Labor Day Specials 2017

Sep 1, 2017


Monday, September 4 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Public Radio 89.5 | LISTEN LIVE

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In the early 1970’s, author Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. The result was a book called "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do." The book became a bestseller and even inspired a Broadway musical – something rare for an oral history collection. "Working" struck a nerve, because it elevated the stories of ordinary people and their daily lives. Studs celebrated the un-celebrated.   

But until now, few of the interviews have ever been heard. For decades, the tapes were packed away in Studs’ home office. Radio Diaries and our partner Project& were given exclusive access to those recordings and spent a year combing through them to produce a new series for NPR. We also tracked down some of the people Studs interviewed more than 40 years ago. 

In this hour, our series The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel. Featuring interviews with a telephone switchboard operator, a hotel piano player, a Chicago police officer, an auto factory work, an advertising executive and more. Produced by award-winning Joe Richman. 


Monday, September 4 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Public Radio 89.5 | LISTEN LIVE 

Marketplace's "Trade Off" explores key moments in America's long history of global trade, and its impact on workers and the economy. Who has gained from trade deals that opened borders, or from higher tariffs that closed them? "Trade Off" makes for timely Labor Day programming, with stories of work, reward, and American attitudes toward the rest of the world. 

"Trade Off" travels to the first American industrial park envisioned by Alexander Hamilton, to Utah and Oregon, where senators pushing tariffs may have spawned the Great Depression, to Wisconsin workers seeking new job hope in retraining, and an immigrant family reflecting on globalization and the middle class.  

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Hosted by Marketplace Sustainability Desk correspondent Scott Tong and reporter Sarah Gardner, with additional reporting by Kai Ryssdal and Stephen Beard, "Trade Off" follows the Marketplace Weekend clock.

Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace's Sustainability Desk, with a focus on energy, environment, resources, climate, supply chain and the global economy.

Sarah Gardner is a reporter with Marketplace's Sustainability Desk. Her past projects include "The Price of Profits," "We Used To Be China," "Coal Play," "Consumed," "The Next American Dream," "Jobs of the Future," and "Climate Race," among others. Sarah began her career at Marketplace as a freelancer and was hired as business editor and backup host to David Brancaccio in the mid '90s.