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Rough Translation
Rough Translation
NPR

Our expectations of work are changing. Whether you're a cubicle-dweller, side gig hustler, or blue-collar breadwinner, we're all experiencing some major changes... more

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Episodes

The Cat Must Still Be Fed

A hyperlocal news site in Red Hook, N.Y. posts a job opening. A journalist in Ukraine applies. And what readers... more

03 Aug 2022 · 39 minutes
Alone@Work: Miles To Go Before I'm Me

726 miles in one day. Gas station sushi. Mysterious loading docks. We hit the road with American women who found... more

13 Jul 2022 · 31 minutes
Ourselves@Work: Home Is Where The Hustle Is

Nigerian novelist Chibundu Onuzo dreams of returning to Lagos, but she worries she'll struggle to adapt in the city of... more

06 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
You're@Work: The Right Persona for the Job

Who are you at work? In this episode, two stories of people who really commit to embodying their work selves.... more

29 Jun 2022 · 33 minutes
Failing@Work: Epic Fails & Failure Epics

Many of us think we can't share our stories of failure until we've reached success. Some Mexico City entrepreneurs started... more

22 Jun 2022 · 30 minutes
Stuck@Work: Your Country's Brand Is Escape, But You Can't

When Portugal forbade bosses from contacting employees after hours, international media jumped at the chance to cover the new law.... more

15 Jun 2022 · 41 minutes
Lunching@Work: When Eating at Your Desk Is Forbidden

In 2021, France suspended a law that forbids eating lunch at work. We talk to an American teacher relieved to... more

08 Jun 2022 · 30 minutes
Slackers@Work: A Song for the Exhausted

A video ricochets across Chinese offices, and a scooter thief becomes an icon for brewing discontent. Why is a thief... more

01 Jun 2022 · 40 minutes
New Season: @Work. Starting June 1.

We're back @Work. The new season of Rough Translation will tell surprising stories from workplaces and work cultures around the... more

25 May 2022 · 2 minutes
The Good Russians

Hundreds of thousands of Russians are leaving Russia. They're facing an uncertain welcome abroad. Poet and writer Linor Goralik joins... more

27 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
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