
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with porn star Jessica Drake about how she selects her scene partners and what it’s like to be on the set.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“How Does A Waiter Work?” Edition
Nov 15, 2014 • 43 min
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with a veteran waiter about how he does his job, how much he makes, and why waiters are definitely judging their customers. To learn more about this series, click here. Visit the Working archive page for more…
The “How Does A Cartoonist Work?” Edition
Nov 11, 2014 • 34 min
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles about the importance of finding humor in the news and why he draws 24 cartoons each week. To learn more about this series, click here. Visit the Working archive page…
The “How Does A Perfumer Work?” Edition
Nov 7, 2014 • 32 min
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with perfumer Anne Serrano-McClain about starting a perfume business and how to create a mass-market perfume from scratch. To learn more about this series, click here. Visit the Working archive page for more…
The “How Does the Guitarist in They Might Be Giants Work?” Edition
Nov 3, 2014 • 29 min
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with John Flansburgh from They Might Be Giants about what it’s like to go on tour, and what he has in common with The Rolling Stones. To learn more about this series, click here. Visit the Working archive page…
The “How Does A Pastor Work?” Edition
Oct 30, 2014 • 38 min
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with Dr. Howard-John Wesley about how a pastor prepares a sermon and why he creates personal boundaries between himself and his congregation.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Working: Dr. Meri Kolbrener
Oct 22, 2014 • 29 min
On Ep. 2 of Working, David Plotz talks with Dr. Meri Kolbrener about how treating poor families in Washington, D.C. requires both technical skill and intense empathy.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Working: Stephen Colbert
Oct 16, 2014 • 40 min
On Ep. 1 of Working, Slate’s David Plotz talks with Stephen Colbert on how he puts his show together and turns himself from Stephen Colbert into the character “Stephen Colbert.”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices