The Working Lives Project is catalyzing and enriching discussion about work across Wisconsin. Through public events, radio programs, exhibits, and online resources, the project promotes reflection and action about what work means for each of us, and for all of us together.

NEW radio essay from WPR’s Wisconsin LifeAfter nearly a century, Oscar Mayer closed its doors in Madison. Nick Butler worked there for a time after college. The lessons he learned have stayed with him more than a decade later. Listen here!

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More than 40 presenters who will come to your community to be part of a conversation about making a living and making a life in Wisconsin. Personal stories and valuable perspectives on what work is like today, in the past, and going forward.


Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Amy Goldstein spent years immersed in Janesville to illuminate the human consequences of one of the nation’s biggest political issues. She joined us at the Wisconsin Book Festival on November 4th. Watch it on CSPAN Book TV!


David Maraniss

“…to look beyond the conventional wisdom and the oft-repeated stories to try to find the reality behind the myth. That, I believe, is the work of a journalist.”

“What more noble work can there be than the manufacture of empathy.”

Mike Perry

“The moral qualities are more apt to grow when a human being is useful, and they increase in the woman who helps to support the family rather than in the one who gives herself to idleness and fashionable frivolities.”

-Elizabeth Cady Stanton