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Working at MoMA: How Does a Painting Conservator Do Her Job?

December 16th, 2018

46:16
Anny Aviram has been conserving paintings at MoMA for 40 years. So, as can imagine, she’s had her hands on some of the world’s most famous artworks. And, occasionally, her saliva. Anny tells Jordan about the techniques …

Working at MoMA: How Does a Museum Security Supervisor Do His Job?

December 9th, 2018

50:15
This week Chet Gold tells Jordan about all the unexpected excitement of working security at a museum. Chet is not only a MoMA security supervisor but …

Working at MoMA: How Do Exhibition Designers Do Their Jobs?

December 2nd, 2018

54:41
When you walk through an exhibition at MoMA, every step you take is part of deliberate design that takes you from piece to piece in just the right …

Working at MoMA: How Does a Curator Do Her Job?

November 25th, 2018

1:14:29
The next person taking us inside life at MoMA is Sarah Meister, a curator in the museum’s Department of Photography. Sarah’s work ranges from pitching exhibits, tracking down and acquiring pieces to writing those words …

Working on Thanksgiving: How Does the Director of Operations at a Soup Kitchen Do His Job?

November 21st, 2018

50:59
In this Thanksgiving bonus episode, Working takes a detour from MoMA to visit one of New York City’s biggest emergency food programs, Holy Apostles …

Working at MoMA: How Does a Collection Specialist Do His Job?

November 18th, 2018

44:09
In the new season of Working, host Jordan Weissmann is going inside New York City’s storied Museum of Modern Art to meet the people who keep one of …

Working With Weed: How Does a Marijuana Lobbyist Work?

November 4th, 2018

43:44
In the final episode of Working With Weed, Jordan talks to Peter Marcus who is the communications director and head of political outreach for …

Working With Weed: How Does a Compliance Specialist Work?

October 28th, 2018

31:15
As it turns out, doing business in an industry that only recently became (semi) legal involves a lot of red tape—and messing up even a small bit of …

Working With Weed: How Does a Cannabis Lawyer Work?

October 21st, 2018

47:18
Marshall Custer wasn’t planning on going into the marijuana industry after he graduated law school. But as he tells host Jordan Weissmann this …

Working With Weed: How Does a Marijuana Farmer Work?

October 14th, 2018

46:57
In this episode, Jordan goes back to Green Dragon in Denver to talk with Ryan Milligan, the company’s co-owner and head of cultivation. He quickly …

Working With Weed: How Does a Cannabis Researcher Work?

October 7th, 2018

49:48
This week Jordan takes a detour from the cannabis industry to take a look at the science of it all.  Dr. Angela Bryan conducts research on marijuana …

Working With Weed: How Does an Edibles Baker Work?

September 30th, 2018

36:35
In this episode, Jordan gets deeper in the nitty gritty of baking with marijuana. He talks with Lauren Kaufman, who helps oversee the kitchen at Love’s Oven in Denver, about the nuances of working with weed and why …

Working With Weed: How Does the Head Chef at an Edibles Company Work?

September 23rd, 2018

38:29
Years ago, a terrible accident left Hope Frahm without taste buds. To cope, she began baking for friends, which led her to cooking school and jobs in …

Working With Weed: How Does a Hash Maker Work?

September 16th, 2018

39:26
 Our series on workers in Colorado’s legal cannabis industry keeps on burning. This week, Jordan talks with Max Platt, a cannabis extraction …

Working Presents: Secret History of The Future

September 12th, 2018

44:34
Technology continues to change the way we live and work. Which is why The Secret History of The Future—the new technology show from Slate and The …

Working with Weed: How Does a Dispensary CEO Work?

September 9th, 2018

53:11
This week, Working with Weed goes to the top of the command chain at a dispensary. Jordan speaks with Alex Levine, owner and Co-CEO of a company called Green Dragon. Green Dragon is one of the largest recreational …

Working With Weed: How Does a Trimmer Work?

September 2nd, 2018

42:06
Can you imagine what it would be like to spend 10 hours a day sitting at a table, cutting the leaves off marijuana buds? Working’s season on the …

Working With Weed: How Does a Dispensary Manager Work?

August 26th, 2018

36:17
What’s it really like to grow and sell legal weed for a living? In the new season of Working, we’re finding out by visiting Colorado to talk with …

How Does the Owner of Katz’s Deli Work?

July 22nd, 2018

42:58
This week on Working, Jordan sits down with Jake Dell who is the latest member of his family to take over New York’s famed Katz’s Deli.

