First Person: Funeral Home Director & Telemarketer

First Person: Funeral Home Director // Telemarketer Human Voices Wake Us

An episode from 3/8/22: How would you talk about your job, if someone came around asking? Tonight, we hear from Beverly Valentine, a Funeral Home Director, and Jason Groth, a Telemarketer. They were interviewed more than twenty years ago for the 2000 book Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs, and I have yet to find a boring interview in the entire book.

The book is clearly meant as an update to Studs Terkel’s 1974 collection of interviews, Working. If anyone knows of any other books like these two, send me an email

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