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Wetwork

Wetwork is a bi-weekly podcast about vocations. Most people think they know the ins and outs of even the most common jobs, perhaps via word-of-mouth, perhaps because there's a popular procedural television show highlighting them. More often than not, their assumptions are off-base. On Wetwork we expose the deep, sometimes dark secrets of vocations and get to the bottom of what it takes to succeed and the little-known tips, tricks and foibles of the trade. The term Wetwork originated as a euphemism for institutionally sanctioned assassinations, wet being considered an allusion to spilled blood. Wet work, in addition to wet job, wet affair, or wet operation, are all derivations of the euphemism often used internally by the Soviet Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti for such activities: мокрые сделка or "wet dealings". We, at the podcast, don't believe work has to involve murder to get messy. Things are often not as they seem in even the most outwardly mundane occupations. Often you are forced to spend as much time with coworkers, supervisors and subordinates as you do with friends and loved ones. Love your job? Hate it? It doesn't matter. Occasionally it's all Wetwork.
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Wetwork is a bi-weekly podcast about vocations. Most people think they know the ins and outs of even the most common jobs, perhaps via word-of-mouth, perhaps because there's a popular procedural television show highlighting them. More often than not, their assumptions are off-base. On Wetwork we expose the deep, sometimes dark secrets of vocations and get to the bottom of what it takes to succeed and the little-known tips, tricks and foibles of the trade.

The term Wetwork originated as a euphemism for institutionally sanctioned assassinations, wet being considered an allusion to spilled blood. Wet work, in addition to wet job, wet affair, or wet operation, are all derivations of the euphemism often used internally by the Soviet Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti for such activities: мокрые сделка or "wet dealings".

We, at the podcast, don't believe work has to involve murder to get messy. Things may not be as they seem in even the most outwardly mundane occupations. Often you are forced to spend as much time with coworkers, supervisors and subordinates as you do with friends and loved ones.

Love your job? Hate it? It doesn't matter. Occasionally it's all Wetwork.

Dec 11, 2016

 

For the first time on Wetwork we’re featuring the same subject for two episodes. Why? Because the subject is one of numerous people who do not subsist on a single profession. According to the most recently available data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (originating from the 2010 census) more than 7 million people, or 5% of the total work force, hold 2 or more full-time jobs. More than half of that 7 million are women. For some, juggling two jobs is just one part of a sad economic reality and is the only way to remain underemployed and not living dangerously paycheck to paycheck.

For others, like Stephen Mills, one job is subordinate to another and allows the freedom to engage in creative, artistic pursuits while still keeping the lights on. This is not uncommon in the world of the arts. In fact, it’s probably more the norm than not. I, indeed, can count myself among that group. I have a full time job that has nothing to do with writing, recording and producing a podcast. But Stephen and I have that in common, because his second profession, and the one highlighted in today’s episode, is that of The Poet. And while we’ll learn that Stephen has had pretty extraordinary success in the world of poetry, especially in a field which today is surprisingly full, rich and competitive, it doesn’t pay the bills. But like most artists who work a full time job to supplement their art, your primary source of income can inform that art and give you inspiration and ammunition. Stephen elaborates on the balance of his two primary professions and while in the last episode, entitled “The Tester & The Poet” the STI testing he performs was featured heavily, while in this episode we delve into how those experiences as a tester can both inspire his poetry and allow him the freedom to pursue it.

Find out more about Stephen Mills work and purchase his poetry collections at: http://www.stephensmills.com/

 

Produced, Written & Hosted by: Dan Lauer
Produced, Recorded & Mixed by: Jonathan Giffin
Recorded at: CCB Studios in Orlando, FL
Episode Artwork: Kaylan Stedman
 
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Wetwork's music is provided courtesy of Kevin Mcleod at Incompetech.com. Visit Incompetech.com to find the perfect music for your video or audio project. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
 
Songs Used: "Frost Waltz (Alternate)", "Odyssey", "Intrepid", "Swimmey Texture", "Gymnopedie No. 3"
 
 
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