WORKING

Series produced by Homelands Productions

Caption: Metal worker, Peru, Credit: Santiago Bustamante Mujica
Image by: Santiago Bustamante Mujica 
Metal worker, Peru 

WORKING is a series of intimate, sound-rich profiles of workers in the global economy. It was broadcast as a special monthly feature on Marketplace Radio between 2007 and 2009. WORKING won the 2008 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Radio Feature Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Working. It's what most of us do for half our waking lives. It's how we feed and clothe ourselves and how we support our families. It shapes our sense of who we are, and of where we fit in the scheme of things.

Working is also what connects us. Almost everything around us is the product of human labor—much of it performed in faraway places, by people we will never meet.

Each WORKING profile brings us deep into the life of a single worker in the global economy—real people with real families, real struggles, real dreams, and real jobs.

The project has created an interactive tool called the Worker Browser (http://working.homelands.org) to give members of the public a chance to share and compare their own work experiences. Audio, photos and reporter's notebooks for the profiles are available there.

29 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Babu Hussein, Credit: Jashim Salam
Sandy Tolan profiles a 13-year-old laborer at one of Bangladesh's giant shipbreaking yards.

Bought by 'The Sea', WNPR, WBEZ, PRX Remix, and PRX to iTunes


  • Added: Aug 07, 2009
  • Length: 07:41
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Salina Kosgei, Credit: Stevie Mann
Jon Miller profiles the little-known Kenyan woman who won the 2009 Boston Marathon by less than one second.

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  • Added: Aug 07, 2009
  • Length: 07:58
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Brandon Davies, London, England, Credit: Robin Hunt
Sean Cole profiles an international banker living in London, both before and after the world banking crisis.

Bought by 'The Sea', WBEZ, PRX Remix, KFAI, and KUOW


  • Added: Jul 21, 2009
  • Length: 06:28
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Vicky Ponce, Mexico, Credit: Magdalena Gonzalez Othon
Ingrid Lobet profiles a woman who joined a group of unemployed middle-aged women to open an electronics recycling plant in northern Mexico.

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  • Added: Jul 21, 2009
  • Length: 06:35
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Alidad, Pakistan, Credit: Gregory Warner
Gregory Warner profiles a Pashtun man who smuggles Afghan refugees over the mountains into Iran.

Bought by KFAI, PRX Remix, PRX to iTunes, and Remix Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 06:46
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Hang Nga, Vietnam, Credit: Kelly McEvers
Kelly McEvers profiles a Vietnamese woman who works for a marriage agency that matches Korean men with Vietnamese brides.

Bought by Marfa Public Radio, PRX Remix, PRX to iTunes, WBEZ, KUOW and more


  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 07:44
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Svitlana Svystun, England, Credit: Robin Hunt
Sean Cole profiles a Ukrainian dancer who performs with in a Russian circus that tours the UK.

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  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 06:32
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Leandro Carvalho, Brazil, Credit: Petra Costa
Sandy Tolan profiles a member an anti-forced labor SWAT team whose job is to free slaves working in Brazil's iron, cattle and sugar cane industries.

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  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 07:57
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Caption: Fidele Musafiri, DR Congo, Credit: Thomas Rippe
Gregory Warner profiles a freelance miner in the lawless eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 07:51
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Agus Laodi, Indonesia, Credit: Kelly McEvers
Kelly McEvers profiles a small-time pirate who robs ships in Indonesia's Strait of Malacca.

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  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 06:47
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Caption: Raffaella Mangiarotti, Italy, Credit: Laila Pozzo
Jon Miller profiles an Italian industrial designer who puts new twists on ordinary household objects.

Bought by 'The Sea', PRX Remix, and PRX to iTunes


  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 06:51
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Samanta, Azerbaijan, Credit: Kelly McEvers
Kelly McEvers profiles a transgender sex worker from Kyrgyzstan who works in the oil boomtown of Baku, in Azerbaijan.

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  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 07:27
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Whyman Richards, Canada, Credit: Aaron Beswick
Janna Graham profiles a lifelong fisherman from northern Newfoundland who gathers ice from passing icebergs for a novelty bottled water company.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, WRPI, PRX Remix, PRX to iTunes, and KUOW


  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 06:58
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Mohmen, Pakistan, Credit: Gregory Warner
Gregory Warner profiles a teenager from a village in rural Pakistan who works in a dead-end job in a tannery in Karachi.

Bought by WBEZ, PRX Remix, PRX to iTunes, and Remix Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 07:21
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, Nigeria, Credit: Jon Miller
Jon Miller profiles one of the most prolific directors in Nigeria's booming Nollywood home video industry.

Bought by Marfa Public Radio, PRX Remix, PRX to iTunes, WMNF, WAMC and more


  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 07:14
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Hussein Ralib Esfandiari, Dubai, Credit: Tamara Abdul Hadi
Kelly McEvers profiles an Iranian trader who ferries goods in a wooden dhow from Dubai across the Persian Gulf to Iran.

Bought by PRX Remix, PRX to iTunes, and Remix Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 06:39
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Wahid Khan Habibula, Saudi Arabia, Credit: Kelly McEvers
Kelly McEvers profiles an Indian cargo agent whose job is to repatriate the remains of foreign workers who die in in Saudi Arabia.

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  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 05:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Chloé Doutre-Roussel, Credit: Kate Malone
Jon Miller profiles an eccentric French woman whose job is to travel the world tasting chocolate.

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  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 07:24
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Gordana Jankuloska, Macedonia, Credit: Dana Wilson
Sandy Tolan profiles the thirtysomething interior minister of Macedonia, whose job is to clean up her country's notoriously corrupt security forces.

Bought by PRX Remix, WBEZ, and Remix Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 05:41
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Marco Moreno Gonzales, Peru, Credit: Jon Miller
Jon Miller profiles a Peruvian man who has worked in textile factories since he was a teenager and who is now trying to open his own.

Bought by PRX Remix, WBEZ, PRX to iTunes, and Remix Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 07:18
  • Purchases: 4