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Work in Progress


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Behind every working human, there’s a story. Work in Progress is a new show about the meaning and identity we find in work. Each week, hear stories of personal ambition and debilitating insecurities, great successes and abject failures, the plans we ...Show More

25:38 | Oct 20th, 2017

A reporter does her first remote live radio broadcast from inside a block of ice, a celebrity impersonator's first international trip teaches her what it really means to be “Big in Japan”, and a Japanese translator leaves her family for the first tim...Show More
Age of Aquarius

25:22 | Oct 6th, 2017

The owner of a vintage retail store recalls how she made a career out of the eclectic clothing in her closet, and a doctor grapples with his community’s vehement protests against his plans to open a medical cannabis dispensary. In this episode, two s...Show More
From the Ground Up

23:32 | Sep 22nd, 2017

An environmentalist burns the midnight oil volunteering to preserve decades of climate change data amid a major government clampdown, and a Syrian medical student learns how his family’s chocolate-making business can equally be a cure for heartbreak....Show More
The Next Act

25:48 | Sep 8th, 2017

An enterprising retiree becomes a bustling cafés' new favorite server, and a former Wall Street banker finds renewed inspiration after accepting a summer internship with a group of college students. This week, stories of people who have proved that i...Show More
Stop the Presses!

25:56 | Jul 21st, 2017

Meet three New York Times machinists who’ve helped print the paper for the last 30 years and an investigative reporter who waged war on mayoral misconduct from the front page of the Toronto Star. This week, stories of people whose lives (and careers)...Show More
Because, Science

25:26 | Jul 7th, 2017

A freshwater ecologist tasked with making his research more accessible discovers an unlikely muse in Bruce Springsteen. A medical ethnobotanist seeks new cures for super bugs in the natural world after her own near-death brush with a bacterial infect...Show More
Footloose & Free(lancer)

26:24 | Jun 16th, 2017

Dive into the daily hustle, juggle, and struggle of the freelance life in this special episode. Meet a freelance farmer with a novel approach to traditional work; a writer, mother, and animal keeper bitten by the travel bug; a sweet-talking freelance...Show More
Reach for the Stars

25:59 | Jun 2nd, 2017

A jetpack inventor rejects his position as an ivory-towered executive to stay grounded as an entrepreneur. A Jamaican-American chess player becomes the first black international grandmaster in history. This week, stories of childhood dreams and the r...Show More
Looking Back to the Future

25:56 | May 19th, 2017

A college student’s sweepstakes win paves the way for her lifelong dream to reform U.S. immigration policy. An academic lands a rare dream job as the ‘Wikimedian in Residence’ for one of the oldest libraries at the University of Oxford. This week, st...Show More

26:00 | May 5th, 2017

The head of purchasing and IT at America's largest fortune cookie supplier takes on a new role as head fortune cookie writer. A baker with Down syndrome has to break the law to lead an independent life and career. This week, two stories of remarkable...Show More
Boring is in the Eye of the Beholder

26:01 | Apr 21st, 2017

Explore the hidden world of seemingly unremarkable jobs in this special episode with double the stories, including: a video store clerk who gets knocked out of his monotonous comfort zone by a suspicious visitor; a call center agent who finds renewed...Show More
Born This Way

26:00 | Apr 7th, 2017

An Instagram star bullied for the color of her skin turns the teasing into the fuel behind her fashion modeling career; a professional British rugby player confronts “jock" stereotypes when he comes out to friends, family, and fans as gay.
Finger Lickin'

26:00 | Mar 27th, 2017

We meet a chef who can't wait to walk away from her prestigious Michelin star rating and a web developer who singlehandedly orchestrated one of the biggest fast food comebacks his hometown has ever seen. Follow along at slack.com/podcast and @slackst...Show More
Grey Matter

25:52 | Mar 20th, 2017

We meet a woman teaching doctors good bedside manners by acting sick when she’s feeling perfectly fine; and a neuroscientist at odds with her own brain after she's diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Tough Love

26:00 | Mar 13th, 2017

An outspoken corporate downsizer learns a harsh lesson after being surprised with her own exit package, and a loyal cop that has to choose between fighting the war on drugs and his criminal brother. Sometimes practicing tough love at work and at home...Show More
Down the Rabbit Hole

26:00 | Mar 6th, 2017

A journalist discovers a scarf with her byline imprinted in its design and embarks on an investigative journey to track down its makers; a former futures trader stumbles into her calling as an internet hoax buster with a specialty for empathizing wit...Show More
Heart to Heart

