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StoryCorps in Bloomington: Conversations About Working

To mark Labor Day, we feature a compilation of Bloomington StoryCorps conversations about work and its meaning in our lives.

Kari and Don Gjerdingen

Photo: Will Murphy

Kari Gjerdingen and her father Don

All five of the stories in this hour were collected during the StoryCorps visit to Bloomington this summer.

We begin the hour with a conversation between Curt Simic, longtime president of the Indiana University Foundation, and his son, Curt Junior. Curt Senior says he learned something in the second grade that has stood him in good stead in his working life.

We also hear from:

  • the president of a major Bloomington-based company about growing up poor and becoming successful.
  • a university professor for whom wearing a suit to class has special significance.
  • an Ellettsville resident who chose to stay at home and raise his kids at a time that wasn’t the norm.
  • two colleagues who began their tenure at Indiana University amid crisis and controversary.

Curt Simic and Curt Simic, Jr,

Photo: Will Murphy

Curt Simic, Jr. and Curt Simic Sr.

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