This is the premiere episode of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.The episode features: Discussion between host Nathan Ruggles and John Haer, current President of the Battle of Homestead Foundation, about the organization, its mission and why it’s starting a podcast. As part of her regular segment “Pathways to a New Economy” looking at labor, environment and health, Dr. Patricia DeMarco interviews one of the leaders of the new ReImagine Appalachia initiative: Amanda Woodrum of Policy Matters Ohio.
They discuss the origins of this project to forge a new blueprint for the future of the region and beyond with exciting proposals for developments around the economy, jobs and the environment. Nathan Ruggles talks with Battle of Homestead communications manager and labor music aficionado Larry McCullough, introducing the regular final segment in which they take the show out on a song.
They discuss this weeks selection, “Four Loom Weaver,” along with some of the latest news and events from the organization.