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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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Sep 22, 2017

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers
Airs Fridays 11AM (CST)
Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate.
This week David Orr, the retiring Cook County Clerk and Stevie Valles, head of Chicago Votes! drop by for a discussion. Fred tries to sing. Jamie has the flu. Happy New Year everyone!
David Orr
http://www.cookcountyclerk.com

Stevie Valles
http://chicagovotes.com

Sep 15, 2017

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers
Airs Fridays 11AM (CST)
Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate.

This week G. Flint Taylor, the lawyer who represented Black Panther Fred Hampton and the victims of the Burge torture case drops by. Mike and Jamie disagree on “Medicare for All.” Fred wants to be called “Truck” from now on. And much much more!

Sep 5, 2017

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers
Airs Fridays 11AM (CST)
Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate.
A genuinely hot show this week...as the air-conditioning went out in Studio B. Jamie smartly chose to run the event, poor Neil roasted behind the board. On this show:
Troy LaRaviere https://troylaraviere.net/ Danny Rodgriquez (SEIU), Cory Stevenson (educator), Craig Stevenson (educator), Anne Emerson (political consultant), Jennifer Klonsky (teacher and musician, member of Jackass Magnets), Joanna Klonsky (political consultant), Ellen Gradman and Lisa Kosowski, (activists in Jewish Voice for Peace).

Sep 1, 2017

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers
Airs Fridays 11AM (CST)
Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate.
This week, The Klonskys talk to State Rep Will Guzzardi about schools, Houston, the Democratic party and much more. Guzzardi also announces his candidacy for re-election. Mike and Jamie express surprise that some guy named "Fred" showed up. Where's Brandon?

Aug 25, 2017

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers

Airs Fridays 11AM (CST)

Talking education, politics and social justice!

An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate.

This week, The Klonskys talk to more people than can fit in Jamie's studio. In house, in no particular order, were:

Cassie Creswell and Wendy Katten, co-executive directors of the parent group Raise Your Hand Action

Olivia Albrecht, Brighton Park Neighborhood Assoc.

Julie Anaya, Kelly High School

McKenzie Reagor, Hancock College Prep

Leslie Vences, Kelly High School

 

Also, this week Fred quit so Brandon Johnson took over. Jamie's changing the locks to keep Brandon on the show.

 

("Not true." - Fred)

Aug 19, 2017

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers
Airs Fridays 11AM (CST)
Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate.
This week, The Klonskys talk to Brandon Johnson, political organizer for the Chicago Teachers Union about schools, unions, the current budget battle, Rahm, the Governor’s race and Chicago politics. Neil's still nowhere in sight. But hey, Steve Bannon quit!
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Aug 11, 2017

Airs Fridays 11AM (CST)
Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate.
This week, The Klonskys talk John Dillon and Jay C. Rehak about nuclear war and pensions. (Question: if we all go up in flames, does anyone get their pensions?) Also that Neil guy left Jamie high and dry this week with having to "go back to school." Jamie really should quit.

 
Aug 4, 2017

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers
Airs Fridays 11AM (CST)
Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate.
This week, The Klonskys talk to Senator Daniel Biss about his gubernatorial bid, his position on state pensions and charter schools and much, much more in a candid and forthright discussion. Listen for the musical joke at the break. And Jamie quit! Neil does a better job than that guy anyway.

Jul 29, 2017

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers
Airs Fridays 11AM (CST)
Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate.
This week, The Klonskys talk to John Daley about Bridgeport and donuts; Niketa Brar and Elizabeth Greer about school closings and New Teachers' Academy, and Jamie about why he hasn't quit yet. Mike brought music this week!

Jul 17, 2017

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers
Airs Fridays 11AM (CST)
Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate.

This week, The Klonskys talk to Jose "Cha-Cha" Jimenez (Founder and chairman of the Young Lords Organization) and Stan McKinney (former Black Panther Party member). Also, Mike forgot to give Jamie and Neil music. Just hum something around the :30 mark.

Jul 7, 2017

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers
Airs Fridays 11AM (CST)
Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate. This week, The Klonskys talk to candidate for Illinois Governor Ameya Pawar. Also, Jamie quits, for real: Neil is sitting in behind the board this week.

http://michaelklonsky.blogspot.com/
https://preaprez.wordpress.com/

Jun 30, 2017

Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate. This week, The Klonskys talk to Clem Balanoff and Ken Franklin of the ATU Local 308. Jamie posits that Trump "has issues." Also, a remembrance of Joan Kramer., who passed away this week.

http://michaelklonsky.blogspot.com/
https://preaprez.wordpress.com/

Jun 23, 2017

Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate. This week Mike and Fred are joined by Pidgeon Pagonis, intersex activist, artist and gender educator.

http://michaelklonsky.blogspot.com/
https://preaprez.wordpress.com/

Jun 16, 2017

Talking education, politics and social justice!