When you own a restaurant that has been beloved since 1888, your work is never …

How Does a Tattoo Artist Work?

July 15th, 2018

40:02
This week, Jordan talks with Victor J. Webster of Brooklyn’s East River Tattoo, who specializes in striking, large-scale pieces of body art inspired …

How Does a Professional Wrestler Work?

July 8th, 2018

44:07
This week, Jordan talks with pro-wrestler Bull James, a longtime pro-wrestler and former WWE personality who now performs on the independent circuit …

How Does a Child Life Specialist Work?

July 1st, 2018

45:50
Chances are, you don’t know much about Jami Barretta’s job. But you really should. 
Jami is a Child Life Specialist at the Hassenfeld Children’s …

How Does a Music Supervisor Work?

June 24th, 2018

50:48
If you really love the music in a film from the last 25 years, there’s a good chance Randall Poster was responsible for that. 
This week, Jordan speaks to the veteran music supervisor who has worked with Wes Anderson, …

Working Presents: Better Life Lab

June 20th, 2018

33:02
Today, we're coming to you with something special — the inaugural episode of Better Life Lab, the new podcast from Slate and New America. Better Life Lab looks at the challenges to work-life balance, and how we can …

How Does a New York City Archaeologist Work?

June 17th, 2018

55:28
What does it mean to be an archaeologist in one of the world’s biggest cities? In this episode, Jordan talks to Alyssa Loorya, an archaeologist whose …

How Does an Art Auctioneer Work?

June 10th, 2018

44:37
This week, Jordan takes a trip to the New York office of Sotheby’s, the world’s oldest and largest international auction house, to interview Helena …

How Does an Urban Winemaker Work?

June 3rd, 2018

51:28
Working is back with a new season and a new host, Slate’s economics correspondent Jordan Weissmann.

In his first episode, Jordan talks to Christopher …

Working Classics: How Does a Drag Queen Work?

May 27th, 2018

56:13
On the final episode of Working Classics, Jacob Brogan talks to New York drag queen, and now Rupaul's Drag Race contestant, Miz Cracker about how she …

Working Classics: How Does the Writer of Batman Work?

May 20th, 2018

1:15:44
In Working Classics, Jacob Brogan revisits some of his favorite episodes from his time hosting the show. In this episode, Jacob sits down with Tom King, the current writer of Batman to discuss his process, how he came …

Working Classics: How Does a Barbecue Chef Work?

May 13th, 2018

54:39
For this episode, we visited Slows Bar B-Q to talk with its chef, Mike Metevia. Prior to coming to Slows a decade ago, Metevia had worked in other sectors of the restaurant industry and with other cuisines, but he’d …

Working Classics: How Does an Aquarium Veterinarian work?

May 6th, 2018

35:22
Leigh Clayton takes care of the health of 1,500 animals in Baltimore's National Aquarium. She explains how you can tell when a fish is sick, and everything that goes into keeping them healthy. She also tells us about …

Working Classics: How Does an Immigration Lawyer Work?

April 29th, 2018

43:32
Nithya Nathan-Pineau is Program Director of CAIR Coalition's Detained Children's Program. She spoke with Jacob Brogan about helping children understand their legal situation, and her work helping making arguments that …

Working Classics: How Does an Abortion Provider Work?

April 22nd, 2018

42:33

Working Classics: How Does a Director of Presidential Correspondence Work?

April 15th, 2018

31:03
In Working: Classics, we're revisiting some of our favorite episodes from past arcs of the show.

There's no workplace that looms larger in Washington, D.C. than the White House. Hundreds of employees work within its …

Working Classics: How Does a Bartender Work?

April 8th, 2018

24:14
Chantal Tseng has been working as a bartender for 16 years, and has been designing her own cocktails for almost as long. She now operates out of the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen, a small, book-lined bar within a …

Working Animals: How Does a Show Jumping Horse Work?

March 25th, 2018

52:51
On the final episode of our season about Working Animals, Jacob Brogan sits down with Shauna Alexander to talk about Skywalker, the show jumping horse. They discuss the lives of sporting horses generally, how these …

Working Animals: How Does Fiona the Hippo Work?

March 18th, 2018

46:05
As part of our continuing series about animals with jobs Jacob Brogan sits down with Wendy Rice of the Cincinnati Zoo to talk about Fiona the Hippo and how she helps Fiona in her job as ambassador of the Cincinnati Zoo, …

Working: How Does Neil Gaiman Work?

