In many ways, this episode continues the line of inquiry established in the show's very first episode on "Vocation." Danny is joined by Todd Pedlar and Drew Van'tland to discuss Matthew B. Crawford's great 2009 book Shop Class as Soulcraft. A searing investigation into the degradation of work, Crawford's book provides our trio with a lot to talk about. How does Marx provide a language to describe the ways that work has been stripped of dignity? What are the implications of this process for both blue and white collar work? Why don't we teach industrial arts in school anymore? What is an ethical approach to labor? A few pop culture references thrown in as well: The Office, anyone? These and many more issues, plus a lot of fun.
Link to an early, essay version of the book, by Crawford, for The New Atlantis