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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.

Hari Simons

Hockey fans across the Bay Area are hunkering down to watch the San Jose Sharks hit the ice and face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Stanley Cup. But have you ever thought about just how the ice you see on your TV gets made? Hint: it’s a lot more complicated than you think. The Specialist’s Casey Miner has more.

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On the June 6th edition of Your Call, what if everyone were guaranteed a basic income? 

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.

Work with Marty Nemko 5/22/16

May 22, 2016

The topic is:  Wage theft, how employers steal from employees, interns, and job seekers.

The Specialist: Sidewalk canvasser

May 17, 2016
Raja Shah

On this episode of The Specialist, we spend a day in the shoes of a sidewalk canvasser.

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.

Matthew Desmond

On the May 13th edition of Your Call, Sociologist Matthew Desmond discusses his new book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” 

On the May 12th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Tamara Draut about her new book Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America.

  On the May 10th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with professor Robert McChesney the coauthor of the new book “People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy.”

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., April 27 2016


After two years in San Francisco, the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is now collaborating with groups in Oakland, Fremont, Alameda and Berkeley. The project doesn't just crunch the numbers on the housing crisis, it documents the stories behind those numbers.


Work with Marty Nemko 4/24/16

Apr 24, 2016

Guest is John Capela, author of "Import/Export for Dummies"

On the April 19th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the effects of US trade policies on California’s economy. 

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 15th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and media consolidation.

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On Thursday April 7th, 2016, San Francisco police shot and killed Luis Gongora, a 45-year-old man living in a homeless encampment of tents on Shotwell Street in the Mission District.

Casey Miner

Meet a man who's paid to attack women... so they can learn how to fight back.

For about a third of Americans, regular hours and benefits are giving way to a patchwork of contracting, temping, and moonlighting. The way we make a living is changing.

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.

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A medley of people wait for the San Francisco Public Library to open in the morning. Students on a deadline. People who really need a library book. Retired folks. And people checking email.

Your Call: Bernie Sanders' economic plan

Mar 22, 2016

On the March 22nd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about Senator Bernie Sanders’ economic platform. 

Are dog catchers really the cold, heartless monsters portrayed in kids' movies? In today’s installment of the occasional feature on Work with Marty Nemko, What’s it really like to be a …. I talk with Mike Holland, who for eight years was a a dog catcher, I should say, Animal Control Officer in the Bay Area.

Your Call: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World

Mar 16, 2016

On the  March 16th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with investigative journalist Sally Denton about her new book, THE PROFITEERS: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World.

On the Mar 13, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with a cutting edge PR expert, Peter Himler. Long gone are the days when PR consisted of a press release. If you or someone you care about is running a small business, you should find this segment of particular interest.



In the Bay Area, one strategy for dealing with the housing shortage is to try to build ourselves out. But brand new housing can be too expensive for middle- and working-class people to move into. In San Francisco, it now costs $700,000-800,000 to build a new unit. That’s forced many developers in the area to ask if there is a way to build more quickly and for less money. There is. It’s the same way we build anything more efficiently—by using factories.

On the March 6, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with a preeminent trial lawyer but not mainly about lawyering...about the emotional toll on them and other high-status professionals.  He is Gary Gwilliam.