March 11th, 2018

54:52
We're taking a break from our season about working animals for a special episode. Jacob Brogan sits down with Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman comics, American Gods, Good Omens, and most recently a book called Norse …

Working Animals: How Does a Livestock Guard Dog Work?

March 4th, 2018

45:52
As part of our continuing series about animals with jobs, Jacob Brogan sits down with Georgia Ranney to discuss Sarge, Kinderhook Farm's maremma guard dog, responsible for help guarding a flock of sheep from predators …

Working Animals: How Does a Theater Dog Work?

February 25th, 2018

57:12
Continuing our season on animals with jobs: Jacob Brogan sits down with trainer William Berloni to talk about Bowdie, a dog and the star of the stage musical "Because of Winn Dixie". They discuss what makes a trainable …

Working Animals: How Does a Guide Dog Work?

February 18th, 2018

54:25
Jacob Brogan sits down with Albert Elia and his guide dog Cheech as part of our continuing series on animals with jobs. they discuss how dogs like Cheech learn to become guide dogs, what their day-to-day …

Working Animals: How Does a Landscaping Goat Work?

February 11th, 2018

43:12
On this episode of Working, we continue speaking about animals with jobs. Jacob Brogan sits down with Tammy Dunakin to talk about her agricultural …

Working Animals: How Does a Miniature Therapy Horse Work?

February 4th, 2018

51:39
On this season of Working we're talking about working animals, their jobs, and the people who work with them. For our first episode of the season Jacob sits down with Debbie Garcia-Bengochea of the non-profit Gentle …

Working LGBTQ: How Does an ACLU Attorney Work?

January 7th, 2018

1:00:42
In the final episode of our season of LGBTQ jobs, Jacob sits down with Josh Block, senior staff attorney at the ACLU's LGBT & HIV Project. They discuss how he found his way to the ACLU, some of his current cases, …

Working LGBTQ: How Does a Gender and Sexuality Journalist Work?

December 31st, 2017

1:01:49
This season on Working we're talking to people whose jobs touch on all aspects of LGBTQ life. On this episode Jacob Brogan sits down with Christina Cauterucci, a staff writer at Slate whose beat encompasses gender, …

Working LGBTQ: How Does a Presbyterian LGBTQ Advocate Work?

December 24th, 2017

50:37
This season on Working, we're talking to people whose jobs touch on different aspects of LGBTQ life. On this episode, Jacob sits down with Alex McNeill, the Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians, an …

Working LGBTQ: How Does Sci-Fi Author Samuel Delany Work?

December 17th, 2017

58:01
On this season of Working, Jacob sits down with people whose jobs touch on LGBTQ life. On this episode, Jacob sits down with science fiction author Samuel Delany, author of Trouble on Triton, Babel-17, Through the …

Working LGBTQ: How Does a Gender Reassignment Surgeon Work

December 10th, 2017

47:43
This season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to people whose jobs touch on all elements of LGBTQ life. Today Jacob sits down with Dr. Jess Ting, a plastic surgeon who specializes in transgender surgery at Mt. Sinai …

Working LGBTQ: How Does a Queer Theorist Work

December 3rd, 2017

1:04:19
This season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to people whose jobs touch on all elements of LGBTQ life. On this episode Jacob sits down with Elizabeth Freeman, queer theorist, professor of English at UC Davis, and author …

Working LGBTQ: How Does a Bespoke Tailor Work?

November 26th, 2017

55:19
This season on Working, Jacob Brogan speaks with people whose careers touch on all aspects of LGBTQ life. On this episode Jacob sits down with Daniel Friedman, co-founder of Bindle & Keep, a bespoke tailoring …

Working LGBTQ: How Does a Drag Queen Work?

November 19th, 2017

56:43
This season on Working, Jacob Brogan sits down with artists, doctors, pastors, business owners, and more whose work touches on LGBTQ life. On this episode, Jacob talks to New York drag queen Miz Cracker about how she …

Working: How Does a Comic Book Librarian Work?

October 22nd, 2017

56:22
In the final episode of this comics-focused season of Slate's Working, Jacob Brogan sits down with Caitlyn McGurk, Assistant professor and associate curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State …

Working: How Does a Comic Book Store Owner Work?

October 15th, 2017

53:08
As part of our continuing series about the comics industry, Jacob Brogan sits down with Jared Smith, one of the co-owners of Big Planet Comics in Washington DC. They discuss the day to day business of interacting with …

Working: How Does the Creator of a Graphic Novel Work?

