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Working Animals: How Does a Guide Dog Work?

Working

Jacob Brogan sits down with Albert Elia and his guide dog Cheech as part of our continuing series on animals with jobs.

51 Min

Feb 17, 2018

Working Animals: How Does a Landscaping Goat Work?

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Jacob Brogan sits down with Tammy Dunakin to talk about her agricultural goats, and her business, Rent-a-Ruminant, based on Vashon Island in Washington.

40 Min

Feb 11, 2018

Working Animals: How Does a Miniature Therapy Horse Work?

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For our first episode of the season Jacob sits down with Debbie Garcia-Bengochea of the non-profit Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses to talk about Magic, a 100-pound horse, and her job helping people in need.

48 Min

Feb 4, 2018

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58 min
Jan 7, 2018
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In the final episode of our season of LGBTQ jobs, Jacob sits down with Josh Block, senior staff attorney at the ACLU's LGBT & HIV Project.

58 min
Dec 30, 2017
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Jacob Brogan sits down with Christina Cauterucci, a staff writer at Slate whose beat encompasses gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ issues.

46 min
Dec 23, 2017
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On this episode, Jacob sits down with Alex McNeill, the Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ causes inside and outside the Presbyterian church.

43 min
Dec 10, 2017
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Jacob sits down with Dr. Jess Ting, a plastic surgeon who specializes in transgender surgery at Mt. Sinai hospital in New York City.

60 min
Dec 3, 2017
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On this episode Jacob sits down with Elizabeth Freeman, queer theorist, professor of English at UC Davis, and author of the books Time Binds, The Marriage Complex, and more.

51 min
Nov 26, 2017
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Jacob sits down with Daniel Friedman, co-founder of Bindle & Keep, a bespoke tailoring company with a majority LGBTQ clientele.

52 min
Nov 19, 2017
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Jacob talks to New York drag queen Miz Cracker about how she conceives of her shows and outfits, the significance of makeup, drag lore, the place of drag and RuPaul's Drag Race in gay culture, and battling robot Hitler.

52 min
Oct 22, 2017
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acob Brogan sits down with Caitlyn McGurk, to discuss her work as a librarian and researcher of comics.

49 min
Oct 15, 2017
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Jacob Brogan sits down with Jared Smith, one of the co-owners of Big Planet Comics in Washington DC. They discuss the day to day business of interacting with customers, managerial responsibilities, and running a small business.

50 min
Oct 8, 2017
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Jacob talks to cartoonist Benjamin Frisch, the author of the graphic novel The Fun Family, who also happens to be the producer of this season of Working.

47 min
Sep 17, 2017
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Jacob sits down with Seth Mann, a freelance inker who recently worked on Tom King's Batman.

47 min
Sep 10, 2017
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Jacob sits down with David Finch, the penciler of Batman, to discuss his process of wringing images out of his writer's scripts, what he's passionate about drawing, and what he's learned along the way.

72 min
Sep 2, 2017
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On this season on Working, Jacob Brogan talks to the team behind DC's Batman comic book. He'll be speaking to the penciler, colorist, editor, and more. In this episode, he sits down with Tom King, the current writer of Batman.

35 min
Aug 6, 2017
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DeLashea Strawder teaches music to young people with Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit.

58 min
Jul 30, 2017
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Jen Guarino manages the creation of new leather goods, watches, turntables, and more in Detroit.

50 min
Jul 23, 2017
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Mike Metevia of Slows Bar B-Q makes some of the best smoked meats in Detroit.

51 min
Jul 16, 2017
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Alexis Wiley talks about bringing political visions to life in a changing city.

47 min
Jul 9, 2017
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Diana Nucera runs an organization that promotes digital literacy and internet access in Detroit.

49 min
Jul 2, 2017
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Mark Hughes cuts car batteries open to figure out what went wrong inside.

38 min
Jun 25, 2017
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Greg Willerer grows a variety of organic crops on a few plots of carefully cultivated land in Detroit.

48 min
Jun 18, 2017
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Gwen Jimmere started Naturalicious to sell her home-devised hair care products.

44 min
Jun 4, 2017
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Jordan Smith is a captain of the Pride of Baltimore II, a recreation of a 19th century Baltimore Clipper

43 min
May 28, 2017
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Damon Walker helps real estate investors manage Section 8 housing

31 min
May 22, 2017
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Leigh Clayton takes care of the health of 1,500 animals in Baltimore's National Aquarium

63 min
May 9, 2017
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Dan Deacon makes inventive, playful electronic music, and leads crowds through silly group exercises.

46 min
May 1, 2017
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Jenny Egan defends children in juvenile court, trying to keep them from getting locked up.

40 min
Apr 21, 2017
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When Harry Mushlin operates on a brain, he feels his patient's selfhood in his hands.

44 min
Apr 13, 2017
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Karida Collins names her yarn colors after Baltimore neighborhoods at her Neighborhood Fiber Company

53 min
Apr 4, 2017
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Laura Lippman tells us about her writing and revision process, and why she's tired of arguing about the validity of genre novels.

47 min
Mar 9, 2017
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David Mott organizes health care workers with SEIU.