An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate. This week, Fred Klonsky took a runner to New York so Jamie had to fill in. (He tried to quit.) Mike and Jamie were joined by Stacy Davis Gates from the CTU and Chris Baehrend from ChiACTS to discuss charter schools, vouchers, and the pernicious takeover of public space by private entities.

 

http://michaelklonsky.blogspot.com/

https://preaprez.wordpress.com/

Jun 9, 2017

Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate. This week Ed Marszewski popped in to talk about Bridgeport, social activism and blimp-based gigawatt wifi internet. Also in this episode: Jamie has a cold.

Jun 2, 2017

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers
Airs Fridays 11AM (CST)
Talking education, politics and social justice!
An hour-long, weekly radio show featuring long-time political and education activists, the Klonsky Bros. They, along with their weekly special guests, review the latest happenings in the world of politics, media and culture, challenging the political establishment and hitting from the left side of the plate. This week Pastor Tom Gaulke and Rabbi Brant Rosen talked about morality in politics and the efficacy of direct action. Sima Cunningham from OHMME stopped by and played a few tunes. And Mike nearly got hit in the head by a falling mic. But it's all good.
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https://preaprez.wordpress.com/

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May 26, 2017

Mike and Fred Klonsky planned to have our good friend Prexy Nesbitt on this weeks show. But weather in New York and at La Guardia had a different plan. We did have a call-in from 45th Ward Chicago Alderman John Arena who has been waging a good fight to build affordable housing in a neighborhood on Chicago's north west side that desperately needs it. Chicago's long ugly history of segregated housing was re-ignited. We get into it, joined by our producer Jamie Trecker on what's behind it all. After the break we get into it about our fave topic: schools, choice, vouchers, funding and Betsy De Vos.

May 19, 2017

This episode Mike and Fred Klonsky are joined by our guest Jerry Harris, national secretary of the Global Studies Association.

May 12, 2017

Mike and Fred Klonsky are joined on this episode by Susan Klonsky who co-authored Professor Timuel Black's memoir, Sacred Ground. The Great Migration. Black Chicago. World War II. The liberation of Buchenwald. Trump. Bannon. Watergate. Martin Luther King. The March on Washington. Duke Ellington. Lu Palmer. Harold Washington. A. Phillip Randolph. SNCC. 

May 5, 2017

Fred Klonsky is preparing to ride a bike through five NY boroughs. But Mike Klonsky is joined this with by co-host Harish Patel. Also Alderman Scott Waguespack and political strategist Anne Emerson. Trump. Rahm. Progressive election politics. Schools. Immigrant rights. Nursing Care workers strike. SEIU organizer Larry Alcoff.

Apr 28, 2017

Mike and Fred Klonsky host episode #13 of Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. 100 days of the Trump administration. interview with TRS retiring board member Bob Lyons. Illinois pensions. Guernica. Barbara Byrd Bennett. Lucy Parsons. May Day. Logan Bay. In studio guest, Curtis Black. Chicago police. Ray Guavara. John Burge .Police torture. Curriculum. Democratic politics.

Apr 21, 2017

Brothers Mike and Fred Klonsky welcome Dr. Eve Ewing to the show this week. Also interviews with suspended CPS special education teacher Sarah Chambers and Hot House's Marguerite Holberg. Racism. Chicago schools. Black exodus from the cities. Closing schools. Two tiered school system. School funding. Rahm. DeVos. May Day. 

Apr 14, 2017

This week Mike and Fred Klonsky welcome Larry Miller and Jose Rico to Hitting Left. Milwaukee school board. Vouchers. Charters. Scott Walker. CPS. Latino Advisory Committee. Rahm. Rauner. Trump. Spicer. Graduation Requirement. DeVos. Immigration. ICE. May Day. Black/Latino alliance. Black Lives Matter. Youth Movement.

Apr 7, 2017

Mike and Fred Klonsky get together each week to talk politics, education and social justice. This week, the Trump missile attack on Syria, Rahm's new high school graduation requirements. Joined by Camille Williams from Chicago Votes and Matt Blizek from MoveOn. Election strategies, progressive politics, Illinois' governor's race, challenges to Mayor Rahm. Klan. Martin Luther King. Memphis. Black Lives Matter. 

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