October 8th, 2017

54:11
So far in this series of Working, Jacob Brogan has been speaking to the team of creators behind DC's Batman comic books, who each perform an individual job in the pipeline. Today Jacob talks to a cartoonist who does all …

Working: How Does the Colorist of Batman Work?

October 1st, 2017

54:16
On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC's Batman comic book. He'll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and …

Working: How Does the Letterer of Batman Work?

September 24th, 2017

59:48
On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC's Batman comic book. He'll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and …

Working: How Does the Inker of Batman Work?

September 17th, 2017

51:59
On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC's Batman comic book. He'll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and …

Working: How Does the Penciler of Batman Work?

September 10th, 2017

51:01
On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC's Batman comic book. He'll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and …

Working: How Does the Writer of Batman Work?

September 3rd, 2017

1:15:30
On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC's Batman comic book. He'll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and …

In Detroit: How Does a Music Educator Work?

August 6th, 2017

38:39
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We spoke with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future.

For this final episode, we visited …

In Detroit: How Does Shinola's Manufacturing VP Work?

July 30th, 2017

1:01:18
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We’re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future.

For this episode, we visited …

In Detroit: How Does a Barbecue Chef Work?

July 23rd, 2017

54:04
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We’re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future.

For this episode, we visited

In Detroit: How Does the Mayor's Chief of Staff Work?

July 16th, 2017

55:08
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We’re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future. For this episode, we spoke …

In Detroit: How Does a Community Internet Organizer Work?

July 9th, 2017

50:53
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We’re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future. For this episode, we spoke …

In Detroit: How Does an Automotive Battery Engineer Work?

July 2nd, 2017

53:14
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind to visit Detroit. We're speaking with people who are drawing on the city's complex history as they work to create its future.

The automotive industry, which has …

In Detroit: How Does an Urban Farmer Work?

June 25th, 2017

41:48
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind to visit Detroit. We're speaking with people who are drawing on the city's complex history as they work to create its future.

Greg Willerer grows a variety of …

In Detroit: How Does a Hair Care Entrepreneur Work?

June 18th, 2017

52:00
On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind to visit Detroit. We're speaking with people who are drawing on the city's complex history as they work to create its future.

For our first episode, we sat down …

In Baltimore: How Does a Schooner Captain Work?

June 4th, 2017

48:05
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.

In Baltimore: How Does a Real Estate Property Manager Work?

May 28th, 2017

47:10
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.

In Baltimore: How Does the Aquarium Veterinarian work?

May 22nd, 2017

35:14
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.

In Baltimore: How Does Dan Deacon Work?

May 10th, 2017

1:06:18
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.

Dan …

In Baltimore: How Does a Public Defender Work?

May 2nd, 2017

49:30
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.

In Baltimore: How Does a Neurosurgeon Work?

April 21st, 2017

43:49
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.

In Baltimore: How does a Yarn Dyer Work?

April 13th, 2017

47:42
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.

In Baltimore: How Does Crime Novelist Laura Lippman Work?

April 5th, 2017

57:04
On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We're hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.

On …

The "How Does a Labor Organizer Work?" Edition

March 9th, 2017

50:42
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of …

The "How Does a Satirist Work?" Edition

February 28th, 2017

50:45
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of …

The "How Does a Psychotherapist Work?" Edition

February 22nd, 2017

41:45
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of …

The "How Does a Pollster Work?" Edition

February 13th, 2017

43:27
Recently, Donald Trump tweeted that "any negative polls are fake news," so we wanted to understand some of the work that goes into polling.  In this …

The "How Does a Librarian Work?" Edition

February 6th, 2017

47:45
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of …

The "How Does a CIA Analyst Work?" Edition

January 30th, 2017

48:30
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of …

The "How Does an Inaugural Parade Announcer Work?" Edition

January 20th, 2017

51:33
Charlie Brotman announced every inaugural parade since 1957, and was fired by Donald Trump's team in 2017.

Brotman told Jacob Brogan about how his …

The "How Does a Protest Organizer Work?" Edition

January 16th, 2017

36:59
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of …

The "How Does Santa Claus Work?" Edition

December 20th, 2016

47:04
For our last episode of the year, we're taking a break from our ongoing series of jobs imperiled by the election of Donald Trump for a holiday …

The "How Does a Nuclear Nonproliferation Expert Work?" Edition

December 12th, 2016

42:33
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of …

The "How Does an Imam Work?" Edition

December 5th, 2016

34:06
This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of …

The "How Does an Immigration Lawyer Work?" Edition

November 27th, 2016

47:10
This season on Working, we're talking to people employed in fields potentially imperiled by the results of the recent U.S. Presidential election.

