Working People
Working People
Nov 22, 2020
Amir Atabeygi, M.D.
Play • 1 hr 13 min

We're back with Season Four of Working People! In this urgent episode, we talk with Dr. Amir Atabeygi, a physician at MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care in Thurston County, Washington. On Monday, November 23, amid a terrifying surge in COVID-19 cases around the country, Dr. Atabeygi will join his fellow physicians, physician assistants, and advanced registered nurse practitioners on the picket line as they strike for the basic safety measures their employer refuses to provide. We talk to Dr. Atabeygi about what he and his coworkers face on the job,  the rise of "retail health" companies like MultiCare Health Systems, and the growing labor consciousness of traditionally non-unionized healthcare workers.


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Featured Music (all songs sourced from the Free Music Archive:

  • Jules Taylor, "Working People theme song"
  • Fotos del Otoño, "Doctor McCoy"
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