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The Source: City Eyes New Land | Books That Shaped How We Think About Work

Texas Legislature
Bexar County boundaries.

In the first segment:

More than 10 years ago the City of San Antonio took a break from further annexing portions of Bexar County. According to the Census Bureau there is nearly 1.8 million people in Bexar County, of which about 400,000 live in unincorporated areas that aren't taxed by the city but also receive no city services.  

The city is eyeing new tracts of land to the south and considering its options.  

We talk to John Dugan, planning and community development director for the city of San Antonio about where the city thinks it will grow and how the process plays out.

In the second segment:


Credit Jacob Riis
How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York is one of the books on the list that shaped thought on work in America

Our financial system has been celebrated in books like "The Wealth of Nations" and the stories of Horatio  Alger, but reviled in books like "The Grapes of Wrath" and "The Other America." Books like "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" or Studs Terkel's "Working" sought to understand what we in America are grasping at and what purpose we derive from our labors.

From "The Jungle" to "Anthem," books have shaped how we think about work in America. The Department of Labor, as part of its 100 year anniversary, teamed up with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress to list the great novels and books that encompass the American belief in work.

Where does your mind go when you think about the books that taught you about work?  

We talk with the initiative's head at the Department of Labor, Carl Fillichio.

  • Suggest a book for the list here

* The Source airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM - audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.

Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive