Podcast

Working

Hosts Rumaan Alam, Isaac Butler, and June Thomas interview creative people about how they write, compose, paint, and more.

Episodes

  • How Klancy Miller Designs Recipes for Single People

    Nov 29 2020

    This week host June Thomas talks with cookbook author Klancy Miller, whose book Cooking Solo celebrates the joy of making delicious food for yourself. In the interview, Klancy talks about the trial and error of her career journey and how she came to focus on recipe development after studying at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She also discusses her process for designing recipes and why she decided to write a cookbook specifically for single people. Klancy’s latest project is For the Culture, a food...more

  • How Lovecraft Country’s Cinematographer Guides the Viewer’s Eye

    Nov 22 2020

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to cinematographer Michael Watson about what it was like to work on the HBO sci-fi series Lovecraft Country. In the interview, Michael talks about the unique challenges of shooting a period drama that features gigantic monsters. He also discusses how he was able to guide the viewer’s attention during crucial moments and bring his own unique style to the scenes he shot.After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam offer advice to a listener who’s curious ab...more

  • A Look Inside the World's Longest-Running Medical Drama

    Nov 15 2020

    This week, host June Thomas talks to Jenny Thompson, story producer for the long-running U.K. medical drama Casualty. In the interview, Jenny explains what a story producer does, and why it’s different from a script-writing job. She also shares what it’s like to create character arcs for a show with such a long and rich history and explains how the U.K.’s National Health Service impacts the storylines and characters. After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler talk about why shows like Ca...more

  • Poet Javier Zamora Wants Readers to Know What It’s Like to Be Undocumented

    Nov 08 2020

    This week host Rumaan Alam talks to Javier Zamora about the truth-telling power of poetry. When Javier was 9 years old, he traveled to the U.S. from El Salvador without his parents. In his book of poems, Unaccompanied, Javier tries to make sense of his own experience and the experiences of his parents, who left El Salvador before him. In the interview, Javier describes the personal and political goals of his poetry and explains what it took for him to turn poetry into a career. After the intervi...more

  • How Jane Lynch Strikes the Perfect Level of Mean on Weakest Link

    Nov 01 2020

    This week, host June Thomas talks to the multitalented actor, comedian, and game-show host Jane Lynch, who discusses her wide range of acting roles and her latest gig as the host of NBC’s reboot of Weakest Link. After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam discuss Lynch’s many strengths.In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Jane Lynch talks about one of her favorite projects. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-WORK....more

  • Joe Sacco’s Journalistic Comics

    Oct 25 2020

    This week, Isaac Butler talks with journalist and cartoonist Joe Sacco. Sacco is a Maltese-American cartoonist and journalist best known for his comics journalism. His books Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza have been critically praised and have won him several awards, including the American Book Award. His most recent book is Paying the Land.They talk about how he draws stories out of people and then draws those stories onto the page. Sacco talks in-depth about his creative process, which does no...more

  • Arranger Alex Lacamoire Breaks Down His Process for Hamilton

    Oct 18 2020

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks shop with Alex Lacamoire, who was the arranger, music director, conductor, and orchestrator for Hamilton. In the interview, Alex explains what an arranger does and details some of the specific creative decisions that went into songs like “You’ll Be Back,” “Ten Duel Commandments,” “That Would Be Enough,” and “Burn.”After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas answer a listener question about how to set aside time and energy for creative work when you have ...more

  • Rumaan Alam’s New Novel Started With a Daydream

    Oct 11 2020

    This week, host June Thomas talks to novelist, critic, and co-host of Working Rumaan Alam about his new novel Leave the World Behind, which has already garnered critical acclaim and a nomination for the National Book Award. In the interview, Rumaan talks about the origins of the novel, his writing process, and how he was able to craft memorable characters despite being, in his words, “face blind.”After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler talk about the prophetic nature of Leave the Worl...more

  • Director Phil Alden Robinson on the Making of His Cult Classic, Sneakers

    Oct 04 2020

    This week, host Isaac Butler cracks the code of the heist film genre with Phil Alden Robinson, director of the 1992 cult classic Sneakers. In the interview, Phil talks about Sneakers’ nine-year writing process, the film’s alternate endings, and how he landed a cast of cinema legends, including Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier, to portray his meticulously crafted characters. After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas talk about Phil’s ability to strive for perfection while also being a s...more

  • Critic Charles Finch on Reading Hundreds of Books a Year

    Sep 27 2020

    This week, host Rumaan Alam talks about the aims of literary criticism with novelist and book critic Charles Finch. In the interview, Charles discusses the impact of platforms like Goodreads (where anyone can be a critic) and explains why it’s so hard for people to make a living writing book reviews. He also talks about how a book’s popularity can affect his response to it and how it’s possible to get burned out from writing too many reviews. After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler ...more

  • How Scrapbooking Connects Craft and Personal Reflection

    Sep 20 2020

    This week host June Thomas talks about the underrated art of scrapbooking with Ali Edwards, who managed to turn her love of crafting into a full-time career. In the interview, Ali discusses her most popular scrapbooking projects, like “December Daily,” and explains why the practice of pairing photographs with words and artistic flair can lead to personal growth and reflection. After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the benefits of documenting memories. In Slate Plus, Ali re...more

  • How a Costume Designer Dressed Two Seth Rogens in American Pickle

    Sep 13 2020

    This week, host Isaac Butler learns the finer points of costume design from Brenda Abbandandolo, who recently dressed two different characters played by Seth Rogen in American Pickle. Brenda also designed costumes for The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco, and spent some time working on SNL’s digital shorts. In the interview, she talks about how costumes can communicate information about characters and how practical choices, like giving a character an umbrella, are a crucial...more

  • Kimberly Drew on the Life-Enhancing Power of Art

    Sep 06 2020

    This week, host Rumaan Alam talks about the importance of museums with writer and art advocate, Kimberly Drew, whose Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art set her apart as one of the most promising young voices in the visual art world. It also led to a job as social-media manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the interview, Kimberly discusses her new book, This Is What I Know About Art, and talks about the role art has played in peoples’ lives during the pandemic. After the interview, June ...more

  • How Kurt Andersen Succeeds in So Many Creative Fields

    Aug 30 2020

    This week, host June Thomas talks to novelist, journalist, editor, and radio host Kurt Andersen, who talks about the curiosity and drive that has fueled so many of his creative pursuits. He also discusses his latest nonfiction book, Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America, and he ponders the legacy of Spy magazine, a publication he co-founded in the 1980s.  After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler discuss the difference between generalists, who know a little bit about a lot of topics, a...more

  • The Pulitzer Won’t Change Playwright Michael R. Jackson

    Aug 23 2020

    This week host Isaac Butler traces the creative origins of Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer-winning musical A Strange Loop. In the interview, Michael talks about his early songwriting attempts and the gradual process of turning a monologue about his experiences as a young, Black gay man into a one-man show and then turning that one-man show into a “proper musical.” After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss Michael’s distinction between an “autobiographical” work and a “self-referen...more

  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya on the Inherent Intimacy of Photography

    Aug 16 2020

    This week, host Rumaan Alam talks to artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya about his unique style of intimate studio photography. In the interview, Paul breaks down the difference between artist and photographer, shares what it was like to get recognized for his work early in life, and explains why critical success doesn’t always translate to monetary success. After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler talk about why it’s so difficult to sum up visual art with language. Send your questions about cr...more

  • Jordan Peele’s Film Composer is Terrified of Scary Movies

    Aug 09 2020

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to composer Michael Abels about what it’s like to write music for suspenseful movies like Get Out, Us, and the recent HBO movie Bad Education, starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney. In the interview, Michael digs into the collaborative nature of film scoring and offers tips on how to capture your creativity.  After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the music they listen to when they’re doing creative work. Send your questions about crea...more

  • The Immersive Sounds of Audio Drama

    Aug 02 2020

    This week, host June Thomas talks about her deep love of audio fiction with longtime radio and podcast writer-producer John Scott Dryden. First, they discuss the U.K. origins of the genre and the growing appetite for audio fiction in the U.S. Then they dig into John’s production process and discuss how he creates immersive stories using sounds and voices from all over the world. After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam answer a question from a listener. Send your questions about creativ...more

  • Adrian Tomine’s Drawings Tell Rich, Complex Stories

    Jul 26 2020

    This week, host Rumaan Alam talks to cartoonist and New Yorker cover artist Adrian Tomine, who just released a graphic memoir called The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist. In the interview, Adrian talks about what it was like for his childhood hobby to become a full-time job, and how his art has evolved over the years. After the interview, co-host June Thomas interviews Slate writers Dahlia Lithwick and Molly Olmstead about a massive piece of journalism they’ve put together about the wo...more

  • Why Anything Is Possible on HBO’s Los Espookys

    Jul 19 2020

    This week, host June Thomas talks to Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Fred Armisen, creators of the HBO show Los Espookys. The three comedians talk about what it was like to craft a bilingual TV show with dialogue in both English and Spanish and why the show isn’t set in a particular country. They also discuss the show’s supernatural elements, which intentionally lack specific rules and logic. After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler help a listener who’s feeling unproductive in her new ...more

  • How to Interview Celebrities, With Taffy Brodesser-Akner

    Jul 12 2020

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to novelist and celebrity profile writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner. In the interview, Taffy shares how she’s able to land interviews with celebrities and how she structures her pieces. She also explains why she’s a “champion advice-taker” and tells the story of how her bestselling novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble, started as a failed magazine pitch. Don’t miss her New York Times Magazine profiles of Gwyneth Paltrow and Val Kilmer.After the interview, Isaac and co-hos...more

  • How Editor Tracy Sherrod is Amplifying Black Authors

    Jul 05 2020

    Host Rumaan Alam talks about elevating Black voices in the book publishing industry with Tracy Sherrod, editorial director of the Harper Collins imprint Amistad Press. In the interview, Tracy explains how the predominantly white publishing industry has created barriers for Black authors over the years. She also digs into the details of her work, including the process of negotiating book deals with new authors. After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler answer an ethical question from a...more

  • Jasmine Guillory’s Romance Novels Show Realistic Characters Falling in Love

    Jun 28 2020

    This week, host June Thomas digs into the romance genre with bestselling author Jasmine Guillory, who started her career as a lawyer and then went on to release five novels including Party of Two, which was released on June 23. In the interview, Jasmine talks through her writing process and shares how she was able to publish five novels in such a short period of time. She also explains why her characters don’t fit into the usual tropes of the romance genre. After the interview June and co-host R...more

  • The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing, With Mira Jacob

    Jun 21 2020

    Host Isaac Butler talks to novelist Mira Jacob about the process of writing her comic book memoir, Good Talk. They discuss what it was like for Mira to switch mediums, how the constraints of that medium helped her tell her story, and why it’s so hard to share personal details with a large audience. After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about how fatherhood has helped them get more work done. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.And if...more

  • Cole Escola Provides the Perfect Comedy for Quarantine

    Jun 14 2020

    Host Rumaan Alam chats with comedy writer and performer Cole Escola, who’s known for his roles on Hulu’s Difficult People and truTV’s At Home With Amy Sedaris as well as his sketch comedy videos on YouTube. In the interview, Cole talks about his new special Help! I’m Stuck!, which he filmed alone in his apartment and released on YouTube. He also discusses his comedic influences and talks through what it means for his work to have a gay sensibility. Send your questions about creativity and any ot...more

  • How YouTuber Adam Ragusea Learned to Talk to the Camera

    Jun 07 2020

    This week host June Thomas learns about all the work that goes into making YouTube food videos. Her guest is online cook Adam Ragusea, who explains how he was able to monetize something that started as a fun side project. He also offers tips on how to make engaging videos that get to the point and respect the audience’s intelligence and time. Then, he talks about how he overcame the awkwardness of speaking directly into a camera lens. Send your questions about creativity, and any other feedback,...more

  • Documentary Theater From Interviews to Final Production

    May 31 2020

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to documentary theater makers Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, whose plays include The Exonerated, about the criminal justice system, and Coal Country, about the Upper Big Branch mine disaster in West Virginia. Blank and Jensen explain how documentary theater works, from interviews with subjects to a live performance where actors perform interview excerpts verbatim. After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss why documentary theater is such a great...more

  • How Curator Sheena Wagstaff Chooses Art for the Met

    May 24 2020

    Host Rumaan Alam talks about art curation with Sheena Wagstaff, who leads the Metropolitan Museum's program of modern and contemporary art for the Met Breuer and the Met Fifth Avenue. First they discuss the curator’s role of deciding which works of art are culturally important. Then Wagstaff makes her case for why people should see art in person and why it’s such a tragedy that no one is able to see the Met Brauer’s current exhibition of works from prolific German painter Gerhard Richter. Send y...more

  • Alison Wright Explains How Actors Get Emotional on Cue

    May 17 2020

    Host June Thomas digs into the craft of acting with Alison Wright, who portrayed Martha on The Americans and now plays Ruth on the new TNT adaptation of Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 movie Snowpiercer (which itself was based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige). Wright explains how she developed Ruth’s unique accent in Snowpiercer, how she utilizes the tools of Method acting to tap into emotions on stage, and why she thinks Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep are such impressive actors. Send your...more

  • Megan Abbott's Go-To Story Structure

    May 10 2020

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to crime novelist and TV writer Megan Abbott, who describes her creative-writing rituals, her go-to story structure, and the challenges of adapting one of her novels for television.  After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the surprising origins of the terms story beat and character beat. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.Podcast production by Cameron DrewsAnd if you enjoy this show, please co...more

  • How DeMane Davis Pivoted From Advertising to Filmmaking

    May 03 2020

    This week, host Rumaan Alam talks to TV and movie director DeMane Davis about what a working director really does. According to Davis, it requires a huge amount of collaborative problem-solving. Davis traces her journey from advertising copywriter to filmmaker and explains the importance of making art with a purpose. After the interview, Rumaan and co-host June Thomas discuss their takeaways from the interview, including the importance of being nice to your collaborators. Send your questions abo...more

  • Behind the Scenes at the Opera With Jamie Barton

    Apr 26 2020

    This week, June Thomas talks with opera singer Jamie Barton. Barton is a critically acclaimed American mezzosoprano who performs at major opera houses all around the world and maintains an active social media presence that serves as a hub for conversations about body positivity, diet culture, social justice issues, and LGBTQ rights, You can hear her on Studio 360 and watch her on YouTube.They talk about what it really means to travel as an opera singer. Barton explains the challenges of being re...more

  • Miho Hazama’s Musical Journey

    Apr 19 2020

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks with the jazz composer, arranger, and orchestrator Miho Hazama. Hazama’s latest album Dancer in Nowhere was nominated for a Grammy award.Miho talks to Isaac about how her grandfather presented her with a Wikipedia article about cyclic numbers and how that became one of the biggest influences for her new album.  Afterward, Isaac and June Thomas talk about what they found most striking about the interview, what they miss about regular day-to-day life, and how hav...more

  • Sponsored: Delivering Extraordinary Experiences with Customer Experience Expert Liliana Petrova

    Apr 14 2020

    When it comes to closing a deal, generating client referrals, or getting repeat business, understanding how to elevate the customer’s experience can make all the difference. So how do you go above and beyond to deliver extraordinary experiences? To find out, host JulieGurner talks to customer experience guru and former Head of Customer Experience Programs at JetBlue Airways, Liliana Petrova. Together, they dive into the process of thinking through the customer journey, executing ideas, conveying...more

  • Why Maira Kalman Loves to Work on Lots of Projects at Once

    Apr 12 2020

    This week, host Rumaan Alam talks with the multitalented artist Maira Kalman. Kalman is an illustrator, writer, artist, and designer known for her playful and witty illustrations in children's books like Fireboat and Why We Broke Up as well as her work for the New York Times and the New Yorker.They talk about what the perfect day of work looks like for the artist, how to stay creative in times of crisis, and her latest project: an illustrated edition of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Afte...more

  • How Divergent Author Veronica Roth Learns From Criticism

    Apr 05 2020

    Welcome to the revamped Working. We’re pivoting to creativity! New hosts Rumaan Alam, Isaac Butler, and June Thomas will be talking to writers, musicians, designers, YouTubers, and other people with creative jobs about how they spend their days. This week, June talks with author Veronica Roth, who wrote the first draft of her novel Divergent when she was a senior at Northwestern University. She had sold more than 32 million books by the time she was 26, and next week, at the ripe old age of 31, ...more

  • How Does an Economics Correspondent Do His Job?

