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Brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation. The program explores a wide range of social and economic topics impacting the way we work, presented through a unique historical perspective. Interviews feature local and national guests -- change agents, activists, experts, workers, researchers, and more. Episodes are helmed by a rotating cast of experienced hosts including Dr. Patricia DeMarco (who addresses labor, environment and health with Pathways to a New Economy that Works for All of Us) and Nathan Ruggles, along with feature commentators Rosemary Trump and Dr. Charles McCollester (who look at current events through a historical perspective with Working Over Time). Each episode also includes news, updates, and a song selection from BHF Communications Manager and labor music aficionado Larry McCullough. Essential Work is available on popular podcast platforms and apps. Website: essentialworkpodcast.org Comment line: (412) 326-9435 Email: comments {@} gmail.com Please support this podcast and the organization: battleofhomestead.org Logo by Brittany Sheets bsheetscreative.com Original Music by Jason Kendall Jasonkendallproductions.com Production advisor Angela Baughman thatsoundgirl.com
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Back Again!

Back Again!

2021-05-1915:14

This is Season 2, Episode 1 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.The start of a new season!Host Nathan Ruggles talks with Battle of Homestead Foundation Communications Manager and music guru Larry McCullough.  After a quick check-in and look back on the organization, Larry kicks off this season with a selection from the cannon of presidential campaign songs. He reviews the New Lost City Ramblers and their version of “Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Back Again,” from their album “Songs from the Depression”, with a look back at its place in the tradition of both music and presidential politics. “Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Back Again” on YouTube Music Please review us and give us five stars on Apple Podcasts!Please support this podcast and our sponsoring organization: battleofhomestead.orgPodcast website: essentialworkpodcast.orgComment line: (412) 326-9435Email: comments@essentialworkpodcast.orgLogo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.comOriginal Music by Jason Kendall: jasonkendallproductions.comAudio Engineering consulting and assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com
This is Episode 11 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.Including:1. Patricia DeMarco (https://patriciademarco.com) hosts our feature interview with Rayden Sorock, Director of Community Projects for Grow Pittsburgh, who has worked to support the growth and sustainability of more than 100 community gardens in Allegheny County over 9 years.  They discuss initiatives around urban agriculture and preserving fertile land in Pittsburgh to feed people, along with ideas of regenerative agriculture.Grow Pittsburgh: growpittsburgh.org“Pathways to a New Economy that Works for All of Us”: With her thirty-year career in energy and environmental policy in both the private and public sector, Dr. DeMarco regularly addresses labor, environment and health considerations as she explores Re-Imagining America with her guests -- all amazing experts and change agents -- who are building those positive pathways toward a sustainable future.2. Battle of Homestead Foundation Communications Manager Larry McCullough talks with host Nathan Ruggles, reviewing the online programming from the past year -- including the YouTube series “Charlie’s Monday Marker” -- and inviting listeners to contribute ideas for future events (email bhfprograms@gmail.com).  The episode wraps with a music selection from Larry.  This time, it’s an example of a Mexican-American corrido with a labor and political theme. The song is composed by Rumel Fuentes, and recorded in 1976 by Los Pinguinos Del Norte, preserved as part of the Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings at UCLA:Corrido de César Chávez Please review us and give us five stars on Apple Podcasts!Please support this podcast and our sponsoring organization: battleofhomestead.orgPodcast website: essentialworkpodcast.orgComment line: (412) 326-9435Email: comments@essentialworkpodcast.orgLogo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.comOriginal Music by Jason Kendall: jasonkendallproductions.comAudio Engineering consulting and assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com
