Work with Marty Nemko

Sundays at 11am

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

Find archived episodes at the show's website.

On the Dec. 4, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: A switch-sides-in-the-middle debate between my wife Barbara Nemko and me on the question, "Should you go back to school?"  We'll no doubt end up exploring for whom it is and isn't a wise choice, as well as how to make the most of a back-to-school stint.

On the Nov. 27, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I perform excerpts from America’s most influential speeches. They contain powerful rhetorical devices that can enhance our communication in the workplace and outside of it.

Stoicism is a very different philosophy than most people think. And it has important implications for career and the workplace. On the Nov. 20, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Ryan Holiday, author of the new book, The Daily Stoic: 366 meditations on wisdom, perseverance, and the art of living.

One way to get a bead on the future, on fields in which you might get in on the ground floor,  is to see what VCs and sophisticated types  are  investing in today.  So on the Nov. 11, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with  long-time Silicon Valley insider Sramana Mitra,  whom LinkedIn named a Top 10 Influencer.

The Field Poll

On the Nov. 6, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, The Field Poll's Mark DiCamillo on what it's really like to be a pollster? Plus, I won't be able to resist asking  what the polls are predicting on the California propositions.

Should government restrict the trend toward converting full-time/benefitted jobs into part-time/temp and gig work?

As a teen, Brandon Halliwell got himself too involved in raves and the drug scene. He ended up homeless and one day when really high on mushrooms pictured himself blue, dead. That scared him and he decided to…join the Marines. After he got out….well, he tells the tale on the Oct 23, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko.

On the Oct. 16, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer my latest ideas on where good, under-the-radar careers can be found.

I also take your call-in questions about your worklife. I call them Workovers although pummeling isn't involved. Okay, occasionally it is.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on KALW.org.

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

On the Oct. 9, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, a special hour-long conversation with Peter Singer, whom the New Yorker called "the planet’s most influential living philosopher.” The topic: ethics at work.

On the Oct. 2, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with the publicist for Barbra Streisand, Jay Leno, etc. on what it's really like to be a publiist.

Nicholas Eberstadt, author of the new book, Men without Work. reports that there is a large new, underdiscussed population of unemployed men not counted in the unemployment statistics because they’ve given up looking for work.  We’ll discuss what individuals and society can do. 

  On the Sep. 11, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I list a couple dozen words and phrases that, when used in the workplace, demonstrate good reasoning skills and stimulate that in others. A few examples: thought experiment and probabilistic.

On the Sep 4, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Will Durst on what it's really like to be a comedian.  I suspect he won't be able to resist some commentary on the upcoming election---plenty of material there for a comedian.

  On the Aug. 21, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I debate the pros and cons of being a stay-at-home dad. Plus we'll do Workovers on callers. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, we can usually help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday on KALW 91.7 FM, San Francisco and worldwide on KALW.org.

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

  On the August 14, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: Do we need more or less collaboration in the workplace? Plus you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum ails you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

On the July 24, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with MIT's Sloan School of Business's Edgar Schein, on improving workplace culture, individual branding, and humble consulting.

  On the July 18, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I debate how to best address your worklife problem.

  On the July 10, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer what's arguably the world's shortest course in choosing a career. I'll share the most valuable suggestions I know--including a couple dozen worthy, under-the-radar careers...in 10 minutes.

On the July 3, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I have the privilege of having a conversation with Whitfield Diffie, the most recent winner of the $1,000,000 Turing Prize: the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for computing. Its nickname: "The Nerd Nobel."  He is the architect of modern-day computer security. We'll talk about what it's really like to be a cryptographer, the steps he took toward his breakthrough achievement, and about Whit, the human being. I heard about him because he listens to my show and I'm honored to say that we've become friends.

  On the June 26, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Jessica Ritter, author of 101 Social Work Careers.

On the June 16, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I debate your call-in and emailed questions about your career.

Work with Marty Nemko: 6/12/16: The Inevitable

Jun 12, 2016

On the June 12, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future.

In what may be the weirdest topic I've ever done, on the June 5, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Maia Bee, who, for $70 cleans dogs teeth without anesthesia, while vets charge up to $1,000.

On the May 29, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer advanced tips on finding good work.

On the May 15, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara Nemko and I talk about how to deal with difficult people. We also talk about how to become an excellent public speaker.

On the May 8, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: Do you know how to be resilient?—I give you a self-assessment inventory.

There are 12 reasons a person might be disorganized. On the May 1, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer an approach for helping each.

On the Apr. 17, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I read excepts from cartoonist Matt Groening's book, "Work is Hell!" I then invite listeners to weigh in.

On the April 3, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Topic 1 is what it's really like to be a cutting-edge medical researcher. I talk with Dr. Neil Risch who is a researcher at UCSF and the president of the American Society for Human Genetics.

The longer I've been a career counselor, the more I've come to realize that successfully guiding people regarding their career often requires a consideration of their mental health issues.

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