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From Risking His Life To Saving Lives, Ex-Coal Miner Is Happy To Take The Paycut
The "Brave New Workers" series tells stories of Americans adapting to a changing economy. This week: after years working in the coal mines of West Virginia, a miner charts a new career in health care.
Fresh Air Weekend: Obama's White House; 'A Quiet Passion'; Updating The Dictionary
Alyssa Mastromonaco talks about her years working in the West Wing. Justin Chang reviews Terence Davies' new film about Emily Dickinson. Kory Stamper explains how new words get into the dictionary.
'Send Me A Friend': Anders Osborne Helps Musicians Stay Sober On Tour
New Orleans bluesman Anders Osborne is launching a program to help musicians and others in the industry stay sober in work environments that are often centered around drugs and alcohol.
Erik Brynjolfsson: In A Race With Machines, Can We Keep Up?
MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson sees a bright future where machines serve as powerful tools and partners. But he says we can only shape this future if we keep up with the pace of innovation.
Marco Annunziata: What Will Human-Machine Collaboration Mean For Our Jobs?
GE's Chief Economist Marco Annunziata is optimistic about "the marriage of minds and machines" — provided we manage it the right way.
Maurice Conti: Can Machines Think And Feel For Themselves?
Futurist Maurice Conti says we've entered a new era where machines and humans partner to do what neither can do alone. He calls it the "Augmented Age."
Jeremy Howard: Will Artificial Intelligence Be The Last Human Invention?
Jeremy Howard has studied machine learning for 25 years. He says artificial intelligence can help achieve amazing things. But he warns the impact on jobs may cause a great deal of social instability.
Teenager Opens Up To Her Dad About Her Experiences With Racism
Calvin Burns' daughter Stepheni Bellamy, 15, is usually reticent. At StoryCorps, she tells him about dealing with racism at her high school. Burns says he faced similar issues when he was growing up.
'Brave New Workers': Ex-Construction Worker Builds A New Life Grooming Cats
"Brave New Workers" tells stories of Americans adapting to a changing economy. This week: a former contractor who lost his business when the housing bubble burst found a new livelihood grooming cats.
Fresh Air Weekend: Revisiting Jonestown; 'Better Call Saul'; Comic Sasheer Zamata
Journalist Jeff Guinn explains how the Rev. Jim Jones instigated a mass suicide. Critic David Bianculli reviews the new season of Better Call Saul. Zamata says she "followed the fun" to get to SNL.
10 Years Later, Virginia Tech Instructor Recalls Her Students' Response To Tragedy
Jane Vance and Lucinda Roy were both teachers at Virginia Tech 10 years ago when the deadly campus shooting occurred. They talk about coming back to campus afterward and moving on since that day.
George W. Bush On Immigration Overhaul Efforts, Anti-AIDS Efforts
President George W. Bush talked with David Greene about his work to combat AIDS and cervical cancer. He also spoke about immigration and his new compilation of veterans' portraits.
Fresh Air Weekend: Alec Baldwin; Valerie June's New Album; Laura Jane Grace
Baldwin discusses his career highs and lows and playing a "larger than life" Trump. Ken Tucker reviews June's The Order of Time. Trans punk rocker Grace talks about her new memoir.
Dalia Mogahed: How Does Speaking Up Change Minds?
After 9/11, Dalia Mogahed saw an increase in negative perceptions of Muslims in the media, so she made it her job to speak up for her faith and fight prejudice with better understanding.
Clint Smith: What Do We Risk If We Don't Speak Up?
Clint Smith is a poet and doctoral candidate at Harvard. As a high school English teacher, he taught his students the dangers of staying quiet and the importance of finding their voice.