54: The Story of American Labor- with Rachel Slade

a BROADcast for Manufacturers

Jun 19 2024 • 42 mins

Meet Rachel Slade

Rachel is an author and journalist (trained as an architect) with more than 15 years of publishing experience. Her first book, "Into the Raging Sea," about the 2015 sinking of the American cargo ship El Faro, was a NYT Notable Book and winner of the Maine Literary Award. Her second book, "Making It in America," about the American manufacturing revival, came out in January 2024.

She has a passion for uncovering and developing compelling tales about politics, work, design, and urban planning that engage and inspire audiences across different mediums and genres. She has produced dozens of long-form articles and provocative essays, several of which have received national recognition and awards, including the CRMA for Excellence in Civic Journalism and the CRMA for Essays/Commentary/Criticism.

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00:00 Introduction and Personal Failures

01:20 Overcoming Challenges in the Workplace

02:49 The Importance of Embracing Failure

03:30 Discovering a Love for Physical Activity

04:02 Introducing Our Special Guest: Rachel Slade

05:55 Rachel Slade's Journey and Works

06:56 The American Shipping Industry and Labor History

09:06 The Impact of the Pandemic on Manufacturing

16:47 The Apparel Industry and Immigrant Labor

23:30 The Role of Immigrants in American Manufacturing

27:43 The Knowledge Economy and Manufacturing

30:30 I Just Learned That: Fun Facts and Insights

39:50 Book Recommendations and Closing Remarks

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