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90,000 Hours

90,000 Hours is a podcast exploring how people really feel about what they do. Loosely inspired by Studs Terkel's seminal 1974 book "Working," 90,000 Hours peers into a diverse cross section of working lives to reveal how most jobs differ from what you'd imagine; the complexities lurking in the day-to-day; and ultimately, the unexpected ways that work unites us in the human experience.This "podcast about working" ends up being about more than just work, including common themes such as separation of self-worth from our occupations, labor politics, imposter syndrome, and so much more. 

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Nicole: Aerialist/Circus Performer

Nicole Sparks is an aerialist living and working in Charlotte, NC. After falling in love with aerial arts, Nicole left behind her jobs in healthcare to join Charlotte based circus troupe Nouveau Sud. Nicole talks about how, as someone with an ADHD diagnosis, the intense physicality of circus performance suits her energy; the battles with rejection and imposter syndrome faced by many artists, financial strain and knowing how to value your worth, and her experience of being part of the growing community of circus performers of color in the United States.You can learn more about Nicole at @owlart88 and www.nouveausud.orgProducer: Robin LandyFollow @90000hrspod on InstagramEmail: ninetythousandhourspod@gmail.comIntro: "Crossing The Line" - Eric Andrew KuhnUnderscore: "Emergency," "Rolling" - Eric Andrew Kuhn"Kareh, Asal" - Identical Homeshttps://www.ericandrewkuhn.comhttps://identicalhomes.bandcamp.comSupport the show at https://www.patreon.com/90000hourspodSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/90-000-hours/donations

23mins

28 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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(BONUS) Anonymous: Sex Worker

Our anonymous guest this episode talks about her transition from social work to sex work (and the overlapping caregiving aspects between the two), the isolation of a stigmatized career, the joy of meeting the basic need of human connection, and challenging stereotypes, misconceptions and laws that harm more than protect.Producer: Robin LandyFollow @90000hrspod on InstagramEmail: ninetythousandhourspod@gmail.comIntro: "Crossing The Line" - Eric Andrew KuhnUnderscore: "Soul Glo," "Wisdom Teeth," At the Sound of The Falling Tree" - Identical Homeshttps://www.ericandrewkuhn.comhttps://identicalhomes.bandcamp.comSupport the show at https://www.patreon.com/90000hourspodSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/90-000-hours/donations

23mins

9 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Joe: Mail Carrier (Season 1 Finale)

Joe is a mail carrier living and working in Durham, NC. Both in life and in the process of creating 90,000 Hours, "mail carrier" is far and away what producer Robin Landy hears most often as the fantasy job for workers on their worst days. Joe responds to the often repeated notion of "I wish I could just quit my job and deliver the mail;" discussing time pressure, hills, falls, weather, constant overtime, dogs that truly do hate the mailman, and all the strange things he hears and sees from the public. Despite its many stressful aspects, we hear how Joe went from simply needing a job to falling in love with his job, the mail, and with being an integral part of the community.Episode 15 is the last episode of Season 1! Thank you all so much for listening and for your support. We'll be taking a short break, and will be back with Season 2 in a few weeks. Stay tuned!Producer: Robin LandyFollow @90000hrspod on InstagramEmail: ninetythousandhourspod@gmail.comIntro: "Crossing The Line" - Eric Andrew KuhnUnderscore: "Resolve," "Late Sunday Night," Journey" - Eric Andrew Kuhnhttps://www.ericandrewkuhn.comSupport the show at https://www.patreon.com/90000hourspodSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/90-000-hours/donations

29mins

23 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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River: Winemaker

River Allan is a winemaker living and working in the Hudson Valley of NY. River talks about the everyday reality of winemaking versus the romanticized perception; how his love of wine conflicts with the exclusivity of wine culture; the dark side of the industry's obsession with organic and biodynamic wine, and his experience of being a LGBT person in the relatively straight world of winemaking. Also, lots of bees and turkeys.Producer: Robin LandyFollow @90000hrspod on InstagramEmail: ninetythousandhourspod@gmail.comFollow along @90000hrspodIntro: "Crossing The Line" - Eric Andrew KuhnUnderscore: "Work" - Eric Andrew Kuhn " CTSOF," "Nostaglia," "Can't Forget" - James and Evanderhttps://jamesandevander.bandcamp.comSupport the show at https://www.patreon.com/90000hourspodSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/90-000-hours/donations

28mins

16 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Richard: Marriage and Family Therapist

Richard Marshall is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist living and working in Portland, OR. Out of college and no idea what to do with his life, Richard did everything from scooping ice cream, playing guitar in the NYC cult punk band Alice Donut, working a string of "comically atrocious" temp jobs, and finally 10 years as a paralegal. After an emotional reckoning in his 40's led him to seek out a new career path, Richard moved to Portland and attended grad school in pursuit of becoming a therapist. Richard talks about how addressing his own mental health challenges in therapy inspired him to want to help others; the various models and aspects of the therapeutic relationship that help clients get better; how his job differs from pop culture portrayals; and how being a therapist has helped him to better understand the true nature of the human condition.Producer: Robin LandyFollow @90000hrspod on InstagramEmail: ninetythousandhourspod@gmail.comFollow along @90000hrspodIntro: "Crossing The Line" - Eric Andrew KuhnUnderscore: "Summer," "Today I'm Not Remembering Anything" - Eric Andrew Kuhn "Part and Particle" - Silian Railhttps://silianrail.bandcamp.comSupport the show at https://www.patreon.com/90000hourspodSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/90-000-hours/donations