    Mar 29 2020

    For Jordan’s last episode as host, he won’t be asking the questions. Instead, Slate’s June Thomas will be talking to him about how he’s covering the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. They also discuss what it takes to be an economics correspondent, where he gets his story ideas from, and how to read dense papers and legislation. Plus Jordan and June talk about the transition of the show and reminisce over Jordan’s favorite episodes. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episod...more

  • Sponsored: Coaching and Culture with Margo Downs

    Mar 24 2020

    In this special episode recorded live at the CENTURY 21® Leadership Summit in Palm Springs, Dr. Julie Gurner tackles these interconnected topics with Margo Downs, an expert in creating empowering company culture and the importance of coaching. Over the course of her career, Margo was integral in developing the people and culture strategies at three iconic brands: Starbucks®, Lululemon Athletica, and Stitch Fix®. Whether you’re leading an international corporation or building your own brokerage, ...more

  • How Does a Cloistered Nun Do Her Job?

    Mar 22 2020

    This week, Jordan talked to Sister Mary Catharine Perry, a Dominican nun at The Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in New Jersey. As more people have begun social distancing to help flatten the coronavirus curve, Sister Mary Catharine shared some tips on how to stay home with NJ Advance Media reporter Cassidy Grom and began circulating around the internet. Jordan talked to Sister Mary Catharine about social distancing from the outside world and what it’s like living in a monastery with 18 siste...more

  • Working Classics: How Does a Bon Appétit Test Kitchen Chef Do Her Job?

    Mar 15 2020

    This week, Jordan talks to Molly Baz, Senior Associate Food Editor at Bon Appétit. Molly is part of the team of chefs who create and test recipes for the magazine--which you may already know if you're one of the millions of people who watch Bon Appétit's videos on Youtube. Molly talks life in the BA Test Kitchen, how a recipe makes it to the pages of the magazine, and her secret for a perfect bowl of cereal.Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence an...more

  • How Does a Skydiving and Wingsuit Instructor Do His Job?

    Mar 08 2020

    This week, Jordan kept his feet on the ground but talked with Daniel Darby about intentionally falling through the air. Daniel is a professional wingsuit pilot who competes on the international level. He also teaches adventure-seekers how to skydive and wingsuit. Daniel tells Jordan how he learned to fly, what hurdles he faces when trying to communicate mid-flight, and how he accidently interrupted a stranger’s pool party. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like ...more

  • Working for the Run: How Does a Running Brand Owner Do Her Job?

    Mar 01 2020

    For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s Shannon Palus is delving into the world of running, from professional athletes to coaches to people who do all manner of things to help other people run.In the final episode of the season, Shannon speaks to Monica Devreese, co-owner of Santa Barbara Running, co-founder of the running apparel brand Rabbit and self-described "gear head". Monica tells Shannon what lead her to opening her running store, everything that goes into designing running apparel...more

  • Working for the Run: How Does an Olympic Running Coach Do Her Job?

    Feb 23 2020

    For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s Shannon Palus is delving into the world of running, from professional athletes to coaches to people who do all manner of things to help other people run.This week, Shannon talks to Amy Begley, an Olympic runner and the Head Coach of the Atlanta Track Club. Amy tells Shannon about her experiences as an elite runner, why she spoke out about Alberto Salazar’s treatment of women in the Nike Oregon Project and what her life is like now that she’s moved ov...more

  • Working for the Run: How Does the Race Director of the New York City Marathon Do His Job?

    Feb 16 2020

    For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s Shannon Palus is delving into the world of running, from professional athletes to coaches to people who do all manner of things to help other people run.This week, Shannon talks to Jim Heim, the Race Director of the TCS New York City Marathon. The now 50 year old marathon is the largest and most popular in the world and it’s Jim’s job to make sure the whole thing goes smoothly for everyone--racers and city dwellers alike. Luckily, Jim’s passion for h...more

  • Working for the Run: How Does a Sports Bra Scientist Do Her Job?

    Feb 09 2020

    For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s Shannon Palus is delving into the world of running, from professional athletes to coaches to people who do all manner of things to help other people run.This week, Shannon talks to Dr. Amy Sanchez, a biomechanics researcher at the University of Portsmouth’s School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. Amy and her team have been working on the eternal question of all runners with breasts -- what is the best sports bra? She tells Shannon how exactly s...more

  • Sponsored: Negotiate Like a Pro with Sports Agent & Executive Andrew Brandt

    Feb 04 2020

    Whether we realize it or not, negotiation comes up a lot in everyday life. From buying a house to negotiating your salary or even compromising with your partner, it can trigger a rollercoaster of emotions.To get a holistic sense of negotiation, host Julie Gurner talks to someone with experience on both sides of the table: Andrew Brandt. Over the course of his career in professional sports, Andrew has worked as an agent representing individual athletes as well as an executive for pro-football tea...more

  • Working for the Run: How is the CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind Changing Racing?

    Feb 02 2020

    For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s Shannon Palus is delving into the world of running, from professional athletes to coaches to people who do all manner of things to help other people run.This week, Shannon talks to Thomas Panek, president and CEO of Guiding Eye for the Blind, a nonprofit training school for guide dogs. Thomas is also a lifelong runner. But, as he tells Shannon, when he lost his eyesight, he thought his running days were over. Eventually, with the help of a human runn...more

  • Working for the Run: How Does an Ultra Runner Do Her Job?

    Jan 26 2020

    For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s own Shannon Palus is delving into the world of running, talking to professional athletes and people who do all manner of things to help people run.This week, Shannon talks to Mirna Valerio, professional ultra runner, speaker and author of the book A Beautiful Work in Progress. Mirna started her journey toward becoming a professional athlete with her blog Fatgirlrunning, documenting her progress from casual runner to ultra marathoner. Mirna talks abou...more

  • Second Acts: How Does a Lawyer Become a Rabbi?

    Jan 19 2020

    This week, Working revisits its special five-episode mini-season with people who have had “second acts,” that is people who made a dramatic career pivot at some point in their working lives.Nicole Auerbach worked as an attorney for 10 years, first as a federal public defender in the Southern District of New York and then as a media lawyer specializing in First Amendment issues. Realizing she was unhappy in that career, she was drawn to become a rabbi and is now director of congregational engagem...more

  • Working With Code: How Does a Backend Engineer for the FEC Do Her Job?

    Jan 12 2020

    This week, Working is bringing you unaired episode from October 2019’s Working With Code mini-series, where Slate’s own Greg Lavallee talked to people who write the software that makes your digital life possible. In this episode, Greg sits down with Laura Beaufort, a backend engineer for the Federal Elections Commission. Laura talks about her experiences working as a coder for a government agency, the collaborative nature of open-source coding, and how she achieves “flow.” Learn more about your ...more

  • Working With the Homeless: How Does the Commissioner of NYC's Department of Social Services Do His Job?

    Dec 29 2019

    In the finale episode of the season, Jordan speaks to Steven Banks, the Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services. Commissioner Banks' long title means that he's the man in charge of all of the services that the city provides its most vulnerable citizens. Before he was appointed to his position by Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner Banks was actually the one suing the city on behalf of those citizens as part of the Legal Aid Society. Now, as he tel...more

  • Working With the Homeless: How Does a Students in Temporary Housing Coordinator Do His Job?

    Dec 22 2019

    Jordan talks to Kevin Nadjmabadi a Community Coordinator for Students in Temporary Housing for New York City’s Department of Education. It’s Kevin’s job to provide assistance and support for students with unstable housing conditions at his school, giving them as much consistency as possible. He discusses what that assistance looks like and how he makes sure he can keep tabs on the students in his charge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working for the Holidays: How Does a Christmas Decorator Do His Job?

    Dec 15 2019

    This week, Working is taking a break from its season about Homelessness Services to get into the holiday spirit. Jordan talks to James Bonavita, the owner of B&R Christmas Decorators -- one of the companies responsible for the famously all out lights displays in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. James tells Jordan how he got into this business and what it's like design holiday decorations in a neighborhood that has become world famous for them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc...more

  • Working With the Homeless: What’s it Like to Help Run a Shelter?

    Dec 08 2019

    This week, Jordan talks to Tamara Ortiz who has been working at Women in Need (WIN) for 23 years. WIN is the largest network of family supportive housing in New York City. Tamara’s job is all about making sure families who are homeless find a safe, helpful environment within WIN’s shelters. And that can mean a lot of things -- from providing daycare to helping students apply to college to giving job training to mothers.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working Classics: How Does the Director of Operations at a Soup Kitchen Do His Job?

    Dec 01 2019

    Keeping in the theme of Homelessness Services, Working revisits a classic episode when Jordan spoke to Michael Ottley, the Director of Operations for one of New York City’s biggest emergency food programs on the week of Thanksgiving. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working With the Homeless: How Does a Psychiatrist for People Who Are Homeless Do Her Job?

    Nov 24 2019

    Jordan talks to Joanna Fried, a psychiatrist at Janian Medical Care who works with the street outreach team. It’s Joanna’s job to conduct the psychiatric evaluations that are part of the packet someone needs to secure housing from the city as well as to treat the psychiatric needs of Janian’s homeless clients. Unlike in a private psychiatric practice, Joanna has to figure out how to best treat patients who have uncertain housing conditions or, more often, live on the street. She explains how she...more

  • Sponsored: Finding Your Work-Life Balance With Kim Scott

    Nov 19 2019

    “Work-life balance” has become a loaded phrase and a looming goal for many professionals. And for those who are self-employed, like entrepreneurs and real estate professionals, it can be especially difficult to figure out where your work ends and your personal life begins. In this episode, Julie Gurner is joined by Kim Scott, a business thought leader who has had an incredibly successful and diverse career. From managing teams at influential companies likeGoogle, Apple, and YouTube to becoming a...more

  • Working With the Homeless: How Does a Director of Street Medicine Do Her Job?

    Nov 17 2019

    This week, Jordan talks to Bonnie Coover, a Family Nurse Practitioner and the Director of Street Medicine at Janian Medical Care. Bonnie and her team provide primary care medical services to people who are living on the street in New York City. She tells Jordan about the most common ailments she sees, what it’s like examining someone on the sidewalk in Midtown and why her job is a dream job. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working With the Homeless: How Does a Street Outreach Leader Do Her Job?

    Nov 10 2019

    Jordan sits down with Stephanie Somar, a clinical supervisor for the Center for Urban Community Services’ street outreach team. Stephanie and her team work on the very front lines of New York City’s effort to help the homeless, driving through upper Manhattan daily to find homeless men and women, talk to them, and offer them public services that hopefully will one day lead them into permanent housing.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working With the Homeless: How Does a Tenants’ Rights Attorney Do His Job?

    Nov 03 2019

    Jordan Weissmann returns to host a new season all about the people who work with the homeless population in New York City.In this first episode, Jordan speaks to Mark Hess, a Supervising Attorney in NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit. For many people, an eviction means that they will be left without anywhere else to go. And often, tenants are fighting landlords with much more money and resources. But New York has recently put a program in place to offer free representation to people in Housing Court w...more

  • How Does an Influencer Talent Agent Do Her Job?

    Oct 27 2019

    To wrap up the season on the Influencer Industry, Rachelle talks to Jess Hunichen, co-founder of talent agency Shine Influencers. Jess cut her teeth as a traditional film and television agent when she lived in Australia. But when she had trouble finding work after a move to Toronto, she and Shine co-founder Emily Ward found a completely new niche market. After first starting Shine PR, the duo quickly saw the need for talent representation in the world of social media. So they began Shine Influen...more

  • How Does a Beauty Influencer Do Her Job?

    Oct 20 2019

    This week, Rachelle talks to Hemali Mistry, a beauty influencer based in Toronto. Hemali is one of those people you see online who has figured out how to turn her skill with makeup into a full blown social media career. But, as she’ll tell you, there is so much more to it than knowing how to perfectly apply a face of makeup. Hemali tells Rachelle about the hours she spends planning and editing her videos, what’s it’s like being an Indian woman in the beauty space and why she felt she needed to s...more

  • Working With Code: How Does a Software Engineering Manager Do Her Job?

    Oct 15 2019

    For this mini-season on coding, Slate’s own Greg Lavallee is talking to the people who write the software that makes your digital life possible. In this episode, Greg sits down with Marianne Bellotti, a software engineering manager at a company called Auth0. Over the years, Marianne has figured out what makes a good manager and what just doesn’t work when you’re managing hundreds of coders, many of whom live in different time zones. It helps that she can code in multiple languages and has though...more

  • Working with Code: How Does a Graphics Coder Do His Job?

    Oct 15 2019

    For this mini-season on coding, Slate’s own Greg Lavallee is talking to the people who write the software that makes your digital life possible. In this episode, Greg sits down with Omar Shehata, a graphics programmer at Cesium, a 3D mapping company. Omar has always been a storyteller and he sees his job coding as an extension of that. He talks about working on the first 3D renderings of the Egyptian Pyramids,  how to understand a 4D object and what it’s like to code something so visual.  Learn ...more

  • Working with Code: How Does a Coder at NASA Do His Job?

