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Episode 593: Who Had The First Job?

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Episode 593: Who Had The First Job?

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Episode 593: Who Had The First Job?

Episode 593: Who Had The First Job?

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People have always worked. But the thing we think of today as a job — the thing you apply for instead of being born into, the thing you go to in the morning and leave at night — is actually a recent invention. The modern job can act as a buffer to protect workers from the daily ups and downs of businesses. But the job as we know it may be going away.

On today's show, we go in search of the very first modern job.

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