90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Cabin Pressure and Public Anger

A JetBlue flight attendant is now the working man’s hero and social media sensation. We ask why.

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater leaves a correctional facility in the Bronx after posting bail, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, in New York. (AP)

For about five minutes in the media maelstrom, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater was a straight-up bad boy mad man. The kooky in-flight crew member who unleashed on the P.A. system, grabbed a couple of beers, and bailed out down the emergency chute. 

Then things got a lot more complicated. Slater may be facing reckless endangerment charges, but online he’s become a kind of workingman’s hero. The one who wouldn’t take it anymore, and bailed in style. 

Is this just one more sign of boiling point blues in the American workplace?

Guests:

Chris Rovzar, writer for New York Magazine who has been covering this story.

Phyllis Moen, professor of sociology at University of Minnesota, where she specializes in workplace issues. She’s author of “The Career Mystique: Cracks in the American Dream.”

Stanley Bing, business humorist and columnist who writes the back-page column for Fortune. He’s the author of numerous books, most recently Executricks: How to Retire While You’re Still Working.”

More:

Hot temper in the service sector has been a buzzy online theme this week. Police in Toledo, Ohio released a video of an incident involving a McDonald’s drive-thru customer who flew into a rage because, apparently, there were no Chicken McNuggets available. The incident took place on New Year’s Day, 2010. Here’s what happened:

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 31, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  (AP)

Quarantines and Ebola. An exploding rocket. Apple’s CEO comes out. Hawaiian lava flows. Midterms in the home stretch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Oct 31, 2014
Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) and Sauncho Smilax (Beninico del Toro) share a drink in a scene from the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film, "Inherent Vice," an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment)

From “Interstellar” to “Into the Woods.” The biggest and best movies of the fall and holiday seasons. What to see, what to skip.

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 30, 2014
Soylent is a new meal-replacement substance meant to offer a complete nutritional alternative to traditional food. (Courtesy Soylent)

Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food? Plus: what does the Antares rocket crash mean for private space travel?

 
Oct 30, 2014
Realtor Helen Hertz stands in front of one of her listings in Cleveland Heights, Ohio Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Hertz, a real estate agent for more than three decades, has seen firsthand what has happened to the market in the wake of the recession and foreclosure crisis. (AP)

Home ownership rates are at a 20-year low. Millennials and more aren’t buying. We’ll look at what American’s think now about owning a home.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
The Explicast, Episode Three: What Is The Dow Jones Industrial Average?
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

We dig in to that all-important, all-confusing daily stock notice: the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: October 31, 2014
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

We tumble for ya, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Tuco the Massachusetts K-9 Unit puppy in training.

More »
1 Comment
 
Awards Season 2014: The Movies Worth Your Time
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

What movies should you watch before 2014 comes to a close? Our critics offer their picks for the movies of the season right here.

More »
Comment