47 min
Feb 28, 2017
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Alexandra Petri writes humorous spins on the news for the Washington Post

38 min
Feb 22, 2017
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Shane'a Thomas helps LGBTQ youth work through mental illness.

40 min
Feb 12, 2017
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Pollster Jim Gerstein tells us about the surveys and focus groups he uses to understand America.

44 min
Feb 6, 2017
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Librarian Laurie Allen is archiving environmental data before it disappears in government transition.

45 min
Jan 30, 2017
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Aki Peritz worked as an intelligence analyst for the C.I.A., focusing on counterterrorism.

48 min
Jan 20, 2017
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Charlie Brotman announced every inaugural parade since 1957, and was fired by Donald Trump's team in 2017.

33 min
Jan 16, 2017
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Eugene Puryear is helping organize an Inauguration Day protest with ANSWER Coalition.

43 min
Dec 20, 2016
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Santa Ed brings presents, stories, and joy to parties each holiday season.

39 min
Dec 12, 2016
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Matthew Kroenig works to keep other countries from getting access to nuclear weapons.

30 min
Dec 5, 2016
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Imam Talib M. Shareef leads the Masjid Muhammad Mosque and builds bridges with the broader community

40 min
Nov 27, 2016
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Nithya Nathan-Pineau is Program Director of CAIR Coalition's Detained Children's Program.

39 min
Nov 21, 2016
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Diane Horvath-Cosper is an OBGYN and family planning specialist who advocates for women's reproductive rights.

43 min
Oct 30, 2016
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Carol Collins has performed for over 40 years as Bingo the Clown.

40 min
Oct 23, 2016
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Rosana helps professionals find their own personal style

34 min
Oct 16, 2016
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Nail Artist Vivian Cam helps her clients have healthy and beautiful nails

39 min
Oct 11, 2016
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Self-described "tailoress" Cheryl Lofton brings new life to clothes.

37 min
Oct 2, 2016
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A freelance makeup artist helps clients feel beautiful inside and out

37 min
Sep 26, 2016
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Meet Mary Elliott, a researcher who developed exhibits for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture

33 min
Sep 19, 2016
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Jim Adams keeps every plant at the White House healthy and beautiful as the Supervisory Horticulturist

34 min
Sep 11, 2016
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An advocate for nuclear disarmament who has been supporting a peace vigil across from the White House for over 30 years.

32 min
Sep 4, 2016
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Chase Woods interned at the White House this summer

0 min
Aug 21, 2016
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We're taking a short vacation.

34 min
Aug 14, 2016
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Meet the President's chief negotiator in Congress, Amy Rosenbaum

38 min
Aug 7, 2016
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Meet Maju Varghese the man in charge of keeps the White House running day to day

40 min
Jul 31, 2016
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Juliet Eileprin tells us about covering the White House for the Washington Post

31 min
Jul 24, 2016
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Cody Keenan writes speeches for the President.

35 min
Jul 17, 2016
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Gregory Lorjuste plans every one of the President's days and tells us about some of his favorites.

0 min
Jul 10, 2016
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We aren't able to bring you an episode this week.

33 min
Jul 3, 2016
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Paulette Aniskoff has to figure out what real Americans think—and helps the president hear their voices.

28 min
Jun 26, 2016
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Fiona Reeves sorts through all of the President's mail and picks the ten letters he'll read each night.

25 min
May 22, 2016
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Meet Faith Smith, the woman behind Slate's live podcast tapings, happy hours, conferences, and parties

27 min
May 15, 2016
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Hear how NASA's Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan helps us better understand our universe.

37 min
May 8, 2016
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Meet Mary Elliott, a researcher developing exhibits for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture

27 min
May 1, 2016
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Visit a used book store to learn what goes into all the buying and selling of old paperbacks

23 min
Apr 24, 2016
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Meet the Dog Walker Who Looks After the Pups of Washington, D.C.

29 min
Apr 18, 2016
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Learn how the sausage gets made with a butcher who combines traditional meat preparation with fine dining.

22 min
Apr 10, 2016
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Meet a bartender who designs a new menu of literary cocktails every week.

21 min
Apr 3, 2016
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Slate’s Jacob Brogan talks to a landscaper who creates yards that express their owners’ selves.

27 min
Mar 6, 2016
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Meet a fitness instructor who teaches people how to twerk.

29 min
Feb 28, 2016
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Meet the rabbi and former hospital administrator who now run a pot dispensary.

21 min
Feb 21, 2016
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In this episode of Working, Slate’s Rachel E. Gross talks to the owners of DC’s Hana Japanese market, married couple Ikuyo and Yoshio Tanabe.

31 min
Feb 14, 2016
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Teeny Lamothe is the owner of Teeny Pies, a handmade pie company in Washington, D.C. that sells pies at farmers’ markets, local coffee shops, and maybe even to your CSA.

26 min
Feb 7, 2016
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In this episode of Working, Slate editorial assistant Rachel Gross talks to Rachel Pfeffer, whose signature honeycomb necklace has been spotted on Beyonceì, aka the Queen B.

