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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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Now displaying: 2019
Sep 13, 2019

Alderman Vaquez joins us for a lively conversation about what he's learned about being a socialist, an alderman, providing services to his constituents, legislating and building coalitions. 

Sep 6, 2019

Marie Newman joins us live in the studio at Lumpen Radio again as she takes on 3rd Congressional representative Dan Lipinski. This is not your grandfathers 3rd. It's a deeply blue, working class and diverse district and progressive district.

Aug 30, 2019

Mike is away this week. Co-hosting is reporter Jackie Flores and our guest is artist/teacher/activist Nicole Marroquin. Talking Mexican history in Chicago and the '68 Harrison High school student walk-out.

Aug 23, 2019

Brother Fred's away and leading Chicago political strategist Joanna Klonsky joins brother Mike and guest Alaina Hampton. She's a Springfield whistle-blower on Democratic Party sexual harassment.

Aug 16, 2019

How past Chicago mayors, alderman and multi-national corporations combine to threaten the health and safety of Black and Brown communities of color and all working people. They don't build coal-fired power plants and million square food distribution centers in rich people's neighborhoods.

Aug 9, 2019

Jackie Seratto Flores writes for the Chicago Reporter. Rosanna Rodriguez is a community organizer and socialist Chicago City Council member from the 33rd Ward. We're talking immigration, ICE raids and the movement in Puerto Rico.

Aug 2, 2019

Ken Davis is a long time Chicago media guy who hosted the respected weekly news summary, Chicago Newsroom. Professor Simon Balto is a historian and author of Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power (Justice, Power and Politics). He is also writing a book on Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton.

 

Jul 26, 2019

Ja'Mal Green is a Chicago community activist, the youngest ever to run for Chicago mayor. An ally of Mayor Lightfoot and a mentor to young African Americans in entrepreneurship. We are also joined by old friend, educator and newly appointed executive director of Illinois Humanities.

Jul 19, 2019

Loreen Targos is an union organizer at the EPA and Jake Lewis is the Communications Director for the Chicago Federation of Labor. 

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.

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