Rough Translation

Rough Translation

Rough Translation

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
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 to the idea of what a workplace should look and feel like. Can the culture of work change too? In this latest season of Rough Translation, we'll be traveling the globe to see how people are shifting their relationship to their jobs. From the mysterious man who inspired a "slacker revolution" in China to an American trans woman trucker changing the rules of the road, and from to the new codes of small talk in the Brazilian metaverse, to the ways that a war can change how Ukrainians look at work (and how work can change how they see a war). We explore what happens when international workplace norms are challenged both by local customs and homegrown rule-breakers.
  1. June 29, 2022
    33 min
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    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. The result? New realms and new personalities.
  2. June 22, 2022
    30 min
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    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 a club to change that, and the world took notice.
  3. June 15, 2022
    41 min
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    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. Portuguese workers were oddly quiet. Why?
  4. June 08, 2022
    30 min
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    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 see it go and a French historian determined to bring it back.
  5. June 01, 2022
    40 min
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    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 who says he's tired of working viewed by the Chinese state as such a threat?
  6. May 25, 2022
    2 min
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    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 world.
  7. April 27, 2022
    20 min
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    The Good Russians
    Hundreds of thousands of Russians are leaving Russia. They're facing an uncertain welcome abroad. Poet and writer Linor Goralik joins us to read from "Exodus 22," her uncomfortably frank conversations with Russ…
  8. April 15, 2022
    17 min
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    The Scarf and the Snuffbox
    What can a blank piece of paper, four ballerinas, a scarf and snuff box mean in Russia? A conversation with Russian Anthropologist Alexandra Arkhipova about how anti-war protestors resist the war in Ukraine thr…
  9. March 30, 2022
    15 min
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    Letter of Unhappiness
    When Naira calls her parents back home in Russia to talk about the war in Ukraine, they treat her as an outsider and a threat. She finds a way to break through the propaganda wall, with inspiration from a chain…
  10. March 15, 2022
    40 min
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    The Culture Front
    When protecting a language is used as justification for war, how can its speakers fight back? A conversation with Russian speakers of the diaspora who are rethinking their relationship to language, identity, an…
  11. March 02, 2022
    31 min
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    Fighting Words In Ukraine
    Vladimir Putin joined the KGB at age 23. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy got his early training in a no less Soviet institution–the world of competitive comedy. We update our 2019 episode about a high-s…
  12. February 16, 2022
    50 min
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    Presenting 'TED Radio Hour': Work, Play, Rest
    The past few years have shaken the fundamental ways we live. It's... disorienting. But it's also an opportunity to reexamine how we spend our time. In this episode from TED Radio Hour, speakers investigate evol…
  13. December 22, 2021
    43 min
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    May We Have This Dance?
    A jazz dance born in Harlem in the 1920s ends up in a tiny Swedish town. What happens when Black dancers try to bring the Lindy Hop home?
  14. December 15, 2021
    41 min
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    Moms In Translation
    An Irish journalist discovers she belongs in a place she's never been. A 6-year-old boy decides he's from another country. Stories about finding home far from home.
  15. December 15, 2021
    41 min
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    Stories About Finding Home Far Away From Home
    An Irish journalist discovers she belongs in a place she's never been. A 6-year-old boy decides he's from another country. Stories about finding home far from home, and what it means for family.
  16. December 08, 2021
    33 min
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    Tasting At A Distance
    You can zoom around the world through sight and sound, but you can't taste at a distance, right? Stories about what happens when we try.
  17. July 09, 2021
    49 min
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    Home/Front: Marla's List
    Marla kept a detailed account of Iraqi civilians harmed by war. How did she recruit people in the U.S. military to help them? And what toll did it take on her? Part 2 of the story of Marla Ruzicka. You can find…
  18. June 30, 2021
    34 min
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    Home/Front: Marla's War
    Marla Ruzicka didn't belong in a war zone. Nobody in Afghanistan knew what to make of her. Until Marla started to solve a problem that no one thought could be solved.
  19. June 23, 2021
    29 min
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    Home/Front: Rebels In The Valley
    Two worlds: dress uniforms and foosball tables. The military and Silicon Valley used to work hand in hand. Now, why won't big tech build them a new gonculator?
  20. June 16, 2021
    40 min
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    Home/Front: Battle Borne
    Alicia's situation raises questions about the VA's caregiver program. And a new diagnosis changes everything for Matt. How will Alicia and Matt start healing their respective wounds, borne out of different batt…

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