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Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers

Bloggers, activists and brothers Mike and Fred Klonsky get together each week, often with special guests in studio and from around the country, to discuss current topics involving politics, education and social justice "from the Left side of the plate." The topics covered may be local, national or international but always with a Chicago sensibility and perspective.
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Jul 12, 2019

Erika Wozniak is a current CPS teacher, candidate for alderman in the recent election and union activist came to talk about the need for social workers in CPS. Sue Garza is 10th ward council member, chair of the Workforce Committee and chair of the Council's Progressive Caucus.

Jun 28, 2019

People's attorney Joey Mogul talks about the fight to establish a memorial to the victims of Chicago police torture. Rick Perlstein is author of several volumes tracing the Republican party since Goldwater.

Jun 21, 2019

Troy LaRaviere joins us to talk about schools, staffing, funding and Rahm's tenure as Mayor. Troy ran for Chicago mayor and shares some lessons. 

Jun 14, 2019

Social justice activist, San Francisco public defender and candidate for San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin joins us for a conversation about criminal justice reform.

Jun 7, 2019

Chicago Reporters Jackie Serrato Flores and Curtis Black. The Rainbow Coalition then. Chicago politics now. A Chicago Casino. The new school board and more.

 
May 31, 2019

Shawn Harrington, star basketball player from Marshall High School and Rus Bradburd, author, coach and college basketball recruiter join us to talk about Chicago gun violence, high school sports and social justice.

May 24, 2019

Newly elected Chicago alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez joins us for a talk about Chicago politics, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, her campaign against the Mell Machine and her view of socialism.

May 17, 2019

Chicago Friends of the Parks executive director Juanita Irizarry and 1st Ward Alderman Daniel LaSpata join us to talk about equity, privatization and Chicago's parks.

May 10, 2019

Rachel DeWoskin grew up spending a lot of years in China. She is a professor at the University of Chicago, teaching writing among other things, and has just published Someday We Will Fly, a story of a family of Polish Jews who during WWII find refuge in Shanghai, China.

May 5, 2019

Fred's in Brooklyn. But Susan Klonsky is co-host with Mike Klonsky and guest Elizabeth Todd-Breland. Dr. Todd-Breland is author of A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s.

 

Apr 19, 2019

Singer, musician, teacher Mark Dvorak joins to for song and stories celebrating Pete Seeger's 100th birthday.

Apr 16, 2019

Veteran activists Mickey and Dick Flacks join us to talk about their joint memoir, Making History, Making Blintzes. How Two Red Diaper Babies Found Each Other and Discovered America.

Apr 12, 2019

Steve Rhodes, the Beachwood Reporter (read his blog), has been following Chicago politics and culture for years. Ra Joy is part of the transition team for Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot.

Apr 6, 2019

Professor Kate Phillippo, author of A Contest Without Winners. How Students Experience Competitive School Choice. We are also joined by Sol, A CPS student.

Mar 29, 2019

Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson joins us for a lively hour of history and speculation about Chicago. On Tuesday we will elect a new mayor who takes office the end of May. Joe has been IG for a decade and we discuss the culture of corruption, the systems that facilitate the corruption and how to change it.

Mar 22, 2019

Flint Taylor is with us to discuss his new book, The Torture Machine. Racism and Police Violence in Chicago.

Mar 15, 2019

We are joined in studio by Jamie Kalven of the Invisible Institute. Kalven broke the story of the Laquan McDondald killing by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. 

Mar 8, 2019

Jane Saks of Project& joins us to talk about art, politics and democracy.

Mar 1, 2019

Curtis Black is a long-time opinion writer and reporter for the highly regarded Chicago Reporter. In his previous visit to Hitting Left we talked police torture, forced confessions and false convictions involving the CPD. Today we talk about Tuesday's Chicago municipal elections.

Feb 22, 2019

Brother Mike is watching our southern border. South Florida to be precise. He reports that there is no wall and lots of immigrants and sons and daughters of immigrants seven days into the national emergency. Meanwhile we are broadcasting our last show before the Chicago municipal primary for mayor and council. Political consultant and strategist Joanna Klonsky is co-host and 32nd Ward Alderman is our guest. This is a damn corrupt city and what are we going to do about it?

Feb 16, 2019

A pre-Oscar Awards talk with Floyd Webb, Susan Kerns and Gordon Quinn. Susan teaches film at Columbia College and is one of the founders of the Chicago Feminist Film Festival. Floyd has been deeply involved in African American film study and film making and has a keen interest in Afro-futurism. Gordon Quinn is one of the founders of Kartemquin Films, which produced the 2019 Academy Award nominated Minding the Gap as well the new film, '63 Boycott, a documentary about the historic strike in 1963 of CPS schools by Black students.

Feb 8, 2019

Lisa Yun Lee and Sunny Fischer of the National Public Housing Museum join us in studio for a conversation about the history, the present and the future of public housing in Chicago and the nation. We're not just talking affordable housing, but public housing for every person who needs it.

Feb 2, 2019

Veteran Chicago Reader columnist and progressive talk radio host Ben Joravsky and Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Chicago's Grassroots Collaborative talk with Mike about the way Chicago politics works and doesn't work.

Jan 26, 2019

Fred's gone this week, so brother Mike is flying solo with guests Susan Klonsky and Professor Timuel Black. Tim just turned 100 years old AND has had his latest book, Sacred Ground, The Chicago Streets of Timuel Black as told to Susan Klonsky from Northwestern University Press.

Jan 18, 2019

Tom has literally written the book on corruption in Cook County. Page is an activist in the Black Lives Matter movement and founder of Assata's Daughters.

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