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Cityscape: Behind the Trucks with NYC's Sanitation Workers

by George Bodarky, Morlene Chin, Julie Clark
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Simon Greig, flickr

We're shedding light on a New York City department that’s sometimes underappreciated.

They collect our garbage, and plow our streets after a snowfall – but New York City's sanitation workers often don’t get a whole lot of appreciation.

On this week's Cityscape, we’re focusing our attention on the city’s sanitation workers, and we'll learn why it’s not okay to call them garbage men.  Our guest is Robin Nagle, the sanitation department’s anthropologist in residence. She'll join us to talk about her new book Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City.  We'll also dip into the Cityscape archives for segments with the city’s first female sanitation worker, as well as one with the late Andrew Macchio, a sanitation worker who loved to sing behind the truck.

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