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Nov 8, 2019

WeWork-ers are trying to organize without a union

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They aren't the only ones. Plus: The economic legacy of the Berlin Wall and the history of office paper.

Stories From this episode

What your chocolate bar has to do with deforestation

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Nov 8, 2019
Steven Mufson of The Washington Post explains why companies are struggling to farm cocoa sustainably.
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

WhatsApp's first foray into e-commerce

by Erika Beras Nov 8, 2019
Facebook is hoping a new shopping feature might lead to a new revenue stream.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

More and more workers are taking advantage of informal activism

by Meghan McCarty Carino Nov 8, 2019
What's happening at WeWork is the latest example of informal organizing by workers.
Scott Olson/Getty Images
I've always wondered...

How did letter paper come to be 8.5 x 11 inches in size?

by Jack Stewart Nov 8, 2019
As part of our "I've Always Wondered" series, a listener asks why we've ended up with these arbitrary-seeming dimensions for office paper.
A vat man making paper in the mid-20th century.
Courtesy Georgia Tech Institute Communications
Fall of the Berlin Wall

East Germany still reeling from the economic aftermath of the Berlin Wall

by Stephen Beard Nov 8, 2019
Many Eastern Germans celebrate freedom but mourn the loss of economic security.
A couple attempts to peek through cracks in a still-existing section of the Berlin Wall into the so-called 'death strip,' where East German border guards had the order to shoot anyone attempting to flee into West Berlin.
Carsten Koall/Getty Images

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The Bay Metronomy
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Faraway Kulakostas

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Assistant Producer

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