    Oct 15 2019

    For this mini-season on coding, Slate’s own Greg Lavallee is talking to the people who write the software that makes your digital life possible. In this episode, Greg speaks to Adam Michaels, a coder at Omitron, a company contracted by NASA. Adam writes code that tracks million dollar satellites throughout time and space (literally). Adam talks about what’s it’s like to have that much responsibility as a coder, how you even share coordinates for where a satellite will be at a certain time and wh...more

  • How Do the Creators of an Influencer Marketing Platform Do Their Job?

    Oct 13 2019

    This week, Rachelle talks to Mae Karwowski and Max Domain, co-founders of Obviously and the company's CEO and CTO respectively. Working as a social media manager, Mae discovered the power of working with influencers to bring a brand’s campaigns to super specific audiences. Realizing that this was the future of marketing, she began to work with Max to build a platform that could make this process faster and easier. Together they talk about how they started their company, how the industry has grow...more

  • How Does an Internet Astrologer Do Her Job?

    Oct 06 2019

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  • How Does an Influencer’s Husband Do His Job?

    Sep 29 2019

    This week, Rachelle sits down with Matthew Stevens, a self-described “Instagram Husband”. Matthew is married to lifestyle blogger and influencer Lindsay Silberman. And while he has a full-time job working for a fashion house, considers it to be his third job next to being a husband and supporting Lindsay’s burgeoning brand. As the consummate Instagram Husband, Matt is Lindsay’s dedicated photographer, travel companion and overall consultant. Matthew tells Rachelle about the pros and cons of bein...more

  • Sponsored: Bouncing Back From Rejection with Actor and Comedian Adam Ferrara

    Sep 24 2019

    Rejection can be an incredibly demoralizing experience. When we hear “no,” it’s easy to start doubting ourselves and giving in to our insecurities. But in life, and especially in business, success often hinges on our ability to bounce back from rejection. So how do we not only move forward after a disappointment, but use it as a learning experience to get to the next level? In Episode 4, we talked to someone who puts himself out there on a regular basis: award-winning stand-up comedian and actor...more

  • How Does a Parenting Influencer Do Her Job?

    Sep 22 2019

    Continuing her exploration into the influencer industry, Rachelle chats with Ilana Wiles, creator of the blog Mommy Shorts and author of The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting. Ilana started her parenting blog when she was laid off from her full-time advertising job shortly after returning from maternity leave. As her audience grew both on the blog and on Instagram, her online presence eventually became her main gig. In this episode, Ilana talks about how she made the decision to...more

  • How Does an Influencer Analytics CEO Do His Job?

    Sep 15 2019

    For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s own Rachelle Hampton takes a deep dive into the brand new industry popping up around social media influencers. To kick off the season, she sits down with Frank Spadafora, founder and CEO of D'Marie Analytics, co-founder of The Cast Agency and owner of the ICON Convention.Frank started D’Marie Analytics before most of us even heard the term ‘influencer’ and in the years since, he’s developed a data-driven way to quantify exactly how much an Instagram ...more

  • Working Classics: How Does a Music Supervisor Work?

    Sep 08 2019

    If you really love the music in a film from the last 25 years, there’s a good chance Randall Poster was responsible for that. This week, Jordan speaks to the veteran music supervisor who has worked with Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linklater, Harmony Korine and plenty of other directors you love. Randall tells about collaborating with some of the world’s best auteurs, hunting down obscure recordings in India, and delicately convincing directors that, sometimes, their favorite song does...more

  • Working Classics: How Does Neil Gaiman Work?

    Sep 01 2019

    This week, Working is bringing back its classic interview with author Neil Gaiman. Jacob Brogan sits down with the author of The Sandman comics, American Gods, Good Omens, and Norse Mythology. They discuss Gaiman's work routine, creative influences, perfectionism, the weirdness of the Norse gods and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How Does a Think Tank Founder Do His Job?

    Aug 25 2019

    Sean McElwee has one of those jobs you certainly know about, but probably can't pinpoint what it is he does all day. Sean runs a think tank called Data for Progress that he started with Colin McAuliffe. As for what they do as an organization, the name says it all, they collect data to help push liberal political policies and ideas forward. But the way they do it may not be what you expect. Data for Progress is a part of new wave of smaller think tanks running on more of a startup model. Which me...more

  • How Does Monopoly's Senior Director Do Her Job?

    Aug 18 2019

    This week, we meet the "Queen of Monopoly" at Hasbro. Well, technically Jennifer Boswinkel's title is Monopoly Senior Director of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing. But she truly is the queen of all things Monopoly as it's her job to keep the 84 year old game relevant to today's audience. Jennifer and her team are constantly coming up with new versions of gameplay, new themes and new branding partnerships for the game you've had sitting on your shelf in some form or another since you were a ki...more

  • How Does the Head Designer for Magic: The Gathering Do His Job?

    Aug 11 2019

    This week we go back to Wizards of the Coast to talk to Mark Rosewater, the head designer for Magic: The Gathering. Last week, Alison told Jordan all about creating the stories behind Magic cards. And it’s the job of Mark and his team to come up with the mechanics of those  cards. Mark explains how, once he and his team come up with the creative concept for a particular Magic set, there are a lot of other things to think about. They have to figure out not only how that deck works on its own, but...more

  • How Does a Worldbuilder for Magic and Dungeons & Dragons Do Her Job?

    Aug 04 2019

    Working’s peek into the business of fun and games continues this week when Jordan chats with Alison Luhrs who works for Wizards of the Coast, the part of Hasbro that is responsible for the classic fantasy games Dungeons and Dragons and Magic:The Gathering. Alison’s job is one you may never have imagined existed. As a narrative designer for D&D and Magic, she does the worldbuilding that brings these games to life for the fans. Alison not only comes up with characters and spells, but also inve...more

  • How Do a Toy Designer and Toy Engineer Do Their Job?

    Jul 28 2019

    This week, Jordan talks to a couple of Hasbro employees. John Warden and Lynsey Bernier work closely together to create Transformers and Beyblades. John is the designer and Lynsey is the engineer (aka the "reality check"). They tell Jordan about all the fun, nerdiness and math that goes into making toys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How Does a Firefighter Do His Job?

    Jul 21 2019

    Since his first season as the host of Working, Jordan has wanted to interview a Firefighter. It’s a job everyone knows about, but the day to day of the work of Firefighter might not be so familiar to most people. Jordan sat down with Jason Powell, a Firefighter with Engine Company 69 in Harlem, to talk about his four years on the job and all the training, danger and cooking that goes into it.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad c...more

  • How Do Oyster Farmers Do Their Job?

    Jul 14 2019

    Before heading out to Long Island to visit Widow’s Hole Oyster Farm, Jordan couldn’t even picture what an oyster farm looked like. So there was a lot to learn from talking to Mike and Isabel Osinski, the owners of the small family farm that supplies oysters to some of New York City’s most high-end restaurants. Mike and Isabel discuss how they went from developing financial software in the city to raising their children on an oyster farm, the lengthy life cycle of an oyster and the extremely effi...more

  • How Does a Tugboat Pilot Do His Job?

    Jul 07 2019

    When massive container ships arrive at a port city like New York, they find themselves in a tight space with lots of obstacles to navigate. Enter, ship docking pilots, the expert hands that guide these massive ships into place.This week, Jordan is talking to Captain Jeffrey McAllister of McAllister Towing. Jeffrey’s family has been in the tugboat business for decades, which, as it turned out, was a life that suited him and his wanderlust just fine. Over the years he worked his way up from deck h...more

  • Working for the Holidays: How Does a Fireworks Designer Do His Job?

    Jun 30 2019

    If you're planning on watching a major fireworks display this Independence Day, there's a good chance it was designed by this week's guest. Phil Grucci, the CEO and Creative Director of Fireworks by Grucci, is the sixth generation in his family to design, manufacture and engineer firework displays. His family company has made a global reputation by putting on some of the world's most spectacular pyrotechnics shows, including this year's 4th of July fireworks display in Washington D.C. As the hea...more

  • How Does an Aquarium Director Do His Job?

    Jun 23 2019

    What do you do with an architecture degree and a love animals? Well, as it turns out, running an Aquarium is a great option. This week, Working brings you another standalone episode with Jon Forrest Dohlin, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium.Jon tells Jordan all about the joys of the job, like educating city dwellers about all the unseen wildlife around them, and the existential dread that comes with it...like holding the lives of thousands of animals in your hands...more

  • How Does a Recording Studio Designer Do His Job?

    Jun 16 2019

    This week, Jordan returns to talk nerdy with Tim Crossley, partner and lead designer atCrossley Acoustics. Tim’s company designs and builds recording studios for the music, film and(of course) podcasting industries -- in fact, as it turns out, he built Slate’s own studio! Tim andJordan get into all the detailed work and planning that goes into making a room sound “good”,from using acoustic modeling software to building and rebuilding custom resonators.You can email us at working@slate.com.Podcas...more

  • Working Classics: How Does a Queer Theorist Work?

    Jun 09 2019

    In celebration of Pride Month, Working is revisiting one of its best episodes from the LGBTQ season. In this episode, Jacob Brogan talks to Elizabeth Freeman, a queer theorist and professor of English at UC Davis, about the ongoing role of gender and sexuality studies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How Does a Longtime Comedy Cellar Comic Do Her Job?

    Jun 02 2019

    To finish out the season on the Comedy Cellar, Laura talks to Marina Franklin a longtime Cellarcomic. Marina has gone from comedy newbie to a comedy veteran on the Cellar stage. She hasbeen working there so long not even she can recall exactly when she started. But the place hasbecome like a home to her.Marina’s new special Single Black Female will be out next month.You can email us at working@slate.com.Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a...more

  • How Does a New Comedy Cellar Comic Do His Job?

    May 26 2019

    This week, Laura Bennett talks to Ian Fidance, a comic who was passed at the Cellar justlast year. For an up-and-coming comic and lifelong comedy fan like Ian, joining the tight-knitcommunity of the Cellar is a true joy and honor. But as you’ll hear, it’s one you really have toearn.You can email us at working@slate.com.Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How Does The Comedy Cellar’s Outside Steve Do His Job?

    May 19 2019

    On any given night, you can see a line that snakes down Macdougal Street of people waiting to get into the Comedy Cellar. And the man responsible for making sense of this mob of tourists and comedy fans is known as Outside Steve. Steve Fabricant runs the door at the comedy club, managing the reservations for multiple sold out shows each night, strategically placing guests in either the front or the back of the room and occasionally popping up in sitcoms.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit ...more

  • How Does a Server at The Comedy Cellar Do His Job?

    May 12 2019

    This week, Laura returns to the Comedy Cellar to talk Aaron Nystrup, a manager and server who has been working at the iconic club for 10 years. Aaron talks about what it’s like to hear hours of comedy night after night, how he ended up on stage drunkenly singing with Dave Chappelle, and just what goes on at the Cellar’s famed comedian’s table  Email us at working@slate.com.Podcast production be Jessamine Molli. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How Does The Comedy Cellar's Booker Do Her Job?

    May 05 2019

    This week, Laura talks to Estee Adoram, a truly legendary figure in the comedy world. Estee has been the booker for the Cellar for nearly four decades, which means she's been a major factor in creating the club's incredible reputation. She's known some of many of favorite comedians since their early days on stage and has remained an essential part of what makes the Cellar so special.  Email us at working@slate.comPodcast production by Jessamine Molli. This episode is brought to you by the follow...more

  • How Does an MC at The Comedy Cellar Do His Job?

    Apr 28 2019

    This week, Laura returns to the Cellar to talk to one of the comedians who has become a fixture on stage. Wil Sylvince is a New York comedian and regular MC at the Comedy Cellar.You can email us at working@slate.com.Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How Does The Comedy Cellar's Owner Do His Job?

    Apr 21 2019

    For her first season hosting Working, Laura Bennett goes inside New York's Comedy Cellar, talking to the people who help make the comedy institution so legendary. And to kick of the season, she sits down with owner Noam Dworman to discuss what it was like taking the reins from his father, how he dealt the Louis CK controversy and what makes the Cellar so unique. Email us at working@slate.com.Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.This episode is brought to you by Constant Contact. For a free tria...more

  • How Does Bon Appétit’s Video Food Director/Stylist Do Her Job?

    Apr 14 2019

    To wrap up Working’s impromptu mini-season on the inner workings of Bon Appétit, Jordan talks to Rhoda Boone, the Video Food Director for Bon Appétit and Epicurious. Rhoda’s job encompasses so many things, you’ll never watch a food video the same way again. Not only is she the food stylist in charge of making sure every dish looks as delicious as possible, but she’s also responsible for planning out every step of the process to make sure each food element is exactly where it needs to be. Rhoda t...more

  • How Does the Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appétit Do His Job?

    Apr 07 2019

    This week, Working returns to Bon Appétit to continue its spontaneous micro-mini season on the people who make the seminal food magazine what it is today. In this episode, Jordan talks to the man running the show, Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport. Adam talks about what it’s like to run a food magazine in the age of Instagram, how he edits recipes with home chefs in mind, and extremely precise daily coffee ritual. You can email us at working@slate.com. Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Learn mo...more

  • How Does a Bon Appétit Test Kitchen Chef Do Her Job?

    Mar 31 2019

    This week, Jordan talks to Molly Baz, Senior Associate Food Editor at Bon Appétit. Molly is part of the team of chefs who create and test recipes for the magazine--which you may already know if you're one of the millions of people who watch Bon Appétit's videos on Youtube. Molly talks life in the BA Test Kitchen, how a recipe makes it to the pages of the magazine, and her secret for a perfect bowl of cereal. You can email us at working@slate.com.Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Learn more ...more

  • Second Acts: How Does a Tech Exec Become a Philanthropist?

    Mar 26 2019

    In a special five-episode mini-season of Working, we talk with people who have had “second acts,” that is people who made a dramatic career pivot at some point in their working lives.Patty Stonesifer was running a computer-book publisher in Indianapolis when Microsoft recruited her to run its publishing division. In 10 years at the company, she rose to senior vice president of the Interactive Media Division—where one of the sites she launched was Slate. (Stonesifer is now married to the magazine...more

  • Second Acts: How Does a Lawyer Become a Rabbi?

    Mar 26 2019

    In a special five-episode mini-season of Working, we talk with people who have had “second acts,” that is people who made a dramatic career pivot at some point in their working lives.Nicole Auerbach worked as an attorney for 10 years, first as a federal public defender in the Southern District of New York and then as a media lawyer specializing in First Amendment issues. Realizing she was unhappy in that career, she was drawn to become a rabbi and is now director of congregational engagement at ...more

  • Second Acts: How Does an Airline Employee Become a Park Ranger?

    Mar 26 2019

    In a special five-episode mini-season of Working, we talk with people who have had “second acts,” that is people who made a dramatic career pivot at some point in their working lives.Gerry Allen always dreamed of becoming a National Park Ranger, but by the time he graduated from college, family obligations meant that he needed to take a different career path. He went to work for Delta Airlines, eventually focusing on the company’s environmental programs. In 2001, when Delta offered an early reti...more

  • Second Acts: How Does a Writer Become a Physician?

