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.

August 22, 2021 01:00:09
Listener Hang Session #1
We're taking a much-needed break this week, but we'll be back with more worker interviews really soon! To hold y'all... more
August 19, 2021 21:34
End Unfair Practices against Window Cleaners (w/ Eric Crone)
Repelling down skyscrapers to clean windows is already a very dangerous job. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, high-rise window cleaners... more
August 12, 2021 01:15:08
Striking Coal Miners Won't Back Down, Part II (w/ Kim Kelly & Jacob Morrison)
Over 1,100 union coal miners in Brookwood, Alabama, have been on strike. There is one person, however, who has done... more
August 12, 2021 01:07:24
Striking Coal Miners Won't Back Down, Part I (w/ Jacob Morrison)
Over 1,100 union coal miners in Brookwood, Alabama, have been on an unfair labor practices strike against Warrior Met Coal... more
August 7, 2021 32:34
When the Plant Closed (w/ Carla Shultz & Laura Flanders)
The Mylan pharmaceutical plant in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been in operation since 1965. On July 31, the plant closed... more
August 5, 2021 01:17:33
Order-Takers No More (w/ Richard D. Wolff)
In this special episode of Working People, we chat with world-renowned economist Richard D. Wolff about how the COVID-19 pandemic... more
July 28, 2021 43:03
Your Job Doesn't Have to Suck (w/ Jaisal Noor)
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it horrifyingly clear just how little value the lives and wellbeing of working people have... more
July 21, 2021 45:23
CA Rideshare Driver Strike (w/ Ahmad Moss)
On Wednesday, July 21, rideshare drivers across California are going on a one-day strike against the exploitative practices of tech... more
July 15, 2021 01:27:01
Cheri Renfro
Hundreds of workers at the Frito Lay manufacturing and distribution plant in Topeka, Kansas, have been on strike since July... more
July 8, 2021 01:41:58
Kate
Up until the pandemic, Kate from New Jersey was a massage therapist who loved her job. We discuss how Kate... more
July 5, 2021 02:04:53
Alex P.
When faced with unlawful intimidation and interrogation from management at Trader Joe's, Alex P and his coworkers stood together and... more
June 28, 2021 42:29
Smithfield Workers in Sioux Falls Stand Strong, Win Big (w/ Kooper Caraway)
We cover a lot of important worker struggles on this show, but it's important to cover worker victories as well—and... more
June 23, 2021 01:34:07
Mo' Evil Foods, Part II
Earlier this month, No Evil Foods, a vegan meat company founded in North Carolina, notified its staff that they were... more
June 15, 2021 01:05:01
(Unlocked) BONUS EPISODE - Nate Holdren
We will be back to our regular Working People schedule next week. Until then, to tide y'all over, and to... more
June 3, 2021 01:51:41
Ric Ortiz
In this special episode, Working People producer Jules Taylor interviews his stepfather about his life and career as a medical... more
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
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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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