26:00 | Feb 27th, 2017

Meet a woman who’s made a career out of professional cuddling; and an engineer, lawyer and open-source advocate who grappled with her own values in order to save her life.
Guiding Lights

25:58 | Feb 20th, 2017

A Kung-Fu master honors his father's legacy; a frustrated musician's chance meeting with a mentor leads to a powerful lesson in self-acceptance. Sometimes, the best thing to happen to your career is finding your guiding light.
For Love of Country

25:57 | Feb 13th, 2017

A woman starts a dating site for single farm workers, and an exiled army colonel launches a revolution from the aisles of a hardware store. What happens when your life's work is deeply connected to where you're from?
Startup Sacrifices

25:59 | Feb 6th, 2017

An entrepreneur learns the cost of putting his work ahead of his relationship; a young developer flees her war-torn homeland for a chance to pursue her dream career. What happens when your professional ambitions put your personal life at stake?
Sensory Overload

26:00 | Jan 30th, 2017

A woman discovers her cranium-tingling voice is the stuff of YouTube stardom; a visually impaired man happens upon his special sightseeing abilities at night. What happens when your senses become your super-powers at work?
Switching Gears

25:58 | Jan 23rd, 2017

A Wall Street trader's climb to the top proves too gut-wrenching to continue; a classical pianist grapples with a career-ending injury. What happens when you're suddenly physically incapable of doing your job?
The 180

25:49 | Jan 16th, 2017

A prison superintendent ordered to oversee two executions struggles with his beliefs that the punishment doesn't fit the crime and a former Vegas drug dealer finally finds his place in the high life--sober. Sometimes the only way to find your true ca...Show More
Coming Out

26:06 | Jan 9th, 2017

To gain credibility in a case, a police officer reveals his identity as a practicing pagan. After 30 years of performing as a man, a veteran comic takes the stage for the first time...as a woman. This week, two enlightening stories of people who took...Show More
In Disguise

26:12 | Dec 19th, 2016

Sometimes, the way to find out who we really are is to become someone else. Like the struggling author who’s already sold millions of books and the Vietnam war vet who carries out a do-or-die promise by becoming Santa Claus.
Amazing Grace

26:19 | Dec 12th, 2016

A nun chooses solitude over social work and a highfalutin Wall Street recruiter quits the corporate life to work with former felons.
In the Driver's Seat

25:53 | Dec 5th, 2016

A historian recounts the tale of an escaped slave who launched Toronto’s first taxi service and a loyal London Black Cab driver takes to the radio to unite his industry in revolt.
Silence is a Virtue

26:00 | Nov 28th, 2016

Sometimes the most profound things we say and do at work happen when we don’t say anything at all. This week: A librarian's shushing earns her superhero status and a young hospital chaplain learns that sitting in silence brings great comfort to ailin...Show More

26:29 | Nov 21st, 2016

Every job has its freedoms and limitations, but sometimes all you need to endure the ups and downs is a noble purpose. This week: A man who saves airline passengers from errant wildlife and another who's made it his life's work to build a country for...Show More
Following in the Footsteps

26:36 | Nov 14th, 2016

Parents have high hopes for their children, many wish their progeny will follow in their footsteps. This week: A son trades in building new towns for building software and a college graduate contemplates her fateful career slinging smoked fish with h...Show More
Breaking New Ground

26:00 | Nov 7th, 2016

This week: career breakthrough moments. A 17-year-old female baseball player faces off against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. An architect takes on the daunting task of rebuilding Sandy Hook Elementary after one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. his...Show More
Career Pivots

23:43 | Oct 31st, 2016

From working in finance to servicing HVAC units, prosecuting despots for war crimes to pursuing life as a bootstrapping standup comedian...our careers can take some sharp left turns.
Dream Jobs

26:00 | Oct 24th, 2016

When it comes to envisioning what we want to do with our lives, we set our sights high. In episode 2 of Work in Progress, we hear two very different stories of a dream (job) coming true, whether by a random stroke of luck or through decades of persev...Show More
Going With the Flow

24:59 | Oct 17th, 2016

Some people know exactly what they want to do when they grow up, while the rest of us take a different approach—flying by the seat of our pants, dipping in and out of jobs not giving too much thought to any master plan because frankly, it doesn’t exi...Show More
Introducing Work in Progress

01:48 | Oct 2nd, 2016

Behind every working human, there’s a story. Work in Progress is Slack’s new radio show about the meaning and identity we find in work. Each week, join host Dan Misener for stories of personal ambition and debilitating insecurities, great successes a...Show More