The “How Does the President’s Director of Speechwriting Work?” Edition
Slate’s Jacob Brogan talks to Cody Keenan, who has helped prepare thousands of speeches.
What’s It Like to Be the President’s Director of Speechwriting?“You’re a miniature expert in everything, but a master of nothing.”
The “How Does the President’s Director of Scheduling Work?” EditionSlate’s Jacob Brogan talks to Gregory Lorjuste, who figures out what Barack Obama will be doing from one minute to the next.
The “How Does the White House’s Public Engagement Director Work?” EditionSlate’s Jacob Brogan talks to the White House’s director of public engagement, who brings real people in to meet with the president.
The “How Does the Director of Presidential Correspondence Work?” EditionSlate’s Jacob Brogan talks to the person who selects letters for the president to read each night.
The Inner Workings of Studying Outer SpaceNASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan shares the projects she’s working on.
A People’s History of SlaveryThis exhibition at the upcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture seeks the human face of slavery.
The “How Does a Curator Work?” EditionMuseum specialist Mary Elliott talks about preparing a major installation for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The “How Does a Bookseller Work?” EditionA used-book merchant talks about running an independent shop in the age of Amazon.
The “How Does a Dog Walker Work?” EditionJason Mogavero is a dog walker with strong opinions about leashes.
The “How Does a Butcher Work?” EditionSlate’s Jacob Brogan talks to a butcher who works with whole animals and makes artisanal cured meats.
The “How Does a Bartender Work?” EditionSlate’s Jacob Brogan talks to a bartender who designs a new menu of literary cocktails every week.
The “How Does a Landscape Designer Work?” EditionMeet a landscaper who creates yards that express their owners’ selves.
Not Your Average Cup of JoeA D.C. coffee chemist chats about his quest for the perfect roast and the community he built along the way.
Cannabis With a Side of ScriptureThe owners of a D.C. dispensary discuss their dreams of selling pot to make their parents proud.
Every Second Counts for the President’s Director of SchedulingSo how does he maximize every minute of Obama’s day?
How Do You Plan a Meeting With the President?Slate’s Working Podcast talks to the White House’s director of public engagement.
Pen Pals With the PresidentThe White House director of correspondence talks about what constituent mail she picks for President Obama to read each night.
How to Throw a Party for 1,300 Guests Slate Live director Faith Smith tells Working how she keeps cool while hosting live podcast shows.
The “How Does an Event Planner Work?” EditionJacob Brogan talks to Faith Smith, director of Slate Live.
The “How Does NASA’s Chief Scientist Work?” EditionNASA’s Ellen Stofan tells us about coordinating research and studying extraplanetary volcanoes.
How to Run a Used BookstoreRead how one independent bookseller keeps business booming in the age of Amazon in this Working podcast transcript.
What It’s Like to Be a Dog Walker Read what a professional dog walker told Slate’s Working podcast about his workday and why he loves the job.
What’s in Your Sausage? A gourmet D.C. butcher breaks down how he brings ethical animal practices from farm to table.
How This Bartender Translates Her Love of LiteratureThis booze- and book-lined nook is a literature lover’s paradise.
How to Bring Order to Your Neighborhood’s BackyardsA landscape designer takes us behind the bushes for a peek at what it’s like to grow your own garden.
How Does a Fitness Instructor Twerk—Um, Work? A D.C. Zumba guru chats about how she got her twerking classes started.
The “What’s It Like to Be a Twerking Instructor?” EditionMeet a fitness instructor who tells you how to shake it, shake it.
The Duo Behind D.C.’s Best Asian Supermarket Ikuyo and Yoshio Tanabe, owners of Hana Market, talk about what it’s like to run D.C.’s only Japanese supermarket.