This episode, I talk to sociologist Jamie McCallum about his new book, Essential: How the Pandemic Transformed the Long Fight for Worker Justice. We talk about working conditions and unemployment during the pandemic, labor activism, and glimpses of working-class unity. 

McCallum is a professor of sociology at Middlebury College. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Mother Jones, Dissent, and Jacobin, and his last book Worked Over looked at the quantity and quality of time we spend on and off the clock. You can get in touch with him through his website: