Podcast assignment

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Listen to this first podcast ( https://www.npr.org/transcripts/495671371 ) and/or read the transcript.  Answer the following questions:

  1. Have you ever had a job that is similar to this telephone operator’s experiences? If so, what was this job, how was it similar, and how did it make you feel?
  2. In what ways might the lessons learned and points raised by the telephone operator speak to issues that are still relevant today?

Listen to this second podcast ( https://www.npr.org/transcripts/495916035 ) and/or read the transcript.  Answer the following question:

  1. In your opinion, what is the most compelling factor that led to Bryner and others to fight so passionately for a shift in approach to management at General Motors?

Helpful Context: These podcasts are from NPR and are based on interviews conducted for a book called “Working” that portrayed various jobs in the US in the 1970s, In each podcast, you first hear/read excerpts from original interview in the 1970s and second, hear/read excepts from a very recent interview of the same interviewee – now 50 years later as they reflect on their interview answers!  It is quite fascinating to listen to/read the original and later interviews with each person. If you read the transcripts, the original interview excerpts are labeled in the transcripts as (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDINGS) and the more current soundbites of these same interviews is cued by (Laughter). If you listen to the podcast, the change the interviewee’s voice ages and this cues you to know that interviewee is being interviewed a second time, 50 years later.

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