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Why "9 to 5" remains a radical film 40 years later

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Did you catch this horrifying Airbnb exposé at Vice? Reporter Allie Conti uncovers a nationwide scam in which hosts call guests last-minute with an excuse that requires the guests to be rebooked at second properties owned by the host. The replacement properties appear nice in photos but are borderline flophouses, which Conti discovers when she is scammed out of $822 in Chicago. She follows the paper trail to a possible person responsible, but Conti points out that Airbnb’s lax rules allow this sort of exploitation to happen and reveals Airbnb isn’t interested in addressing her discoveries, even though the FBI is. It’s an alarming reminder that we’re mostly on our own when it comes to verifying places to stay, and that companies can’t be relied upon to protect us.


One way we can empower you this week? A podcast episode that helped reporter Monica Torres get a raise in real life. Plus, credit score repair inspo, privacy tools, and a look into the working lives of others. The more you know! 


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Adriana Dikih’s situation will sound familiar to lots of people. She wasn’t truly struggling financially; she was able to live, travel and save some money. But she wasn’t diligent about paying her student loans, and when it came to her credit score, she kept her head in the sand due to fear and shame. “I didn’t know and I didn’t want to know,” she said. “I didn’t want to actually hear a number, because I think a lot of us associate that number with a reflection of our worth. If we have a bad credit score, we’re a bad person, we’re irresponsible.”


Of course, that’s not true. And not looking isn’t helpful, either. Here’s how Dikih finally faced her situation and then raised her credit score from 560 to 730 in just two years

 

Here's how she did it
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Deal with it

 

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On the set of her 1980 film debut “9 To 5,” Dolly Parton wrote a title track working class anthem that calls out the way workers aren't compensated or recognized fairly for their contributions: “It’s a rich man’s game no matter what they call it / And you spend your life puttin’ money in his wallet.” The film itself is often labeled as a farce and a revenge fantasy, but it’s based on stories from real women and uses its laughs to talk about the rage of not seeing your hard work recognized. Reporter Monica Torres just watched the movie for the first time and noticed that nearly 40 years later, it remains radical for three major reasons.

 

Why "9 to 5" remains a radical film
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There’s a lot of written advice out there on salary negotiations, but reporter Monica Torres says this podcast episode is the best offering she’s heard on the subject. By roleplaying a negotiation with a caller, Alison Green, who has been giving workplace advice for more than 10 years on her “Ask A Manager” blog, gives listeners the context for what a raise request should sound like. Fun fact: The approach has worked for Monica and some of her friends. What are you waiting for? Listen up!


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There are more than 80,000 animals buried at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in New York, including a famous Bengal tiger, some goldfish and at least one of Mariah Carey’s beloved pets. It’s the oldest operating pet cemetery in the United States. Ed Martin Jr. has been director of the cemetery since 1974, and he oversees the business with several family members. We took a day trip to Hartsdale to find out what it costs to bury a pet, what it’s like to run the place, and exactly how people react when they find out what the Martins do for a living.

 

What it's like when your family business is a pet cemetery
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