The "How Does an Abortion Provider Work?" Edition

November 21st, 2016

45:06
This season on Working, we're talking to people employed in fields potentially imperiled by the results of the recent U.S. Presidential election.

The "How Does a Clown Work?" Edition

October 30th, 2016

43:16
Carol Collins has performed over 40 years as Bingo the Clown. She tells Jacob Brogan, about how she got started, what goes into being a clown, and …

Working Beautifully: Stylist Rosana Vollmerhausen

October 23rd, 2016

43:57
Rosana helps professional find their own personal style. She rummages through their closet to help get a sense of who they are and what they have, then she goes shopping with them and helps them create outfits with …

Working Beautifully: Nail Artist Vivian Cam

October 16th, 2016

38:43
Nail Artist Vivian Cam helps her clients have healthy and beautiful nails. She'll even go a step beyond painting intricate designs and images on her …

Working Beautifully: Tailor Cheryl Lofton

October 11th, 2016

43:35
Self-described "tailoress" Cheryl Lofton makes new clothes fit better, brings new life to old clothes, and helps design customer's dream clothing on …

Working Beautifully: Makeup Artist Christin Michelle

October 2nd, 2016

41:08

NMAAHC Opening Special: The "How Does a Museum Specialist Work?" Edition

September 26th, 2016

41:47
This week, the Smithsonian's National African American History and Culture Museum had its grand opening, so we're sharing a conversation we had …

Working at the White House: Horticulturist Jim Adams

September 19th, 2016

38:25
Jim Adams keeps every plant at the White House healthy and beautiful as the Supervisory Horticulturist for the National Park Service Special Liaison …

Working at the White House: Protester, Philipos Melaku-Bello

September 11th, 2016

38:39
Outside the gates of the White House, Lafayette Plaza is often full of tourists, Secret Service, Performers, and Protesters. We spoke to Philipos …

Working at the White House: Former Intern Chase Woods

September 4th, 2016

36:34
This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. For this week's episode, we spoke to someone who was a little less familiar with the institution. Chase Woods, a rising senior at the University of Chicago, served …

Working at the White House: Quick Break

August 21st, 2016

3:04
We're taking a short vacation, so it's a great time to catch up on the rest of the series. Learn about who writes the President's speeches, who picks …

Working at the White House: Legislative Affairs Director Amy Rosenbaum

August 14th, 2016

39:23
Meet the President's chief negotiator in Congress, Amy Rosenbaum.

This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. For this episode, we visited the West Wing office of Amy Rosenbaum, President Obama's Director of …

Working at the White House: Management and Administration Assistant to the President, Maju Varghese

August 7th, 2016

43:00
This season, we've been going to the White House trying to understand how the Presidential administration's employees operate and interact. To get a better sense of how the building itself operates, we spoke to Maju …

Working at the White House: Washington Post's Bureau Chief Juliet Eilperin

July 31st, 2016

44:47
This week we took a step back from the administration itself to talk to the Washington Post's White House Bureau Chief, Juliet Eilperin. A former …

Working at the White House: Head Speechwriter Cody Keenan

July 24th, 2016

35:43
This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. Head Speechwriter Cody Keenan writes and edits the President's speeches. He takes us through his career starting as a speechwriting intern in 2008 and how a speech …

Working at the White House: Director of Scheduling Gregory Lorjuste

July 17th, 2016

40:00
This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. Director of Scheduling Gregory Lorjuste is responsible for figuring out what the President …

Working at the White House: Update

July 10th, 2016

3:27
This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. Because the jobs of the people who work there are sometimes unpredictable, we weren’t able to bring you an episode this week. But we’ll be back next week with …

Working at the White House: Public Engagement Director, Paulette Aniskoff

July 3rd, 2016

37:36
This season on Working, we’re going to the White House. For our second episode, we spoke to Paulette Aniskoff, director of the White House Office of …

Working at the White House: Director of Presidential Correspondence, Fiona Reeves

June 26th, 2016

32:32
There's no workplace that looms larger in Washington, D.C. than the White House. Hundreds of employees work within its walls, but most of us don't know much about what really goes on there. In a special season of …

The "How Does Slate's Director of Events Work?" Edition

May 22nd, 2016

28:07
We spoke to Faith Smith who orchestrates all of Slate's live events. She puts together live tapings of podcast episodes, and has also organized conferences, panel discussions, happy hours, and much more. She offered us …

