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On the Feb. 22, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I debate the wisdom of striving for maximum productivity vs doing the minimum. I try to make best-case arguments for each and invited listeners to weigh in.

On the Feb. 15, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer an introduction to some careers well-suited for career changes, under-the-radar careers for people who like to work with their hands, and not-obvious career choices for science, math, and tech people.

Did you know that Richmond, Milpitas, and Palo Alto all had sub-divisions where it was illegal for African Americans to own a house? On this edition of Your Call, Richard Rothstein discusses The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, which details how laws and policy decisions promoted the very discriminatory patterns that continue today.

Romance in the workplace is a standard topic for a pre-Valentine's Day show on Work with Marty Nemko. But it will have a twist this year in light of #metoo. my wife Barbara Nemko and I discuss.

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing California’s affordable housing crisis. Nearly one-third of renters spend more than 50% of their income on housing.

The suicide rate for farmers is the highest of all occupations, twice that of veterans?! Why? I'll explore with a farmer and psychologist specializing in farmer's mental health, Mike Rosmann.

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This weekend African entrepreneurs and innovators are converging in Mountain View to talk business.

On the Jan. 18, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Mark Williams, AKA "Mr. LinkedIn." He has trained thousands of people on how to use LinkedIn. We'll go beyond the basics. With 500 million people on LinkedIn, standard strategies aren't enough.

In the program's second segments, listeners call in for a Workover: I try to help them solve their worklife problem.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Thursday from 7 to 8 PM on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on

Homeboy Industries


Father Gregory Boyle was a pastor at a church in Los Angeles in the late 1980s, a time of devastating gang violence. Boyle responded to the violence in the community by working with gang members and formerly incarcerated people. He started an organization that eventually came to be known as Homeboy Industries, now the largest gang rehabilitation project in the world. In his new book, Barking to the Choir: The power of radical kinship, Boyle explores the spiritual lessons learned from the stories of the former gang members he has worked with.

An estimated eight percent of the world’s household financial wealth is held in offshore tax haven. On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll speak with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein about his new book Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite.


Women in low-wage jobs – janitors, domestic workers, farmworkers, waitresses – face rampant sexual abuse and assault on the job. When wages are low, there's no HR to report abuse and work sites can be isolated.

On the Jan 11, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Drs. Barbara and Marty Nemko debate whether those instruments of torture-- neckties and high-heeled shoes--belong in the dustbin of obsolete workplace attire

In the program's second segment, we debate how to handle an angry coworker and, if we have time, what a burned-out teacher should do?

As usual, we also invite listeners to call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, we can usually help.

On the Jan 4, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer my career and workplace predictions for 2018 and beyond, including nascent careers that may allow you or someone you care about to get in on the ground floor of The Next Big Thing.

In the program's second segment, you may call in for a Workover. Whatever the career conundrum that you or someone you car

Work with Marty Nemko 12/28/17

Dec 28, 2017

  Barbara and Marty Nemko compete on who can tell the best career and workplace jokes. Plus call-in Workovers.


How did one factory challenge the apparel industry’s sweatshops? The Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic is the only factory in the global south to pay workers a living wage.

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Starting a marijuana business is not so simple; there are a lot of rules and fees, especially if you are buying or selling the actual plant. But people are finding many different routes into the industry.

  On the Dec. 21, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with the reigning World Champion Close-Up FISM Magician, Shin Lim about what it's really like to be a magician. His first appearance on Penn & Teller's Fool Me has 49 million hits.  His return performance was even better: / Huffington Post


Every big city in California seems to have its own creative approach to housing the homelessness. San Jose is talking about tiny homes. Huge communal tents are being set up in San Diego. Oakland is using tuff sheds. And in San Francisco, the city’s navigation centers are meant to be a stepping stone to permanent housing. But does anyone know how to create real housing for the poor in the midst of plenty?


Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of San Francisco’s Coalition on Homelessness

Your Call: What’s all the rage with Bitcoin about?

Dec 14, 2017
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Last week, Bitcoin reached a high of about $20,000 on some exchanges. The cryptocurrency has rapidly shot up in value.

On the Dec. 14, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Deborah Rhode, author of Cheating. Our focus is on what employers, employees, and job seekers do, why, and if anything works in improving integrity.

In the program's second segment, listeners call in for a Workover: I try to address their career conundrum.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard at its new time, every Thursday, from 7 to 8 PM on 91.7 FM, KALW San Francisco and worldwide on

Your Call: Are retail struggles increasing ground-floor vacancies?

Dec 13, 2017


Around the Bay Area, apartment blocks and office buildings are going up at a rapid pace, mostly with retail space on the first floor.

Audrey Dilling


This story originally aired in January of 2016. The next affordable housing lottery in San Francisco will take place on January 18, 2018. It’s for 28 units in the Alice Griffith Apartments. There's an information session for Wednesday, December 13. For more information, click here.


On the Dec. 6, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I discuss under-the-radar volunteer opportunities, how to vet them, and how to maximize your chances of converting a volunteer gig into a paid job.

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The prospect of artificial intelligence and automation eliminating entire job categories has sparked a debate about a universal basic income.

Your Call: Is your city ready for legalized pot?

Dec 5, 2017
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California voters legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana on a statewide basis. The law is set to go into effect on January 1. The roll out will depend on decisions made at the local level. The prospects for legal cannabis could look very different in Berkeley, San Francisco, and San Jose. What are the major differences? How do you want marijuana to be sold and marketed where you live? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Renee Kemp, and you.


On the  Nov. 30, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talked with Barry Biermann, who was one of the first on the scene at the North Bay Fire, the Atlas Peak Fire.


On Tuesday, the Senate Budget Committee voted 12-11, on party lines, to send the Republican tax bill to the floor for a full vote by as soon as Thursday.  

On the Nov 16, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Julie Dirksen on smart ways to learn on the job and to teach others.

THE INTERSECTION: Life before Google

Nov 13, 2017


All this week, we’re bringing you new episodes of THE INTERSECTION — a KALW podcast looks at change in the Bay Area from the view of a street corner. Each season focuses on a new neighborhood. 

On the Nov. 9, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with 3-times-elected Marin County coroner Ken Holmes. He is the subject of a new book, The Education of a Coroner.