This is Episode 10 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation."Investing in Communities to Build a New Economy: A Marshall Plan for Middle America"Includes:1.  A feature interview from host Patricia DeMarco (https://patriciademarco.com), this time with Tom Croft, Managing Director of Heartland Capital Strategies (www.heartlandnetwork.org) and Executive Director of the Steel Valley Authority (www.steelvalley.org).  They discuss the Marshall Plan for Middle America Roadmap along with responsible investing and its impact on economies and communities.  They also delve into layoff aversion, innovative economic policy, and investment in sustainable energy, and what it all means for jobs in the Appalachian region and beyond.Reimagine Appalachia: https://reimagineappalachia.org“Pathways to a New Economy that Works for All of Us”: With her thirty-year career in energy and environmental policy in both the private and public sector, Dr. DeMarco regularly addresses labor, environment and health considerations as she explores Re-Imagining America with her guests -- all amazing experts and change agents -- who are building those positive pathways toward a sustainable future.2.  Larry McCullough takes a look at recent episodes and previews upcoming stories in the YouTube series “Charlie’s Monday Marker” with host Nathan Ruggles.  He also invites listeners to contribute their ideas for future programming by the Battle of Homestead Foundation (email bhfprograms@gmail.com).  As with each episode, it wraps with a music selection from Larry.  This time, it’s a historic folk song composed by Slovakian immigrant Andrew Kovaly, and recorded by Vivian Richman, preserved as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress:“Aja Lejber Man” (I’m a Working Man) Please review us and give us five stars on Apple Podcasts!Please support this podcast and our sponsoring organization: battleofhomestead.orgPodcast website: essentialworkpodcast.orgComment line: (412) 326-9435Email: comments@essentialworkpodcast.orgLogo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.comOriginal Music by Jason Kendall: jasonkendallproductions.comAudio Engineering consulting and assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com
This is Episode 9 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.Working Over Time: What’s at Stake in Election 2020Includes:Commentators Rosemary Trump and Charlie McCollester return just in time for Election Day with their regular feature Working Over Time.  They discuss what’s at stake for working people , with host Nathan Ruggles, the origins of current issues, and look ahead to what we might expect both post-election and in 2021.Larry McCullough talks over the latest from the Battle of Homestead Foundation (including the ongoing YouTube series “Charlie’s Monday Marker”)  The episode wraps with an inspired music selection from Larry, a folk song among the many found and recorded over decades by journalist George Korson, and which are now part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress:“This Is What the Union Done” by Uncle George JonesPlease review us and give us five stars on Apple Podcasts!Please support this podcast and our sponsoring organization: battleofhomestead.orgPodcast website: essentialworkpodcast.orgComment line: (412) 326-9435Email: comments@essentialworkpodcast.orgLogo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.comOriginal Music by Jason Kendall: jasonkendallproductions.comAudio Engineering consulting and assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com
Episode 8 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation:A 21st Century WPA: Back from HalimuhfackTaking a look at the most impactful and ambitious employment program in American history: the Works Progress Administration, or WPAIncludes:1. Nathan Ruggles talks with Max Page of the University of Massachusetts Amherst about his recent piece in Labor Notes entitled “In the Face of Mass Unemployment, We Need a 21st Century WPA.”  Page is Professor of Architecture and a Director of Historic Preservation Initiatives and Vice President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.  They review the powerful past legacy of the WPA, his proposal for a WPA for today, and a vision for what such a program could mean for the future.The Living New Deal: https://livingnewdeal.org2.  Larry McCullough follows up with a song recording that directly resulted from WPA initiatives: “Halimuhfack” by Zora Neale Hurston.  Nathan and Larry also discuss the latest news from the Battle of Homestead Foundation.Comment line: (412) 326-9435Email: comments@essentialworkpodcast.orgPlease rate us five stars on iTunes!Please support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.orgLogo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.comOriginal Music by Jason Kendall: Jasonkendallproductions.comAudio Engineering consulting and assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com
Episode 7 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation:Pathways to a New Economy that Works for UsIncludes:1. Patty DeMarco returns with Pathways to a New Economy.  Her feature interview is with teacher, activist and organizer Michael Bagdes-Canning.  They talk dirty jobs and clean ones, failing industry and green, along with fracking and climate change.Dr. Patricia DeMarco: patriciademarco.comMichael Bagdes-Canning: mikeforpa64.com2. Larry McCullough joins host Nathan Ruggles with the latest from the Battle of Homestead Foundation, and his music selections -- including a live studio surprise -- related to the feature theme of the episode.“Paradise” by John Prine“Freakin Frackin” by Jay Kulstad, from the album: World Gone Blind, available on Apple Music and Spotify.Comment line: (412) 326-9435Email: comments@essentialworkpodcast.orgPlease rate us five stars on iTunes!Please support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.orgLogo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.comOriginal Music by Jason Kendall: Jasonkendallproductions.comAudio Engineering consulting and assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com
¡Que Viva Clemente!

¡Que Viva Clemente!