The "How Does the Chief Scientist of NASA Work?" Edition

May 15th, 2016

29:53
Meet the Chief Scientist of NASA, Dr. Ellen Stofan. By training, Dr. Stofan is a planetary geologist who has studied volcanoes both here on Earth, …

The "How Does a Museum Specialist Work?" Edition

May 8th, 2016

40:10
Ever find yourself at a museum wondering about who chose the artifacts and wrote the captions? We spoke with Mary Elliott, a museum specialist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and …

The "How Does a Book Seller Work?" Edition

May 1st, 2016

30:25
Visit Second Story Books in Washington, D.C. and meet book buyer and seller Topher Lundell. He told us about how they acquire the thousands of books …

The "How Does a Dog Walker Work?" Edition

April 24th, 2016

25:57
Jason Mogavero is a dog walker based in Washington, D.C. who looks after a dozen or more pups every day. He went in deep with us on the particulars …

The "How Does a Butcher Work?" Edition

April 18th, 2016

31:48
Learn how the sausage gets made with a butcher who combines traditional meat preparation with fine dining. Nathan Anda is a butcher and chef in Washington, D.C. whose company Red Apron produces artisanal meats for its …

The “How Does a Bartender Work?” Edition

April 10th, 2016

24:55
Chantal Tseng has been working as a bartender for 16 years, and has been designing her own cocktails for almost as long. She now operates out of the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen, a small, book-lined bar within a …

The “How Does a Landscape Designer Work?” Edition

April 3rd, 2016

23:31
Tom Noll trained as an artist, but he eventually translated his passion for plants and green living into a career as a landscape designer. Working …

The “What’s It Like to Be a Twerking Instructor?” Edition

March 6th, 2016

29:35
Meet a fitness instructor who teaches people how to twerk.

Working is brought to you by Hiscox Small Business Insurance. Hiscox offers a new way to buy small business insurance by tailoring coverage to fit your needs and …

The “What’s It Like to Run a Medical Marijuana Dispensary?” Edition

February 28th, 2016

31:55
Meet the rabbi and former hospital administrator who now run a pot dispensary.

Working is brought to you by Hiscox Small Business Insurance. Hiscox offers a new way to buy small business insurance by tailoring coverage …

The “What’s It Like to Run DC’s Only Japanese Supermarket?” Edition

February 21st, 2016

24:11
In this episode of Working, Slate’s Rachel E. Gross talks to the owners of DC’s Hana Japanese market, married couple Ikuyo and Yoshio Tanabe.

In a Slate Plus extra, Ikuyo Tanabe talks about what it’s like to run a travel …

The "How Does a Professional Pie-Baker Work?" Edition

February 14th, 2016

33:58
Teeny Lamothe is the owner of Teeny Pies, a handmade pie company in Washington, D.C. that sells pies at farmers’ markets, local coffee shops, and maybe even to your CSA.

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The “How Does a Jewelry-Maker Work?” Edition

February 7th, 2016

28:43
In this episode of Working, Slate editorial assistant Rachel Gross talks to Rachel Pfeffer, whose signature honeycomb necklace has been spotted on Beyonceì, aka the Queen B.

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The "How Does a Coffee Roaster Work?" Edition

January 31st, 2016

34:58
In this episode of Working, Slate editorial assistant Rachel Gross talks to Joel Finkelstein, professional coffee roaster and owner of Qualia Coffee in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

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The "How Does a Realtor Work?" Edition

December 20th, 2015

34:08

The "How Does a Wine Portfolio Manager Work?" Edition

December 13th, 2015

30:37

The "How Does a Freelance Chef Work?" Edition

December 6th, 2015

23:44
This week on Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson talks to Santana Benitez, a freelance chef in New York City. Santana talks about building a pop up kitchen for a private event, how she prepares to cook for a party, and the …

The "How Does a Animal Behavior Specialist Work?" Edition

November 29th, 2015

25:11
In this week’s episode of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson talks to Victoria Wells, an animal behavior specialist for the ASPCA in Manhattan. Victoria explains the strategies she uses to help dogs overcome behavioral …

The "How Does the Head of HR Work?" Edition

November 22nd, 2015

26:28
Slate’s L.V. Anderson interviews Kevin Fanning, VP of Talent & Culture at Cogo Labs, a startup incubator in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the …

The "How Does a Funeral Director Work?" Edition

November 15th, 2015

23:56
In the Season 5 premiere of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson interviews James Donofrio, a funeral director at Blair Mazzarella Funeral Home. James explains the effects of always being on the clock, how he prepares for an …

