One of the things which got me thinking about the previous post about teaching computing was a series of episodes of the Planet Money podcast. The series arc, which begins with Episode 621: When Luddites Attack, looks at automation and its effect on jobs, as well as historical and more contemporary reactions to it. It finishes with a piece of speculative fiction about what happens when there are no more jobs.
Check it out. It's pretty light going, with short episodes.