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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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Now displaying: 2022
Dec 16, 2022

Mike is taking a break from the usual political talk. Instead he shares some of his favorite Movement songs.

Nov 18, 2022

Veteran civil rights activist, teacher and South Africa anti-apartheid organizer Prexy Nesbitt joins Mike and co-host Susan Klonsky.

Nov 4, 2022

Joining Mike and Susan Klonsky this week is Leila Wills talking about the Black Panther Party and preserving our history.

Oct 28, 2022

Joining Mike and co-host Susan Klonsky is Medea Benjamin from the anti-war group Code Pink. They talk about the war in Ukraine and the urgent need to get all sides to the table for peace talks.

Oct 24, 2022

Joining Mike and guest host Fred Klonsky is Clem Balanoff, veteran political and labor organizer to discuss the mid-term elections.

Oct 14, 2022

Joining Mike on Hitting Left is Pedro Noguera, the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the University of Southern California Rossier School of Eduction. He is recognized as a leading scholar of urban public education, equity, and school reform.

Oct 7, 2022

Joining Mike and Susan is veteran Chicago educator, policy advocate and community organizer, Jose Rico.

Oct 1, 2022

This week's Hitting Left podcast has Lumpen Radio's Ed and John for a discussion of alternative media and it's role in Chicago.

Sep 24, 2022

Joing Mike and Susan Klonsky this week is a hell-raiser in her own right, their old friend, historian, activist, and author, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

Sep 17, 2022

Joing Mike and Susan is Floyd Webb, a film maker with knowledge of all kinds of media and social movements

Sep 10, 2022

Jerry Harris, national secretary of the Global Studies Association, author and educator join Mike and Susan to discuss the international situation, war in Ukraine, China, Russia and issues of war and peace.

Sep 3, 2022

This edition of Hitting Left has Mike and Susan Klonsky talking to Dr. Timothy Tyson. Dr. Tyson is senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and adjunct professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina. His most recent book is The Blood of Emmett Till.

Aug 20, 2022

Retired teacher, activist, art maker returns as a guest and joins Mike and Susan Klonsky to discuss the week's events and how we're going to spend the $4.80 ComEd must pay its customers as a penalty for corruption.

Aug 12, 2022

Susan cohosts with Michael and discuss the past weeks news much of it involving Donald Trump. They are then joined by former San Francisco DA, Chesa Boudin who was recently the succesful target of a right-wing recall effort costing a record 7 million dollars. 

Aug 5, 2022

Susan and Mike talk about the right to abortion. Harish Patel joins them to discuss Chicago's latest progressive pilot: a guaranteed annual income.

Jul 29, 2022

Mike Klonsky is joined once again by co-host Susan Klonsky to discuss the week's news along with John Daley producing. Helen Shiller, former Chicago alder and social justice active joins them during the second half of the show.

Jul 23, 2022

Mike is back in the Lumpen Radio studio in Bridgepoort's Prosperity Sphere with co-host Susan Klonsky reviewing the week's news. In the second half hour they are joined by Amanda Klonsky to discuss Covid in prisons.

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