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With strikes in a wide variety of private sectors popping up all across the country — Kelloggs, Kaiser Permanente, coal miners in Alabama, John Deere, IATSE, Taxi Drivers on hunger strike in NY, and more — the United States might be on the verge of a strike wave, and we’ve brought on the perfect guest to explain exactly what’s going on. Alex Press is a staff writer at Jacobin Magazine, host of the Primer podcast, and author most recently of the Jacobin articles, “US Workers Are in a Militant Mood” and “Halyna Hutchins’s Death on the Set of Rust Was “Not a Freak Accident.

The Conversation will bring you up to date on all of the labor activity currently underway, but will also zoom out to explore the state of the labor movement more broadly, taking a deep dive into how the pandemic has transformed the movement, unpacking what’s really behind the so-called “labor shortage,” and getting to the root of why workers are starting to stand up to bosses in a way that we haven’t seen for quite some time.

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CRAFTSMANSHIP INITIATIVE

Everyone in the fashion world wants to find a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way to make cotton clothes — or a benign (and comfy) alternative. Some are on the brink of succeeding. But almost no one understands these innovations’ social costs. Organic, recycled, or synthetic: As the fashion industry scrambles to find more sustainable textiles, what’s the future of cotton? And what is the true cost? “The Human Cost of Recycled Cotton,” written and narrated by Alden Wicker, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence.

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BEYOND THE STUDIO

Hear from Caity Kennedy about how she got involved with Meow Wolf, the DIY artist collective turned multi-million dollar art enterprise, the power of showing up, learning through doing, building a successful business while redefining corporate structures, and continually embracing the unknown.

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KIDNUZ

Five minutes of today’s top stories, current events, politics, science, entertainment, sports and more — all nonpartisan and age-appropriate.

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THE INTERSECTION

One of the principles guiding Burning Man is “Radical Inclusion.” Basically, all are welcome. But, the temporary city that Burners build in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert has never been racially diverse. Just 1% of Black Rock City self-identifies as Black. In this episode of THE INTERSECTION at Burning Man, we explore why there’s been a disconnect between racial and radical inclusion, and what some Burners, like Oakland Activist and Artist Favianna Rodriguez, are doing to change that.

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Youth UnMuted

Our sixth podcast focuses on storytelling and includes a discussion between two Youth Advisory Members: Pavie and Asifa. They begin by admitting that the process of retelling painful memories is powerful but painful. There are some memories that are important, but also very difficult for those remembering and retelling them. While retelling their own stories, the women are also reminded that there are still people who are experiencing the same circumstances in their countries of origin. However, they agree that openness and vulnerability in the face of such hardship are powerful. They talk about memories that they haven’t been able to “go around”, which they have been able to process more by talking out loud and retelling their stories in this form. While not every day is easy, they agree that by talking and sharing their stories, they are taking tangible action to help others. Feeling sadness on its own, one member argues, is not a bad thing, and can actually be healing.

Language is also a topic of discussion, specifically the anxiety surrounding being able to describe things “in the right way” in a language that is not your mother tongue. They ultimately find strength in being able to push themselves, and they focus on the way that them sharing their stories can help those around them. Pavie and Asifa end the podcast by describing themselves as “unstoppable” by facing their painful memories with courage, and by continuing to push themselves to be better and to make the world around them better as well.

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