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Hitting Left

Mike gets 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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May 25, 2024

Joining Mike and Fred on this edition of Hitting Left is Bard College student and activist Lucy Gunderson talking about the student movement against Israeli genocide in Gaza.

May 6, 2024

Joining Mike on this week's edition of the podcast Hitting Left are Columbia student strike '68 veteran Mark Rudd and current Columbia student activist Ava Lyon-Sereno.

Apr 29, 2024
Joining Mike on this edition of Hittiing Left is Kevin Gosztola. Kevin is a journalist, and author known for work on whistleblower cases, WikiLeaks, national security, and civil liberties. Formerly the managing editor of Shadowproof, he writes for The Dissenter. Gosztola has covered the court-martial of Chelsea Manning as well as the extradition of Julian Assange.
 
His recent book is “Guilty of Journalism: The Political Case Against Julian Assange."
Mar 31, 2024

Mike's guest on this edition of Hitting Left is author, photojournalist and filmmaker, Danny Lyon, whose camera captured the history of SNCC and the 60’s Civil Rights Movement. 

Danny, who was born in 1942 in New York, is one of the most influential documentary photographers of his generation. While still a student at the University of Chicago, he was imprisoned in the South and became the first photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). His photographs formed the core of the book "The Movement."

Gloria Richardson, Stokely Carmichael, and Cleve Sellers in custody in Cambridge, Maryland, 1964. (Danny Lyon pic)

Upon returning to Chicago in 1965, he joined the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club. The two years he spent with the club resulted in the publication of a groundbreaking book, "The Bikeriders" which inspired a new film.

In 1967, Lyon gained access to the Texas prison system and produced the series "Conversations with the Dead."

Danny’s new book is This Is My Life I’m Talking About.

Mar 15, 2024

Joining Mike this episode of Hitting Left are Fred Klonsky and investigative reporter for NBC news, Tracy Ullman. Fred talks about this year's Oscar broadcast and the politics of awards. Tracy discusses the sordid connection between the corruption of the Chicago Democratic Machine and the mass murderer and pedophile, John Wayne Gacy.

Mar 1, 2024

Joining Mike on this edition of Hitting Left is brother, retired teacher and activist Fred Klonsky and Steve Goldsmith. Steve is a veteran activist and currently the president of the Torrance California Refinery Action Alliance combatting the dangers of hydrogen fluroide (HF) to people and the environment.

Feb 23, 2024

Joining Mike Klonsky on this edition of Hittiing Left is Rabbi Brandt Rosen of the Chicago anti-Zionist Jewish congregation, Tzekek, and Yonatan Shapira, an Israeli former military helicopter pilot.

Feb 3, 2024

Joining Mike on this 7th anniversary edition of Hitting Left is Rachel Rubin, Senior Medical Officer at Cook County Department of Public Health.

Jan 6, 2024

Mike's guest on this edition of Hitting Left is American peace activist, pacifist and author, Kathy Kelly.

Dec 16, 2023

Joining Mike in the Lupen Radio studio on this editioin of Hitting Left are veteran '60s (and current) activists, Al Haber and Michael James. Al was a co-founder of Students For a Democratic Society (SDS) and its first president. Mike was also an SDS organizer and founder of Rising Up Angry. He has a new book out with the same name.

Dec 1, 2023

Joining Mike on this edition of Hitting Left is Illinois state senator Robert Peters talking about the Gaza protests and more.

Nov 17, 2023

Mike will taking a look back at the 1968 Democratic Convention protests in Chicago and anticipating the upcoming DNC in Chitown next August.

Joining Mike are '68 Movement veterans Mike James and Judy Gumbo plus author Pat Thomas.

Oct 27, 2023
 
Joining Mike Klonsky on this edition of Hitting Left  is Juan Gonzalez. Juan is an author, Co-Host of Democracy Now!, Senior Fellow at Great Cities Institute of UIC, former NY Daily News columnist, and once upon a time, a Young Lord.
Oct 13, 2023
Mike's guest this episode of Hitting Left is poet, novelist, journalist, critic, and columnist, Luis Rodriguez. Luis was the 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate. He is recognized as a major figure in contemporary Chicano literature identifying himself as a native Xicanx writer. His best-known work, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., received the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and has been controversial on school reading lists for its depictions of gang life.
 
Joining Luis in the Lumpen Radio studio is Mike's daughter, Amanda Klonsky. Amanda is an educator and prison rights activist who has worked with Luis on prison reform.
Sep 30, 2023

Joining Mike on this episode of Hitting Left is Carlos Martinez. Carlos is co-founder of the No Cold War campaign. He is an activist based in London, He's author of "The East Is Still Red: Chinese Socialism in the 21st Century". He has given presentations and discussions on topics such as "Give Peace a Chance: China and the World Today". His work focuses on socialism, peace, and international relations.

Aug 25, 2023

This week host Mike Klonsky shares some more of his favorite tunes.

Aug 19, 2023
Joining Mike this episode is Pidgeon Pagonis, an American intersex activist, writer, artist, and consultant. They are an advocate for intersex human rights and against nonconsensual intersex medical interventions and author of Nobody Needs to Know. 
It's Pidgeon's second guest appearance on Hitting Left.
Mike's guest for the second half of the show will be former Harlem Globetrotter star, Dr. Curly "Boo" Johnson.  Former Globetrotter (18 years) Owner CBJ Skills For Life Basketball Academy. HALL OF FAME-Peoria High. 

 

Aug 12, 2023

Joining Mike on this edition of Hitting Left is Troy LaRaviere. Troy is head of the Chicago Principal and Adminstrators Association. He has recently been in a battle to defend the careers of some Black CPS principals who’ve been removed from their posts unfairly, according to Troy, as part of a patten of racial discrimination against Black school leaders.

Aug 4, 2023

Joining Mike on this episode of Hitting Left is Bob Zellner. 84 year old Bob Zellner has been a social justice organizer since he first joined the original Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1961 at the age of 19. 

Jun 2, 2023
On Hitting Left with Mike Klonsky and Friends, Mike is joined by Corey Stevenson, John Daley & Fred Klonsky.
Today the focus is on Chicago. There's a new mayor in town. Are we really the "sanctuary city" that we claim to be? Memorial Day Weekend gun violence and more.
May 26, 2023

Joining Mike on this show is Carl Davidson, veteran activist and Marxist philosopher.

May 19, 2023

Joining Mike this morning is Jon Melrod, author of Fighting Times: Organizing on the Front Lines of the Class War.

May 12, 2023

Noted eucator, writer and historian of education Diane Ravitch joins Charles Tocci, professor of education at Chicago's Loyola Univesity with host Michael Klonsky on this episode of Hitting Left.

May 6, 2023

Former Chicago member of Congress Marie Newman joins Mike Klonsky on this edition of Hitting Left.

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