Stories That Rethink Work


What is Re:Work Radio?

Re:Work is a weekly radio show that brings you real stories that rethink work. It airs every Friday from 6:30 – 7pm on KPFK 90.7FM and

In its first year, Re:Work is the only storytelling show in the country focused on work. Re:Work also trains community producers and students in multimedia story production. The project includes curriculum and educational tools that use stories to learn about work.


Most of us work for a living. Sometimes our jobs take us through hell and back, sometimes they bore us to tears, and sometimes they give us a reason to keep going. We share our stories with close friends and family, but often leave it at that.

Meanwhile, jobs are becoming more and more scarce, temporary, and low-paying. From the gardener landscaping mansions to the security guard on the graveyard shift to the carwash worker making just tips-- all these workers have stories about how they got there, and how they get by despite all odds.

Re:Work believes that it’s time to hear from workers who don’t often make it into the spotlight-- and change the future of work. Using the power of stories, Re:Work challenges, expands and enlightens the way we see (or don’t see) work. Let’s rethink work.

UCLA Labor Center

The UCLA Labor Center believes that a public university belongs to the people and should advance quality education and employment for all. Every day we bring together workers, students, faculty, and policymakers to address the most critical issues facing working people today. Our research, education, and policy work lifts industry standards, creates jobs that are good for communities, and strengthens immigrant rights, especially for students and youth.


The Dream Resource Center advances the leadership of students to promote equal access to higher education and pathways to citizenship.

The Global Solidarity Project collaborates with labor leaders, scholars, and activists to address common worker issues in the United States, Mexico, and the Pacific Rim.

The Los Angeles Black Worker Center addresses the Black job crisis by developing grassroots leadership to improve access to employment.

The Re:Work Project partners with worker centers and unions to improve conditions in low-wage industries and strengthen the enforcement of existing workplace laws.

The UCLA Labor and Workplace Studies Minor trains students to tackle real-world community and workplace issues through interdisciplinary courses, leadership training, and internship opportunities.



Listen to the Show

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Listen live every Friday at 6:30-7pm PST on the radio or stream online at
90.7 FM Los Angeles
98.7 FM Santa Barbara
93.7 FM San Diego
99.5 FM Ridgecrest

Catch up on past shows in our archive.
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Get Involved

Tell Us What You Think

Tell us what you think about Re:Work! Send us an email at, tweet us at @rework_radio, or send us a message on Facebook. And like and follow us! We post photos, information on future episodes, and music from the show.

Pitch Your Story

We are always looking for compelling, funny, interesting stories that flip the way that we think about work. Pitch us your story by email at or tweet us at @rework_radio or send us a message on Facebook. Please note that each show takes us at least 1-2 months to produce.

To pitch, follow this advice from the show This American Life:
“If you're pitching a story you're hoping to tell on the air yourself, let us know in a few paragraphs what happened. You don't need to be formal about it, just tell the story the way you'd tell it to someone over drinks or coffee. If you have favorite moments in the story, let us know those. Tell us anything you think will help us understand what a great story it is. If the story happened to you and showed you something about the world you hadn't realized before, or changed you (or the other people in the story) in some way, let us know that too."

What is a story?
For this show, we are looking for stories that have the following ingredients:
- It is about work! Or we can connect it to work in some way.
- It is something that happens to a person (not a group of people), with audio from that person
- It is a series of events, with a beginning, middle, and and end.
- It has a “moment of truth”- a point of the story where the main character realizes something, has a reflection, or comes to a conclusion. This could also be called the “moral” of the story.
- There is something unexpected about the story. You should be able to fill in the blanks of this sentence: My story is about ____, but what is interesting about it is ____. The second blank should be surprising, out of the ordinary.
- It is accessible - this means no jargon!

Does my project/organization project have a story?
Yes! Just take a moment to ask:
- Who is the person we want to highlight? Is that person charismatic, funny, and/or reflective?
- Is there one specific moment/series of events that highlights what they are experiencing, or a moment where they we surprised?

Make Radio With Us

Most of our episode ideas come from the incredible stories of our partner organizations on the ground - worker centers, unions, and community groups. If you are interested to learn more about the process of making radio, you can join us to help create your own show.

As a community partner, you have a range of opportunities to get involved. You can:
- Guest produce a story - interview people / provide audio
- Guest produce a story - interview, write script & narrate with guidance from the Re:Work team
- Guest produce a story - interview, write script, narrate & edit with guidance from the Re:Work team

Students and volunteers are involved in every part of the production process. Students and volunteers work with Re:Work radio through each piece of the production and learn about radio production along the way.

Contact us if you would like to apply to become a community producer or get involved with the Re:Work team.

Make Your Own Radio

If you want to make your own radio stories, here are a few resources to get started:

Radio Rookies is a New York Public Radio initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their world. Check out this DIY Toolkit: How to Report Your Own Story. allows you to find essays by the most experienced people doing radio documentaries. Transom also has a Tools section that has reviews of cheap, good equipment you can use to make radio and guides on digital editing and mixing.

Our friend Will Coley of Aquifier Media also created a great intro training to radio Listen Up: Audio's Role in Digital Storytelling.

And there are a ton of great resources to produce radio on This American Life’s Make Radio page.


The Re:Work Team

Stefanie Ritoper

Stefanie Ritoper


    Stefanie is the communications director for the UCLA Labor Center. She is dedicated to finding creative ways to use traditional and new media to highlight compelling stories about working people. Stefanie has a multidisciplinary background in new media, communications and urban planning. As a multimedia consultant, she collaboratively produced short films and conducted media trainings with nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles area. Prior to this, she conducted research on issues affecting underserved Asian American communities at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, a philanthropic membership and advocacy organization based in San Francisco. Stefanie holds a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Saba is the research director at the UCLA Labor Center and has a decade of experience conducting research in low wage sectors such as taxi, restaurant, nail salon, domestic work, etc. that have led to campaign and policy victories. Since 2009, she has co-produced, engineered and hosted the weekly radio show “Flip the Script” on KPFK. She strongly believes that research and media are powerful tools for community storytelling. For the past decade, she co-edited the national online magazine SAMAR. As a performer, she has worked with Teada Theater and East West Players and her writing has appeared in Hyphen Magazine. She received an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University.

    Tyler has been working in communications at the UCLA Labor Center since 2013, producing, writing, and editing Re:Work radio shows. He is a storyteller first and interested in finding stories that reveal the value in everyday work. In an episode called Indebted, Tyler talked about his experiences growing up in Oak Park, a suburb right outside of Los Angeles. In the fall of 2014, Tyler transferred from UCLA to the UC Berkeley film studies program to hone his skills in filmmaking and screenwriting. Tyler has a background in analyzing and creating media and hopes to continue to create shows that are deeply human and have the power to create change.




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