Subscription Saturday: Productivity, Poverty, and Public Radio

This week, I’m back to reading more books, but a few articles caught my eye. Enjoy!

Work

Letter From Nucla, Colorado: Dr. Don” by Peter Hessler
The New Yorker, September 26, 2011

Hessler introduces us to “the life of a small-town druggist,” who dispenses medical wisdom and compassion in equal shares. The description and history of his town, Nucla, is fascinating.

What Looks Like Productivity” by Rachel Toor
The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 2, 2011

How do you stay on task–working on the big project that matters–when so many other little jobs seem more appealing?

Welcome to Middle-Class Poverty— Does Anybody Know the Way Out?” by Sara Horowitz
The Atlantic, September 23, 2011

The founder of the Freelancers Union talks about the growing independent workforce–and how the New Deal needs to be updated in order to keep freelancers in the black.

Travel

Budget Travel in Madrid” by Sarah Wildman
The New York Times, December 18, 2005

Or: “How to party for an entire weekend in Madrid with $500.”

Technology

Jad Abumrad, Radiolab’s ‘genius’ storyteller, on what public radio needs now: ‘more joy, more chaos’” by Andrew Phelps
Nieman Journalism Lab, September 21, 2011

The co-creator of Radiolab who recently won the “genius” award from the MacArthur Foundation speaks openly about the importance of creativity in public radio.

Subscription Saturday is a way for me to keep track of the print and digital articles that I’ve read and, in most cases, recommend, this week.

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