How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone

a book by Sarah Jaffe

Dear Prudence: The “Undocumented Success” Edition

Prudence is joined this week by Sarah Jaffe, the author of Work Won’t Love You Back and Necessary Trouble, both from Bold Type Books. She’s also the co-host, with Michelle Chen, of Dissent magazine’s Belabored podcast. Prudie and Jaffe tackle letters about how to support your undocumented partner through their job search, what to consider when your partner stays in […]


Work Isn’t Fulfilling Because Capitalism Is a Death March on Movement Memos

Capitalism is a death march, but it’s one we’re told we should find fulfilling. In this episode of “Movement Memos,” Kelly Hayes talks with author Sarah Jaffe about the manipulation, surveillance and criminalization of workers under capitalism, and what we can do about it.


Sarah Jaffe. Hustle Culture. Exploitative Bosses. on In Good Company

We discuss everything from the fetishisation of busyness and hustle culture, to the impact of a year spent working from home, and how the pandemic is likely to change workplace structures in years to come. Plus, Sarah has some fascinating thoughts on the gig economy and self-employment, the role that personal brands play in creative careers, and how unionising might just be our way out of many of the workplace ills we discuss in this episode.

Event • Miami

Work Won’t Love You Back on Venus Roots

In this episode, Niki interviews Sarah Jaffe, labor journalist and author. The two discuss Sarah’s new book, Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted and Alone, which offers historical context on the gendered, racialized, and capitalist history impacting workers, families, and what kind of labor society deems as […]


Work Sucks (I Know) on The Antifada

I joined Sean and Jamie on The Antifada to discuss “Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone.” Antifada listeners know “do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life” is a dirty lie told by capitalists. But where did this idea come […]


Work Won’t Love You Back on the Green and Red Podcast

In our latest episode, we’re excited to speak with labor journalist and author Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe) about her new book “Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted and Alone.” In the episode, we discuss her new book, the evolution of work and the working class and the gender dynamics at play through it. We talk about the “labor of love” myth, work in the education, non-profit, essential care sectors and more. At the end, Sarah quotes W.E.B. Dubois and Bob reads us some Uncle Whiskers.

Event • New York

Black Against Amazon: a Belabored and Black Work Talk Crossover

Just a few days after voting closes, historian Robin D. G. Kelley will join Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen, co-hosts of Dissent’s Belabored podcast, and Steven Pitts, host of the Black Work Talk podcast on Organizing Upgrade, to discuss the effort, its import, and what it has to say about the state of the Black working class today.


Work Won’t Love You Back on The Dig with Daniel Denvir

In an attempt to keep my title as Dan’s most-frequent guest on The Dig, we spent close to two hours talking about Work Won’t Love You Back, producerism, gendered labor, teaching, retail, and so much more.

Event • London

Work Won’t Love You Back on A World to Win with Grace Blakeley

‘It’s a core part of the way neoliberalism functions – telling us that everything is our choice, and therefore, that everything is our fault.’

I joined Grace Blakeley on Tribune magazine’s A World to Win podcast this week. 

Event • New York

Reinventing Solidarity: Work Won’t Love You Back with Ruth Milkman

I’m joining the Reinventing Solidarity podcast of the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies to talk with the brilliant Ruth Milkman, whose writings on labor have helped shape my understanding of work for many years now. Join us!