Working People

This is a podcast by, for, and about the working class today (in partnership with In These Times magazine). 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. 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.

May 21, 2021 01:54:02
From Colombia to Palestine, We Will Be Free (w/ Irene Vélez Torres & Touffic Haddad)
In this special episode of Working People, spanning three continents, we interview Irene Vélez Torres and Touffic Haddad, two people... more
May 20, 2021 29:45
Why Is Trumka Going After Vermont AFL-CIO? (w/ David Van Deusen)
The AFL-CIO national and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka is threatening "further action" against the Vermont labor council. Why? We talk... more
May 4, 2021 01:47:27
On War & the Battle to Belong (w/ Triste Ordex, Amber Mathwig, & Clarke)
In this special episode, we talk with three veterans about how the military and the class system (in the U.S... more
May 1, 2021 02:00:18
The Srsly Wrong MAY DAY Crossover Special (w/ Working People, Rebel Steps, & Doomer v. Bloomer)
Happy May Day, everyone! All power to the international working class! Celebrate this most glorious of holidays by refusing to... more
April 28, 2021 30:46
Solidarity with the Working People of Myanmar
In this important episode, we interview worker-organizers with the Federation of General Workers Myanmar about the brutal military coup that... more
April 21, 2021 53:53
Mother (w/ Dominique Rémy)
In this pre-pandemic Working People recording that we thought was lost to history, we talk to filmmaker Dominique Rémy about... more
April 14, 2021 44:19
Schuylkill Hospital Nurses United
On top of the intense, stressful work common to the profession, nurses at smaller, more remote hospitals face many unique... more
April 7, 2021 02:04:53
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... more
March 31, 2021 01:20:49
Aaron Major
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the world of higher education. This week, we talk to Aaron Major, Associate Professor of... more
March 29, 2021 23:51
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... more
March 23, 2021 01:12:25
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."... more
March 18, 2021 01:26:01
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... more
March 4, 2021 47:33
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... more
March 2, 2021 01:14:11
Jennifer Bates
At this very moment, one of the most historic union drives of our era is taking place at the Amazon... more
February 24, 2021 01:49:59
Rev. Lindsey Joyce
We talk to Rev. Lindsey Joyce of the United Church of Rogers Park in Chicago and the Institute for Christian... more
February 23, 2021 10:01
**Luis Feliz Leon** Patreon Exclusive
***This is a Patreon Exclusive episode*** Subscribe to our Patreon: www.patreon.com/workingpeople Thank you to all the Patreon subscribers for their... more
February 16, 2021 01:05:37
Maya Morena, Part II (w/ Jessie Sage)
We're back with Part II of our special mini-series on work and politics in the sex industry with activist, writer... more
February 9, 2021 01:18:21
Maya Morena, Part I (w/ Jessie Sage)
We're excited to share Part I of a special mini-series guest-hosted by friend of the show Jessie Sage! Jessie is... more
February 2, 2021 01:08:13
ACLU Staff United
One bright spot in the COVID-19 era has been the wave of unionization drives at nonprofits around the U.S., including... more
January 27, 2021 01:38:41
Justin Whittaker
We sit down with Justin Whittaker for the first part of an ongoing series of interviews where we’ll be talking... more
January 20, 2021 01:15:29
1001 days (w/ Suat Karlikaya & Burcu Ayan)
Workers at Cargill Turkey were unfairly dismissed on April 17, 2018, while trying to unionize. In this special episode (our... more
January 14, 2021 45:27
Mini-cast: #SafeReturnOrNoReturn (w/ Paula Ladin & Mariana Ruiz)
In this urgent mini-cast, we talk to Paula Ladin and Mariana Ruiz, two Chicago Public Schools special-ed educators, about the... more
January 12, 2021 01:19:31
2020: A Year to Remember & Forget
From the COVID-19 pandemic and the presidential election to mass protests against police violence and worker actions around the country... more
January 1, 2021 55:22
It's Time for Workers to Take Back Power
In this special episode, we talk with three representatives of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades—Jim Williams (General... more
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Maximillian Alvarez is a writer and editor based in Baltimore and the host of Working People, a podcast by, for, and about the working class today.” His work has been featured in venues like In These Times, The Nation, The Baffler, Current Affairs, and The New Republic.

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