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Marty Nemko

Host, Work with Marty Nemko

Marty Nemko was called "job coach extraordinaire" by U.S. News and "The Bay Area's best career coach" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has written 20 essays in TIME's Ideas section, and 1240 for PsychologyToday.com. Previously, his career column appeared for six years in the San Francisco Chronicle and then wrote The Big Idea continuing series on WashingtonPost.com and the Working it Out column on TheAtlantic.com. In his 30th year as a career and education advisor, Marty Nemko has served 5,400 clients and enjoys a 96% client-satisfaction rate. He is a part-time instructor of medical students at the UCSF School of Medicine.

Marty Nemko holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and subsequently taught its graduate school. He is the author of 11 books including, in 2018, Careers for Dummies and The Best of Marty Nemko (3rd edition.) His earlier books include  How to Do Life: What they didn't teach you in school and What's the Big Idea? 39 Disruptive Ideas for a Better America.  His articles are archived free on www.martynemko.com.

Marty Nemko has been a guest on many major programs from The Today Show to the Daily Show to  NPR's Talk of the Nation. Toastmasters names one non-member its Northern California Speaker of the Year. Marty Nemko was a winner, in part because of his KALW program.

Is it worth trying microdoses of LSD or mushrooms to enhance one's work efforts? On the Sep. 27, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I explore the extent of what we know and don't know with Johns Hopkins professor Matthew Johnson and Third Wave's Paul Austin.

  Many listeners have called into Work with Marty Nemko asking for advice on how to make a living as an activist. Well, on the Sep. 20, 2018 edition of the show, I'll talk with someone who does it: Lauren Navarro of the Environmental Defense Fund.

AppleWatches and FitBits are being adapted and used in increasing numbers of workplaces. What are the up- and downsides. I explore.

  Many people would like a career in the outdoors but most of those require living outside the Bay Area, for example, in agriculture or forestry. One exception is to be an arborist, a person who plants and trims trees, sometimes very tall trees. What’s it really like to be an arborist?  On the Aug 30, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Scott Wheeler of Urban Arborists, someone for whom money does indeed grow on trees, although it certainly has its ups and downs. (Groan).

  On the Aug. 23, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer ideas on how to boost your chances of getting promoted, even if you've been passed over previously.

  On the Aug. 16, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Sarah Kessler, author of Gigged: The End of the Job and The Future of Work. We'll talk about what individuals, employers, and government can do.

  On the Aug. 9, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko discuss ghosting at work: employers not responding to job applicants, co-workers and bosses going silent after promising something, etc.

On the Aug 2, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: From the sundial to the hourglass to the Rolex, Timex to the Atomic Watch to the Apple Watch, we've been keeping track of time. And in today's ever more pressured lives, we seem ever more preoccupied with time. My guest makes a living helping people tell time. He's Paul Seregin who repairs, buys, and sells fine watches in San Francisco.

Many people look to be self-employed at something local, organic, sustainable, and not requiring a large investment. Well, one such enterprise is beekeeping, selling honey for fun and profit. What’s it really like to be a beekeper? My guest, Andre Kruglikov, runs Twin Bee Apiaries in Alameda.

On the July 19, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, an encore Best of Marty Nemko program: 11 pieces of contrarian yet effective career advice.

On the July 12, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko:  Many would-be lawyers would like to avoid the contentiousness in, for example, corporate law. A new law specialty is assisted reproductive law, in which an attorney helps people who'd like to have children but need to use sperm or egg donation, or surrogate mothers. This gives rise to an interesting legal profession and ethical issues. I'll explore with attorney Richard Vaughn, head of the American Bar Association's section on Assisted Reproductive Law.

On the July 5, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with recently retired former Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Alex Kozinski.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Thursday from 7 to 8 PM on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on KALW.org.

The programs are archived on NPR.org, iTunes, and in perpetuity on KALW.org

On the June 21, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I deconstructed common work proverbs, suggesting that some should be dumped in the landfill while others deserve having stood the test of centuries.

On the June 21, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I deconstruct common work-related proverbs and invite listeners to weigh in to defend the poem or agree with my criticism.

On the June 14, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe the best of the new crop of tech tools for your career: in finding a career, landing good work, and succeeding.

On the June 14, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe the best of the new crop of tech tools for your career: in finding a career, landing good work, and succeeding.

On the May 31, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I explore the career implications of capitalism versus socialism with The Great Courses professor of the course, "Capitalism and Socialism, Comparing Economic Systems."

On the May 24, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer insider advice regarding job references.

In the program's second segment, you can call in for a Workover: Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I usually can help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Thursday from 7 to 8 PM on KALW, 91.7 in San Francisco and worldwide on KALW.org.

The programs are archived on NPR.org, iTunes, and in perpetuity on this web page.

On the May 3, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Tony and 5-time Emmy winning fim and TV music composer Larry Hochman.

Everyone knows about teacher and principal, but education offers many under-the-radar careers. On the Apr. 26, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife, Dr. Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools and I explore those and some inside baseball about the common and less so.

In the program's 2nd segment, we answer callers' work questions, what we call Workovers.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Thursday from 7 to 8 PM on KALW 91.7 FM.

The programs are archived on NPR.org, iTunes, and in perpetuity on this web page.

  On the April 19, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I speak with Nancy Segal, expert on landing a federal job.

On the April 5, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe 32 inconvenient career truths.

On the Mar. 15, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: Jordan Peterson's 11 career-related rules.  Jordan Peterson is the self-help guru du jour. I agree with 7 of the 11 and disagree with 4. I'll share all.

On the Mar. 8, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko kick around pros and cons regarding seven common career dilemmas.

Scientists are discovering that ever more of who we are has genetic roots: from autism to addiction to Alzheimer’s, depression to sexual orientation to political orientation. People, especially prospective parents now have more information to help them to decide, for example, whether someone with a gene predisposing to breast cancer should get a prophylactic mastectomy, or someone with a severe mental illness should have children.  A genetic counselor helps them sort through the odds and options. On the Mar. 1, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Kim Barr, genetic counselor at Kaiser Permanente.

On the Feb. 22, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I debate the wisdom of striving for maximum productivity vs doing the minimum. I try to make best-case arguments for each and invited listeners to weigh in.

The suicide rate for farmers is the highest of all occupations, twice that of veterans?! Why? I'll explore with a farmer and psychologist specializing in farmer's mental health, Mike Rosmann.

On the Jan. 18, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Mark Williams, AKA "Mr. LinkedIn." He has trained thousands of people on how to use LinkedIn. We'll go beyond the basics. With 500 million people on LinkedIn, standard strategies aren't enough.

In the program's second segments, listeners call in for a Workover: I try to help them solve their worklife problem.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Thursday from 7 to 8 PM on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on KALW.org.

On the Jan 11, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Drs. Barbara and Marty Nemko debate whether those instruments of torture-- neckties and high-heeled shoes--belong in the dustbin of obsolete workplace attire

In the program's second segment, we debate how to handle an angry coworker and, if we have time, what a burned-out teacher should do?

As usual, we also invite listeners to call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, we can usually help.

  On the Dec. 21, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with the reigning World Champion Close-Up FISM Magician, Shin Lim about what it's really like to be a magician. His first appearance on Penn & Teller's Fool Me has 49 million hits.  His return performance was even better:

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