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The calm before the storm.
  • Tim Fernholz
By Tim Fernholz

Senior reporter

Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

This week, Actuality pretends we’re happy! We talk about people paid to smile when they meet their increasingly irate customers, and the toll that emotional labor takes as more jobs emphasize your people skills.

Plus, a rogue banker with CIA connections reappears in Idaho after 35 years on the lam.

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This episode is based on Marketplace reporter Sabri Ben-Achour’s forthcoming story on emotional labor. We talk to Cara O’Regan, a former retail employee of a major US company;  Alicia Grandey, a professor of psychology at Penn State University and Blake Ashforth, a professor of management at Arizona State University. Our surprising discovery comes from ProPublica’s story on Michael Jon Hand.

Actuality is a podcast jointly produced by Quartz and Marketplace, hosted by Tim Fernholz and Sabri Ben-Achour. Follow Actuality on Twitter, and let us know what you think of the show!

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