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A women-led podcast that spotlights the voices of workers, immigrants, and people of color. Brought to you by the UCLA Labor Center.
Aug 4, 2021
Episode 27: It's Magic
We often refer to birth as miraculous, and it can also seem mysterious. Many times there is a veiling around birth and labor, and the types of work mothers and birthworkers do to bring new life into this world. In this episode, Allegra Hill shares birth stories from her family and how her personal journey led her into the world of birthwork. It is part two of our miniseries on Black midwives in Los Angeles devoted to helping women experience empowered births through their birthing center and foundation.
Aug 3, 2021
Episode 26: The Calling
Despite a long tradition of midwifery in the Black community, which predates the founding of the United States, less than 2% of midwives today are Black. In this episode we share the story of Kim Durdin, who found her calling in reclaiming midwifery and birthwork. It is part one of two episodes where we bring you the stories of Black midwives in Los Angeles devoted to helping women experience empowered births through their foundation and birth center, Kindred Space LA.
Apr 9, 2021
Episode 25: The Graduate
When we think about college, there’s a certain whimsical image, a time of self discovery and carefree fun before you step out into the “real” world. But now, with the rising costs of education and living expenses, most students work, and work a lot. In this episode of Re:Work, Adolfo González shares his decades long journey to provide for his family while pursuing his education. To learn more about “workers and learners” like Adolfo, visit our publications page at labor.ucla.edu. And to learn more about farmworkers, check out these reports from the UCLA Labor Center Global Solidarity Team: http://bit.ly/farmworkerrebellion http://bit.ly/liberationlinked
Feb 19, 2020
Episode 24: [No] Child Left Behind
We often see children as innocents who need love, support, and stability. But not all young people are nurtured this way. Too often youth from marginalized communities of color are not seen as needing protection -- they are treated as the ones we need protection from. We see this in this episode with Phal Sok, who was once a kid in Long Beach forced to grow up too soon. This episode is part two of our series on Cambodian refugees who get caught up in the criminal justice system at a young age.
Feb 19, 2020
Episode 23: Redemption
In today’s political climate, there’s a prominent narrative of "bad" immigrants who don’t deserve to be here. This isn’t new -- it’s a part of a much longer history of criminalizing immigrants and refugees in the United States. This episode is the first of two that explore the experiences of Cambodian refugees who get caught up in the criminal justice system at a young age. Billy Taing shares his story of fleeing the Khmer Rouge and resettling in America with his family, only to continue facing hardship.
Feb 13, 2020
Episode 22: It's a Man's Man's Man's World
What happens when you go to work and no one else in the room looks like you? Being the “only one” often means more scrutiny, less support, having to work harder, or to justify why you’re even there. In this episode, Zayana Ross-Torrence shares her experience as a Black woman studying STEM and then working in emergency services, an industry dominated by white men.
Feb 13, 2020
Episode 21: The Gig's Up
Uber. Lyft. Their arrival has transformed daily life and raised important questions about job quality, employment law, and creating an economy that works for everybody. What’s it like to be a woman driving for these rideshare companies? In this episode, Alexandra Carbone shares her story.
Apr 3, 2019
Episode 20: School Days
Young people spend a good chunk of their waking hours in school, but their world extends far beyond the classroom. During the recent teachers' strikes, educators reminded us to think about students in a holistic way. In this episode of Re:Work, Los Angeles teacher Rudy Dueñas takes us through his own history at LA Unified School District — as a student then an educator — and the moments that transformed him in and out of the classroom.
Feb 1, 2019
Episode 19: Trafficked
The International Labor Organization estimates 20.1 million people are trapped in forced labor globally, in industries including agriculture, construction, domestic work and manufacturing. Who does this happen to? And how does it happen? In this episode, we bring you the story of Lester Ramos and his journey from the Philippines.
Oct 15, 2018
Re:Work Episode 18: Solidarity
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Oct 29, 2016
Re:Work Episode 14a: Sweatshops in LA with Making Contact
In collaboration with Making Contact, Episode 14 of ReWork has been retooled into a new edition: "Los Angeles’ garment district is notorious for sweatshop conditions, abuse, and the outright theft of earned wages. Yet the name-brand clothes that some of us are wearing right now, may have been produced in factories like these. On this edition of Making Contact we’ll take you on a trip through LA’s garment district."