    Mar 26 2019

    In a special five-episode mini-season of Working, we talk with people who have had “second acts,” that is people who made a dramatic career pivot at some point in their working lives.Adriane Fugh-Berman was a writer and reproductive-rights activist when she decided to go to medical school. She is now a professor in the department of pharmacology and physiology at Georgetown University and the director of PharmedOut, a Georgetown University Medical Center project that promotes rational prescribin...more

  • Second Acts: How Does an Economics Professor Become a Zumba Instructor for Seniors?

    Mar 26 2019

    In a special five-episode mini-season of Working, we talk with people who have had “second acts,” that is people who made a dramatic career pivot at some point in their working lives.If it weren’t for a shoulder injury, Mary Stevenson’s retirement may have looked completely different. After benefiting from classes in the Nia Technique, she decided to teach the fitness method—along with Zumba Gold and Ageless Grave—to older adults when she left the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she h...more

  • Working at Medieval Times: How Does the Creative Director Do His Job?

    Mar 24 2019

    In this episode, Jordan talks to Leigh Cordner, Medieval Times’ Creative Director. Leigh is in charge of making all the various elements of the show you’ve been hearing about come together to wow the crowd. And not just at one castle--but all of them. You can email us at working@slate.com.Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working at Medieval Times: How Does a Bar Manager Do Her Job?

    Mar 17 2019

    Managing the bar at Medieval Times, is not quite the same a running things at the local dive. With a crowd full of customers clamoring for 32 oz beers in souvenir mugs and cocktails like the Royal Knight (which is apparently the Long Island Iced Tea of Medieval Times specialty drinks) you really have to have a commanding presence. Which is why Toni Ann Siri, who runs the bar at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ, will tell you she’s the Queen when it comes to her department.You can email us at work...more

  • Working at Medieval Times: How Does a Wench Do Her Job?

    Mar 10 2019

    Victoria Militello has been a serving wench at Medieval Times for seven years (yes, that’s really what they call waitresses at the show). As she tells Jordan in this episode, the job takes a surprising amount of athletic stamina, as well as a tolerance for hearing the same Cable Guy jokes every night.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working at Medieval Times: How Does a Falconer Do His Job?

    Mar 03 2019

    When Bill Ponder was in third grade, he read a book about falconry and decided that’s what he wanted to do when he grew up. Unlike most kids who daydream about training and flying raptors for the King’s court, Bill actually made his dream come true by becoming the resident falconer at the Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ. Bill tells Jordan how he turned his lifelong hobby into a career, what goes into training a bird of prey and why you shouldn't expect a falcon to cuddle. Learn more about your a...more

  • Working at Medieval Times: How Does a Queen Do Her Job?

    Feb 24 2019

    Can you imagine a better day job than being Queen? Tara Henderson, a working actor who appears in roles off-broadway, really cannot. She is one of the women who plays Queen Doña Maria Isabella at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ. Queen Isabella is the first female ruler in Medieval Times history. And as you’ll hear in this episode, Tara and her “queen sisters” appreciate the challenge of this meaty new female role.  Tara talks about how she is lucky to have found a steady gig that is flexible eno...more

  • Working at Medieval Times: How Does a Horse Trainer Do Her Job?

    Feb 17 2019

    Do you like horses? How about dancing horses? If those words sound fun to you, you’ll be delighted to meet Amanda Kenny, the head horse trainer at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst New Jersey, where a surprisingly large chunk of the show focuses on elaborate dressage routines (that’s horse ballet, for you non-equestrians out there). Amanda tells Jordan what it’s like training steeds to jump and kick, training knights to ride, and dealing with the dirty side of the stables. This episode is brought to y...more

  • Working at Medieval Times: How Does a Knight Do His Job?

    Feb 10 2019

    The first episode of Working’s brand new season takes you back in time...and to Lyndhurst, New Jersey. This season, Jordan will be talking to the various employees of Medieval Times, the popular dinner theater experience that appeals to kids and adults alike. Even if you’ve never been yourself, you probably have some idea of what the show entails: Jousting, fighting, royalty and horses. And as a Knight, Ivan Guevara, is one of the stars of the show.Ivan tells Jordan all about how he got into the...more

  • Working at MoMA: How Does a Museum Store Marketer Do Her Job?

    Jan 20 2019

    On the last episode of Working at MoMA we are, quite appropriately, exiting through the gift shop. Though, in MoMA’s case the term gift shop might be a little misleading. Jordan talks to Maggie Berry, the associate director of retail marketing for the MoMA Design Store. As you’ll hear, the Design Store goes beyond your typical mugs and T shirt souvenir shopping. The store is dedicated to beautifully and cleverly designed items that range from a remarkably quiet shower cap to a brilliantly compan...more

  • Working at MoMA: How Do an Art Handler and a Museum Registrar Do Their Jobs?

    Jan 13 2019

    Of all the people who work at MoMA, there very few who get as up close and personal with the artwork as the museum's art handlers and registrars. Registrars are the people responsible for keeping tracking of every inch of every piece of art that belongs to the museum. They thoroughly inspect and catalog each detail and always know where everything is at all times. Meanwhile, art handlers are the ones trusted with physically moving the pieces. They’re the only department outside of conservation w...more

  • Working at MoMA: How Does a Museum’s Event Planner Do Her Job?

    Jan 06 2019

    Like any museum of its scale, MoMA relies on major donations. Which, of course, means throwing major events to match. This week Jordan talks to Tania Abitbol, MoMA’s in-house event planner. Tania is the person charged with dreaming up events worthy of MoMA-lovers. To do her job right, Tania has to make sure every detail of each party is interesting, memorable and, just as important, perfectly executed. She tells Jordan about the tiny details that can inspire entire events and how she completely ...more

  • Working at MoMA: How Does a Museum’s Building Manager Do His Job?

    Dec 30 2018

    Nelson Nieves has never been especially interested in art, yet he has one of the single most important jobs at New York’s MoMa. As the museum’s assistant director for building operations he oversees the huge team of workers who keep the building clean and running—everyone from the janitorial staff who scour the galleries and bathrooms to the engineers who manage the high-tech heating and cooling system. Nelson talks to Jordan about keeping workers on their toes, the comedy of trying to capture s...more

  • Working for the Holidays: How Does a Christmas Window Production Director Do His Job?

    Dec 25 2018

    For decades, strolling along New York City’s 5th Avenue during the holidays has meant being surrounded by the most magical window displays imagainable. And Spaeth Designs is part of the reason why. The company behind the amazing displays for the city’s biggest stores has been around for over sixty years. And, as the Production Director, Quinn O’Sullivan is the man who makes it happen. Quinn has been helping design and produce window displays for Spaeth since 2000. He’s worked on projects for all...more

  • Working at MoMA: How Does a Conservation Scientist Do His Job?

    Dec 23 2018

    When you think about the types of jobs at an art museum, scientist probably doesn’t spring to mind. But as it turns out, science plays a big part in the art world. As a senior conservation scientist at MoMA, Chris McGlinchey uses the latest scientific techniques to conserve the collection and study the art. Chris tells Jordan about all the complex machines he uses, the extremely tiny scale conservators work on, and how he figured out how to fill the museum with sugar cane that won’t rot. You can...more

  • Working for the Holidays: How Does a Greeting Card Writer Do His Job?

    Dec 19 2018

    When you look at the rows of greeting cards at your local pharmacy or megastore, it’s easy to forget that each one of those cards was actually written by someone. And, if they’re anything like our guest, that person put some very real emotion into writing the sentiment inside. For this holiday bonus episode, Jordan speaks to Greg Vovos who is a senior writer at American Greetings and is exactly the kind of person you want writing for you. Greg truly believes in the power of giving a card to some...more

  • Working at MoMA: How Does a Painting Conservator Do Her Job?

    Dec 16 2018

    Anny Aviram has been conserving paintings at MoMA for 40 years. So, as can imagine, she’s had her hands on some of the world’s most famous artworks. And, occasionally, her saliva. Anny tells Jordan about the techniques conservators use to restore and preserve paintings. From taking X-rays to painstakingly reweaving canvas fiber by fiber to, yes, using spit to clean certain surfaces. And, as Anny tells Jordan, not only does the technology of conservation change over the years, but so does the aes...more

  • Working at MoMA: How Does a Museum Security Supervisor Do His Job?

    Dec 09 2018

    This week Chet Gold tells Jordan about all the unexpected excitement of working security at a museum. Chet is not only a MoMA security supervisor but an artist in his own right. That’s why he’s treated his hours standing guard over some of the world’s most priceless art like a sort of residency. That is, when he’s not stopping people from destroying paintings with selfie sticks or spotting out potential vandals.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working at MoMA: How Do Exhibition Designers Do Their Jobs?

    Dec 02 2018

    When you walk through an exhibition at MoMA, every step you take is part of deliberate design that takes you from piece to piece in just the right way. And it all starts with a dollhouse-like version the gallery and teeny tiny art replicas called “chips”. In this episode, Jordan talks to to Lana Hum (Director) and Mack Cole-Edelsack (Senior Design Manager) of MoMA’s Exhibition Design & Production Department. Lana and Mack talk about what it’s like to take the big ideas of curators and artist...more

  • Working at MoMA: How Does a Curator Do Her Job?

    Nov 25 2018

    The next person taking us inside life at MoMA is Sarah Meister, a curator in the museum’s Department of Photography. Sarah’s work ranges from pitching exhibits, tracking down and acquiring pieces to writing those words on the wall that let you know what makes that work special.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working on Thanksgiving: How Does the Director of Operations at a Soup Kitchen Do His Job?

    Nov 21 2018

    In this Thanksgiving bonus episode, Working takes a detour from MoMA to visit one of New York City’s biggest emergency food programs, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. Jordan talks to Michael Ottley, the Director of Operations of the program about tracking down Turkeys for Thanksgiving, feeding 1000 people a day, and how he had to convince Yelp to take down a rave review that was sending hordes of tourists to their kitchen for free meals.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoice...more

  • Working at MoMA: How Does a Collection Specialist Do His Job?

    Nov 18 2018

    In the new season of Working, host Jordan Weissmann is going inside New York City’s storied Museum of Modern Art to meet the people who keep one of the world’s great artistic institutions running. Paul Galloway is MoMA’s collection specialist for the department of Design and Architecture. To explain what he does...well it takes about the length of this episode to do it justice. But think of him as the department’s central nervous system, the logistics guy who keeps working smoothly. Which means ...more

  • Working With Weed: How Does a Marijuana Lobbyist Work?

    Nov 04 2018

    In the final episode of Working With Weed, Jordan talks to Peter Marcus who is the communications director and head of political outreach for Terrapin Care Station in Boulder, CO. Like most positions in this newly legalized industry, lobbying for the interests of cannabis businesses means working without a roadmap. But for someone like Peter, that’s what makes things interesting. Whether he’s working to pass a unprecedented public cannabis consumption bill or unexpectedly explaining to a room fu...more

  • Working With Weed: How Does a Compliance Specialist Work?

    Oct 28 2018

    As it turns out, doing business in an industry that only recently became (semi) legal involves a lot of red tape—and messing up even a small bit of paperwork can be a disaster that might get a marijuana dispensary shut down or fined. That’s why compliance specialists like Katelin Edwards, of Terrapin Care Station, are some of the most important workers in the world of cannabis, even if you don’t hear much about them. Jordan talks to Katelin about what the pressure of making sure the dispensary h...more

  • Working With Weed: How Does a Cannabis Lawyer Work?

    Oct 21 2018

    Marshall Custer wasn’t planning on going into the marijuana industry after he graduated law school. But as he tells host Jordan Weissmann this episode, it’s turned out to be a booming business. You just have to be a little careful about knowing exactly who your clients are.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working With Weed: How Does a Marijuana Farmer Work?

    Oct 14 2018

    In this episode, Jordan goes back to Green Dragon in Denver to talk with Ryan Milligan, the company’s co-owner and head of cultivation. He quickly learns that the hardest part of farming marijuana definitely isn’t growing the plant.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working With Weed: How Does a Cannabis Researcher Work?

    Oct 07 2018

    This week Jordan takes a detour from the cannabis industry to take a look at the science of it all.  Dr. Angela Bryan conducts research on marijuana at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies marijuana’s connection to teen risk behavior, it's effects on cognition and even why it might make you hit the gym more often.  And while cannabis is legal in Colorado, there are still all kinds of restrictions that have meant Dr. Bryan and her team have had to get creative. Their biggest innovation...more

  • Working With Weed: How Does an Edibles Baker Work?

    Sep 30 2018

    In this episode, Jordan gets deeper in the nitty gritty of baking with marijuana. He talks with Lauren Kaufman, who helps oversee the kitchen at Love’s Oven in Denver, about the nuances of working with weed and why requires so much more precision than normal baking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working With Weed: How Does the Head Chef at an Edibles Company Work?

    Sep 23 2018

    Years ago, a terrible accident left Hope Frahm without taste buds. To cope, she began baking for friends, which led her to cooking school and jobs in top restaurant kitchens. Today, she’s the corporate executive chef for Love’s Oven in Denver, where she creates recipes for a popular line of marijuana infused edibles. In this week’s episode of Working, she talks with host Jordan Weissmann about how in some ways the accident that left her unable to taste has made her better at her job.  Learn more...more

  • Working With Weed: How Does a Hash Maker Work?

    Sep 16 2018

     Our series on workers in Colorado’s legal cannabis industry keeps on burning. This week, Jordan talks with Max Platt, a cannabis extraction technician at Denver’s Concentrated Love about the physically demanding art of making professional-grade hash for a living.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working Presents: Secret History of The Future

    Sep 12 2018

    Technology continues to change the way we live and work. Which is why The Secret History of The Future—the new technology show from Slate and The Economists—is digging through the past to find lessons for our future. Subscribe to Secret History of the Future via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working with Weed: How Does a Dispensary CEO Work?

    Sep 09 2018

    This week, Working with Weed goes to the top of the command chain at a dispensary. Jordan speaks with Alex Levine, owner and Co-CEO of a company called Green Dragon. Green Dragon is one of the largest recreational dispensary chains in Colorado with 12 locations statewide. They are definitely an example of what a weed company looks like in a fully legal system. Forget the image you have of stoners goofing off and getting high on the job. Green Dragon runs on corporate efficiency and straight up p...more

  • Working With Weed: How Does a Trimmer Work?

    Sep 02 2018

    Can you imagine what it would be like to spend 10 hours a day sitting at a table, cutting the leaves off marijuana buds? Working’s season on the legal cannabis industry continues with a job you’ve probably never thought about—weed trimmer. These folks are for pruning each bud to make it look nice, aka give it “jar appeal”. Most trimmers work in crews that hop from grower to grower which means, when it comes the cannabis industry, they’ve pretty much seen it all.  Listen to Matthew Mitchell, as t...more

  • Working With Weed: How Does a Dispensary Manager Work?