32 min
Jan 31, 2016
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In this episode of Working, Slate editorial assistant talks to Joel Finkelstein, professional coffee roaster and owner of Qualia Coffee in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

31 min
Dec 20, 2015
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In the final episode for this season of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson talks with Vanessa Pollock a Realtor for Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty in northern New Jersey.

28 min
Dec 13, 2015
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In this week’s episode of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson sits down for a glass of wine with Andrew Mulligan, a wine portfolio manager for Skurnik Wines in New York City.

21 min
Dec 6, 2015
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This week on Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson talks to Santana Benitez, a freelance chef in New York City.

22 min
Nov 29, 2015
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In this week’s episode of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson talks to Victoria Wells, an animal behavior specialist for the ASPCA in Manhattan.

23 min
Nov 22, 2015
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Slate’s L.V. Anderson interviews Kevin Fanning, VP of Talent & Culture at Cogo Labs, a startup incubator in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the author of the job search guide, Let's All Find Awesome Jobs.

21 min
Nov 15, 2015
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In the Season 5 premiere of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson interviews James Donofrio, a funeral director at Blair Mazzarella Funeral Home. James explains the effects of always being on the clock, how he prepares for an overseas funeral, and why a funera

32 min
Oct 18, 2015
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On the last episode for this season of Working, WNYC’s Arun Venugopal talks to Elizabeth Clemants, a New York City mediator and shaman. Elizabeth talks about the psychology of conflict resolution, how she integrates her work as a shaman with mediation,

25 min
Oct 11, 2015
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Bernie Telsey has been casting hit musicals, films, and TV shows for over 20 years. In this week’s episode of Working, Bernie talks about what he’s looking for in an audition, how diversity has changed on the stage and screen during his time in the bu

24 min
Oct 4, 2015
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In New York City’s Lower East Side there’s a dungeon with whips, swords, and a slave in chains where Conrad, a male dominatrix, carries out his work at his client’s request. On Working this week, Conrad talks to Arun Venugopal about the impact the R

28 min
Sep 27, 2015
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WNYC’s Arun Venugopal talks to Dr. Bradley Adams, a forensic anthropologist for the city of New York. Dr. Adams talks about the impact 9/11 had on forensic anthropology in the city, the different types of cases he investigates, and how there are no typi

23 min
Sep 20, 2015
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The host of WNYC’s Micropolis series, Arun Venugopal, interviews Eric Aleman, a barber at King of Kings Barber Shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Eric talks about how hairstyles have changed in his years as a barber and how gentrification is changing the co

27 min
Sep 13, 2015
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In the Season 4 premiere of Working, the host of WNYC’s Micropolis series, Arun Venugopal, interviews Elena Waldman, a self-defense instructor at MKD Karate in Queens, NY. Elena explains how she came to be a martial artist, demonstrates to our host how

31 min
Aug 16, 2015
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On this episode of Working, the last of Slate’s third season, host Aisha Harris talks to Jordan Pavlin, a book editor at Knopf, about how she identifies future bestsellers, works with talented but sometimes temperamental authors, and how she...

29 min
Aug 9, 2015
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Aisha Harris talks to "Jake," a veteran manager for a fast-fashion retail chain in New York. He talks about the challenges of his job including interacting with young staff, angry customers, and shoplifters. Plus, Jake reveals how he uses what he's...

29 min
Aug 2, 2015
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John Donvan has made a career out of staying calm – and staying on topic. A veteran ABC News correspondent, he’s now the moderator of Intelligence Squared Debates, a series of Oxford-style debates on the most controversial issues of the...

25 min
Jul 26, 2015
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Aleksey Kernes is the guy to know if you’re trying to skip the line outside a hot New York City club. The front of house manager at Hotel Chantelle, a nightclub on New York’s Lower East Side, talks nightlife, table service, and how being a...

24 min
Jul 19, 2015
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Danielle Selber is there for Jewish singles who’ve struck out online or just don’t have enough time to get themselves into the dating pool. She’s a matchmaker with Tribe 12, a Jewish nonprofit in Philadelphia. Host Aisha Harris met...

33 min
Jul 12, 2015
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In the season three premiere of Working, Slate culture writer Aisha Harris interviews Alexandra Charrow, a medical resident at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She describes what a typical day is like, how she’s learning to...

44 min
Jun 15, 2015
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Slate editor-in-chief Julia Turner speaks with British Airways pilot Mark Vanhoenacker. From the cockpit of a 747 and then the terminal of JFK airport, Vanhoenacker describes what it's like to fly a large aircraft.

46 min
May 17, 2015
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In this final episode of Season 2, host Adam Davidson and former Working host David Plotz interview each other about walking away from large media companies and starting new adventures in their careers. In a Slate Plus extra, they critique the format of

55 min
May 11, 2015
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Det. Erica Hurley of the Portland Police Bureau describes her work investigating and charging people with the physical and sexual abuse of children.

34 min
May 3, 2015
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Slate’s podcast about work explores how a stand up comedian makes it in New York City.

42 min
Apr 26, 2015
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NYC midwife Karen Jefferson describes her work providing prenatal, postnatal, and home birth deliveries.

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