The "How Does a Mediator Work?" Edition

October 18th, 2015

35:25
On the last episode for this season of Working, WNYC’s Arun Venugopal talks to Elizabeth Clemants, a New York City mediator and shaman. Elizabeth …

The "How Does a Casting Director Work?" Edition

October 11th, 2015

27:45
Bernie Telsey has been casting hit musicals, films, and TV shows for over 20 years. In this week’s episode of Working, Bernie talks about what he’s looking for in an audition, how diversity has changed on the stage and …

The "How Does a Male Dominatrix Work?" Edition

October 4th, 2015

27:24
In New York City’s Lower East Side there’s a dungeon with whips, swords, and a slave in chains where Conrad, a male dominatrix, carries out his work at his client’s request. On Working this week, Conrad talks to Arun …

The "How Does a Forensic Anthropologist Work?" Edition

September 27th, 2015

30:44
WNYC’s Arun Venugopal talks to Dr. Bradley Adams, a forensic anthropologist for the city of New York. Dr. Adams talks about the impact 9/11 had on …

The "How Does a Barber Work?" Edition

September 20th, 2015

25:34
The host of WNYC’s Micropolis series, Arun Venugopal, interviews Eric Aleman, a barber at King of Kings Barber Shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Eric …

Working: The "How Does a Self-Defense Instructor Work?" Edition

September 13th, 2015

29:37
In the Season 4 premiere of Working, the host of WNYC’s Micropolis series, Arun Venugopal, interviews Elena Waldman, a self-defense instructor at MKD …

The “How Does a Book Editor Work?” Edition

August 16th, 2015

33:34
On this episode of Working, the last of Slate’s third season, host Aisha Harris talks to Jordan Pavlin, a book editor at Knopf, about how she identifies future bestsellers, works with talented but sometimes …

The “How Does a Retail Manager Work?” Edition

August 9th, 2015

32:06
Aisha Harris talks to "Jake," a veteran manager for a fast-fashion retail chain in New York. He talks about the challenges of his job including interacting with young staff, angry customers, and shoplifters. Plus, Jake …

The “How Does a Debate Moderator Work?” Edition?

August 2nd, 2015

31:51
John Donvan has made a career out of staying calm – and staying on topic. A veteran ABC News correspondent, he’s now the moderator of Intelligence Squared Debates, a series of Oxford-style debates on the most …

The “How Does a Club Doorman Work?” Edition

July 26th, 2015

27:56
Aleksey Kernes is the guy to know if you’re trying to skip the line outside a hot New York City club. The front of house manager at Hotel Chantelle, a nightclub on New York’s Lower East Side, talks nightlife, table …

The "How Does a Matchmaker Work?" Edition

July 19th, 2015

27:00
Danielle Selber is there for Jewish singles who’ve struck out online or just don’t have enough time to get themselves into the dating pool. She’s a …

The "How Does a Medical Resident Work?" Edition

July 12th, 2015

35:56
In the season three premiere of Working, Slate culture writer Aisha Harris interviews Alexandra Charrow, a medical resident at Boston’s Brigham and …

The “How Does a 747 Pilot Work?” Edition

June 15th, 2015

47:01
In this special, one-off episode of Working, Slate editor-in-chief Julia Turner speaks with British Airways pilot Mark Vanhoenacker. From the cockpit …

The “How Does the Host of Working Work?” Edition

May 17th, 2015

48:43
In this final episode of Season 2, host Adam Davidson and former Working host David Plotz interview each other about walking away from large media companies and starting new adventures in their careers.  In a Slate Plus …

The "How Does A Child-Abuse Detective Work?" Edition

May 11th, 2015

58:01
In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson talks with Det. Erica Hurley of the Portland Police Bureau's Child Abuse …

The "How Does a Stand Up Comedian Work?" Edition

May 3rd, 2015

37:08
On this episode, Adam Davidson of the New York Times Magazine talks to stand-up comedian Brooke Van Poppelen. She explains what it’s like to have to be funny all of the time, how to prepare for gigs, and whether this is …

The "How Does a Home Birth Midwife Work?" Episode

April 26th, 2015

44:37
In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson talks with midwife Karen Jefferson about her work providing labor and delivery services in the comfort of people's homes.  Jefferson discusses how …

The "How Does a New Orleans Musician Work?" Edition

April 19th, 2015

25:24
In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine talks with singer-songwriter Sarah Quintana about her life on the New Orleans music …