    Aug 26 2018

    What’s it really like to grow and sell legal weed for a living? In the new season of Working, we’re finding out by visiting Colorado to talk with people employed in the state’s cannabis industry. On the first episode of the series, Jordan talks with Lazarus White, an assistant manager at Terrapin Cares Station in Boulder, about the day-to-day of running a dispensary. Turns out it’s a great job if you like long, heart-felt conversations with customers—but not so much if you like to wake and bake....more

  • How Does the Owner of Katz’s Deli Work?

    Jul 22 2018

    This week on Working, Jordan sits down with Jake Dell who is the latest member of his family to take over New York’s famed Katz’s Deli. When you own a restaurant that has been beloved since 1888, your work is never done. Jake tells us about what goes into making sure their pastrami always tastes amazing, how the business has and hasn’t changed in 130 years ago and just how often people reenact the iconic “I’ll have what she’s having” scene from When Harry Met Sally.  Learn more about your ad cho...more

  • How Does a Tattoo Artist Work?

    Jul 15 2018

    This week, Jordan talks with Victor J. Webster of Brooklyn’s East River Tattoo, who specializes in striking, large-scale pieces of body art inspired by Polynesian traditions. Victor discusses why working in black ink is trickier than you think, how tattoo machines actually work, his techniques for coaching clients through pain, and how he strives to draw inspiration from foreign cultures without simply appropriating them. While you’re listening, check out his work on Instagram.  Learn more about...more

  • How Does a Professional Wrestler Work?

    Jul 08 2018

    This week, Jordan talks with pro-wrestler Bull James, a longtime pro-wrestler and former WWE personality who now performs on the independent circuit while working as the head trainer at New York Wrestling connection. Bull (real name: James Smith) tells Jordan about his path into the ring, about the “punk rock” business of independent wrestling, how he orchestrates a match, and how he handles getting hit with a spiked baseball bat.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How Does a Child Life Specialist Work?

    Jul 01 2018

    Chances are, you don’t know much about Jami Barretta’s job. But you really should. Jami is a Child Life Specialist at the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. Which means she is in charge of the education and emotional well being of patients whose ages range from toddlers to teenagers. She and her colleagues work with the young patients and their families to help them cope with the stress and confusion of a hospital stay. In this episode, Jami explains how play can be an important tool...more

  • How Does a Music Supervisor Work?

    Jun 24 2018

    If you really love the music in a film from the last 25 years, there’s a good chance Randall Poster was responsible for that. This week, Jordan speaks to the veteran music supervisor who has worked with Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linklater, Harmony Korine and plenty of other directors you love. Randall tells about collaborating with some of the world’s best auteurs, hunting down obscure recordings in India, and delicately convincing directors that, sometimes, their favorite song does...more

  • Working Presents: Better Life Lab

    Jun 20 2018

    Today, we're coming to you with something special — the inaugural episode of Better Life Lab, the new podcast from Slate and New America. Better Life Lab looks at the challenges to work-life balance, and how we can change as a culture. Subscribe to Better Life Lab via:Apple PodcastsOvercastSpotifyStitcher Google PlayOr wherever you get your shows.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How Does a New York City Archaeologist Work?

    Jun 17 2018

    What does it mean to be an archaeologist in one of the world’s biggest cities? In this episode, Jordan talks to Alyssa Loorya, an archaeologist whose job it is to find out exactly what’s buried under New York City. Along with her Brooklyn-based firm, Chrysalis Archaeology, Alyssa uncovers all kinds of amazing cultural resources as a consultant on construction sites in the city’s many historic districts.  From a 19th-century beer hall on the Bowery to the old alms house buried under City Hall Par...more

  • How Does an Art Auctioneer Work?

    Jun 10 2018

    This week, Jordan takes a trip to the New York office of Sotheby’s, the world’s oldest and largest international auction house, to interview Helena Newman. Helena is the Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and Co-head of Impressionist & Modern Art Worldwide and also happens to be the auctioneer who recently sold the firm’s most expensive painting to date: a 1917 Modigliani that went for $157.2 million. Helena tells us how she finds and sells some of the most expensive art in the world and what it t...more

  • How Does an Urban Winemaker Work?

    Jun 03 2018

    Working is back with a new season and a new host, Slate’s economics correspondent Jordan Weissmann. In his first episode, Jordan talks to Christopher Nicolson, head winemaker at Red Hook Winery, a unique operation in the heart of Brooklyn that produces wine from grapes grown across New York State. As the man who oversees all the winery’s production, Christopher is in charge of making and bottling his own creations, while also producing wines for two consulting vintners from California. As if cra...more

  • Working Classics: How Does a Drag Queen Work?

    May 27 2018

    On the final episode of Working Classics, Jacob Brogan talks to New York drag queen, and now Rupaul's Drag Race contestant, Miz Cracker about how she conceives of her shows and outfits, the significance of makeup, drag lore, the place of drag and RuPaul's Drag Race in gay culture, and battling robot Hitler. In Slate Plus, Miz Cracker discusses her favorite songs to lip-sync to. Check out Miz Cracker at instagram.com/miz_cracker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working Classics: How Does the Writer of Batman Work?

    May 20 2018

    In Working Classics, Jacob Brogan revisits some of his favorite episodes from his time hosting the show. In this episode, Jacob sits down with Tom King, the current writer of Batman to discuss his process, how he came to the industry, the mythology of the character, and more. In Slate Plus, Slate staffers ask their burning Batman questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working Classics: How Does a Barbecue Chef Work?

    May 13 2018

    For this episode, we visited Slows Bar B-Q to talk with its chef, Mike Metevia. Prior to coming to Slows a decade ago, Metevia had worked in other sectors of the restaurant industry and with other cuisines, but he’d always been a barbecue guy in his private life. “I just like starting fires,” he tells us. Then in a Slate Plus extra, Metevia offers some tips on how to barbecue better at home. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast...more

  • Working Classics: How Does an Aquarium Veterinarian work?

    May 06 2018

    Leigh Clayton takes care of the health of 1,500 animals in Baltimore's National Aquarium. She explains how you can tell when a fish is sick, and everything that goes into keeping them healthy. She also tells us about how the National Aquarium connects to and educates about local species, and shares some tips for home aquarium care.In a Slate Plus Extra, she talks about caring for Jacob Brogan's favorite animals: octopuses. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from W...more

  • Working Classics: How Does an Immigration Lawyer Work?

    Apr 29 2018

    Nithya Nathan-Pineau is Program Director of CAIR Coalition's Detained Children's Program. She spoke with Jacob Brogan about helping children understand their legal situation, and her work helping making arguments that kids facing deportation deserve asylum under American law. In a Slate Plus Extra, Nathan-Pineau discusses her program's relationship with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and how that might change under the new presidential administration. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segment...more

  • Working Classics: How Does an Abortion Provider Work?

    Apr 22 2018

    In this classic episode of Working, Jacob Brogan talks to Diane Horvath-Cosper, an abortion provider, about her job and the future of abortion post-Trump.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working Classics: How Does a Director of Presidential Correspondence Work?

    Apr 15 2018

    In Working: Classics, we're revisiting some of our favorite episodes from past arcs of the show.There's no workplace that looms larger in Washington, D.C. than the White House. Hundreds of employees work within its walls, but most of us don't know much about what really goes on there. We're talking to Fiona Reeves, the Director of Presidential Correspondence. Every day Reeves and her staff sort through thousands of letters and emails that President Obama receives from his constituents. She ultim...more

  • Working Classics: How Does a Bartender Work?

    Apr 08 2018

    Chantal Tseng has been working as a bartender for 16 years, and has been designing her own cocktails for almost as long. She now operates out of the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen, a small, book-lined bar within a larger Washington, D.C. restaurant. Each week, she develops a new menu of drinks inspired by her recent reading, building experiences around the work of authors such as Graham Greene, Italo Calvino, and Ryunosuke Akutagawa.  And in a Slate Plus extra, Tseng reads Lewis Carroll’s poem...more

  • Working Animals: How Does a Show Jumping Horse Work?

    Mar 25 2018

    On the final episode of our season about Working Animals, Jacob Brogan sits down with Shauna Alexander to talk about Skywalker, the show jumping horse. They discuss the lives of sporting horses generally, how these animals train for their jobs, the diversity of equestrian sport and much more. This is Jacob Brogan's last episode as the host of Working. We'll have a month of Jacob's favorite shows from his tenure as host, and then a new host will take the chair after that. From Jacob and Producer ...more

  • Working Animals: How Does Fiona the Hippo Work?

    Mar 18 2018

    As part of our continuing series about animals with jobs Jacob Brogan sits down with Wendy Rice of the Cincinnati Zoo to talk about Fiona the Hippo and how she helps Fiona in her job as ambassador of the Cincinnati Zoo, and all of hippo-kind.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working: How Does Neil Gaiman Work?

    Mar 11 2018

    We're taking a break from our season about working animals for a special episode. Jacob Brogan sits down with Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman comics, American Gods, Good Omens, and most recently a book called Norse Mythology. They discuss Gaiman's work routine, creative influences, perfectionism, the weirdness of the Norse gods and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working Animals: How Does a Livestock Guard Dog Work?

    Mar 04 2018

    As part of our continuing series about animals with jobs, Jacob Brogan sits down with Georgia Ranney to discuss Sarge, Kinderhook Farm's maremma guard dog, responsible for help guarding a flock of sheep from predators including coyotes, fishers, and other predators. Please fill out the Slate podcast survey at slate.com/podcastsurvey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working Animals: How Does a Theater Dog Work?

    Feb 25 2018

    Continuing our season on animals with jobs: Jacob Brogan sits down with trainer William Berloni to talk about Bowdie, a dog and the star of the stage musical "Because of Winn Dixie". They discuss what makes a trainable dog, Bowdie's daily routine, his role on stage, and how it's possible to train a dog to perform over 100 cues on stage. Please fill out the Slate podcast survey at slate.com/podcastsurvey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working Animals: How Does a Guide Dog Work?

    Feb 18 2018

    Jacob Brogan sits down with Albert Elia and his guide dog Cheech as part of our continuing series on animals with jobs. they discuss how dogs like Cheech learn to become guide dogs, what their day-to-day responsibilities are, and the special relationships guide dogs have to their human companions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working Animals: How Does a Landscaping Goat Work?

    Feb 11 2018

    On this episode of Working, we continue speaking about animals with jobs. Jacob Brogan sits down with Tammy Dunakin to talk about her agricultural goats, and her business, Rent-a-Ruminant, based on Vashon Island in Washington.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working Animals: How Does a Miniature Therapy Horse Work?

    Feb 04 2018

    On this season of Working we're talking about working animals, their jobs, and the people who work with them. For our first episode of the season Jacob sits down with Debbie Garcia-Bengochea of the non-profit Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses to talk about Magic, a 100-pound horse, and her job helping people in need.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working LGBTQ: How Does an ACLU Attorney Work?

    Jan 07 2018

    In the final episode of our season of LGBTQ jobs, Jacob sits down with Josh Block, senior staff attorney at the ACLU's LGBT & HIV Project. They discuss how he found his way to the ACLU, some of his current cases, and how it feels to work on a case that goes all the way to the supreme court.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working LGBTQ: How Does a Gender and Sexuality Journalist Work?

    Dec 31 2017

    This season on Working we're talking to people whose jobs touch on all aspects of LGBTQ life. On this episode Jacob Brogan sits down with Christina Cauterucci, a staff writer at Slate whose beat encompasses gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ issues. She talks about how she found her way to journalism, why women and queer journalists gravitate towards those topics, how she deals with online trolls and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working LGBTQ: How Does a Presbyterian LGBTQ Advocate Work?

    Dec 24 2017

    This season on Working, we're talking to people whose jobs touch on different aspects of LGBTQ life. On this episode, Jacob sits down with Alex McNeill, the Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ causes inside and outside the Presbyterian church. Alex is also the first openly transgender person to head a mainline Protestant organization.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working LGBTQ: How Does Sci-Fi Author Samuel Delany Work?

    Dec 17 2017

    On this season of Working, Jacob sits down with people whose jobs touch on LGBTQ life. On this episode, Jacob sits down with science fiction author Samuel Delany, author of Trouble on Triton, Babel-17, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, and many more fiction and non-fiction books. He talks about his writing process, the place of sexuality and the body in fiction, how his sexual interests have shaped his life and work, and more. Note, there are some descriptions of sex in this episode and...more

  • Working LGBTQ: How Does a Gender Reassignment Surgeon Work

    Dec 10 2017

    This season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to people whose jobs touch on all elements of LGBTQ life. Today Jacob sits down with Dr. Jess Ting, a plastic surgeon who specializes in transgender surgery at Mt. Sinai hospital in New York City. They talk about Dr. Ting's day-to-day routine, the excitement that comes from being at the forefront of a new type of medicine, and how satisfying it is to transform people's lives with his work. Note: this episode contains some descriptions of surgery and may...more

  • Working LGBTQ: How Does a Queer Theorist Work

    Dec 03 2017

    This season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to people whose jobs touch on all elements of LGBTQ life. On this episode Jacob sits down with Elizabeth Freeman, queer theorist, professor of English at UC Davis, and author of the books Time Binds, The Marriage Complex, and more. She talks about the three major aspects of her job, her research on marriage and chronology, whether she succeeds at queering her schedule, and what's satisfying about her work.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaph...more

  • Working LGBTQ: How Does a Bespoke Tailor Work?

    Nov 26 2017

    This season on Working, Jacob Brogan speaks with people whose careers touch on all aspects of LGBTQ life. On this episode Jacob sits down with Daniel Friedman, co-founder of Bindle & Keep, a bespoke tailoring company with a majority LGBTQ clientele.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working LGBTQ: How Does a Drag Queen Work?

    Nov 19 2017

    This season on Working, Jacob Brogan sits down with artists, doctors, pastors, business owners, and more whose work touches on LGBTQ life. On this episode, Jacob talks to New York drag queen Miz Cracker about how she conceives of her shows and outfits, the significance of makeup, drag lore, the place of drag and RuPaul's Drag Race in gay culture, and battling robot Hitler.Check out Miz Cracker at instagram.com/miz_cracker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working: How Does a Comic Book Librarian Work?

    Oct 22 2017

    In the final episode of this comics-focused season of Slate's Working, Jacob Brogan sits down with Caitlyn McGurk, Assistant professor and associate curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University to discuss her work as a librarian and researcher of comics. They discuss how they mount shows and exhibits, her work as a professor, and how they acquire artwork for their collection.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working: How Does a Comic Book Store Owner Work?

