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On this edition of Your Call, investigative reporter Bernice Yeung discusses her new book, In A Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers.


  The legalization of recreational marijuana combined with the opioid epidemic is bringing substance abuse, pardon the pun, higher in our consciousness. And of course, the effects of substance abuse don’t abate at the workplace door. So it’s appropriate that on this radio program that focuses on career and workplace issues, we take a look at substance abuse in the workplace, what to do if you think you have a problem, or are or a coworker with or supervisor of someone you think might have a problem. That's Topic 1 on the Mar. 22, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’re talking about Opportunity Zones. Tucked away in last year’s tax bill is a bipartisan effort to encourage investors to put their money into economically distressed areas. How would these zones shape the state’s neighborhoods?



On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’re discussing China’s new policy to ban 24 types of recyclable waste including plastics, unsorted scrap paper, and textiles. For over 20 years, China has been the top destination for the trash Americans throw in recycling bins.

On the Mar. 15, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: Jordan Peterson's 11 career-related rules.  Jordan Peterson is the self-help guru du jour. I agree with 7 of the 11 and disagree with 4. I'll share all.

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What has happened to our civic life? That’s the question economist Robert Reich asks in his new book, The Common Good. On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak Reich about what this means and where to go from here.


Blockchain bonds may be coming to Berkeley

Mar 13, 2018
Jeremy Dalmas


Berkeley is trying to put municipal bonds on the blockchain.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about farmworkers who are fasting in New York City to pressure Wendy's to join the Fair Food Program. Seventy farmworkers are fasting outside of the Manhattan hedge fund offices of Wendy's billionaire Board Chairman Nelson Peltz. They'll continue their fast until they march on Thursday to demand the chain join the Fair Food Program, which mandates better working conditions.


On the Mar. 8, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko kick around pros and cons regarding seven common career dilemmas.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about the desperation felt by drivers for taxis and companies like Uber and Lyft. The median income for these drivers is $24,000 a year. How has the explosion of these services impacted drivers?


Scientists are discovering that ever more of who we are has genetic roots: from autism to addiction to Alzheimer’s, depression to sexual orientation to political orientation. People, especially prospective parents now have more information to help them to decide, for example, whether someone with a gene predisposing to breast cancer should get a prophylactic mastectomy, or someone with a severe mental illness should have children.  A genetic counselor helps them sort through the odds and options. On the Mar. 1, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Kim Barr, genetic counselor at Kaiser Permanente.

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.

Hana Baba


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.