“Working: Then and Now” a series co-produced by Project& and Radio Diaries will begin to air on NPR beginning Sunday, September 25.

In the early 1970s, Terkel went around the country, tape recorder in hand, interviewing people about their jobs. He collected more than 130 interviews for his seminal book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. “Working” struck a nerve, because it elevated the stories of ordinary people and their daily lives. After the book came out, the cassettes were packed away and stored in Terkel’s home office.

Now Project& and Radio Diaries are co-producing the series with these never-before-heard field interviews to air on NPR — along with interviews with…


The public is invited to a free and special panel ahead of the debut of Working in America on Wednesday, September 14 at 6pm at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago.

Award-winning author Alex Kotlowitz will moderate the panel on the meaning of work in 2016. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director, Domestic Workers Alliance & MacArthur Fellow
  • Lynsey Addario, Pulitzer Prize-winning MacArthur Fellow, Project& Fellow, & Working in America photographer
  • Lucia McBath, individual featured in the exhibit, Mother, Gun Policy Advocate & Activist
  • Roque Sanchez, individual featured in the exhibit, Custodial Worker & Student
  • Jeffrey McGee, individual featured…

CHICAGO — August 15, 2016 — As election season heats up, a multimedia exhibit focused on issues of work in America will open September 14 at the Harold Washington Library Center. Inspired by the anniversary of Studs Terkel’s 1974 book “Working” and created by Project&, the exhibit features photographs by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Project& Fellow Lynsey Addario. “Working in America” takes an intimate look at how we feel about what most of us do, or wish we did, all day long.

With powerful photographs and raw, honest stories, “Working in America” captures the experiences of a veteran-turned-urban-farmer, a retired…

Working in America

A national initiative by Project& that intimately looks at how we feel about what we do (or wish we could do) all day long: work. Learn more at Working.org.

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