    Oct 15 2017

    As part of our continuing series about the comics industry, Jacob Brogan sits down with Jared Smith, one of the co-owners of Big Planet Comics in Washington DC. They discuss the day to day business of interacting with customers, managerial responsibilities, and running a small business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working: How Does the Creator of a Graphic Novel Work?

    Oct 08 2017

    So far in this series of Working, Jacob Brogan has been speaking to the team of creators behind DC's Batman comic books, who each perform an individual job in the pipeline. Today Jacob talks to a cartoonist who does all aspects of writing and artwork in the production of comics, Benjamin Frisch, the author of the graphic novel The Fun Family, who also happens to be the producer of this season of Working. They discuss his process, how his work is personal and how it isn't, and what inspires him a...more

  • Working: How Does the Colorist of Batman Work?

    Oct 01 2017

    On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC's Batman comic book. He'll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and more. In this episode, Jacob sits down with Dean White, a freelance colorist, who recently worked on DC's All Star Batman.  They talk about how he went from a traditional painter to a digital colorist, the joy of collaboration, and his three step process he uses when choosing colors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working: How Does the Letterer of Batman Work?

    Sep 24 2017

    On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC's Batman comic book. He'll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and more. In this episode, Jacob sits down with Deron Bennett, owner of AndWorld Design and recent letterer of Batman. They talk about how lettering is like poetry, why he might choose one font over another, the shape of word balloons and more. It's pledge week on Slate Podcasts. If you love Working, support it by joining Slate Plus at Slate.com/WorkingPlu...more

  • Working: How Does the Inker of Batman Work?

    Sep 17 2017

    On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC's Batman comic book. He'll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and more. In this episode, Jacob sits down with Seth Mann, a freelance inker who recently worked on Tom King's Batman. He discusses his process, his relationship with his twin brother who is a comic book penciler, and why inking is important to the comics creation process.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working: How Does the Penciler of Batman Work?

    Sep 10 2017

    On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC's Batman comic book. He'll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and more. In this episode, Jacob sits down with David Finch, the penciler of Batman, to discuss his process of wringing images out of his writer's scripts, what he's passionate about drawing, and what he's learned along the way.  Working is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Home plays a big role in your life. That’s why Quicken Loans cr...more

  • Working: How Does the Writer of Batman Work?

    Sep 03 2017

    On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC's Batman comic book. He'll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and more. In this episode, he sits down with Tom King, the current writer of Batman to discuss his process, how he came to the industry, the mythology of the character, and more. Working is brought to you by Orkin. Every home is unique, that’s why Orkin creates customized treatment plans based in science from the nation’s leading entomologists. Get 50 doll...more

  • In Detroit: How Does a Music Educator Work?

    Aug 06 2017

    On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We spoke with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future.For this final episode, we visited the Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit where DeLashea Strawder leads arts and music programs that inspire the city's young students to pursue their dreams. Strawder tells us about teaching multiplication tables with song, creating new music for original theater productions, and enco...more

  • In Detroit: How Does Shinola's Manufacturing VP Work?

    Jul 30 2017

    On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We’re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future.For this episode, we visited Shinola's headquarters in Detroit, where Jen Guarino manages the creation of new leather goods, watches, turntables, and more. Guarino's desk is on the factory floor and she told us about training a workforce to make new products, finding good suppliers, and how a product goes fr...more

  • In Detroit: How Does a Barbecue Chef Work?

    Jul 23 2017

    On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We’re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future.For this episode, we visited Slows Bar B-Q to talk with its chef, Mike Metevia. Prior to coming to Slows a decade ago, Metevia had worked in other sectors of the restaurant industry and with other cuisines, but he’d always been a barbecue guy in his private life. “I just like starting fires,” he tells us. Th...more

  • In Detroit: How Does the Mayor's Chief of Staff Work?

    Jul 16 2017

    On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We’re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future. For this episode, we spoke with Alexis Wiley, Mayor Mike Duggan's Chief of Staff.Wiley showed us around her office, told us about how she transitioned into the world of politics from a role as a local tv reporter, and explained what goes into the mayoral team's response to a crisis.Then in a Slate Plus extr...more

  • In Detroit: How Does a Community Internet Organizer Work?

    Jul 09 2017

    On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We’re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future. For this episode, we spoke with Diana Nucera, director of the Detroit Community Technology Project.Diana Nucera runs an organization that promotes digital literacy and internet access in Detroit. Diana tells us about how she works to fill in technological gaps in Detroit—a city where nearly 40% of household...more

  • In Detroit: How Does an Automotive Battery Engineer Work?

    Jul 02 2017

    On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind to visit Detroit. We're speaking with people who are drawing on the city's complex history as they work to create its future.The automotive industry, which has arguably defined Detroit for generations, employs a dizzying array of professionals responsible for every aspect of car design and manufacture. We visited the General Motors battery lab, where we spoke with Mark Hughes, a recent chemical engineering graduate from the University of C...more

  • In Detroit: How Does an Urban Farmer Work?

    Jun 25 2017

    On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind to visit Detroit. We're speaking with people who are drawing on the city's complex history as they work to create its future.Greg Willerer grows a variety of organic crops on a few plots of carefully cultivated land in Detroit. We spoke with him about how he transitioned to farming from teaching, how he sees farming's role in a revitalized Detroit, and why he keeps on his farm.In a Slate Plus Extra, Willerer discusses some of the equipment...more

  • In Detroit: How Does a Hair Care Entrepreneur Work?

    Jun 18 2017

    On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind to visit Detroit. We're speaking with people who are drawing on the city's complex history as they work to create its future.For our first episode, we sat down with Gwen Jimmere, CEO of Naturalicious, a company that makes hair care products for curly-haired women. Before she started Naturalicious, she had worked in Detroit's signature industry—the automotive industry—but we visited her at a place called Ponyride, a startup incubator for so...more

  • In Baltimore: How Does a Schooner Captain Work?

    Jun 04 2017

    On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Jordan Smith is a captain of the Pride of Baltimore II, a recreation of a 19th century Baltimore Clipper. He tells us about the ship's history, his duties as captain, and how the crew supports each other to keep the ship in top shape. He also took us on a tour of the Pride and showed...more

  • In Baltimore: How Does a Real Estate Property Manager Work?

    May 28 2017

    On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Damon Walker helps real estate investors manage Section 8 housing. He explains how he makes sure that the properties are comfortable and up to code, and how he finds tenants for each availability.In a Slate Plus Extra, Walker tells us about how he takes care of his own home. If you’r...more

  • In Baltimore: How Does the Aquarium Veterinarian work?

    May 22 2017

    On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Leigh Clayton takes care of the health of 1,500 animals in Baltimore's National Aquarium. She explains how you can tell when a fish is sick, and everything that goes into keeping them healthy. She also tells us about how the National Aquarium connects to and educates about local spec...more

  • In Baltimore: How Does Dan Deacon Work?

    May 10 2017

    On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Dan Deacon makes inventive, playful electronic music, and leads crowds through silly group exercises. He tells us about how he finds time to make new music, how he first began his famous crowd participation games at his shows, and his relationship with the city of Baltimore. In a Sla...more

  • In Baltimore: How Does a Public Defender Work?

    May 02 2017

    On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Jenny Egan defends children in juvenile court, trying to keep them from getting locked up. She tells us about earning the trust of her clients, researching their cases, and the satisfaction of winning trials. In a Slate Plus Extra, Egan tells us about how she first fell in love with ...more

  • In Baltimore: How Does a Neurosurgeon Work?

    Apr 21 2017

    On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.When Harry Mushlin operates on a brain, he feels his patient's selfhood in his hands. Mushlin is a neurosurgery resident with the University of Maryland currently practicing pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and operating on victims of violence at UMD's Shock Tra...more

  • In Baltimore: How does a Yarn Dyer Work?

    Apr 13 2017

    On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Karida Collins names her yarn colors after Baltimore neighborhoods at her Neighborhood Fiber Company. Karida tells us about how she got started dying yarn, walks us through the full dying process at their studio, and tells us about how she tries to weave connections with Baltimore's ...more

  • In Baltimore: How Does Crime Novelist Laura Lippman Work?

    Apr 05 2017

    On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.On this first episode, crime novelist Laura Lippman tells us about how she first got started writing fiction, how she approaches writing and revising her books, and why she's tired of arguing about the validity of genre novels. She loves Baltimore despite its problems, and the city i...more

  • The "How Does a Labor Organizer Work?" Edition

    Mar 09 2017

    This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.Between the rise of so-called "Right To Work" states and increasing deregulations, labor unions are facing increasing challenges. David Mott organizes health care workers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Mott s...more

  • The "How Does a Satirist Work?" Edition

    Feb 28 2017

    This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.Alexandra Petri writes humorous spins on the news for the Washington Post She spoke to Jacob Brogan about what it's like to make satire in an increasingly absurd news climate.Then, in a Slate Plus extra, Petri tells us about Emo Kyl...more

  • The "How Does a Psychotherapist Work?" Edition

    Feb 22 2017

    This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.Shane'a Thomas helps LGBTQ youth work through depression, anxiety, and other mental illness. She spoke to Jacob Brogan about a typical day of sessions, how she helps patients get what they want out of their therapy, and how the rece...more

  • The "How Does a Pollster Work?" Edition

    Feb 13 2017

    Recently, Donald Trump tweeted that "any negative polls are fake news," so we wanted to understand some of the work that goes into polling.  In this episode of Working, Pollster Jim Gerstein of GBA Strategies tells Jacob Brogan about how he uses surveys and focus groups to help his clients understand and influence America. In a Slate Plus Extra, Gerstein tells us how he got some of his earliest experience in polling in Israel. Email: working@slate.comTwitter: @Jacob_Brogan Learn more about your ...more

  • The "How Does a Librarian Work?" Edition

    Feb 06 2017

    This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.University of Pennsylvania Librarian Laurie Allen is working with a collective of scientists, students, professors, programmers, and librarians on the Data Refuge project, archiving environmental data before it has the opportunity t...more

  • The "How Does a CIA Analyst Work?" Edition

    Jan 30 2017

    This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.Since his election, Trump has been dismissive of the intelligence community, reportedly neglecting briefings and sometimes even insulting the efforts of its members. We wanted to understand what it means to actually work in that sec...more

  • The "How Does an Inaugural Parade Announcer Work?" Edition

    Jan 20 2017

    Charlie Brotman announced every inaugural parade since 1957, and was fired by Donald Trump's team in 2017.Brotman told Jacob Brogan about how his work at the parades have changed over the decades, and about some of the tricks he used to keep the crowd's attention. In a Slate Plus Extra, Charlie Brotman reads an announcement about the history of different kinds of inaugural parades. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.Email: working@slate.comTwitter: @Jacob_Brogan Learn more a...more

  • The "How Does a Protest Organizer Work?" Edition

    Jan 16 2017

    This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.Eugene Puryear is volunteer activist and organizer with ANSWER Coalition, a group founded to resist war and racism. With his fellow organizers, Eugene is currently preparing for a large rally on Trump's inauguration day along the pa...more

  • The "How Does Santa Claus Work?" Edition

    Dec 20 2016

    For our last episode of the year, we're taking a break from our ongoing series of jobs imperiled by the election of Donald Trump for a holiday special.Santa Ed brings presents, stories, and joy to parties each holiday season. He spoke with Jacob Brogan about how he tries to make each Christmas memorable for all of his guests and clients. He discusses his storytelling style, his tricks for making an impression as the Real Santa, and why he avoids the Mall Santa route.Then, in a Slate Plus extra, ...more

  • The "How Does a Nuclear Nonproliferation Expert Work?" Edition

    Dec 12 2016

    This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.Professor Matthew Kroenig is a Nuclear Nonproliferation Expert and an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He spoke with Jacob Brogan at Georgetown about how he ...more

  • The "How Does an Imam Work?" Edition

    Dec 05 2016

    This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.For this episode Jacob Brogan visited Masjid Muhammad, one of Washington, DC’s oldest mosques. We spoke with Imam Talib Shareef, a retired U.S. air force officer who helped reform the military’s relationship with its Muslim service ...more

  • The "How Does an Immigration Lawyer Work?" Edition

    Nov 27 2016

    This season on Working, we're talking to people employed in fields potentially imperiled by the results of the recent U.S. Presidential election. Nithya Nathan-Pineau is Program Director of CAIR Coalition's Detained Children's Program. She spoke with Jacob Brogan about helping children understand their legal situation, and her work helping making arguments that kids facing deportation deserve asylum under American law. In a Slate Plus Extra, Nathan-Pineau discusses her program's relationship wit...more

  • The "How Does an Abortion Provider Work?" Edition

    Nov 21 2016

    This season on Working, we're talking to people employed in fields potentially imperiled by the results of the recent U.S. Presidential election. Diane Horvath-Cosper is an OBGYN and family planning specialist who advocates for reproductive rights. She talked to Jacob Brogan about why she chose to train as an abortion provider and what it's like compassionately counseling women as they prepare for abortions. In a Slate Plus Extra, Horvath-Cosper reflects on the changing presence of abortion in m...more

  • The "How Does a Clown Work?" Edition

    Oct 30 2016

    Carol Collins has performed over 40 years as Bingo the Clown. She tells Jacob Brogan, about how she got started, what goes into being a clown, and how the recent clown scares have affected her work. In a Slate Plus Extra, Collins shares some of her favorite memories from her 40 years in the clown industry including clown conferences around the world, her own articles for clown publications, and Tom Seleck... the clown.Learn about Carol's agency at partyco-op.comEmail: working@slate.comTwitter: @...more

  • Working Beautifully: Stylist Rosana Vollmerhausen

    Oct 23 2016

    Rosana helps professional find their own personal style. She rummages through their closet to help get a sense of who they are and what they have, then she goes shopping with them and helps them create outfits with their new and old clothing.In a Slate Plus Extra, Rosana shares her thoughts on style in Washington, D.C., a city with a reputation for dressing a little bland. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start ...more

  • Working Beautifully: Nail Artist Vivian Cam

    Oct 16 2016

    Nail Artist Vivian Cam helps her clients have healthy and beautiful nails. She'll even go a step beyond painting intricate designs and images on her customer's nails—everything from autumn trees to minions. Vivian talked to Jacob Brogan about how she got started doing nails and how she helps clients decide on the right design for them.In a Slate Plus extra, Vivian talks about the work she does on male customer's nails, and shares how she got over her own nail-biting habit. If you’re a member, en...more

  • Working Beautifully: Tailor Cheryl Lofton

    Oct 11 2016

    Self-described "tailoress" Cheryl Lofton makes new clothes fit better, brings new life to old clothes, and helps design customer's dream clothing on a budget. She spoke with Jacob Brogan about her family history in the industry and how she works with customers today.In a Slate Plus extra, Cheryl and her assistant Cindy talk about their relationship and measure Jacob for a pair of pants he needs hemmed. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other gr...more

