Aired Monday April 12th, 2010 at 8:00 pm on KUED HD Ch. 7.1
Utah NOW presents its first hour-long documentary with a focus on work called "The Job." Formerly a weekly offering on KUED, the Emmy-winning Utah NOW is changing format to offer another way of telling the stories of Utah.
"The Job," which airs Monday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m., explores our conflicted feelings about our jobs. For some, it's "the job," a necessary burden. For others it's a calling, a way to find purpose and identity.
The backdrop for the program is an unemployment rate that has doubled in the past two years and a shifting economy that has changed the expectations and realities of work.
The KUED documentary is produced by the Utah NOW team of Doug Fabrizio, Dave Castleton and Erik Nielsen. It features the stories of people who left stable jobs to follow a dream. But there are also stories of those who couldn't make the dream work. "The Job" traces the history of work and the changing role of work in our lives and it chronicles the humiliating experience of losing a job and the daunting challenge of trying to find one.
"I think this show in particular will be moving and personal because for most people work becomes their identity for better or worse," says associate producer Dave Castleton.
Fabrizio describes the new format as an attempt to be more personal in the way KUED tells stories. "If we do it right, these will be powerful and surprising portraits that capture a critical part of the human experience."
To offer feedback or make suggestions for future topics to cover, go to kued.org/productions/utahnow. KUED also is asking viewers to submit their own worst work experiences.
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