The program explores a wide range of social and economic topics impacting the American workforce, from fast-food counter clerks to C-suite CEOs. It presents a mix of interviews with local and national experts helmed by a rotating cast of hosts including Rosemary Trump, Dr. Charles McCollester, Dr. Patricia DeMarco and Nathan Ruggles.
COMING SOON!: a timely new podcast series fthat explores a wide range of topics affecting every working person in the U.S.
“Essential Work: A Podcast on the Past, Present and Future of Jobs in America” will present a mix of local and national interviews, along with informed discussion that is lively and relevant.
The premiere episode features author Dr. Patricia DeMarco, author of Pathways to Our Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh, and Vice President of Forest Hills Borough Council, interviewing Braddock Borough Council Chairperson Tina Doose on the importance of community re-investment.
Essential Work will be available at regular podcast platforms — including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify — as well as links from the Battle of Homestead Foundation website, social media, and YouTube page.
“Ever since its founding, Pittsburgh has been a center for innovation in industry and labor,” says John Haer, Battle of Homestead Foundation president. “As the U.S. economic landscape becomes even more disrupted and decentralized, we thought it was important to look at what these changes mean for individual workers.”
In addition, notes Foundation vice-president Steffi Domike, each episode highlights Pittsburgh-area service and social action groups making a positive difference in the community. “Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Jobs is more than abstract theorizing about the evolution of work. It provides a clearinghouse for information listeners will find useful here and now.”
The podcast also contains a regular feature by labor music historian L.E. McCullough spotlighting songs and performers connected to the topic. “Work and labor issues have always found their way into the popular culture,” says McCullough. “Using music to educate and spur people to action is as viable today as it ever was.”
Upcoming Essential Work programs examine farmers and the potential for regenerative agriculture, the emerging plastics-alternative industry, jobs in the coming Green Economy, manufacturing in a post-fossil fuel world, the Re-Imagine Appalachia movement and several episodes devoted to the anticipated effects of artificial intelligence on employment and education.