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The Takeaway

Who Really Gets to Do What They Love?

Friday, January 24, 2014

It's become popular to insist that the key to a successful career is to simply "follow your bliss" straight into a profession that you're truly passionate about. For most people, is it really practical to do what you love? And if it's not, why are we giving this advice to our young people? Miya Tokumitsu, holds a Ph.D in art history. Her recent essay in Jacobin magazine breaks down why being told to "do what you love" isn't necessarily sound advice.

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The Takeaway

NC Leads the Way in Cutting Aid for the Jobless

Thursday, January 23, 2014

At the end of last year as the federal government allowed long-term unemployment benefits to expire for 1.3 million Americans, and North Carolina led the way in also reducing benefits. Paul Tine is a North Carolina state representative that voted for the unemployment cuts. Jaslyn Roberts is the career center director for Charlotte Works, a job training organization. Together they explain how things have changed in the state since benefits have been cut.

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The Takeaway

Shunning Retirement for Start Ups

Monday, January 20, 2014

Older Americans are increasingly shunning retirement to start companies. Liz DiMarco Weinmann is 61-years-old and started Dare Force Corporation, which helps women over 40 to start new careers. Susan Price is 54-years-old and was laid off in 2008. Losing her job prompted her to go back to school for an MBA. She now works full-time and has also started her own side-business as a career coach. Together these two women explain how they made their career transitions and what the process was really like.

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Listen to Lucy

Cheer up, this is a golden age for office workers

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cheer up, this is a golden age for office workers

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The Takeaway

Why Women Don't Brag—And Why They Should

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Research shows that men are far more likely to brag than women—women feel anxiety and discomfort about bragging and tend to subscribe to a more traditional idea of modesty. But what if you could find the source of that anxiety and eliminate it? Jessi Smith, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Montana State University, discusses her research and what it means for women in the workplace.

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The Takeaway

Your Take: The Benefits of Bragging

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jessi Smith, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Montana State University, researched the psychology of bragging in women. Tomorrow you'll hear more about Professor Smith and her fascinating research into the psychology of bragging. But first, we're opening the door for you to brag—tell us about a time when promoting yourself paid off. We want to hear all types of stories. Call us at 1-877-869-8253 and be part of the conversation, or leave a comment here or by visiting us on Facebook.

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The Takeaway

Coding Literacy is The Way of the Future

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs in computer programming will grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020. Soon, we might all have to learn code—whether we want to or not. Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's New Tech City explains why coding literacy is the way of the future. Ali Blackwell is one of the co-founder's of Decoded, which runs workshops to teach anyone to code. He discusses why coding is so important.

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The Takeaway

Should We Declare 'War' on Inequality? | Meeting the Standard: Proving Nuclear Power is Safe | After the NSA, Is the Internet Forever Changed?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

After the NSA, Is the Internet Forever Changed? | Should We Declare 'War' on Inequality? | Dennis Rodman Brings Team to Play Ball in North Korea | How to Prepare a Drone for Commercial Use | Meeting the Standard: Proving Nuclear Power is Safe | Coding Literacy is The Way of ...

The Takeaway

The Myth of the 8-Hour Workday

Monday, January 06, 2014

A hundred years ago, the Ford Motor Company instituted an eight-hour workday, but in today's world of globalization, smartphones and increasing competition, working only eight hours seems like a dream come true.

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The Takeaway

What is Your Work Worth?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Our work determines how we spend most of our days, the people we spend our time with, the kind of lifestyle we can afford, and it influences our fundamental sense of who we are. It turns out that what we're paid and how we really feel about our jobs aren't always in sync. Al Gini, a professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University’s School of Business Administration and resident philosopher at WBEZ, has dedicated much of his career to understanding the value of work. He’s also the author of “My Job My Self." 

