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  • Our expectations of work are changing. Whether you're a cubicle-dweller, side gig hustler, or blue-collar breadwinner, we're all experiencing some major changes to the idea of what a workplace should look and feel like. Can the culture of work change too?

    In this latest season of Rough Translation, we'll be traveling the globe to see how people are shifting their relationship to their jobs. From the mysterious man who inspired a "slacker revolution" in China to an American trans woman trucker changing the rules of the road, and from to the new codes of small talk in the Brazilian metaverse, to the ways that a war can change how Ukrainians look at work (and how work can change how they see a war). We explore what happens when international workplace norms are challenged both by local customs and homegrown rule-breakers.
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Episodes
  • Aug 3 2022
    A hyperlocal news site in Red Hook, N.Y. posts a job opening. A journalist in Ukraine applies. And what readers think of as "local news" is going to change dramatically.
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    40 mins
  • Jul 13 2022
    726 miles in one day. Gas station sushi. Mysterious loading docks. We hit the road with two American women who found long-haul trucking as a means of escape and self-transformation.
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    32 mins
  • Jul 6 2022
    Nigerian novelist Chibundu Onuzo dreams of returning to Lagos, but she worries she'll struggle to adapt in the city of her birth, where the word "oppressor" is often used as a compliment. In this episode, she seeks advice from her "big boss" older brother.
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    27 mins

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Wow what an endearing, Wang aging surprise!

My first listen in this series. I couldn’t stop, ‘stayed up too late… What a gentle, kind, thoughtful, empathetic, transformative piece!
It’s about a small-town US newspaper that hires a Ukrainian journalist who then writes about his life during the war, while desperately trying to emotionally ignore the war.

My only critique? At the end it says he’s written for the New Yorker/ or will soon, but his name is not included in the description of the podcast and is hard to decipher audibly. Please add his name. TY

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