  • Working Beautifully: Makeup Artist Christin Michelle

    Oct 02 2016

    Working embarks on a new series with the people who make sure that we look good. This week, we start with foundation. Christin Michelle, a professional freelance makeup artist helps clients get ready for weddings, photo shoots, galas, and more. She tells us how she began doing makeup artistry, what she carries around in the super heavy kit that she brings to jobs, and how she professionally manages the heightened emotions of a wedding day.In a Slate Plus extra, Michelle tells us about how and wh...more

  • NMAAHC Opening Special: The "How Does a Museum Specialist Work?" Edition

    Sep 26 2016

    This week, the Smithsonian's National African American History and Culture Museum had its grand opening, so we're sharing a conversation we had earlier this year with one of its curators. Ever find yourself at a museum wondering about who chose the artifacts and wrote the captions? We spoke with Mary Elliott, a museum specialist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Along with her colleague Nancy Bercaw, Elliott has worked years on a massive exhibit that e...more

  • Working at the White House: Horticulturist Jim Adams

    Sep 19 2016

    Jim Adams keeps every plant at the White House healthy and beautiful as the Supervisory Horticulturist for the National Park Service Special Liaison to the White House. In this last episode of our Working at the White House series, we spoke to Adams in the White House’s Kennedy Garden about the history of the White House as a National Park, about his year-round rotation of plants, and about his encounters with the President’s dogs and other wildlife on the White House grounds.And in a Slate Plus...more

  • Working at the White House: Protester, Philipos Melaku-Bello

    Sep 11 2016

    Outside the gates of the White House, Lafayette Plaza is often full of tourists, Secret Service, Performers, and Protesters. We spoke to Philipos Melaku-Bello, an advocate for nuclear disarmament who has been supporting a peace vigil across from the White House for over 30 years. Melaku-Bello shares how he and a small group of volunteers have kept the vigil going through winter blizzards and blistering summer days, and how he interacts with passersby, human and animal  alike. In a Slate Plus Ext...more

  • Working at the White House: Former Intern Chase Woods

    Sep 04 2016

    This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. For this week's episode, we spoke to someone who was a little less familiar with the institution. Chase Woods, a rising senior at the University of Chicago, served as an intern at the White House this past summer. He talked to us about how he found his way into that role, and what he did during his time there. We spoke to him about everything from his daily decisions about where to eat lunch, to the time he nerded out when he saw Merrick Ga...more

  • Working at the White House: Quick Break

    Aug 21 2016

    We're taking a short vacation, so it's a great time to catch up on the rest of the series. Learn about who writes the President's speeches, who picks out his letters, and who manages his schedule. We'll be back in early September with the end of this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working at the White House: Legislative Affairs Director Amy Rosenbaum

    Aug 14 2016

    Meet the President's chief negotiator in Congress, Amy Rosenbaum.This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. For this episode, we visited the West Wing office of Amy Rosenbaum, President Obama's Director of Legislative Affairs. She shuffles between the White House and Capitol Hill striving to persuade members of Congress to get behind the President's legislative priorities. She discussed her handling of the Iran Deal and when she decides to bring the President himself to the negotiat...more

  • Working at the White House: Management and Administration Assistant to the President, Maju Varghese

    Aug 07 2016

    This season, we've been going to the White House trying to understand how the Presidential administration's employees operate and interact. To get a better sense of how the building itself operates, we spoke to Maju Varghese, Assistant to the President for Management and Administration. A former of member of the President's advance team, Varghese is now responsible for the literal management of the White House itself, looking after teams that handle everything from maintenance, to payroll, to th...more

  • Working at the White House: Washington Post's Bureau Chief Juliet Eilperin

    Jul 31 2016

    This week we took a step back from the administration itself to talk to the Washington Post's White House Bureau Chief, Juliet Eilperin. A former environmental reporter for the Post, Eilperin made the jump to her current beat back in 2013, and she's been covering the Obama administration ever since. She talked to us about everything from the challenges of covering a story in an environment where security is the rule, to the strangeness of having the President mispronounce your name when he calls...more

  • Working at the White House: Head Speechwriter Cody Keenan

    Jul 24 2016

    This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. Head Speechwriter Cody Keenan writes and edits the President's speeches. He takes us through his career starting as a speechwriting intern in 2008 and how a speech goes from the blank page to the teleprompter. In a Slate Plus Extra, Keenan tells us about some of the lighter speeches he's written over the years, including one he gave himself. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great po...more

  • Working at the White House: Director of Scheduling Gregory Lorjuste

    Jul 17 2016

    This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. Director of Scheduling Gregory Lorjuste is responsible for figuring out what the President will do from one minute to the next while he's on the road. In a Slate Plus Extra tells us about scheduling the inauguration in 2009. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.If you're looking for more about how Greg mad...more

  • Working at the White House: Update

    Jul 10 2016

    This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. Because the jobs of the people who work there are sometimes unpredictable, we weren’t able to bring you an episode this week. But we’ll be back next week with another conversation. In the meantime, be sure to check out our first two episodes of Working at the White House. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working at the White House: Public Engagement Director, Paulette Aniskoff

    Jul 03 2016

    This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. For our second episode, we spoke to Paulette Aniskoff, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Aniskoff has been working with the president since 2007, and she brings many of the strategies developed on the campaign trail to the administration’s outreach to the American citizenry. She explored question large and small, including a bit about how the White House coordinates its approach to issues via sequences of morning meet...more

  • Working at the White House: Director of Presidential Correspondence, Fiona Reeves

    Jun 26 2016

    There's no workplace that looms larger in Washington, D.C. than the White House. Hundreds of employees work within its walls, but most of us don't know much about what really goes on there. In a special season of Working, we're peeking behind that curtain talking to some of those who make their way through the White House's gates each morning.For our first episode, we're talking to Fiona Reeves, the Director of Presidential Correspondence. Every day Reeves and her staff sort through thousands of...more

  • The "How Does Slate's Director of Events Work?" Edition

    May 22 2016

    We spoke to Faith Smith who orchestrates all of Slate's live events. She puts together live tapings of podcast episodes, and has also organized conferences, panel discussions, happy hours, and much more. She offered us a literal backstage look at the way that those events come together, starting with the way that she gathers participants and finds a venue. She also talked to us about preparing for the events themselves and led us through her day-of efforts. Finally, she laid out some of her pet ...more

  • The "How Does the Chief Scientist of NASA Work?" Edition

    May 15 2016

    Meet the Chief Scientist of NASA, Dr. Ellen Stofan. By training, Dr. Stofan is a planetary geologist who has studied volcanoes both here on Earth, and elsewhere in the solar system. In her current role, she helps coordinate scientific projects of all kinds, which means she has to keep up with a dizzying array of recent research topics. She also discussed how she helps communicate NASA's work to students and the public at large, before addressing that big question: Are we alone? And in a Slate Pl...more

  • The "How Does a Museum Specialist Work?" Edition

    May 08 2016

    Ever find yourself at a museum wondering about who chose the artifacts and wrote the captions? We spoke with Mary Elliott, a museum specialist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Along with her colleague Nancy Bercaw, Elliott has worked years on a massive exhibit that explores the global history of slavery and the makings of America.And in a Slate Plus extra, Mary Elliott tells us more about the family history research that began her career. Start your t...more

  • The "How Does a Book Seller Work?" Edition

    May 01 2016

    Visit Second Story Books in Washington, D.C. and meet book buyer and seller Topher Lundell. He told us about how they acquire the thousands of books that line the store's shelves and discussed how the internet change his brick and mortar business model. And in a Slate Plus extra, Topher tells us about some of the gloriously weird pulp Sci Fi novels that he posts to his Instagram @topherlundell. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podc...more

  • The "How Does a Dog Walker Work?" Edition

    Apr 24 2016

    Jason Mogavero is a dog walker based in Washington, D.C. who looks after a dozen or more pups every day. He went in deep with us on the particulars of his job, from the way he gets to know new clients—human and animal alike—to the way he arranges his schedule. Along the way, he covered a lot of other ground, discussing the contents of his fanny pack, how he keeps bones out of the dogs’ mouths, and much more.  And in a Slate Plus extra, Moagavero tells us about his nemesis, a unicycling dog walke...more

  • The "How Does a Butcher Work?" Edition

    Apr 18 2016

    Learn how the sausage gets made with a butcher who combines traditional meat preparation with fine dining. Nathan Anda is a butcher and chef in Washington, D.C. whose company Red Apron produces artisanal meats for its stores and restaurants. Though Anda runs a complex large operation, he's still closely involved with the actual work of butchery. He talked to Slate's Jacob Brogan about how he sources the animals he uses in his butchery and the process of making culatello.And in a Slate Plus extra...more

  • The “How Does a Bartender Work?” Edition

    Apr 10 2016

    Chantal Tseng has been working as a bartender for 16 years, and has been designing her own cocktails for almost as long. She now operates out of the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen, a small, book-lined bar within a larger Washington, D.C. restaurant. Each week, she develops a new menu of drinks inspired by her recent reading, building experiences around the work of authors such as Graham Greene, Italo Calvino, and Ryunosuke Akutagawa.  And in a Slate Plus extra, Tseng reads Lewis Carroll’s poem...more

  • The “How Does a Landscape Designer Work?” Edition

    Apr 03 2016

    Tom Noll trained as an artist, but he eventually translated his passion for plants and green living into a career as a landscape designer. Working mostly out of Washington, D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood, he decorates the yards of the area’s many row homes, turning small plots into colorful expressions of their owners’ selves.In a Slate Plus extra, Noll told us about his two children’s books—and discussed his passion for recycling. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcr...more

  • The “What’s It Like to Be a Twerking Instructor?” Edition

    Mar 06 2016

    Meet a fitness instructor who teaches people how to twerk.Working is brought to you by Hiscox Small Business Insurance. Hiscox offers a new way to buy small business insurance by tailoring coverage to fit your needs and allowing you to buy only what you need. Policies start from $22.50 per month. You can order online or over the phone from a licensed advisor in minutes. Go to Hiscox.com to learn more and to get a free quote.If you’re a Slate Plus member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transc...more

  • The “What’s It Like to Run a Medical Marijuana Dispensary?” Edition

    Feb 28 2016

    Meet the rabbi and former hospital administrator who now run a pot dispensary.Working is brought to you by Hiscox Small Business Insurance. Hiscox offers a new way to buy small business insurance by tailoring coverage to fit your needs and allowing you to buy only what you need. Policies start from $22.50 per month. You can order online or over the phone from a licensed advisor in minutes. Go to Hiscox.com to learn more and to get a free quote.If you’re a Slate Plus member, enjoy bonus segments ...more

  • The “What’s It Like to Run DC’s Only Japanese Supermarket?” Edition

    Feb 21 2016

    In this episode of Working, Slate’s Rachel E. Gross talks to the owners of DC’s Hana Japanese market, married couple Ikuyo and Yoshio Tanabe.In a Slate Plus extra, Ikuyo Tanabe talks about what it’s like to run a travel agency out of the back of a supermarket. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.Working is brought to you by Hiscox Small Business Insurance. His...more

  • The "How Does a Professional Pie-Baker Work?" Edition

    Feb 14 2016

    Teeny Lamothe is the owner of Teeny Pies, a handmade pie company in Washington, D.C. that sells pies at farmers’ markets, local coffee shops, and maybe even to your CSA.Working is brought to you by Hiscox Small Business Insurance. Get customized insurance for your business right now. Go to Hiscox.com to learn more and to get a free quote.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.Email: worki...more

  • The “How Does a Jewelry-Maker Work?” Edition

    Feb 07 2016

    In this episode of Working, Slate editorial assistant Rachel Gross talks to Rachel Pfeffer, whose signature honeycomb necklace has been spotted on Beyonceì, aka the Queen B.Working is brought to you by Hiscox Small Business Insurance. Get customized insurance for your business right now. Go to Hiscox.com to learn more and to get a free quote.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.Email: w...more

  • The "How Does a Coffee Roaster Work?" Edition

    Jan 31 2016

    In this episode of Working, Slate editorial assistant Rachel Gross talks to Joel Finkelstein, professional coffee roaster and owner of Qualia Coffee in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C.Working is brought to you by Hiscox Small Business Insurance. Get customized insurance for your business right now. Go to Hiscox.com to learn more and to get a free quote.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.c...more

  • The "How Does a Realtor Work?" Edition

    Dec 20 2015

    In the final episode for this season of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson talks with Vanessa Pollock a Realtor for Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty in northern New Jersey. Vanessa discusses the drawbacks and benefits of real estate school, her friendly competitiveness with other agents in the area, and how she goes about getting top dollar on the sale of her client’s homes. Plus, Vanessa talks about the upfront costs of running her business and how she’s able to give back to the community thro...more

  • The "How Does a Wine Portfolio Manager Work?" Edition

    Dec 13 2015

    In this week’s episode of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson sits down for a glass of wine with Andrew Mulligan, a wine portfolio manager for Skurnik Wines in New York City. Andrew talks about the difficult aspects of his job, such as dealing with U.S. regulations, and the happier parts of his job, such as traveling and testing dozens of different wines across Spain. Plus, Andrew explains his wine selection process and why the best wines are like an unforgettable character in a book.In a Slate Plus ...more

  • The "How Does a Freelance Chef Work?" Edition

    Dec 06 2015

    This week on Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson talks to Santana Benitez, a freelance chef in New York City. Santana talks about building a pop up kitchen for a private event, how she prepares to cook for a party, and the different cultures she draws upon for her recipes. Plus, our freelance chef shares her thoughts on culinary school and the proper way to slice an onion. Find photos of her work by searching #illcooklikeyourmother.In a Slate Plus extra, Benitez talks about her influences, different ...more

  • The "How Does a Animal Behavior Specialist Work?" Edition

    Nov 29 2015

    In this week’s episode of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson talks to Victoria Wells, an animal behavior specialist for the ASPCA in Manhattan. Victoria explains the strategies she uses to help dogs overcome behavioral problems stemming from years of abuse and what happens when a dog is incapable of being trained. Plus, Victoria talks about the stigma surrounding pit bulls and how her job has changed the way she thinks about people. In a Slate Plus extra, Wells talks about training different breeds ...more

  • The "How Does the Head of HR Work?" Edition

    Nov 22 2015

    Slate’s L.V. Anderson interviews Kevin Fanning, VP of Talent & Culture at Cogo Labs, a startup incubator in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the author of the job search guide, Let's All Find Awesome Jobs. Kevin talks about the difference between recruiting and HR, why he believes people have trouble dealing with problems in the workplace, and the process of firing people.In a Slate Plus extra, Fanning explains the potential dangers of not having an HR department and the kinds of policies he wo...more

  • The "How Does a Funeral Director Work?" Edition

    Nov 15 2015

    In the Season 5 premiere of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson interviews James Donofrio, a funeral director at Blair Mazzarella Funeral Home. James explains the effects of always being on the clock, how he prepares for an overseas funeral, and why a funeral director needs to know about every religion. In a Slate Plus extra, Donofrio talks about a call he received to disinter 50 bodies and where he gets the urns and stones used for his services. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and intervie...more