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The Takeaway

Fast Food Workers Strike in 100 Cities

Thursday, December 05, 2013

As fast food workers in 100 cities strike for a wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union without interference, The Takeaway hears from two fast food workers about what it's like working in the industry—Naquasia LeGrand, a cashier at KFC who earns just $7.70 an hour, and Eduardo Shoy, a delivery man for KFC and Pizza Hut, as well as a forklift operator at JFK airport. Angelo Amador is the Vice President of Workforce and Labor Policy at the National Restaurant Association. He is on the opposite side of the debate, opposing the wage hike. 

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On Being

Brené Brown — The Courage to Be Vulnerable [remix]

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Courage is borne out of vulnerability, not strength. This finding of Brené Brown’s research on shame and "wholeheartedness" shook the perfectionist ground beneath her own feet. And now it’s inspiring millions to reconsider the way they live and parent.

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On Being

[Unedited] Brené Brown with Krista Tippett

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Courage is borne out of vulnerability, not strength. This finding of Brené Brown’s research on shame and "wholeheartedness" shook the perfectionist ground beneath her own feet. And now it’s inspiring millions to reconsider the way they live and parent.

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The Takeaway

Seattle Labor Dispute Causes Boeing to Take Flight

Monday, November 25, 2013

Earlier this month, Boeing machinists in Seattle refused a new contract. Now, Boeing is looking for a new location to build the 777x, a place where unions have less of a foothold. Washington State is still lobbying to keep 777x production at home. But Aviation Industry Analyst Scott Hamilton explains why the state expects a lot of outside competition and what this means for American labor overall.

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The Takeaway

The Places That Allow Us to Build and Dream

Friday, November 08, 2013

"Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces" is a new book that explores the relationship between surroundings and creativity, contrasting intimate visits to artist studios with explorations of America’s landscapes. It features the images and thoughts of 115 artists active today, including Chuck Close, Kiki Smith, Bill Viola, Marina Abramovic, and the great film and video artist Lorna Simpson, who joins us today, along with the editor and interviewer of “Art Studio America,” Hossein Amirsadeghi.

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Listen to Lucy

The bike test shows what I’m like at work

Monday, November 04, 2013

The bike test shows what I’m like at work

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The Takeaway

Policing the New Wild West: North Dakota's Oil Boom Towns

Friday, November 01, 2013

Towns in North Dakota's oil-rich Bakken region are exploding with people looking to make money off of the energy boom-- and law enforcement can't keep up. We look at the surging crime rate in these modern “boom towns” with Sheriff Scott Busching of Williams County, North Dakota.

Towns in North Dakota's oil rich Bakken are exploding with people looking to make money off of the energy boom. And law enforcement can't keep up. We look at the surging crime rate in these modern “boom towns.Towns in North Dakota's oil rich Bakken region are exploding with people looking to make money off of the energy boom. And law enforcement can't keep up. We look at the surging crime rate in these modern “boom towns” with Sheriff Scott Busching of Williams County, North DakotaTowns in North Dakota's oil rich Bakken region are exploding with people looking to make money off of the energy boom. And law enforcement can't keep up. We look at the surging crime rate in these modern “boom towns” with Sheriff Scott Busching of Williams County, North Dakota.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

West Side Road Rage; NYC Safety Net; Jim Lehrer; Buddha at Work; Debt Ceiling

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

What really happened in the West Side Highway road rage incident? Murray Weiss of DNAinfo discusses what we know and what we don't know about the incident and the implications. Plus: what the mayor has to do with the NYC safety net; veteran journalist Jim Lehrer on the JFK assassination; how to be more Buddha-like at work; and whether or not raising the debt ceiling would really be so bad.

The New Yorker: Out Loud

Susan Morrison and Rebecca Mead on work clothes.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Susan Morrison and Rebecca Mead on work clothes.

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The Takeaway

Recruiting & Retaining Women at the Top

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Back in the late 1960s, when the first female traders were allowed on the floor of Wall Street, they were treated more like the butts of jokes than like trailblazers. Today, the finance and business sectors have come a long way, but they still struggle to put women in the ranks, or keep them there. Malli Gero and Rachel Sklar are two people who are trying to change that.

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