Music has played a central role in defining work for centuries, from medieval harvest songs to Top 40 hits about working life. This collection of songs tells the story of working in the modern world.
Rock and Pop Songs
Podcasts on working and the lives of workers, from the 1970s to today.
A series based on Studs Terkel’s 1970s interviews with ordinary working people.
Radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel conducted more than 130 interviews with ordinary working people in the early 1970s. He wanted to know what they thought about their jobs––and he made recordings of every interview. When Terkel died in 2008, Radio Diaries and Project& used the recordings to produce a series called Working Then and Now. The podcast series includes material from Terkel’s original interviews as well as modern interviews conducted more than thirty years later with Terkel’s subjects.
Studs Terkel interviews a private detective.
Studs Terkel interviews a gravedigger.
Studs Terkel interviews a jockey.
Studs Terkel interviews a hotel piano player
Studs Terkel interviews a union member working for General Motors
Studs Terkel interviews Renault Robinson, one of Chicago’s few black police officers in the 1970s.
Studs Terkel interviews an ad executive, who explains how as a “token woman” she had to navigate the male-dominated industry.
Studs Terkel interviews a 17-year-old telephone operator
Studs Terkel interviews a parking lot attendant.