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Is a Good Job Hard to Find?

Is a good job hard to find?

Last Friday the U.S. Department of Labor announced that unemployment dropped to 8.6 percent, and job growth over the last three months has averaged 143,000 a month. But, what kinds of jobs are being created?

Today, four million Americans are working at minimum wage or lower. Many think these jobs can be a stepping stone to something better. Not so says economist Paul Osterman. In his new book, Good Jobs America, he argues that most workers get trapped in these low paying jobs. It doesn’t have to be this way- if employers adopt the right policies they can turn these low-wage jobs into good ones, he says. Today we examine what it means to have a good job and what needs to be done to create more of them.

Guests:
  • Paul Osterman: professor of human resources and management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Co-author of Good Jobs America:  Making Work Better for Everyone
  • Russ Davis: executive director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
  • Steve Poftak: director of research and director of the Shamie Center for Better Government at The Pioneer Institute
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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  Walter Mosley: writer

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