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Audiobooks on Labor, Diversity, and Equity

Audiobooks on Labor, Diversity, and Equity

These audiobooks cover the pursuit of civil rights, diversity, equity, and inclusion in America's labor movement—both past and present.

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The Sum of Us

What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

By Heather McGhee
Narrated by: Heather McGhee
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.


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Allies and Advocates

Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Culture

By Amber Cabral
Narrated by: Amber Cabral
Length: 5 hours 40 minutes

Learn to create an inclusive environment with this actionable and insightful resource

Allies and Advocates: Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Culture delivers a powerful and useful message about inclusion and diversity in everyday life. Author Amber Cabral, a celebrated inclusion strategist, speaker, and writer, shows listeners how to move... Read more »

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A History of America in Ten Strikes

By Erik Loomis
Narrated by: Brian Troxell
Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018

Named one of the “5 Books About Famous Strikes That Demonstrated the Historical Importance of Civil Disobedience” by Bustle

“Loomis refuses to romanticize this period or the labor movement it produced. . . . What Loomis’s book perhaps does best is remind us that the promise of the labor movement, despite its many...

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Good Guys

How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace

By W. Brad Johnson & David G. Smith
Narrated by: Walter Dixon
Length: 7 hours 39 minutes

Women are at a disadvantage in the workplace, where they deal with unequal pay, sexual harassment, lack of credit for their contributions, and more. And while organizations are looking to address these issues, too many gender-inclusion initiatives focus exclusively on how women should respond, leaving men out of the equation. Such efforts... Read more »

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The System

Who Rigged It, How We Fix It

By Robert B. Reich
Narrated by: Robert B. Reich
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

From the bestselling author of Saving Capitalism and The Common Good, comes an urgent analysis of how the "rigged" systems of American politics and power operate, how this status quo came to be, and how average citizens can enact change.

There is a mounting sense that our political-economic system is no longer working, but what is the core... Read more »

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On the Clock

What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane

By Emily Guendelsberger
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 12 hours 6 minutes

"Nickel and Dimed for the Amazon age," (Salon) the bitingly funny, eye-opening story of finding work in the automated and time-starved world of hourly low-wage labor
After the local newspaper where she worked as a reporter closed, Emily Guendelsberger took a pre-Christmas job at an Amazon fulfillment center outside Louisville, Kentucky. There,... Read more »

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Beaten Down, Worked Up

The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor

By Steven Greenhouse
Narrated by: Fred Sanders
Length: 15 hours 34 minutes

“A page-turning book that spans a century of worker strikes.... Engrossing, character-driven, panoramic.” —The New York Times Book Review

We live in an era of soaring corporate profits and anemic wage gains, one in which low-paid jobs and blighted blue-collar communities have become a common feature of our nation’s landscape. Behind these trends... Read more »

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Race, Work, and Leadership

New Perspectives on the Black Experience

By Laura Morgan Roberts, Anthony J. Mayo & David A. Thomas
Narrated by: David Sadzin & Machelle Williams
Length: 13 hours 47 minutes

Race, Work, and Leadership is a rare and important compilation of essays that examines how race matters in people's experience of work and leadership. What does it mean to be black in corporate America today? How are racial dynamics in organizations changing? How do we build inclusive organizations?

Inspired by and developed in conjunction with... Read more »

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Winning and Losing in One-Click America

By Alec MacGillis
Narrated by: Danny Gavigan
Length: 12 hours 21 minutes

An award-winning journalist investigates Amazon’s impact on the wealth and poverty of towns and cities across the United States.

In 1937, the famed writer and activist Upton Sinclair published a novel bearing the subtitle A Story of Ford-America. He blasted the callousness of a company worth “a billion dollars” that underpaid its workers while...

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On Being Included

Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life

By Sara Ahmed
Narrated by: Diana Blue
Length: 9 hours 36 minutes

What does diversity do? What are we doing when we use the language of diversity? Sara Ahmed offers an account of the diversity world based on interviews with diversity practitioners in higher education, as well as her own experience of doing diversity work. Diversity is an ordinary, even unremarkable, feature of institutional life. Yet diversity... Read more »

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The Art of Gathering

How We Meet and Why It Matters

By Priya Parker
Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Length: 9 hours 20 minutes

"Hosts of all kinds, this is a must-read!" --Chris Anderson, owner and curator of TED
From the host of the New York Times podcast Together Apart, an exciting new approach to how we gather that will transform the ways we spend our time together—at home, at work, in our communities, and beyond.

In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the... Read more »

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Don't Be Evil

How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles -- and All of Us

By Rana Foroohar
Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti
Length: 11 hours 58 minutes

A penetrating indictment of how today’s largest tech companies are hijacking our data, our livelihoods, our social fabric, and our minds—from an acclaimed Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst 

“Don’t be evil” was... Read more »

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This Chair Rocks

A Manifesto Against Ageism

By Ashton Applewhite
Narrated by: Ashton Applewhite
Length: 8 hours 45 minutes

“Wow. This book totally rocks. It arrived on a day when I was in deep confusion and sadness about my age. Everything about it, from my invisibility to my neck. Within four or five wise, passionate pages, I had found insight, illumination, and inspiration. I never use the word empower, but this book has empowered me.”
—Anne Lamott, New York Times...

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The Memo

What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table

By Minda Harts
Narrated by: Minda Harts
Length: 4 hours 59 minutes

The Memo is the much-needed career advice guide for women of color specifically, finally ending the one-size-fits-all approach of business books that lump together women across races and overlook the unique barriers to success for women of color. In a charismatic and relatable voice, Minda Harts brings her entrepreneurial experience as CEO of...

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The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias

How To Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams

By Pamela Fuller & Mark Murphy
Narrated by: Pamela Fuller, Mark Murphy & Anne Chow
Length: 6 hours 37 minutes

A timely, must-have guide to understanding and overcoming bias in the workplace, from the experts at FranklinCovey.

Unconscious bias affects everyone. It can look like the disappointment of an HR professional when a candidate for a new position asks about maternity leave. It can look like preferring the application of an Ivy League graduate over... Read more »

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Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

Unabridged Selections

By Alice Wong
Narrated by: Alejandra Ospina & Alice Wong
Length: 8 hours 1 minutes

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of... Read more »

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Did That Just Happen?!

Beyond “Diversity”—Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations

By Stephanie Pinder-Amaker & Lauren Wadsworth
Narrated by: Joy Vandervort
Length: 7 hours 8 minutes

Did That Just Happen?!

“I came across this book during an online conference recently and I loved the discussion with these two authors, so I had to read their book immediately. This is full of great guidelines on how *not* to treat people in any type of work environment can be used as a manual to keep up with the ongoing work of inclusivity. It gives lessons in easy-to-digest examples, words and phrases to avoid, and how to listen actively. I highly recommend this to anyone in any kind of leadership role, or anyone who just wants to keep doing the work to be a better person. ”

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Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

By Jessica Bruder
Narrated by: Karen White
Length: 9 hours 57 minutes

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they're hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of... Read more »

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How to Resist Amazon and Why

The Fight for Local Economics, Data Privacy, Fair Labor, Independent Bookstores, and a People-Powered Future!

By Danny Caine
Narrated by: Danny Caine
Length: 3 hours 39 minutes

When a company's workers are literally dying on the job, and its business model relies on preying on local businesses and even their own companies, and its CEO is the richest person in the world while its workers make minimum wage with impossible quotas...wouldn't you want to resist? Danny Caine, owner of Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas,...

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The Radium Girls

The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women

By Kate Moore
Narrated by: Angela Brazil
Length: 15 hours 52 minutes

1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous—the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls.

As the... Read more »

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