All Work and No Play

“Video games, like any creative product, reflect and refract the conditions of their production. Today, what they most resemble is twenty-first-century work.”

Source: Dissent
Published: Jul 12, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,714 words)

E Pluribus Country

“Politics flattens, but the best country music invites us into people’s complex and contradictory lives.”

Source: Dissent
Published: Mar 4, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,304 words)

“What’s Actually Going on in Our Nursing Homes”: An Interview with Shantonia Jackson

Gabriel Winant, a professor at the University of Chicago interviews Shantonia Jackson, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) who works at City View Multicare Center, a nursing home that experienced a major COVID-19 outbreak.

Source: Dissent
Published: Oct 5, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,222 words)

“I Hope Our Daughters Will Not Be Punished”

“From a solitary cell in Texas, Kwaneta Yatrice Harris writes letters documenting the torturous conditions, despite the risk of retribution.”

Source: Dissent
Published: Jun 29, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,109 words)

Why We Need a Working-Class Media

“…the working class constitutes 62 percent of the U.S. labor force. I want a prominent media home that reflects our size and heterogeneity. I want stories about wealth as opposed to income inequality and its effect on intergenerational and social mobility. I want stories that aren’t just about our problems, but that are also told by, for, and with us. We are civic participants who matter. I want us to set the terms of debate.”

Source: Dissent
Published: Oct 7, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,105 words)

The Obamanauts

“In retrospect, it seems obvious that such a smallness of vision could never withstand the largeness of the right. But, for Obama, opposing largeness with smallness was the point.”

Source: Dissent
Published: Oct 6, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,928 words)

The Coping Economy

American companies increasingly expect employees to do more work for the same pay rate. Companies have helped them cope by providing mindfulness training and time to meditate, but are mindful workers better off, or are they just being groomed to accept their new stressful baseline and poor work-life balance?

Source: Dissent
Published: Jan 1, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,039 words)

Dirty Laundry: An Investigation

After a six-month investigation, Annie Hylton uncovers third-world working conditions and rampant sexual harassment at industrial laundry facilities serving Manhattan hospitals, hotels, and restaurants. Workers — who went without health and safety training — routinely handled linens contaminated by human blood, urine, vomit, and feces. When workers weren’t dealing directly in others’ sh*t, they were forced to endure it. One manager routinely preyed on migrant women workers who had little English and less recourse; women were subject to unwanted touching and lewd suggestions. And after they finally stood up to complain? Retaliation, of course, in the form of reduced hours and more strenuous duties.

Source: Dissent
Published: Jun 21, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,715 words)

The Assistant Economy

The low-paid labor that keeps our most accomplished artists and leaders running on time.

Source: Dissent
Published: Apr 7, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,432 words)

How Immigrant Activists Changed L.A.

How LA’s Latino immigrant population mobilized for progressive change in the city by building broad-based coalitions for economic and social justice.

Source: Dissent
Published: Feb 9, 2015
Length: 16 minutes (4,170 words)