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Study Up For 'Think': The Power of Anonymous Work In An Age of Relentless Self-Promotion

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The Shanghai Tower, set to be the world's second tallest skycraper, was engineered by Dennis Poon, a subject in David Zweig's new book Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion.

Ever wonder about who's working behind the stage at a Radiohead concert? Or who's involved in translating negotiations for ambassadors at the UN? Today at noon on 'Think', we'll be talking about the people whose work is barely noticed with author David Zweig and his new book Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work In An Age of Relentless Self-Promotion.

In a culture where fame and recognition is revered above all else, Zweig delves into the world of the hidden professionals, where fulfillment is not in the glory of the job but in the challenges their work presents. His book is an expansion of an article written in 2012 titled What Do Fact-Checkers and Anesthesiologists Have In Common?

On the book's website, Zweig challenges viewers to delve deeper into the work of the invisibles with videos and information on how a piano is made, the design and development of China's Shanghai Tower skyscraper and the scientific connection between rainbows and music.

Here, you can watch a video of a day in the life of a UN interpreter.

Zweig is also a journalist, a lecturer and a musician. He's recorded two critically acclaimed albums and written a fiction book titled Swimming Inside The Sun.

Listen to Think at noon and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday on KERA 90.1 or stream live.