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.

If your child had just graduated from college and wanted to pursue a career as an artist (or actor, musician, something like that) and to date had earned just $1,000 from her creative output, would you encourage her to continue?

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On the Aug. 16, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with D.S.Kane, former intelligence service undercover operative and author of Blood Ridge on what it’s really like to be a spy. Plus you can call-in for a Workover.

On the Aug. 9, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I interview former Wells Fargo Executive Vice President, Ruth Ross on what it's really like to be a corporate executive...and why she quit.  She has since wrote a book: Coming Alive: The Journey to Reengage Your Life and Your Career. In the show's second part, I'll answer your call-in questions about your worklife. I call those Workovers.

On the Aug. 2, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I devote the entire hour to you. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I usually can at least help take at least a baby step forward, often a giant step.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

On the July 26, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko,  Barbara Nemko and I explored what a parent might do about their young  college graduate who is working 10 hours a week as a barista.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

On the July 19, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Greg Sterling on what everyone should know about digital marketing.

What's it Really Like to Work at Costco?

Jul 7, 2015

What's it really like to work at Costco? Jorge Beverina serves food samples there and he was my guest on the July 12, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko.

Plus callers called in with tips about jobs in manufacturing, and a question about whether she should follow her passion.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

Retire?

Jun 28, 2015

On the July 5, 2015 edition of Work With Marty Nemko I take a most rare vacation day. So, you'll hears the best recent show I could dig up. It's the one in which my wife, Barbara Nemko and I debate the pros and cons of retirement.

We use a format I've created to ensure fairness to both sides of the issue: The Switch-Sides Debate.  In the first half, I take the pro-retirement side and in the second half we switch sides. To help ensure the issue was explored in full-dimension, we then invited you to call in. Good show, we believe. We hope you'll listen.

On the June 21, 2015 Father's Day edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer an audio Father's Day Card: an ode to men at work, specifically on why the "pay gap" is far less and in a surprising number of fields non existent than the "Women earn 77 cents" meme implies. Also, listeners with a work problem call in for a Workover.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

Should You Retire?

Jun 13, 2015

If you're near or at retirement age, should you retire?

On the June 14, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko will debate that issue using an unusual format. To ensure that both sides are fairly represented, they'll switch sides in the middle of the debate.

Plus, as usual, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, Marty and Barbara can usually help.

In the aftermath of the Baltimore unrest, President Obama has allocated an additional $450 million for job training programs. Logically, such programs programs make sense but evaluations of results have not been as positive as we would like.

On the May 24, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll moderate a conversation/debate on how much hope we should place on job training programs. Stephen Baiter who oversees government-funded job training programs will discuss the issue with Jim Bovard, who, before Congress, expressed skepticism about job training programs.

On the May 17, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I discuss the book Work Rules by Google's HR Director, Laszlo Bock. I'll also talk with a fascinating orthodontist, Ken Dillehay, about his surprisingly interesting profession.

On the May 3, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Jeff Liker who has written eight books on Toyota and the implications for our careers and for managing wisely.

And as usual, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career problem is besetting you or someone care about, I usually can help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

On the April 26, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career issue is impeding your life, I usually can help. I'll intersperse the Workovers with tips on where the jobs are, getting off to a good start on the job and, if there's time, the best and worst work proverbs.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

On the Apr. 19, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Alexandra Robbins, award-winning author of The Nurses: A year of secrets, drama, and miracles with the heroes of the hospital. We'll discuss not only what it's really like to be a nurse but what patients and family members should know about receiving medical care in the hospital.

Plus call-in Workovers. Whatever career malady ails you, I can usually provide a pill that's better than a placebo.

On the April 12, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll describe 12 things that make employers want to get rid of an employee. These distill what my many manager/leader clients have said to me over the years in the confidentiality of my office. I'll also offer some easier-to-implement ways to improve your time management. Plus, you can call in for a Workover: Whatever career problem is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

On the April 5, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife, Barbara Nemko and I will say  what we'd do to help ensure our success if we were starting over.

Plus, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career misery ails you or someone you care about, we can usually help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

Robotics, Jobs, and You

Mar 21, 2015

An MIT Report  says that within 20 years, nearly half of all jobs could be eliminated by robots and other automation. But others argue that technology has always created new jobs we can’t even imagine. What jobs will be eliminated? Which ones created? Will it be a net loss or net gain? What are implications of the coming Robotic Age for all of us?

To help us sort it out, on the Mar. 22, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll talk with robotics insider Erin Rapacki, welcome to Work with Marty Nemko.

Still struggling with your career? On the March 15, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I devote the entire hour to Workovers: You can call in with whatever career conundrum is besetting you and I'll try to help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

What Will Replace the Absurdly Expensive Degree?

Mar 2, 2015

Thanks to an endless stream of research and anecdote, more people are realizing that the absurdly expensive, time-consuming college and graduate degree are often not close to worth it--either in learning gains or employability. 

Perhaps in response, there's been an explosion of online courses--including those sought-after but overrated courses taught by the research professors at Stanford, Harvard, etc. 

Perhaps the foundational belief that most undergirds the career we choose and how we approach our work is, "What is the meaning of life?" Is it work-life balance? Contribution? Happiness?

On the March 1, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I discuss the book, "The  Meaning of Life." It profiles 100 people's conceptions of the meaning of life.

Plus, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, we can usually help.

Buddhism at Work?

Feb 15, 2015

Sometimes, it seems that the Bay Area's most popular religion  is Buddhism. Well, Franz Metcalf, in his book, Being Buddhist at Work, argues that that religion indeed belongs in the workplace, to the betterment of the employee and the employer. He'll be my guest on the Feb. 22, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko. In the program's second segment, you can call in for a Workover--Whatever career conundrum ails you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

On the Feb. 15, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I had an hour-long quite candid exchange with Todd Kashdan, author of The Upside of Your Dark Side. His book argues that we'd be wise to supplement the traditionally upbeat American way of being in the workplace with such "no-nos" as anger, anxiety, invoking guilt, and even narcissism.

On the Feb. 1, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I moderate a debate on the question of whether Comprehensive Immigration Reform would be good for the economy, especially for the job situation for workers and employers.

Taking the yes side will be the Partnership for a New Economy's  Executive Director, Jeremy Robbins. Taking the no side will be The Center for Immigration Study's Director of Research, Steven Camarota.

As usual, in the second part of the show, you can call in for a Workover.

Straight Talk About Changing Your Career

Jan 24, 2015

On the Feb. 8, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer straight talk about changing careers. I also offer eight ways to de-stress at work. And as usual, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

Career Lessons in Oprah's new book

Jan 14, 2015

On the Jan. 18, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko,  my wife Barbara Nemko and I discuss the career lessons offered in Oprah Winfrey's new book, What I Know for Sure." Plus you can call in for a workover. I'll also offer my favorite new career tips.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

On the Jan. 11, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Kerry Yip about what it's really like to run a Chinese Restaurant. He owns The Great Wall restaurant in Oakland. 

In the program's second half, you can call in for a Workover--Whatever career conundrum is besetting you, I usually can help you take at least a baby step forward, sometimes a big step.

On the Jan. 4, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: An hour of your call-in requests for a Workover. Perhaps I'll help you come up with a resolution you might actually keep...at least for a while.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

On the Dec. 21, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko debate the work-related issues in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Plus, you can call in for a workover. Whatever career malaise ails you or someone you care about, we usually can help.

On the Dec. 14, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Alvin Felzenberg, author of The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn't,) on lessons about career success from ratings of U.S. presidents. Plus, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career malaise ails you or someone you care about, I usually can help.

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