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Working People: A podcast by, for, and about the working class today (now in partnership with In These Times magazine and The Real News Network). Working People is a podcast about working-class lives in 21st-century America. In every episode, you'll hear interviews with workers from around the country, from all walks of life. We'll talk about their life stories, their jobs, politics, and families, their joys and hopes and frustrations. Overall, Working People aims to share and celebrate the ...
 
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The NBA is now a 365-day league and it's never been more present in pop culture. On HORSE, we don’t analyze wins and losses. We talk beefs, dig into Internet drama, and have fun. New episodes every other Monday.
 
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Join us every week to take a few moments to step out of the internal chatter and external noise. We'll pause and reflect to consider what brings us joy and success as athletes and how we can live a life that best reflects our limitless potential on and off the field. Hosted by Co-founder & CEO of MindReady, Jeremy Wolf, The Lab is an examination into the current state of sports in the United States and its effect on the athletes of this generation. From Nineforty Media & MindReady Studios. B ...
 
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Bobby and Alex are back with a very special episode this week. They’ve invited on their friends Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman of Céspedes Family BBQ to do the unthinkable: draft the owners who they would actually want — or wouldn’t hate — to have running their team. Some of the choices may surprise you and some may not, but the episode reveals t…
 
Full Court Press: The Knicks Make A Trade, The Bulls Go On A Winning Stream And Devin Booker Beefs With A Raptor 3-on-3: The Three Best Second Round Draft Picks/Undrafted Players In NBA History That Actually Happened: The Chicago Bulls Saga Of The Three Alphas And Also: Saddles And Such, Hibiscus, The Tea Memorial Locker Room, Jansport Backpacks, D…
 
Alex and Bobby banter about a potential ARod-Cast for Sunday Night Baseball, and then give their not-so-surprised reactions to MLB Network letting Ken Rosenthal go. Then, they bring on Andrea Williams, author of “Baseball’s Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues,” to discuss her interest in Manley and the impetus for w…
 
Here we are again... With the Omicron variant spreading like wildfire, COVID-19 cases around the country have shattered previous highs. The federal government has essentially given up on trying to fight the virus and a familiar ghoulish chorus of media pundits and wealthy business executives are berating working people to suck it up and put themsel…
 
To ring in the New Year, Bobby and Alex bring back Michael Baumann, staff writer at The Ringer, for their third annual State of Labor in Baseball, where they survey baseball’s current labor landscape and examine the key dynamics that will define the sport's coming years. Amid the ongoing lockout, they look at whether the current stalemate tracks wi…
 
Full Court Press: Omicron Hits The NBA & Replacement Players Get Their Chance That Actually Happened: Iman Shumpert Won Dancing With The Stars 3-on-3: The Three Best/Worst Performances By Basketball Players On Competition Reality Shows And Also: Canaries, Omarion, The Jersey Curse, PossiBULL, Kumquats, Jordan Day, Al G Rhythm, Funky Faces, Flat Top…
 
Due to COVID awfulness, we're counting our 6-hour livestream fundraiser for striking Kellogg's workers as the official finale of Season Four of Working People (woo!). Thank you all for listening to and supporting our work over the past year. We're getting some much-needed rest and gearing up for Season Five. In the meantime, we're ringing in the ne…
 
Coming up on the end of 2021, Alex and Bobby take a moment to reflect on the past year and dig into why it feels harder than ever to separate baseball as a business from baseball as a form of entertainment. Of course, they then go on to break down — surprise — the recent lawsuit over MLB’s anti-trust exemption. Finally, they dig into the mailbag fo…
 
After nearly 3 months, the strike at cereal giant Kellogg's, which involved 1,400 workers at four different plants, has come to an end. On Tuesday, December 21, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' International Union (BCTGM) announced that its members at Kellogg's had voted to ratify the latest contract offer. We want to s…
 
Hospitality workers around the country have faced some of the worst layoffs in any industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. UNITE HERE, a labor union representing over 300,000 workers, most of whom are in the hospitality, food service, and restaurant industries, reported that 98% of its members were out of work last year. At the five hotel properties…
 
Full Court Press: NBA Covid Issues, Trade Deadline Talk & Steph Curry’s Record Breaking Three (bang) An Interview With: Alex Bazeley and Bobby Wagner of Tipping Pitches And Also: Frankincense And Myrrh, Vaccination Hesitation, Boosty Boosts, The Impossible Vaccine, Sad Bird Noises, Very Special Boys, CBA ABC’s, Succession War Rooms, The Larry Bird …
 
