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Jobless and Hopeless

Victor Tan Chen (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Even years after the end of the Great Recession, thousands who lost their jobs are still unemployed. In his book, Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy, Chen offers a poignant look at their struggle to support their families, rebuild their lives, and overcome shame and self-blame.

18 mins

Burned by Bernie

Andrew Cohen (Old Dominion University)

After working for Bernie Madoff for 15 years, Cohen was offered a chance to invest in a “special fund” that Madoff himself managed. You can guess what happened. Now he warns his own students about the pitfalls in his course “Wall Street 101.”

10 mins

The Madam Next Door

Heather Branstetter

There’s a small town in Idaho where prostitution was practiced openly and even embraced, until 1991. Branstetter has been interviewing local residents, discovering who the madams were and what they did to cultivate widespread public acceptance of their work.

14 mins

The Jerk at Work

Dan Davidson and Danylle Kunkel (Radford University)

If you’ve ever had a coworker write nasty or demeaning emails, undermine your credibility, or give you the silent treatment, you’ve experienced workplace incivility.  Davidson and Kunkel say it affects the bottom line and should be included in performance reviews.

10 mins

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