The “How Does a Family Business Work?” Edition

April 12th, 2015

34:29
In this installment of Slate’s podcast about work, host Adam Davidson talks with mother-and-son duo Monica and Kicker Kalozdi about their New Orleans-based business, Kalencom Corp. They discuss how they design, …

The "How Does a Customs Broker Work?" Edition

April 5th, 2015

18:55
The president of the New York Customs Brokers talks about his 37 years of experience in the importing business, and how the industry has changed.You can find out more at MailChimp.com.  For an extended version of this …

The "How Does a UN Official Work?" Edition

March 29th, 2015

40:21
In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine talks with his brother in law, Tony Banbury, who also happens to be a high-ranking official at …

The "How Does a Bail Bondsman Work?" Edition

March 23rd, 2015

33:03
In this installment of Slate's podcast about work, host Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine talks with veteran bail bondsman Ira Judelson.  "I am the bank for people that get …

The "How Does Adam McKay Work?" Edition

March 16th, 2015

34:06
Slate's podcast about work returns with host Adam Davidson talking to writer, director, and producer Adam McKay about collaborating with Will …

Working Season 2: Starts March 16!

February 20th, 2015

3:32
Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine explains what's on tap for the second season of Slate's Working podcast. Know …

Working: The “How Does A Principal Work?” Edition

December 18th, 2014

22:02
Slate’s Podcast About Work Explores How a Principal Deals With Angry Parents, Standardized Tests, and Low-Income Middle School Students.

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The "How Does a Google Coder Work?" Edition

December 15th, 2014

17:58

The “How Does A Lexicographer Work?” Edition

December 11th, 2014

28:41

The "How Does A Farmer Work?" Edition

December 8th, 2014

29:29
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks to fruit grower Eddie Rankin about GoldRush apples, the value of farmers' markets, and how farmers …

The “How Does A Hollywood Screenwriter Work? Edition

December 4th, 2014

33:33
David Plotz talks to screenwriter and executive producer Craig Turk about the value of different types of screenwriters, and how the cast and crew of The Good Wife kept a big season five secret.

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The "How To Run a Day Care Center" Edition

December 1st, 2014

18:56
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks to day care manager Dannae Sewell about balancing different expectations for child development, and how to tailor care to each child’s needs. 

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The "How Does a Flight Paramedic Work?" Edition

November 26th, 2014

31:06
David Plotz speaks with Jeff Ennis, a flight paramedic out of North Carolina about what it's like to work 24-hour days, and transporting emergency …

The "How Does An Appliance Repairman Work?" Edition

November 24th, 2014

23:13
On this episode of Slate's Working, David Plotz talks to appliance repairman John Lefever about learning to fix new appliances and what it's like to work in a stranger's home five times a day.

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The “How Does A Hospice Nurse Work?” Edition

November 20th, 2014

32:17
David Plotz talks to a hospice nurse about caring for the elderly, dealing with families in the process of grieving, and what it’s like to give a bath to a person who has just died.

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The "How Does A Porn Star Work?" Edition

November 18th, 2014

27:26

"How Does A Waiter Work?" Edition

November 15th, 2014

43:16
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with a veteran waiter about how he does his job, how much he makes, and why waiters are definitely judging their customers. To learn more about this series, click here. …

The "How Does A Cartoonist Work?" Edition

November 12th, 2014

34:02
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles about the importance of finding humor in the news and why he …

The "How Does A Perfumer Work?" Edition

November 7th, 2014

32:00
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with perfumer Anne Serrano-McClain about starting a perfume business and how to create a mass-market perfume from scratch. To learn more about this series, click here. …

The “How Does the Guitarist in They Might Be Giants Work?” Edition

November 4th, 2014

29:52
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with John Flansburgh from They Might Be Giants about what it’s like to go on tour, and what he has in …

The “How Does A Pastor Work?” Edition

October 30th, 2014

38:39
On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with Dr. Howard-John Wesley about how a pastor prepares a sermon and why he creates personal boundaries between himself and his congregation.

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Working: Dr. Meri Kolbrener

October 23rd, 2014

29:32
On Ep. 2 of Working, David Plotz talks with Dr. Meri Kolbrener about how treating poor families in Washington, D.C. requires both technical skill and …

Working: Stephen Colbert

October 16th, 2014

40:00
On Ep. 1 of Working, Slate's David Plotz talks with Stephen Colbert on how he puts his show together and turns himself from Stephen Colbert into the …
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