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Episode 877: The Laws Of The Office

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Parkinson's Law says work expands to fill the time allotted. Goodhart's Law says you get what you measure. Has anyone ever tested these laws of the modern workplace?


Coyote In The Crosshairs

Sunday, June 10, 2018

During coyote hunting derbies, contestants vie to kill more coyotes than their competitors. Wildlife activists believe the competitions are unethical, and are pushing to make them a thing of the past.


The Case Of The Stolen Succulents

Sunday, May 20, 2018

California Fish and Wildlife agents are combating a rash of succulent poaching incidents on the state's coastline, apparently to satisfy a booming demand for the plants in Korean and Chinese markets.


A Career Trucker Helps To Steer The Path For Self-Driving Trucks

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Jeff Runions has spent almost four decades in the trucking industry. Now, he's helping drive the industry's shift toward automation, as a test driver for a self-driving trucking company.


An Afghan Military Interpreter Finds Footing In The U.S. Gig Economy

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Ajmal Faqiri came to the U.S. on a Special Immigrant Visa after working as a interpreter and translator for the U.S. military in his home country of Afghanistan. Now, he works the gig economy.


A NASA Astronaut Stays In Orbit With SpaceX And Boeing

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunita Williams was the second female commander of the International Space Station. Now, she says her new job working with private companies to develop space technologies feels like a new frontier.


Religion, Libertarian Cults And The American West In 'Wild Wild Country'

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Directors Chapman and Maclain Way explore the Rajneeshees — a cult behind the largest U.S. act of bioterrorism — in their new Netflix documentary mini-series, Wild Wild Country.


This Old Dog: Mac DeMarco On Growing Up And Getting Personal

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Musician Mac DeMarco has garnered the image of an impish pop-rock troubadour, but many of the songs on last year's This Old Dog tackle his conflicted relationship with the father he never knew.


How One Teacher Tweaked Her Lesson Plan For A New Career

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Liz Stepansky decided to become teacher to follow in the footsteps of her parents. But the profession was not what she had expected based on their experiences a generation earlier.


From Cockpit To Controller: Former Pilot Finds A New Way To Fly

Monday, March 05, 2018

When former helicopter pilot Tony Zimlich retired from a 20-year military career, he worried about his civilian job prospects. Then he discovered the burgeoning world of commercial drone work.


Remembering Bruce Brown, Whose 'Endless Summer' Documentary Boosted Surfing As A Sport

Saturday, December 16, 2017

With his 1966 documentary The Endless Summer, surfer-filmmaker Bruce Brown created one of the most iconic expressions of the joy of surfing. Brown died this week at the age of 80.


The Tiny, Murderous World Of Frances Glessner Lee

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Frances Glessner Lee is known to many as the "mother of forensic science" for her work training policemen in crime scene investigation in the 1940s and 50s using uncanny dollhouse crime scenes.


Bold Experiment Turned Broadway Hit, 'Lion King' Continues To Thrill — And Heal

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Director Julie Taymor took an unconventional tack in adapting the animated film for the big stage. Even 20 years on, she finds the musical's social themes evolve and resonate with audiences worldwide.


The Voyager Golden Record Finally Finds An Earthly Audience

Saturday, September 30, 2017

For 40 years, the record's interstellar message to extraterrestrials remained mostly unheard by human audiences — until a Kickstarter campaign brought a new vinyl box set to the public.


'Crown Heights' Seeks To Do Justice To A Saga Of Wrongful Conviction

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Colin Warner served 20 years for a murder he didn't commit. A childhood friend fought tirelessly to get him exonerated. The story was featured on This American Life and is now the focus of a new film.


How Time Off — And Surfing — Influenced Fleet Foxes' 'Crack-Up'

Saturday, August 19, 2017

In 2011, the band put its career on hold at the height of its success. Singer and songwriter Robin Pecknold says he needed to turn his attention back to other parts of his life to grow as an artist.


Liev Schreiber On The 'Unsafe' Obsession With Celebrity And The Story Of 'Chuck'

Saturday, May 06, 2017

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with actor Liev Schreiber about his new film Chuck, which tells the story of boxer Chuck Wepner, the real-life inspiration for the Rocky film franchise.


Porn Star Plays New Role As Advocate For Industry Workers

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

This week on 'Brave New Workers': After 20 years working as a performer in the adult entertainment industry, Alana Evans is putting her efforts into organizing for the Adult Performers Actors Guild.


From Risking His Life To Saving Lives, Ex-Coal Miner Is Happy To Take The Paycut

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The "Brave New Workers" series tells stories of Americans adapting to a changing economy. This week: after years working in the coal mines of West Virginia, a miner charts a new career in health care.


For Carrie Brownstein, Music Fandom Started At The Record Store

Saturday, April 22, 2017

As a teenager, the Sleater-Kinney guitarist's local record shop, Rubato Records, became the site of an awakening. "I felt like I had discovered a treasure chest," she says, "and I dove in."