Work with Marty Nemko

Thursdays at 7pm - starting in November

Marty and guests discuss job & work issues and phone-in workovers:  415 841-4134.

Find archived episodes at the show's website.

Marty Nemko

On the first Work with Marty Nemko at its new time, Thursdays from 7 to 8 PM, on the Nov. 2 program, Barbara and Marty Nemko explore how career-minded people can take advantage of society's starting to replace the Dinosaur--campus-based-degree programs--with just-in-time learning options: from Steve Wozniak's new portal WozU and LinkedIn's Lynda, to formal and informal apprenticeships, to You U: a more self-powered approach to career and life success.In the program's second segment,  we debate how to handle different sorts of difficult people at work.

On the Oct. 1, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, end-of-workday exhaustion. That's the symptom. There are many causes...and possible solutions for each. I'll tell you what I know.

On the Sep. 17, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with MIT-trained artist Ben Wood about his successes, failures, and lessons learned in the art world.

In the program's second segment, I do Workovers on callers.  Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

On the Sep. 10, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: People over 50 often have a hard time getting employment that's sufficiently remunerative. So even though they'd rather not, they become self-employed. Unfortunately, their success rate isn't good.  Barbara and Marty Nemko debate best ideas for successful senior self-employment.

  On the Sep. 3, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, The Labor Day Show. I'll perform an essay I've written for the occasion, Ode to the Worker Bee. And I'll talk with two long-term survivors of working in a large organization, offering tips for those in corporations as well as in large non-profits or government agencies.

Plus, I do Workovers on callers. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

On the Aug. 27, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe 14 common career myths.

In the program's second segment, I do Workovers on callers. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on KALW.org.

The programs are archived on NPR.org and on iTunes and in perpetuity on this web page.

On the Aug. 20, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with  the author of First Impressions, Ann Demarais about not-obvious ways to make a good first impression.

On the Aug. 13, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, HireRight’s chief medical officer Dr. Todd Simo on whether California's legalizing recreational pot will change workplace drug testing, plus controversial issues about drug testing in the workplace.

Work with Marty Nemko 7/30/17

Aug 3, 2017

Guest is Barbara Nemko.

On the August 6, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: Sshort answers to 9 hard career questions, for example: How to prevent procrastination? How to land a job ultra-fast? How do you know if you should change careers? How do you know if you should become self-employed?

This week:  What's it really like to be a restaurant server?

In the program's second segment, Marty does Workovers on callers. 

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on kalw.org.

The programs are archived in NPR.org, iTunes, and in perpetuity on this web page.

On the  July 23, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe three stupid workplace practices. At the top of the list is open workspaces.

In the program's second segment, I do Workovers on callers. Whatever your career conundrum, I can usually help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on kalw.org.

The programs are archived in NPR.org, iTunes, and in perpetuity on this web page.

On the July 16, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Ben Zimmer, a lexicographer. Although Samuel Johnson called lexicographers "harmless drudges," today's social foment is making lexicography a source of controversy.

In the program's second segment, I do Workovers on callers. Whatever your career conundrum, I can usually help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on kalw.org.

On the July 9, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, we ponder the questions, "If we didn't have to work, would we?" To kick that off, I read a short-short story I wrote that posits the world of 2050 in which technological advancement allowed everyone to live a middle-class lifestyle, with working only being voluntary.

On the July 2, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko debate the best ways to convert a volunteer or internship gig into good-paying work.

In the program's second segment, we do Workovers on callers. We'll do our best to help.

I'm rarely jealous of, let alone in awe of a fellow writer. I am both re Mary Roach: She does so much research to find so many wonderful stories that make even a non-book-reader read. So, it's my pleasure to say that my in-studio guest on the June 25, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko is Mary Roach. She's written great books about orgasm, cadavers, traveling to Mars, and scientists' search for ghosts, but because my program must focus on career-related issues, I confine our conversation to her latest book: Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.  We'll talk about what it's really like to be a soldier, but from unusual perspectives, for example, what goes into creating their protective clothing,  simulation-based training-, for example, in a virtual Kabul, bullets whizzing and soldiers gushing like garden hoses amid the wail of a call to prayer.

Intelligence is often seen as an unmitigated good. But it brings challenges, especially in an intellectually heterogeneous workplace.

On the June 18, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I discuss how to deal with coworkers and supervisees who aren't, well, the sharpest crayon in the box.  I also discuss other ways that intelligent people can make the most of their intelligence, including advice for underperformers.

On the June 11, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I discuss career decisions for people over 50: Stay the course? Change directions? Go for a last hurrah or just try to hang on? Retire cold-turkey or using a glide path? And then what?

On the June 4, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with (interesting) musicologist Robert Greenberg about what it's really like to be a classical musician: soloist, in an orchestra, and conductor.

Along the way, we'll play cuts from our favorite classical music that we think would be ideal introductions for people who haven't been exposed to or dislike classical music.

On the May 28, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Moses Ma, partner in FutureLab, on the implications of blockchain for your career. What's blockchain? It's the technology behind BitCoin, which allows billions of transactions to occur without that big intermediary: The Bank.  But it has far more implications for your career.

Work with Marty Nemko 5/14/17

May 14, 2017

Today's topic:  automation, robotics, outsourcing, jobs available that are immune to outsourcing.

Work With Marty Nemko 5/7/17

May 7, 2017

Dr. Barbara Nemko is special guest.

On the May 7, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko discuss working couples' issues: competitiveness, living apart, etc.

On the Apr. 30, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Charles Leehrsen, Ty Cobb’s biographer. Cobb is one of baseball's all-time greats but has a horrible reputation. We'll discuss dealing with a bad reputation.

On the Apr. 23, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Paul Zollo, author of Songwriters on Songwriting.

On the April 9, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Karen Franklin about what it's really like to be a forensic psychologist.

On the Apr. 2, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with the CEO of legendary think-tank Xerox-PARC, Tolga Kurtoglu about the present and future of tech jobs and the implications for the larger society. We'll also discuss implications of use of robots, sensors, artificial intelligence for society, including the many people whose jobs will be displaced.

On the March 26, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I tout good careers in the gig economy, plus good ones for creative people.

On the Mar. 19, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko debate the keys to being a great leader.

On the Mar. 12, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Seth Freeman, who teaches of one of The Great Courses:  The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal. But he's much more subtle than the title implies. He focuses on kind and strong employment negotiation: Ways to win warmly at work and beyond.

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