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.

November 17, 2021 58:53
**A Pivotal Moment for the Teamsters (w/ Indigo Olivier)**
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is having a pivotal leadership election right now, and the results will set the future... more
November 10, 2021 59:12
35,000 Kaiser Permanente workers are set to strike, and the future of healthcare is at stake
In this special edition of Working People, TRNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez speaks with two Kaiser workers, Hannah Winchester, DPT, and... more
November 8, 2021 01:10:59
Michael Francis McCarthy
In this special episode, Working People producer Jules Taylor (@realjulestaylor) speaks with working musician and farm laborer Michael Francis McCarthy... more
October 28, 2021 02:27:21
We're All We've Got (w/ Adam Johnson, Luis Feliz Leon, Brian "BZ" Douglas, & Jules Taylor)
We hosted our first ever Working People livestream this week to raise money for our amazing producer Jules and his... more
October 20, 2021 01:30:35
Justin Mayhugh
With a historic wave of workers voluntarily quitting their jobs and strikes cropping up across the US, something potentially game-changing... more
October 18, 2021 40:56
Breakfast of Champions (w/ Dan Osborn)
Kellogg’s plant workers in Nebraska, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee have been on strike since Oct. 5., demanding that the company... more
October 10, 2021 42:53
Lisa Doerr
We conclude our series of interviews from rural Wisconsin with farmers and community members fighting to defend life as they... more
October 2, 2021 01:04:57
Lights, Camera, STRIKE! (w/ Marisa Shipley, David McMahon, & Fae Weichsel)
Tens of thousands of members of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) are currently voting on whether or... more
September 30, 2021 50:22
Kristy Lynn Allen
In this interview, Max talks with Wisconsin farmer and beekeeper Kristy Lynn Allen about the damage the industrialization of farming... more
September 21, 2021 01:07:10
Hog Wild (w/ Lisa Doerr, Forest Jahnke, Hannah Faris, & Maeve Conran)
In this special panel episode, we follow up on the reporting Max did this summer for The Real News and... more
September 13, 2021 29:16
Work to Live (w/ Matt Aubrey)
Around 400 union distillery workers in Bardstown, Kentucky, hit the picket line yesterday after rejecting a contract offer from Heaven... more
September 9, 2021 01:42:26
Evan Seyfried (w/ Ken, Linda, & Eric Seyfried)
(C/W: bullying, harassment, suicide) Evan Seyfried was a loving son, brother, friend, and a dedicated worker. For 19 years, with... more
September 1, 2021 01:35:46
Casey Scully
For many around the country, the new school year has already begun. And many districts are pushing through with in-person... more
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
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
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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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