This week, Bobby and Alex finally discuss the Business Insider report that MLB knowingly used two baseballs — that performed very differently — for the entirety of the 2021 season, without informing players, teams, or fans. They, they're joined by Citations Needed co-host Adam Johnson to discuss the way the media industry covers lockouts, strikes, …
 
Election season is coming up, so you know what that means... we're re-launching our series "Working-Class Politics"! In this ongoing series, we talk to working-class people running for elected office at all levels—in their unions, in local, state, and national government, etc.—as well as candidates fighting with and for the working class. In the la…
 
Ending 26 years of "labor peace," Major League Baseball is in the midst of a lockout. With league owners failing to address the core contract issues raised by the Major League Baseball Players Association, the previous collective bargaining agreement expired at the beginning of this month. In an open letter to baseball fans, MLB Commissioner Rob Ma…
 
With the recent expiration of Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, Alex and Bobby are taking some time to break down key concepts that will be on the table in the coming weeks and months and examine what’s at stake for each side. To round out the series, they bring on Nathaniel Grow, associate professor of business law and ethic…
 
Starbucks is the world's largest coffeehouse chain and one of the most recognizable consumer brands in existence. In the US alone, Starbucks has nearly 9,000 corporate-owned stores, and not a single one of them is unionized ... but that may be about to change. After leading an organizing campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic and facing tireless eff…
 
Now that Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement has expired, Alex and Bobby are taking some time to break down key concepts that will be on the table in the coming weeks and months and examine what’s at stake for each side. This week, they do a deep dive on the competitive balance tax, looking at its initial aims to address parity …
 
Full Court Press: The Vomit Game, Dream Team Updates & Warriors/Suns Domination 3-on-3: The Three Least/Most Dramatic Kardashian/Jenner & NBA Player Relationships That Actually Happened: A College Basketball Team Played 3 On 5 And Almost Won And Also: The Circle of Patreon, Dr. Strangelove, Jomboy, Pretty Wobbly Character, Anthony Anderson, The Oub…
 
Back in the spring, we spoke with three graduate student workers at Columbia University who were on strike with other members of the Student Workers of Columbia union, UAW Local 2110. After rank-and-file members rejected the tentative agreement between the university and the bargaining committee, negotiations continued, but Columbia has still faile…
 
With the imminent expiration of Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, Alex and Bobby are taking some time to break down key concepts that will be on the table in the coming weeks and months and examine what’s at stake for each side. This week, they look at salary arbitration, tracing its roots back to the end of the reserve claus…
 
What role does fiction have to play in the class struggle? Should the left be making a stronger case for the political importance of reading literature? In this special Working People episode, which has been months in the making, TRNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez talks with writer and editor Sarah Lazare about her novel Testimony, which she …
 
Full Court Press: Phoenix Suns Owner Robert Sarver Is The Worst & The Staples Center Gets A New Name That Actually Happened: Adam Won A Skills Competition At Madison Square Garden 3-on-3: The Three Times Pickup Basketball Scuffles Were And Weren’t Schubes’ Fault And Also: DeBallZach, Mamawallop, Sexland, Ball & Cox, Apple Picking, Laura Dern, Doubl…
 
Bobby and Alex banter about the Rays doing Rays things with a generational talent, then break down the new plan to provide minor leaguers with housing and why it’s a bittersweet victory. Then, a close reading of Rob Manfred’s comments about the state of CBA negotiations. Links: Jeff Passan’s roundup of Rob Manfred’s comments (https://www.espn.com/m…
 
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is having a pivotal leadership election right now, and the results will set the future course for one of the most storied unions in existence. This election officially marks the end of the Hoffa era as James P. Hoffa, son of Jimmy Hoffa, is retiring as Teamsters General President. Members have cast their v…
 
Bobby and Alex chronicle the latest in CBA negotiation news, including an outlandish proposal to replace salary arbitration with a payment system based on FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement. Then, they discuss Scott Boras, and whether his annual comments at the GM Meetings align with MLBPA interests or not. Finally, they finish by answering listener …
 
35,000 members of the Alliance of Health Care Unions, a coalition of 21 local unions representing over 52,000 workers at the healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente in states around the country, have set a strike date. Unless the company addresses the serious issues that workers have raised at the bargaining table, Kaiser workers will walk off the job o…
 
In this special episode, Working People producer Jules Taylor (@realjulestaylor) speaks with working musician and farm laborer Michael Francis McCarthy. Jules and Michael have known each other for a few years, having met during an event in Woodstock, NY where Michael was performing. Michael paints a sobering picture of what earning a living by work…
 