2020-10-1056:57

Episode 6 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.Includes:A feature interview about the issues facing immigrant workers from Latin America in the United States, and in particular those who are undocumented, with Guillermo Perez from theLabor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).  Topics also include Puerto Rico, baseball, and the annual event celebrating storied Hall of Famer Robert Clemente: ¡Que Viva Clemente!Larry McCullough with the latest online events from the Battle of Homestead Foundation, before the wrap-up music selection.  This week: not one but 2 songs from the Puerto Rican tradition:Mister con macana by Roy BrownCuando Yo Canto Una Plena by La Recompensa (La R)¡Que Viva Clemente! Event RegistrationCasa San Jose: https://casasanjose.orgPodcast website: Essentialworkpodcast.orgComment line: (412) 326-9435Email: bhfpodcast.nathan@gmail.comPlease rate us five stars on iTunes!Please support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.orgLogo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.comOriginal Music by Jason Kendall: Jasonkendallproductions.comAudio Engineering consulting and assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com
Episode 5 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.Final episode in the series featuring the struggles of food service workers.  Representatives of the nonprofit organization The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) Pittsburgh talk with Nathan Ruggles about their experiences.  Organizer and former server Bobbit Linskens, and local barista and member of ROC, Abbey Rideout conclude the multipart interview by detailing the particular challenges for restaurant workers under a pandemic, additional work by ROC, and talk about their hopes for the future. (Be sure to check out Parts 1 & 2!.)Please give us five stars on Apple Podcasts!Podcast website: Essentialworkpodcast.orgComment line: (412) 326-9435Email: bhfpodcast.nathan@gmail.comPlease support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.orgLogo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.comOriginal Music by Jason Kendall: Jasonkendallproductions.comAudio Engineering consultation and assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com
Episode 4 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.Includes:A feature interview continuing the focus on the struggles of food service workers with Part 2 of a conversation with the nonprofit organization The Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) PA and their work fighting to improve wages and working conditions.  This part covers the issue of wages and benefits in the industry, through the experiences of Bobbi Linskens, organizer and former server, and Abbey Rideout, a barista and member of ROC.  (Part 3 will appear in a special bonus episode.)Battle of Homestead Foundation Communication Manager Larry McCollough with the latest on upcoming free online events hosted by the organization.  The episode finished with a song selection from Larry, another inspired by the theme of the restaurant worker:“Nickeled and Dimed” from the film “The American Ruling Class”, inspired by the book “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America,” written by the social historian Barbara Ehrenreich in 1998.Podcast website: Essentialworkpodcast.orgComment line: (412) 326-9435Email: bhfpodcast.nathan@gmail.comPlease rate us five stars on ITunes!Please support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.orgLogo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.comOriginal Music by Jason Kendall: Jasonkendallproductions.comAudio Engineering assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com
Episode 3 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.Includes:A feature examining the struggles of food service workers through a conversation with Pittsburgh representatives of the nonprofit organization The Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC).  Nathan Ruggles talks with organizer and former server Bobbit Linskens, and local barista and member of ROC, Abbey Rideout.  Topics in this multipart interview include their experiences on the job, the issues they and other workers in the industry have been facing, the particular challenges for restaurant workers under a pandemic, the work ROC has done to help struggling workers, and their hopes for the future. (Part 2 will appear in a special bonus episode!)A spotlight on upcoming free online events hosted by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.  Communication Manager Larry McCollough provides the latest.  The episode closes (as always) with a song selected by Larry, this time inspired by the restaurant worker: “Compliments of Your Waitress” from eclectic English band Chumbawanda (known for their 1997 hit “Tubthumping.”) Please give us five stars on Apple Podcasts!Podcast website: Essentialworkpodcast.orgComment line: (412) 326-9435Email: bhfpodcast.nathan@gmail.comPlease support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.orgLogo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.comOriginal Music by Jason Kendall: Jasonkendallproductions.comAudio Engineering assistance provided by Angela Baughman: thatsoundgirl.com
This is Episode 2 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.Episode 2 includes:The start of a new monthly feature called Working Over Time, with regular expert commentators Rosemary Trump and Charlie McCollester.  Host Nathan Ruggles engages with them on the issue of worker health and safety in the time of a pandemic, with a historic perspective and attention to the role of unions.Following that is a discussion with Larry McCullough covering free online programs and upcoming eventsl hosted by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.  The show ends as always with an appropriate music selection from Larry.  This time: “We Just Come to Work Here, We Don’t Come to Die” composed by Oregon longshoreman Harry Stamper and recorded for Smithsonian Folkways by Pittsburgh singer-songwriter and labor activist Anne Feeney.“We Just Come to Work Here, We Don’t Come to Die” — Anne Feeney, Classic Labor Songs (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings), 2006. On Spotify.Please give us five stars on Apple Podcasts!Podcast website: esssentialworkpodcast.orgComment line: (412) 326-9435Email: bhfpodcast.nathan@gmail.comPlease support this podcast and the organization: https://battleofhomestead.orgLogo by Brittany Sheets: bsheetscreative.comOriginal Music by Jason Kendall: Jasonkendallproductions.com
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, it’s 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, Patty 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.  Podcast website:Essentialworkpodcast.orgComment line: (412) 326-9435Email: bhfpodcast.nathan@gmail.comPlease support this podcast and the organization!https://battleofhomestead.orgLogo by Brittany Sheetsbsheetscreative.comOriginal Music by Jason KendallJasonkendallproductions.com
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