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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Mar 31, 2017

Brothers Mike and Fred Klonsky broadcast Hitting Left each week on 105.5 FM in Chicago at 11AM on Fridays. This week's broadcast hosted Liliana Diaz and Aide Hernandez. They are members of a youth group affiliated with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association that is exploring the indigenous native history of themselves and their community. Their journey included a trip to Standing Rock. They are also active in issues concerning gentrification, all of which is connected to folks being removed from their land. Also joining us are Katy Hogan and Mike James, long-time social justice fighters, founders of the Heartland Cafe, radio host on Live from the Heartland. We talk about Illinois politics, Rauner, Pat Quinn, democratic vision and activism, Tom Hayden, Black Panther Bob Lee. 

Mar 24, 2017

Mike and Fred Klonsky host a weekly show with conversation about politics, education and social justice. This week: Diane Ravitch. Betsy DeVos. Corporate school reform. Fighting the Trump agenda. Kevin Coval. Louder than a Bomb. Poetry. Teaching and learning. Poetry. Spoken word. Linda Boyle. Baseball. Illinois' governors race. 

Mar 17, 2017

With Mike and Fred Klonsky discussing issues of politics, education and social justice. This week with International Union of Operating Engineers Local 143 President Bill Iacullo. Rahm Emanuel. CPS. Forrest Claypool. Armark. SedexoMagic. Integrated Facilities Management Program. Oursourcing. Privatization. Next up we talk with Joanna Klonsky and Brian Sleet. Chicago political strategists and consultants for Progressive Democrats. Kim Foxx. Rahm Emanuel. Chicago Mayor's race. Kurt Summers. Bruce Rauner. Christopher Kennedy. The Democrats. 

Mar 10, 2017

On today's show Susan Sadlowski Garza, Chicago's 10th Ward Alderwoman joins us for a conversation about International Women's Day, her dad, "Oil-Can" Ed Sadlowski and the steelworkers union reform movement, the fight for ecological justice in the ward, the Koch brothers, "old time" Chicago politics, fighting the Rahm Machine and the remains of the ward organization once run by "Fast Eddie" Vrdolyak, the impact of de-industrialization and the disappearance of steel mills from Chicago's east side and more.

Mar 3, 2017

This week Mike and Fred Klonsky spend the hour with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Jennings Lewis. We talk about our experiences in the classroom, education and union politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Bruce Rauner and the budget mess in Springfield. Karen Lewis talks about who has influenced her education thinking, the nature of social justice unionism and the relationship between the local and national unions. Lewis talks about the business model and student evaluation the Teach for America. We hear from the band, Jackass Magnets.