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In the Loop: January 11, 2010 Archive

Overworked and under-vacationed!

Posted at 12:00 PM on January 11, 2010 by Sanden Totten (0 Comments)

Fresh from the Skribit, a listener asked the following question:

Why do Americans feel so guilty about taking vacations?

Vacation: not as bad as you think!
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A good question, especially considering that America consistently ranks lowest of all major industrialized nations for the amount of vacation time given and the proportion left unused. To find out the reasons behind this unsurprising but quite depressing trend, Sanden Totten called up vocal vacation advocates Joe Robinson (of Work to Live fame) and John de Graaf (the guy behind Take Back Your Time). Here's what Sanden learned.

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This segment comes from our latest podcast.

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LoopStreaming (video): Chasing the acting bug when the economy blows

Posted at 3:48 PM on January 11, 2010 by Jeff Horwich (0 Comments)

Here's the video recording (rollicking beginning and all -- maybe should have told Sanden the camera was on?) of a just-completed interview with actor Mahmoud Hakima (friend him on Facebook!), who took his layoff last April as a cue to try to make it as an actor.

Here's a clip from Mahmoud's one-man show, and another one of him doing some improv.

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