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Voices of the Gig Economy

Voices of the Gig Economy

By Sociology of the Gig Economy
Voices of the Gig Economy Podcast features interviews and discussions of topics related to the Gig Economy, gig work, algorithms and society, COVID-19 and its impacts on work, all from the perspective of applying sociological thinking to experiences of gig workers before, and during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
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Digital Identity on Etsy (Cynda Whitehall & Genesis Gomez)

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Chain Stitching in LA
The Voices of the Gig Economy interviews Hillary, a chainstitch embroidery artist, who lives and works in  Los Angeles. Hillary talks about her utilization of a machine to make patterns for clothes. Hillary speaks about how she has juggled different jobs to get  healthcare, other benefits, and then focuses on arts during free time. Our host today is Jared Spafford (Hunter College – City University of New York). Photo by Ifrah Akhter on Unsplash
24:42
December 3, 2020
Selling as a hobby on Ebay
The Voices of the Gig Economy interviews a hobbyist seller on Ebay. The host, Jaqueline asks her about her journey becoming a seller, what she sells, and how her interactions with the customers have been. Our host today is Jaqueline Miranda (Hunter College – City University of New York). Photo by Onur Bahçıvancılar on Unsplash
09:40
December 3, 2020
Small Business on Etsy
The Voices of the Gig Economy talks to Hannah Clark, who makes natural candles and sells them on Etsy. We discuss Hannah’s experience running a business on Etsy, how Hannah joined Etsy, grew online, and her observation that is moving toward more corporatization. Our host today is Gabby Gross (Hunter College – City University of New York). Follow Hannah at @sweetdreamcandles on Etsy  Music by Cesar Barros  Photo by Ellieelien on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/photos/pab8SyjUs90
17:04
December 2, 2020
UberEats: Rating and Algorithm
The Voices of the Gig Economy talks to an UberEats worker, how he manages his part-time work on UberEats, and studying full time. The interviewee highlights the complicated system of UberEats ratings, how it affects delivery workers, restaurants, and customers.  Our host today is Fatima Jahouri (Hunter College – City University of New York). Photo credit: eggbank, https://unsplash.com/photos/4w3UZBFDacI
21:11
November 20, 2020
Balancing between Streaming on Twitch and Consulting on PureRomance.com
The Voices of the Gig Economy talks to Gina, a Twitch streamer, how she manages works on different platforms, and also having a full-time job as a bilingual teacher. Gina highlights how she uses Twitch, and PureRomance.com to earn extra income besides her full-time job as a bilingual teacher. Our host today is Roman Tsvetkov (Hunter College – City University of New York). Photo credit: ELLA DON - https://unsplash.com/photos/s3cSol6Y6eY
37:01
November 19, 2020
Hungry Panda, Food Delivery in Immigrant Communities
The Voices of the Gig Economy talks to Mung, a delivery worker for hungrypanda.co, a food delivery service for Chinese communities around the world. She talks to us about her lived experience in New York, where the rent is high, and jobs are precarious. Mung  also shares her experiences delivering food during COVID-19, how customers appreciate her work even though there are not many people who tip her. Our host today is Zheng Nan (Hunter College – City University of New York). Photo Credit: Kai Pilger, https://unsplash.com/photos/tL92LY152Sk
12:32
November 19, 2020
Digital Identity on Etsy (Cynda Whitehall & Genesis Gomez)
Today, The Voices of the Gig Economy talks to Genesis Gomez, an entrepreneur on Etsy.  Genesis talks to us about her journey on Etsy, how she uses Instagram to interact with customers. Furthermore, Genesis also talks about her business strategy during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our host today is Cynda Whitehall (Hunter College – City University of New York). Photo credit: Rebecca Grant https://unsplash.com/photos/9yKVYelj7HA
18:43
November 17, 2020
Candle Making on Etsy (Ann Chen)
Today, The Voices of the Gig Economy talks to Anna, a German game designer living in the U.K., and an Etsy entrepreneur. Anna talks about her experience running a candle shop on Etsy as a side hobby, how she has turned it into a profitable enterprise. Anna stresses the initial capital investment to start an online store, the time investment, how she juggles a full-time job, makes candles after work, and how candle making helps lighten up her days during the dark COVID-19 Pandemic. Our host today is Ann Chen (Hunter College – City University of New York). Photo credit by Tetiana Shadrina: https://unsplash.com/photos/UoPu3iSMKEQ Music Credit Cesar Barros 
30:59
November 12, 2020
Part-time Uber & Online Community (Alexander Petridis)
Today, The Voices of the Gig Economy talks about working for Uber, who should work for Uber, why should one quit, and Uber online communities. Today's host is Alexander Petridis (CUNY, Hunter College).  Photo credit: why kei  https://unsplash.com/photos/8e2gal_GIE8
11:01
November 9, 2020