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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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.

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. 

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.

Feb 25, 2017

Conversation, interview and music. In-studio guest is Matt Farmer. Lawyer, parent education activist and musician performing his latest song, Alternative Facts. Interview with Yonatan Shipira, former Israeli air force pilot and current peace activist. Conversation between brothers Mike and Fred Klonsky, bloggers and activists. Includes topics: Betsy DeVos, charter schools, teacher unions, Chicago public schools, Milo Yianopoulos, Democrats and more.

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