32mins

9 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Neomi: Popsicle Cart Owner

Neomi is a popsicle cart owner living and working in Asheville, NC. During a seasonal hiatus in Florida, she enjoyed a popsicle that transported her back to childhood time spent in Puerto Rico, and ended changing the course of her life. Leaving behind her string of corporate jobs in NYC, Neomi decided to move to western NC and open a handmade popsicle business. Neomi talks about how suffering from OCD and seasonal depression played into her career change and the decision to "work to live, not live to work," the personal and political significance of entrepreneurship, and embracing a larger definition of what it means to "provide."Producer: Robin LandyFollow @90000hrspod on InstagramEmail: ninetythousandhourspod@gmail.comFollow along @90000hrspodIntro: "Crossing The Line" - Eric Andrew KuhnUnderscore: "NY Piano", "Things That Aren't There", "404 Piano Jam" - Adam MyattSupport the show at https://www.patreon.com/90000hourspodFor more info on Neomi, check out @buggypopsavlSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/90-000-hours/donations

28mins

2 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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90,000 Hours: Trailer

90,000 Hours shares the stories and experiences of everyday working people. After years of working in animal rescue and receiving countless comments about "how fun it must be to play with kittens and puppies all day," producer Robin Landy became fascinated with the idea that no job is what it seems to be; that all vocations come with their unique, unexpected set of challenges and stressors. The show considers the places where workers draw meaning from their jobs outside cultural definitions of "success," and on the flip side, the possibility that a meaningful and fulfilling job that exists for everyone is myth.A beautifully edited and paced show told in the first person with underlying sonic textures, this "podcast about working" ends up being about much more, including common themes such as the ways personal histories inform our work lives, labor politics, imposter syndrome, the separation of work and self-worth, and so much more. Producer: Robin LandyTheme Music: Eric Andrew KuhnFollow along @90000hrspodninetythousandhourspod@gmail.comSupport the show at https://www.patreon.com/90000hourspodSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/90-000-hours/donations

2mins

26 May 2021

Rank #7

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Adam: Cat Rescuer

Adam Myatt, aka The Cat Man of West Oakland, is a cat rescuer and advocate living and working in Oakland, CA. When a lighthearted photography project of neighborhood cats exposed Adam to the reality of his city's cat homelessness and overpopulation problem, Adam pivoted from music to letting cats "take over his life;" eventually partnering with an area rescue to open America's first cat cafe. Adam talks about the impact of the cafe on overpopulation at the city shelter (lowering their euthanasia rate by over 70%); being part of the changing face of cat rescue, the necessity of levity within an emotionally heavy field, and his vision for his place in the community going forward. Also cat buttholes.Producer: Robin LandyVisit @90000hrspod on InstagramEmail: ninetythousandhourspod@gmail.comIntro: "Crossing the Line" - Eric Andrew KuhnUnderscore: "Perspective," "Don't Cry" "Bird Loves Bee 11", and "Spring and Summer" - Eric Andrew Kuhn"Dank Nugz," "Sarah's Piano" - Adam MyattYou can find out more about Adam at @catmanofwestoakland, @hoodcats and www.catmanofwestoakland.com.Check out the Cat Town Cafe at @cattownoak and https://www.cattownoakland.orghttps://www.ericandrewkuhn.comSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/90-000-hours/donations

40mins

19 May 2021

Rank #8

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Anonymous: Physician Assistant

Our anonymous guest this week is a Physician Assistant of Neurosurgery at Duke Hospital in Durham, NC. She talks about her winding path from body piercing to medicine; burnout and imposter syndrome, the privilege of unburdening patients from pain and disability, and separating self-worth from credentials.Producer: Robin LandyVisit @90000hrspod on InstagramEmail: ninetythousandhourspod@gmail.comIntro: "Crossing the Line" - Eric Andrew KuhnUnderscore: "Untitled" - Robin Landy "Decision," "Waiting" "Pause", and "Daydream" - Eric Andrew Kuhnhttps://www.ericandrewkuhn.comSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/90-000-hours/donations

28mins

12 May 2021

Rank #9

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Paco: Comedian

Paco Romane is a comedian, actor and voiceover actor living and working in San Francisco, CA. After being fired from countless jobs, a chance meeting with his comedy idol Robin Williams inspired Paco to dump the 9-5 and pursue comedy and acting full time. Paco talks the economic struggles of American artists and entertainers, why being the "funny man" feels so uncomfortable, and the trauma and vulnerability that most great comedians have in common.You can learn more about Paco on Instagram @pacoromaneProducer: Robin LandyVisit @90000hrspod on InstagramEmail: ninetythousandhourspod@gmail.comIntro: "Crossing the Line" - Eric Andrew KuhnUnderscore: "Afternoon," "Driving Away Fast," "Plucking" "Dizzy Swimming, and "Early Sunday Morning" - Eric Andrew Kuhnhttps://www.ericandrewkuhn.comSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/90-000-hours/donations

37mins

5 May 2021

Rank #10