51% Show #1214

Oct 19, 2012

51% Episode 1214
Oct 18, 2012

Recent news reports have focused on the challenges faced by today’s workers – there’s no way to leave your job at the office anymore. It’s a particular problem for women trying to balance family and work obligations. In a tough economy, can you afford to have a “no work at home” policy when your boss emails at all hours? Minda Zetlin writes a column for INC magazine. She co-authored The Geek Gap: Why Business and Technology Professionals Don't Understand Each Other and Why They Need Each Other to Survive.  She’s also president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors – so she understand the challenges faced by the growing number of freelance workers. We sat down to talk about blackberries, cell phones and down time.

Up next, a growing segment of the population has a criminal record. What does that mean when you’re looking for a job? Plus, indoctrination into a religious ritual for the dead.

For 65 million people with an arrest or a conviction, the increased use of background checks in hiring make it that much more difficult to find a job. In April, new policies were issued for employers regarding how they should consider someone’s criminal background. KALW's Kyung-Jin Lee reports.

Finally, woman’s work has always included the rituals surrounding both birth and death. Writer Deborah Sabin recounts what happened when she convinced her friend to join her in learning to help with the Jewish rituals for the dead.

Deborah Sabin is a writer who lives in New York’s Capital District.

That’s our show for this week.  Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme  music is by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.  Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock.

If you’d like to hear this show again, or visit the 51% archives, go to our website at WAMC.org.  Thanks so much for joining us…we’ll be back next week with another edition of  51% The Women's Perspective.