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Why Work? Because We Can, Because We Have To, Because What Else Would You Do.

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Margaret J. Krauss
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90.5 WESA
Next week, 90.5 WESA will present a new series. Still Working explores the one thing we all get up and do every day: work.

Every morning, staggered by time zones and separated by continents, people around the world wake up and go to work. No two people are the same, and everyone experiences the world differently. Yet we all share one thing in common: we have to go to work.

But after that, all bets are off: we don’t work in the same way or with the same expectations; some people don’t even collect a paycheck. But work shapes who we are, what we think, and how we view others.

Starting Aug. 29, we bring you stories of western Pennsylvanians and their work. From bartenders and CEOs to ironworkers and emergency room doctors, Still Working explores the uneven burdens, dangers, and joys working creates.

  • Subscribe to Still Working on iTunes and download episodes here or listen below.

Catch new episodes the last Wednesday of each month and new shorts every week. Think of the shorts as one-minute snacks featuring great moments that didn’t fit the episodes, scenes from being on the job, and other people we’ve met along the way.
Preview the first episode: Long Hours, Sunburns, And Fly Balls: What It’s Like To Work Outside.

A minor league baseball player, a dairy farmer, and a lifeguard all live the anti-office life, exposed to the elements and surrounded by fickle colleagues—sports fans and dairy cows can both make for tough companions.

The first episode of Still Working will air Wednesday, Aug. 29 on The Confluence, 90.5 WESA’s newly expanded daily live news program.

Margaret J. Krauss is WESA's development and transportation reporter. She previously worked for Keystone Crossroads, a statewide reporting initiative that covers problems facing Pennsylvania's cities and possible solutions. Before joining Keystone Crossroads, Margaret produced a 48-part radio series about Pittsburgh's lesser-known history, biking 2,000 miles around the region to do so.