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Dying to Talk: Death and multiculturalism

Oct 23, 2016

When we talk about how we want to die, what we are really talking about is what matters most in life. This universal conversation takes on countless nuances when approached from different cultural perspectives.

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.

Liza Veale


Some homeless advocates in San Francisco are working to make the streets more hospitable for those who are forced to live on them. Proposition Q wants to nullify those efforts, by making encampments specifically illegal.

Your Call: Life after marijuana legalization

Oct 17, 2016


On the October 18th edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation about the impacts of marijuana legalization.

Jeremy Dalmas


Harbir Batth isn’t having a good day. Not many fares.


“It's been terrible,” he tells me.


Then finally, some hope appears: a doorman for the Parc 55 Hotel in Union Square hails the cab over. They hop in and we’re headed to North Beach.


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

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

US Forest Service

After more than 150 years, historians (and perhaps Californians) are facing the horrifying truth that Indian slavery was a key source of labor that helped create the early economy of California and enrich its first settlers. 

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.

Interview with public relations expert Dick Guttman.

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. 

Marty and Barbara Nemko talk about remaining calm in tense situations.

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Instead of working just one job for a single employer, more and more of us are becoming gig workers: people who consult, freelance, contract, temp, and do jobs on-call. The number of Americans with these alternative work arrangements has been growing steadily over the last ten years. 

by Aaron Parecki // used under CC BY 2.0

Freelancing is an old concept, but disputes are cropping up left and right between gig workers and the companies that hire them.

The Golden Gate Park Band plays almost every Sunday afternoon at the Spreckles Temple of Music, more commonly known as the Bandshell. They've been playing there since 1882. 

  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.

Every Thursday through Election Day, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focused on local and state elections, the voting system, and the democratic process in California.

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.

Courtesy of Rosa Lee Harden & Lindsay Smalling

More entrepreneurs are starting businesses with a social purpose--like addressing poverty or mitigating climate change.

Interview with Temple University  associate professor Pei Wang on artificial intelligence.

Your Call: Profiting from the poor

Aug 24, 2016

  On the August 25th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Daniel Hatcher about his new book The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens.

  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

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

A long wait for a new Bayview market

Aug 17, 2016

For Bayview residents, stocking the kitchen with fresh produce, meats, staples and spices means having to go to several places to get what they need. There is no full service grocery store here, so people have to plan, travel, and get creative. 

Your Call: Wall Street’s foreclosure fraud

Aug 16, 2016

On the August 17th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with David Dayen, author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud.

Diane Bondareff / AP

On the August 15th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the growing influence private equity firms have on our daily lives.

  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.

photo courtesy of San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport is built on dozens of acres of wetlands, and it’s home to many species of birds. Unfortunately for those birds, it's also home to many, many airplanes. That means it’s someone’s job to  keep these flying creatures and flying objects out of each other’s way. 

Career coach Marty Nemko talks with listeners about work issues, from finding the perfect job to networking.

The Bridge: Life after NUMMI

Aug 5, 2016
Kyle Trefny

We wrap up the first season of The Bridge with one of our favorite stories - about the aftermath of the closure of the NUMMI car factory in Fremont, California.

Your Call: The untold history of class in America

Aug 1, 2016

On the August 1st edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with historian professor Nancy Isenberg about her new book White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America.