Episode 8 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation:
A 21st Century WPA: Back from Halimuhfack
Taking a look at the most impactful and ambitious employment program in American history: the Works Progress Administration, or WPA
1. Nathan Ruggles talks with Max Page of the University of Massachusetts Amherst about his recent piece in Labor Notes entitled “In the Face of Mass Unemployment, We Need a 21st Century WPA.” Page is Professor of Architecture and a Director of Historic Preservation Initiatives and Vice President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. They review the powerful past legacy of the WPA, his proposal for a WPA for today, and a vision for what such a program could mean for the future.
2. Larry McCullough follows up with a song recording that directly resulted from WPA initiatives: “Halimuhfack” by Zora Neale Hurston. Nathan and Larry also discuss the latest news from the Battle of Homestead Foundation.
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