In The Far Middle episode 16, Nick begins by reflecting on the BBC’s television series “Connections,” hosted by James Burke. Nick goes on to discuss the culture, importance and dignity of work; the role of work in America’s national fabric; and, he contemplates whether the American work ethic is still alive and well. “It is incredibly difficult today to get people to show up for work…there is a situation today, sort of an epidemic…where a lot of individuals simply just refuse to go to work. And that from my perspective is hugely troubling,” explains Nick. He goes on to discuss the demoralization of the work ethic following the pandemic, science as a philosophy versus science as an institution, and more.