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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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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.

Jan 11, 2019

Susan Sadlowski Garza is a teacher who now is a sitting alderman running for a second term. Joining us are three more women who are teachers and political activists running for city council.

Jan 4, 2019

Don Rose has been a political organizer, publicist and strategist for 60 years. Henry Wallace, Martin Luther King, Jane Byrne, Harold Washington, the protests against the wars in Iraq. Don has seen it all.

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