  • The "How Does a Mediator Work?" Edition

    Oct 18 2015

    On the last episode for this season of Working, WNYC’s Arun Venugopal talks to Elizabeth Clemants, a New York City mediator and shaman. Elizabeth talks about the psychology of conflict resolution, how she integrates her work as a shaman with mediation, and the role empathy plays in her work. Plus, Elizabeth talks about the difficulties associated with coming to a solution in the “Me” generation.   In a Slate Plus extra, Elizabeth talks about why she doesn’t use social media, watch the news, or G...more

  • The "How Does a Casting Director Work?" Edition

    Oct 11 2015

    Bernie Telsey has been casting hit musicals, films, and TV shows for over 20 years. In this week’s episode of Working, Bernie talks about what he’s looking for in an audition, how diversity has changed on the stage and screen during his time in the business, and how finding talent isn’t necessarily the hardest part of the job.   In a Slate Plus extra, Bernie and Arun talk about casting Ricki and the Flash with Meryl Streep. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from ...more

  • The "How Does a Male Dominatrix Work?" Edition

    Oct 04 2015

    In New York City’s Lower East Side there’s a dungeon with whips, swords, and a slave in chains where Conrad, a male dominatrix, carries out his work at his client’s request. On Working this week, Conrad talks to Arun Venugopal about the impact the Rent Boys bust had on his profession, one of the best places to meet clientele, and some of his safety concerns in the industry. Plus, Conrad talks about accidently hurting a few clients and how he’s finding a second sexual peak as a “Daddy.”   In a Sl...more

  • The "How Does a Forensic Anthropologist Work?" Edition

    Sep 27 2015

    WNYC’s Arun Venugopal talks to Dr. Bradley Adams, a forensic anthropologist for the city of New York. Dr. Adams talks about the impact 9/11 had on forensic anthropology in the city, the different types of cases he investigates, and how there are no typical days in his line of work. Plus, Dr. Adams tells the story of an unidentified female body in Brooklyn and how he helped uncover a murder in the mafia.   In a Slate Plus extra, Dr. Adams take a closer look at the skull of a person who had been s...more

  • The "How Does a Barber Work?" Edition

    Sep 20 2015

    The host of WNYC’s Micropolis series, Arun Venugopal, interviews Eric Aleman, a barber at King of Kings Barber Shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Eric talks about how hairstyles have changed in his years as a barber and how gentrification is changing the conversation in his shop. Also, Eric discusses his role as a therapist for some clients and why they trust him with their secrets and sharp objects.   In a Slate Plus extra, Aleman talks about how to not be a nightmare of a client and what he believ...more

  • Working: The "How Does a Self-Defense Instructor Work?" Edition

    Sep 13 2015

    In the Season 4 premiere of Working, the host of WNYC’s Micropolis series, Arun Venugopal, interviews Elena Waldman, a self-defense instructor at MKD Karate in Queens, NY. Elena explains how she came to be a martial artist, demonstrates to our host how to escape from a violent sexual perpetrator, and talks about a personal attack that has informed the way she teaches her students.   In a Slate Plus extra, Waldman explains how to disable any attacker in less than 30 seconds. If you’re a member, e...more

  • The “How Does a Book Editor Work?” Edition

    Aug 16 2015

    On this episode of Working, the last of Slate’s third season, host Aisha Harris talks to Jordan Pavlin, a book editor at Knopf, about how she identifies future bestsellers, works with talented but sometimes temperamental authors, and how she fights for her book within the publishing house.   In a Slate Plus extra, Pavlin explains how she answers the most common question she’s asked: Will you read my novel? If you’re not a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus ...more

  • The “How Does a Retail Manager Work?” Edition

    Aug 09 2015

    Aisha Harris talks to "Jake," a veteran manager for a fast-fashion retail chain in New York. He talks about the challenges of his job including interacting with young staff, angry customers, and shoplifters. Plus, Jake reveals how he uses what he's learned behind the counter when shopping for himself.   In a Slate Plus extra, find out if a store’s sales staff will really be honest with you when you ask how something you’re trying on looks. If you’re not a member, enjoy bonus segments and intervi...more

  • The “How Does a Debate Moderator Work?” Edition?

    Aug 02 2015

    John Donvan has made a career out of staying calm – and staying on topic. A veteran ABC News correspondent, he’s now the moderator of Intelligence Squared Debates, a series of Oxford-style debates on the most controversial issues of the day. In this week’s episode of Working, Donvan explains how a successful debate requires a good question and a moderator who knows when to interrupt.   In a Slate Plus extra, Donvan schools Harris on why she shouldn’t try to game Intelligence Squared’s scoring sy...more

  • The “How Does a Club Doorman Work?” Edition

    Jul 26 2015

    Aleksey Kernes is the guy to know if you’re trying to skip the line outside a hot New York City club. The front of house manager at Hotel Chantelle, a nightclub on New York’s Lower East Side, talks nightlife, table service, and how being a doorman is a lot like being a lifeguard. (He also, of course, has his own app, Hooch, a subscription service for free cocktails at select venues.) In a Slate Plus extra, Kernes gives advice on how to get a bartender’s attention should you find yourself in a cr...more

  • The "How Does a Matchmaker Work?" Edition

    Jul 19 2015

    Danielle Selber is there for Jewish singles who’ve struck out online or just don’t have enough time to get themselves into the dating pool. She’s a matchmaker with Tribe 12, a Jewish nonprofit in Philadelphia. Host Aisha Harris met up with Selber in coffee shop to talk about that work, its strong history in the Jewish community, and what it takes to find the perfect match in the digital age. In a Slate Plus extra, get advice from Selber on what makes a great first date. (A hint: Dinner’s no goo...more

  • The "How Does a Medical Resident Work?" Edition

    Jul 12 2015

    In the season three premiere of Working, Slate culture writer Aisha Harris interviews Alexandra Charrow, a medical resident at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She describes what a typical day is like, how she’s learning to grapple with death, and how her job isn’t at all like Grey’s Anatomy.   Charrow is in her second year studying both medicine and dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard Joint Dermatology program (which includes Brigham and Women's, Massachusetts Gene...more

  • The “How Does a 747 Pilot Work?” Edition

    Jun 15 2015

    In this special, one-off episode of Working, Slate editor-in-chief Julia Turner speaks with British Airways pilot Mark Vanhoenacker. From the cockpit of a 747 and then the terminal of JFK airport, Vanhoenacker describes what it's like to fly a large aircraft in the modern world. Vanhoenacker is also a Slate contributor and the author of the recent Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot, from which Slate is running excerpts this week. He’s also asking readers to submit pictures taken from the window s...more

  • The “How Does the Host of Working Work?” Edition

    May 17 2015

    In this final episode of Season 2, host Adam Davidson and former Working host David Plotz interview each other about walking away from large media companies and starting new adventures in their careers.  In a Slate Plus extra, they critique the format of Working and discuss the future of the show. If you're not a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.   Our sponsors today: Ci...more

  • The "How Does A Child-Abuse Detective Work?" Edition

    May 11 2015

    In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson talks with Det. Erica Hurley of the Portland Police Bureau's Child Abuse Team.  Hurley explains how she investigates allegations of physical and sexual child abuse and the types of cases she encounters. Also, she discusses how she started her job and how it affects her life as a mother.  In a Slate Plus extra, Hurley talks about Hollywood’s depiction of her work. If you're not a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview trans...more

  • The "How Does a Stand Up Comedian Work?" Edition

    May 03 2015

    On this episode, Adam Davidson of the New York Times Magazine talks to stand-up comedian Brooke Van Poppelen. She explains what it’s like to have to be funny all of the time, how to prepare for gigs, and whether this is good time to be a female comic. In a Slate Plus extra, listen to a clip of Van Poppelen’s recent set at The Bell House in Brooklyn. If you're not a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your 2-week free tri...more

  • The "How Does a Home Birth Midwife Work?" Episode

    Apr 26 2015

    In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson talks with midwife Karen Jefferson about her work providing labor and delivery services in the comfort of people's homes.  Jefferson discusses how she entered midwifery and what it's like to provide prenatal, postnatal, and delivery services in New York City.   In a Slate Plus extra, Jefferson talks about maintaining a professional relationship with patients, despite the intimacy of her job. If you're not a member, enjoy bonus...more

  • The "How Does a New Orleans Musician Work?" Edition

    Apr 19 2015

    In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine talks with singer-songwriter Sarah Quintana about her life on the New Orleans music scene.  Quintana discusses growing up amid the city's deep and wide musical heritage, her evolution away from jazz favorites into original compositions, and her Kickstarter campaign (which you should really check out).  And in a Slate Plus extra, Sarah talks about American Idol. If you're no...more

  • The “How Does a Family Business Work?” Edition

    Apr 12 2015

    In this installment of Slate’s podcast about work, host Adam Davidson talks with mother-and-son duo Monica and Kicker Kalozdi about their New Orleans-based business, Kalencom Corp. They discuss how they design, manufacture, and distribute a wide variety of products including toddler potties, diaper bags, and men’s briefcases. The Kalozdis walk Davidson through the process of choosing overseas manufacturing and explain why it is hard for small American businesses to survive without some internati...more

  • The "How Does a Customs Broker Work?" Edition

    Apr 05 2015

    The president of the New York Customs Brokers talks about his 37 years of experience in the importing business, and how the industry has changed.You can find out more at MailChimp.com.  For an extended version of this interview and the transcript, join Slate Plus! Members also get bonus segments, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your two-week trial at slate.com/workingplus.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The "How Does a UN Official Work?" Edition

    Mar 29 2015

    In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine talks with his brother in law, Tony Banbury, who also happens to be a high-ranking official at the United Nations.    As the assistant secretary general for field support, Banbury is responsible for making sure the UN's peacekeeping and political missions around the world have the necessary personnel, supplies, food, and even helicopters   He talks to Davidson about dividin...more

  • The "How Does a Bail Bondsman Work?" Edition

    Mar 23 2015

    In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine talks with veteran bail bondsman Ira Judelson.  "I am the bank for people that get incarcerated," Judelson says, describing the complexity of his job in simple terms. "I am, on the street, a legal loan shark. I bail people out. I put up their bond to get them out of jail." Judelson discusses his daily routine, the role that trust plays in his work relationships, and the fam...more

  • The "How Does Adam McKay Work?" Edition

    Mar 16 2015

    Slate's podcast about work returns with host Adam Davidson talking to writer, director, and producer Adam McKay about collaborating with Will Ferrell, co-founding Funny or Die, and McKay's three different daily routines. Thanks to this week's sponsor, Mailchimp. More than 7 million business around the world use MailChimp to send email newsletters. Plus, MailChimp distributes hats for cats and small dogs. You can find out more at MailChimp.com. For an extended version of this interview and the tr...more

  • Working Season 2: Starts March 16!

    Feb 20 2015

    Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine explains what's on tap for the second season of Slate's Working podcast. Know someone we should interview for the show? Email us at working@slate.com Listen to our archives and learn more about our guests on our show page.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working: The “How Does A Principal Work?” Edition

    Dec 18 2014

    Slate’s Podcast About Work Explores How a Principal Deals With Angry Parents, Standardized Tests, and Low-Income Middle School Students. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The "How Does a Google Coder Work?" Edition

    Dec 15 2014

    Slate's podcast about work explores the world of a software engineer and her quest to write good code and good poetry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The “How Does A Lexicographer Work?” Edition

    Dec 11 2014

      Slate’s podcast about work explores how a Merriam-Webster lexicographer defined the work “take.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The "How Does A Farmer Work?" Edition

    Dec 08 2014

    On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks to fruit grower Eddie Rankin about GoldRush apples, the value of farmers' markets, and how farmers switched to "softer" pesticides. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The “How Does A Hollywood Screenwriter Work? Edition

    Dec 04 2014

    David Plotz talks to screenwriter and executive producer Craig Turk about the value of different types of screenwriters, and how the cast and crew of The Good Wife kept a big season five secret. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The "How To Run a Day Care Center" Edition

    Dec 01 2014

    On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks to day care manager Dannae Sewell about balancing different expectations for child development, and how to tailor care to each child’s needs.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The "How Does a Flight Paramedic Work?" Edition

    Nov 26 2014

    David Plotz speaks with Jeff Ennis, a flight paramedic out of North Carolina about what it's like to work 24-hour days, and transporting emergency patients to trauma centers in a helicopter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The "How Does An Appliance Repairman Work?" Edition

    Nov 24 2014

    On this episode of Slate's Working, David Plotz talks to appliance repairman John Lefever about learning to fix new appliances and what it's like to work in a stranger's home five times a day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The “How Does A Hospice Nurse Work?” Edition

    Nov 20 2014

    David Plotz talks to a hospice nurse about caring for the elderly, dealing with families in the process of grieving, and what it’s like to give a bath to a person who has just died. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The "How Does A Porn Star Work?" Edition

    Nov 18 2014

    On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with porn star Jessica Drake about how she selects her scene partners and what it's like to be on the set. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • "How Does A Waiter Work?" Edition

    Nov 15 2014

    On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with a veteran waiter about how he does his job, how much he makes, and why waiters are definitely judging their customers. To learn more about this series, click here. Visit the Working archive page for more episodes, or subscribe in iTunes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The "How Does A Cartoonist Work?" Edition

    Nov 12 2014

    On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles about the importance of finding humor in the news and why he draws 24 cartoons each week. To learn more about this series, click here. Visit the Working archive page for more episodes, or subscribe in iTunes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The "How Does A Perfumer Work?" Edition

    Nov 07 2014

    On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with perfumer Anne Serrano-McClain about starting a perfume business and how to create a mass-market perfume from scratch. To learn more about this series, click here. Visit the Working archive page for more episodes, or subscribe in iTunes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The “How Does the Guitarist in They Might Be Giants Work?” Edition

    Nov 04 2014

    On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with John Flansburgh from They Might Be Giants about what it’s like to go on tour, and what he has in common with The Rolling Stones. To learn more about this series, click here. Visit the Working archive page for more episodes, or subscribe in iTunes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The “How Does A Pastor Work?” Edition

    Oct 30 2014

    On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with Dr. Howard-John Wesley about how a pastor prepares a sermon and why he creates personal boundaries between himself and his congregation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working: Dr. Meri Kolbrener

    Oct 23 2014

    On Ep. 2 of Working, David Plotz talks with Dr. Meri Kolbrener about how treating poor families in Washington, D.C. requires both technical skill and intense empathy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Working: Stephen Colbert

    Oct 16 2014

    On Ep. 1 of Working, Slate's David Plotz talks with Stephen Colbert on how he puts his show together and turns himself from Stephen Colbert into the character “Stephen Colbert.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices