Punching Out

Punching Out is a show that aims to discuss the problems people face at work through an economic lens. We hope to provide some insight as to why so many people are upset with their jobs and careers. If you have an experience or story to share, we'd love to hear it! Please e-mail us at PunchingOutWAYO@gmail.com

Past Episodes

  • Episode 8 - Helloooo, Nurse Aired: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
    Emily, Ariel, and Chris discuss sexual harassment in the workplace, in light of highly-public recent examples. They interview Gwen, a former nurse who was made to choose between her own safety and providing much needed care for a patient.
  • Episode 7 - Monetizing the Rot Aired: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    Ryan, Tom, and Alfred talk about the exploitation of prison labor, those who benefit from the practice, and how it impacts those who aren't incarcerated as well as those behind bars.

  • Episode 6 - Disposable Me Aired: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    Karen, Lyle and Richard talk about Amazon's quest for public money in exchange for crappy jobs.


  • Episode 5 - Neoliberal Arts College Aired: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    Abby, Babak, & Alfred make the argument that liberal arts educations are now neoliberal arts educations, where meritocracy myths and romantic ideals about the pursuit of Knowledge mix with predatory pricing and high student loan debts to reproduce privilege for the already-privileged, and produce an indebted and desperate workforce made up of everyone else.
  • Episode 4 - Silence of the Laborers Aired: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    With threats of retribution for protesting athletes in the news, Ryan and Cadejo discuss the broader of free speech in the workplace, and the different rules bosses and their workers.

  • Episode 3 - Downsizing the American Dream Aired: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

    On our third episode, Chris, Ariel, and Emily talk to Salvatore about his layoff from a company after 20 years, and how these mass layoffs result in the precarity faced by those entering the workforce today.

  • Episode 2 - Capitalism, Heal Thyself Aired: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

    On our second episode, Karen, Lyle, and Rich discuss the workplace dangers faced by nurses and the history of the 1199 union.

  • Episode 1 - The Science Factory Aired: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

    On the first episode of Punching Out, Alfred, Abby, and Babak spoke with Parisa about the unpleasantness of her first job, and we discussed work in the STEM fields.