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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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Feb 18, 2023
Here's the latest in our Hitting Left Music series, Sounds From the Freedom Movements.
We start off with a song from early hip-hop poets, Digable Planets called Femme Fetal. Recorded two decades ago, it anticipated the Supreme Court’s ruling outlawing abortion rights.
 
Thar will be followed by music from the anti-fascist Lula movement in Brazil. Buffy Sainte Marie, Pete Seeger, Stevie Wonder. Steve Earle, and much more.
 
Playlist:
 
 
1. La Femme Fetal by Digable Planets 
 
2. Now that the Buffalo’s Gone by Buffy Sainte Marie 
 
3. Never Had Your Back by Arrested Development 
 
4. The Hammer Song by Pete Seeger 
 
5. Steve’s Hammer by Steve Earle 
 
6. John Henry by Furry Lewis 
 
7. Which Side Are You On? By Natalie Merchant 
 
8. "It's Wrong (Apartheid)" by Stevie Wonder 
 
 9, “Tá na hora do Jair já ir embora” by Maderada and Tiago Doidão’ which translates to “It’s time for Jair to go away already.” 
 
10. Here’s to the State of Mississippi by Phil Ochs 
 
11. 'Inner City Blues (Make Me Holler)' (1971 )by Marvin Gaye 
 
12. All Around the World by Taj Mahal & Keb Mo 
Feb 3, 2023

Joining Mike on this episoide is veteran Illinois political and investigative Tribune reporter, Ray Long. Like Mike, Ray is a long-time Dodger fan, and someone who has documented the state and city's history of poliical corrumption. Author of The House that Madigan Built: The Record Rule of Illinois' Velvet Hammer.

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