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.
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.