37: The Job That Takes Over Your Life

37: The Job That Takes Over Your Life

Sep 27, 1996
Radio producer Scott Carrier quit his job at a low moment in his life. His wife left him and took the kids. And he got a job interviewing schizophrenics for some medical researchers. After doing it a while, he began to wonder if he was a schizophrenic himself. And more stories.
  • Host Ira Glass on his relationship to his job, and your relationship to yours. (2 minutes)Jobs/Employment

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  • Radio producer Scott Carrier quit his job at a low moment in his life. His wife left him and took the kids. And he got a job interviewing schizophrenics for some medical researchers. After doing it a while, he began to wonder if he was a schizophrenic himself. Scott is the author of Running After Antelope. (18 minutes) FamilyJobs/EmploymentMental Health

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  • This American Life associate producer Peter Clowney visits a modern-day touring company of Hair. They don't just believe they're doing a job as professional actors. They're living as a modern-day tribe of hippies — with all the tensions of any communal living. (10 minutes) FriendshipTheater

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  • The story of the worst stateside disaster during World War II, at Port Chicago, an ammunition dump for the navy just north of San Francisco. Black workers were assigned to load ammo onto ships under such unsafe conditions that on July 17, 1944, two ships blew up, killing 320 men. When 50 survivors of the blast refused to return to work under the same unsafe conditions, they were court-martialed and sentenced to up to 15 years of hard labor. There have been many attempts to clear the names of these fifty men, including one in 1944 by then-civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall. Dan Collison spoke with five survivors of the blast about what really happened. See the Long Haul Productions website for more. (20 minutes) BoatsHistoryJobs/EmploymentLegal SystemRaceVeteransWar

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  • Even the most innocent office job can take over your life. A story by fiction writer Daniel Orozco about one such job. Originally published in the Seattle Review. (7 minutes) FictionJobs/Employment

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