For their 200th episode, Alex and Bobby open up the mailbag and spend an episode taking listener questions about baseball and far beyond, including a baseball podcaster brawl, deadly caffeine consumption, Star Wars characters in bed, all things Taylor Swift, secondary podcast ideas, episode music choices, and much more. Thanks to those who submitte…
 
Full Court Press: The NBA Health Insurance Fraud Scheme & Early Season NBA Action An Interview With: Sarah Spain- ESPN Television Personality/Radio Host, Journalist & Chicago Sports Fanatic And Also: Bing Bong, Disc Golf, NBA2K11, A Big Ole Plate Of Crow, Glue Gals, NBA Inside Stuff, Jerry Stackhouse’s Middle Finger, Reply Guys, WNBA Kicks & Fits, …
 
Bobby and Alex talk Jon Heyman’s growing sentience, then take stock of the World Series so far, examining what has made it enjoyable — or not — to watch. Then they discuss the looming likelihood of a strike, assessing what they think a potential work stoppage will look like and where the power balance stands right now. This week’s Three Up, Three D…
 
We hosted our first ever Working People livestream this week! We got to chat with some special friends about Spooky Season and #Striketober, and we had a sprawling, heartfelt discussion about solidarity and togetherness. This was a special event we put on for an important cause: to raise money for our amazing producer Jules and his family so they c…
 
Alex and Bobby check in on Bob Nightengale’s latest exploits, then discuss how they ~feel~ about a Houston-Atlanta World Series, what makes these teams hard to root for, the complexity of the Dodgers’ exit, and more. They also take listener messages about rooting for the Astros as a Dodger fan, Kevin Millar the scab, and what a devoted Tipping Pitc…
 
Full Court Press: The Chicago Sky Win The WNBA Finals & The NBA Season Begins The 2021-2022 NBA Drama Draft: Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons and Much More And Also: Spiciness, Disc Golf Tournaments, IHOP Pancakes, Past Mike, Ted Lasso, Russell Westbrick, The Staten Island Nets, Shit Or Get Off The Pot Mode, Newdonis Haslem, Erick Dampier, Slidey Room, No…
 
A lot of important history is being made right now, and something potentially game-changing is unfolding among the American workforce. At this very moment, 10,000 UAW members at John Deere are on strike in Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas; 35,000 healthcare workers at Kaiser Permanente have authorized a strike; 1,400 workers at cereal giant Kellogg’s are…
 
Alex and Bobby react to the news that MLB plans to provide housing for all its minor leaguers starting in 2022, wonder what that will look like in practice, and theorize how that will affect the continued organizing effort among minor leaguers. Then, they’re joined by Josh Gondelman, comedian and producer of Desus & Mero, to make a humble case for …
 
Like Frito-Lay, Nabisco, John Deere, and Heaven Hill Distillery, cereal giant Kellogg’s has seen consumer demand skyrocket during the pandemic, reporting profits of $1.25 billion in 2020. To meet this demand, many workers in Kellogg’s plants around the US report pulling 12-16-hour shifts seven days a week, leaving little time for anything outside o…
 
Alex and Bobby debate the merits of rally towels, then break down the last week in baseball, including a mighty Astros showing again the White Sox, the endless cycle of Rays “resources” discourse, the exceptional balance between the Giants and Dodgers, and more. They also listen to some voicemails about just, like, enjoying things, the virtues of l…
 
Full Court Press: The WNBA Playoffs & More NBA Vaccine Drama That Actually Happened: The Inspiring Story of High School Phenom Hansel Emmanuel 3-on-3: The Three Longest Games and Three Biggest Blowouts in NBA History And Also: Goat Tendencies, LeBron’s Hairline Doctor, Bath Salts, HelloFace, Apples and Washing Machines, Arm Motions, Beisbol, Obscur…
 
In this abbreviated episode, Bobby and Alex break down the first few games of the playoffs, including a confusing Broadway-themed postseason promo, what it takes to be good in October these days, the heyday of the quick hook, Jim Kaat’s amazingly racist remark about Yoán Moncada, the Astros leveling up every October, and more. They’ll be back on We…
 
Alex and Bobby discuss the anti-climactic end to the regular season and what they want to see out of the playoff vs. what they actually expect to happen. This week’s Three Up, Three Down features Congresspeople procrastinating, a dress down of rabid praise of the Rays, and a tapping of the “it’s not your money” sign. Links: Giants concessions worke…
 
Tens of thousands of members of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) are currently voting on whether or not to authorize a strike. If passed, the vote could lead 60,000 workers to walk off the job and bring the entertainment industry to a halt. As consumers, we tend to associate the entertainment industry with acting …
 
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