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On the Jan. 1, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife, Barbara Nemko and I do a switch-sides in the middle debate on whether it's worth making New Year's resolutions, particularly as they apply to one's worklife.

On the Dec. 18, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Diana Furchtgott-Roth, on President-elect Trump's transition team for the Department of Labor.


Why is it more important than ever to support local businesses? Amazon’s growing market power is threatening small businesses and “weakening communities,” according to a new study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

Work with Marty Nemko: High Tech Bootcamps

Dec 11, 2016

Interview with Liz Eggleston, co-founder of on high tech bootcamps.

On the next Your Call, it’s our media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the failed referendum in Italy, and the country’s dire economic conditions.

On the November 29th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with investigative journalist and author David Cay Johnston about Donald Trump’s tax proposal.

On the Dec. 4, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: A switch-sides-in-the-middle debate between my wife Barbara Nemko and me on the question, "Should you go back to school?"  We'll no doubt end up exploring for whom it is and isn't a wise choice, as well as how to make the most of a back-to-school stint.

On the Nov. 27, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I perform excerpts from America’s most influential speeches. They contain powerful rhetorical devices that can enhance our communication in the workplace and outside of it.

Stoicism is a very different philosophy than most people think. And it has important implications for career and the workplace. On the Nov. 20, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Ryan Holiday, author of the new book, The Daily Stoic: 366 meditations on wisdom, perseverance, and the art of living.

Photo courtesy of the Chinatown Community Development Corporation


As of this month, San Francisco’s public housing is now all privately run. 3,500 units have been transferred from the city’s ownership to various housing groups: some non-profit, and some for-profit.

One way to get a bead on the future, on fields in which you might get in on the ground floor,  is to see what VCs and sophisticated types  are  investing in today.  So on the Nov. 11, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with  long-time Silicon Valley insider Sramana Mitra,  whom LinkedIn named a Top 10 Influencer.

The Field Poll

On the Nov. 6, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, The Field Poll's Mark DiCamillo on what it's really like to be a pollster? Plus, I won't be able to resist asking  what the polls are predicting on the California propositions.

Should government restrict the trend toward converting full-time/benefitted jobs into part-time/temp and gig work?

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On the October 27th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about Company Town, a new documentary that tells the story of a local election campaign and political decisions that will determine the future of San Francisco.

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. 

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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.