Working Ethics Podcast Series

Working Ethics Podcast Series

Does your work make you a better person? In this podcast series, people in their 20s and 30s talk about the ethics of their work. We are interested in learning about what people in all types of professions and all kinds of jobs think are their greatest ethics challenges. Our conversations include fresh and illuminating discussions with Ann Arbor area locals and former locals, in fields as diverse as photojournalism and food tourism. We haven't yet talked with "a tinker, tailor, soldier or a spy" or "a butcher, a baker or a candlestick maker." We intend to.

Please join us as we ask the question: By the way, what about the ethics of your work?

Social workers are teachers, therapists, advocates, and police all rolled into one. They are in the trenches at the center of the school system, caught between the faculty, administration, students, parents, and school board. Join Bart and Jeanine in their hour-long discussion with Jennifer Cotter of the Livonia Public Schools.

Join us for our audio podcast with Katharyn Hanson and Elizabeth Bridges. Two professional archaeologists debunk the myths of the profession, and give us a picture of what archaeology is today.

Local dog groomer, Chelle Kilmury, a partner-in-business at Groom N Go, not only takes care of dogs the right way. She is also an excellent mentor to younger people interested in going into the animal grooming business. We talked with Chelle, and her apprentice, Zeke Askew about the craft and skills involved in grooming the many dog breeds that Ann Arbor area residents have been bringing to the shop for appointments that last the dog's lifetime.

Like many others who are in public service, David Behen, the Deputy Administrator for Washtenaw County, would like to encourage others, and especially people in their 20s and 30s to join him. And when talked with David, his honest and forthright appraisal of the ethics of his work, made us want to give civil service a new look. Yet, these are hard times. So, how does an administrator who has to make tough decisions that are economically-driven because of diminished resources and money, determine what is the right thing to do?

Last spring, the Huron High Boys Swimming team ended a 20 year drought by winning the state championship. As Coach Kelton Graham, now in his second year there, tells it, it was all about teamwork and motivation. He is too humble by half.'s interview with Coach Graham, told us otherwise: his motivational skills and trust in his swimmers were also vitally important to the team's success.

This interview features local social entrepreneur, Mary Wessel Walker, owner of the Community Farm Kitchen. Mary is in her early 20s, and started the Community Farm Kitchen when she saw a way to fill a social need: preparing meals for busy families from local and biodynamically grown food. talked with Mary about her ideals and vision for the Community Farm Kitchen.

The Ypsilanti, Michigan water tower landmark. Is our food heritage also worth saving? 

Catharine Dann Roeber and Hanna Raskin, food "preservationists" and co-owners of American Table Culinary Tours join us at the Ann Arbor area's iconic Washtenaw Dairy for some donuts and a provocative discussion about food and its moral  role in our culture.

In Washtenaw County, we all know that education is our major industry. Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, Concordia University, Cleary University are all options. Given the large number of education choices, why is college admissions so hypercompetitive? And when higher education degrees have become a ticket not just to the good life, but the ticket to a life that just allows you to make ends meet, the ethics of college admission take on a whole new importance. discusses how the photojournalist outsider becomes an insider in a community and the ethical problems becoming an insider can pose. Jack Bridges, a freelance photographer, spent over four years taking pictures of the residents of the Robert Taylor Homes, a public housing development in Chicago, while the city debated how to tear the Homes down.

Most people just assume actors take any part they can get. And that actors will do anything, including acting unethically, to get a part. But, as it turns out, actors may have limits too. Or do they?

Find out by listening to the panel discussion hosted by Barton Bund, artistic director and co-founder of the Blackbird Theatre and a cast of veteran actors that he gathered to tell us what matters ethically to actors.

The actors in the panel discussion are: Jon Bennett, Oliver Darrow, Dana Sutton,Lynch Travis, and David Wolber.

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