Tales from the Reuther Library

Tales from the Reuther Library


Latest Episodes

Labor Feminism in the Federated Press, 1930s through 1950s
August 15, 2019

Dr. Victoria Grieve shares the lives of five pioneering female journalists of the Federated Press, a labor news service operating from the 1930s through the 1950s. In addition to their work for the Federated Press, Julia Ruuttila,

Rise Up Detroit: Stories from the African American Struggle for Power
July 25, 2019

Dr. Peter Blackmer discusses the launch of Rise Up Detroit (www.riseupdetroit.org), a website documenting the stories of activists in the Civil Rights and Black Power movements in Detroit. The website uses extensive oral history interviews and extensiv...

Hooked On The Line: Addiction and the North American Workplace, 1965-1995 (Part 2)
July 05, 2019

This is the second of a two-part interview with Dr. Jeremy Milloy about his forthcoming book, “Hooked On The Line: Addiction and the North American Workplace, 1965-95,” which explores the evolution of alcohol and drug addiction interventions in the wor...

Hooked On The Line: Addiction and the North American Workplace, 1965-1995 (Part 1)
July 03, 2019

This is the first of a two-part interview with Dr. Jeremy Milloy about his forthcoming book, “Hooked On The Line: Addiction and the North American Workplace, 1965-95,” which explores the evolution of alcohol and drug addiction interventions in the work...

The Southern Airways Strike of 1960: ALPA’s Epic Battle Over Fair Pilot Wages
June 04, 2019

Air Line Pilots Association archivist Bart Bealmear shares the history of ALPA’s shrewd 1960 strike against regional carrier Southern Airways over pilot wages. The strike began on June 5, 1960 and launched a costly two-year legal and tactical battle in...

“Our Mothers Were the Shining Stars:” Perspectives on the Founders of the Society of Women Engineers, From a Daughter Who Grew Up Among Them
May 16, 2019

Alexis Jetter discusses her long-running project, a memoir unraveling the life and death of her mother Evelyn Jetter, a physicist, engineer, and in 1950 a founder of the Society of Women Engineers. After writing a master’s thesis and article in the 198...

From the Vault: Metalsmith and Professor Phillip Fike and the Wayne State Academic Mace
April 25, 2019

In anticipation of the upcoming Wayne State University graduation ceremonies, University Art Curator Grace Serra and University Archivist Alison Stankrauff share the history of the university’s academic mace,

“Taxing Limits: The Political Economy of American School Finance”
April 11, 2019

Kelly Goodman speaks about the political history of funding education through local and state taxes. Having worked as a data analyst for the Detroit public schools, Goodman pursued graduate school to explore the structural issues surrounding questions ...

Reevaluating Comparable Worth: AFSCME’s Pay Equity Campaigns of Yesteryear and Today
March 28, 2019

In celebration of Equal Pay Day on April 2, 2019, podcast host and American Federation of Teachers archivist Dan Golodner recounts a time 100 years ago when male teachers tried, and failed, to prevent female teachers from bargaining for pay equity with...

Documenting the Now: SEIU Archivist Sarah Lebovitz on Using Archives to Empower the Future
March 07, 2019

SEIU archivist Sarah Lebovitz explains how her background in anthropology informs her work as an archivist, preserving and revealing the experiences of underrepresented groups. She recounts successful SEIU actions including the implementation of needle...