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The Takeaway

Is the Recession Redefining American Masculinity?

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Economists consider workers between 25 and 54 to be in their prime, and fewer of them are working than at any point since 1948. That means America’s workforce is going through a dramatic shift. And so is the definition of the family breadwinner.

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The Takeaway

How to Give Your Boss the Pink Slip

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

No doubt, from time to time, every working person has wanted to scream, “take this job and shove it.” What if you could keep your job, and give your boss the boot instead?

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The Takeaway

Job Interviews Borrow from the Speed-Dating Handbook

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

We’ve all heard of speed-dating; that modern mating ritual in which singles are given a minute or two to impress a potential date before moving aside so the next candidate to make his or her pitch. But it turns out that speed-dating methods aren’t just for dating anymore.

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Janitor Graduates from Columbia After 19 Years

Monday, May 14, 2012

In the early 1990s when Yugoslavia was being torn apart by civil war, Gac Filipaj decided to get out. He fled to New York City and became a custodian at Columbia University, knowing it was the best higher-education institution around. After learning some English, Filipaj began taking morning classes before his 8-hour janitorial shifts afternoon.

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The Takeaway

Your Take: The Gender Divide in the Workplace

Thursday, May 10, 2012

It’s been 50 years since women started walking out of the kitchen and into the workplace en-mass. Yet yesterday we heard about another study that shows women aren’t making themselves heard when men are present in the office. That's true even when those woman have the same level of power at work as the men. We asked you to weigh-in and tell us about the gender divide at your work place. Haley Mitchell, from Augusta, Georgia, says the men in her office still expect her to get the mail and coffee, even though she is a marketing and communications manager.

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The Takeaway

Men — You Talk Too Much

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

You see it in movies all the time, and on the stage of life. Accomplished women being silenced by louder, more dominant men. And now there’s proof of just how often this happens – not just among attention-hungry celebrities, but in ordinary boardrooms. Tori Brescoll, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Yale, analyzed male and female behavior on the Senate floor and asked more than 200 men and women to describe how they respond to powerful women in the workplace. She joins us now to explain her findings.

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Listen to Lucy

My logo obsession is more than a game

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

My logo obsession is more than a game

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Listen to Lucy

Flattery will get you what you want

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Flattery will get you what you want

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The Takeaway

Executive's $15 Million Pay Package Denied by Citigroup Shareholders

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Citigroup shareholders have voted down the bank's $15 million pay package for its chief executive, Vikram Pandit. It's the first time that stock owners have united in opposition to outsized compensation at a major bank. Is this a new era of bank backlash? Eleanor Bloxham is the CEO of The Value Alliance, a board advisory firm, and Peter Morici is a macroeconomist and professor of international business at the University of Maryland. He is also the author of several books, including "Antitrust in the Global Trading System."

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The Takeaway

Ann Romney, Hilary Rosen Argue About Whether Being a Mom is Work

Friday, April 13, 2012

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen struck a nerve — and rekindled a familiar debate — when she criticized Ann Romney in a CNN appearance earlier this week. Jennifer DeJournett, president and co-founder of VOICES of Conservative Women, says Rosen was right to apologize to Romney. Judith Warner, author of "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety" says Rosen's comments are being blown out of proportion. The debate over whether motherhood is "work" is an old one — but a persistent one. Why does it still hit such a nerve?

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The Takeaway

Women Will Destroy the World. Really?

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

A new report by Germany's central bank says women at the top of the banking industry spur their male colleagues to take bigger risks. Based on an analysis of German bank executive teams from 1994 to 2010, the Bundesbank study undermines the widely held view of the "calming influence" female staff have on a male-driven industry. The report – which also says the presence of women in senior roles was a contributing factor to the banking crash – has provoked a furious response. Mary Ellen Iskenderian is the President and CEO of Women's World Banking.

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The Takeaway

Would You Give Out Your Facebook Password in a Job Interview?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

As much as most Americans might like to think that their social networking profiles are part of their personal life, increasingly, that’s not the case. Chris Kukulski, city manager of Bozeman, Montana, tells The Takeaway why the city used to ask new hires to fill out a form providing the usernames and passwords to their social networking accounts — and why it stopped that practice. Chandlee Bryan is a career coach, former recruiter, and author of the “Twitter Job Search Guide.”

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Ron Lieber Responds to Takeaway Listeners' Job Stories

Friday, March 16, 2012

This week and last we asked you about your job and you responded with a flurry of calls. Takeaway listeners told us stories about loving and hating their jobs, having to relocate to find work, taking second and third jobs, and having to cut their own pay as small business owners. The economy may be improving, but many Americans are still struggling to make ends meet.

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The Takeaway

Goldman Sachs Employee's Public Letter of Resignation

Thursday, March 15, 2012

When Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith handed in his letter of resignation, he did so in the most public manner possible — by posting it in the pages of The New York Times. In his letter, the former derivatives trader described the firm's working environment as "toxic and destructive" and accused their culture of placing company profits over client interest whenever possible.

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Listeners Respond: Making a Move to Find Job Opportunities

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

We've been asking our listeners this week about their relationships with their jobs. One thing that's touched a nerve is the question of far young workers are willing to go to find good opportunities. Many younger listeners told us they were open to taking a risk and moving somewhere new, but it just wasn't a decision they could afford to make. However we did also hear from more than a few listeners who did manage to take a leap.

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Listeners Respond: Do You Like Your Job?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Last week, we asked Takeaway listeners what they thought about their jobs. Many callers are unemployed or take jobs they dislike just to pay the bills. But several listeners told us that they love their work — and they aren't the cushy, glamorous jobs you might expect. Joining us to talk about their jobs are Takeaway listeners Josh Walberg and Greta Picklesimer.

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The Takeaway

Can Anyone Resurrect 'Made in the USA'?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The main focus of Tuesday’s State of the Union address was the economy and income inequality. Along with his ideas about taxation and protecting homeowners, president Obama also expressed a desire to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. Since the 1980s, the U.S. economy has shifted away from manufacturing and towards intellectual property and services. This has been due in part to the perceived expenses involved in production based in the U.S., as well as labor laws. 

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Listen to Lucy

If you want adult behaviour, treat people like babies

Monday, January 16, 2012

If you want adult behaviour, treat people like babies

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The Takeaway

Takeaway Listeners on Their Experiences as Working Children

Monday, December 26, 2011

Earlier this month, Newt Gingrich made a lot of headlines with his thoughts on child labor laws and his policy proposal to allow children as young as 9 years old to go to work. Takeaway listeners had a lot to say about this. Among them were Bill Arnott, from Columbia, South Carolina, and Carol, from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who came on the show to their experience working as children through the prism of Gingrich's comments. (Carol asked The Takeaway not to use her last name.)

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The Takeaway

Newt Gingrich Proposes Radical Change in Labor Laws

Monday, December 05, 2011

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says we need a radical proposal to "change America's culture of poverty," and put children to work. He advocates allowing kids as young as nine to replace school janitors. Gingrich thinks this approach would not only teach good work ethic to children in poor communities, but also help them earn a wage for their families.

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