Jul 12, 2009 — Matthew Crawford was on what most people would think was the "right track." Then he left his job as executive director at a think tank in Washington to open a motorcycle repair shop. In his new book, Shop Class as Soulcraft, he makes the case that our society has placed too great a value on white-collar work and not enough value on the trades.
Jun 24, 2009 — For his book, The Pleasures And Sorrows Of Work, philosopher Alain De Botton observed everyday occupations. On one trip, he observed the development of a new cookie. Along the way, he looks at what makes our work worthwhile.
Oct 31, 2008 — Terkel, who came of age during the Great Depression, often said America suffered from what he called a national Alzheimer's disease. His oral histories and radio interviews with everyday Americans helped document the nation's past.
Jan 15, 2008 — With the unemployment rate at a two-year high and the housing market in a slump, talk of a recession is on the rise. Stephanie AuWerter, editor of SmartMoney, and Stephen Viscusi, author of On the Job, offer tips on what you can do to protect yourself when the economy is looking grim.
Jun 29, 2007 — You think you hate your job? In ancient Rome or Greece, you might have been an armpit plucker, or a hairdresser who used urine and pigeon droppings to make your clients look good.
Apr 19, 2006 — Stephen Viscusi talks with Renee Montagne about whether you should tell your employer when you are looking for a new job. Viscusi is CEO of The Viscusi Group, a recruiting firm in New York City. He also is the author of On The Job: How to Make it in the Real World of Work.
Sep 26, 2004 — NPR's Liane Hansen speaks with Josh Aiello, author of 60 People to Avoid at the Water Cooler, a tongue-in-cheek anthropological study of annoying corporate creatures, including The Pompous General Partner, the Condescending IT Guy, and the Incontinent CEO.