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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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Mar 24, 2023
Mike is joined by anti-war activist Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink in the first hald of this podcast.  Community organizer election Rudy Lozano Jr. is on the second half to talk about the Chicago mayoral election.

 

Mar 17, 2023

On this podcast a conversation about criminal justice reform and prisoner rights with Renaldo Hudson, who spent 37 years incarcerated in IL prisons, including many years on death row. We'll also hear from prison activists Amanda Klonsky and Jennifer Soble.

Mar 10, 2023

Fred and Mike talk about the Chicago mayoral election between Paul Vallas (on the Right) and Brandon Johnson (on the Left). Then they are joined by noted educator Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dean of the Rossier School of Education, who knows more than a few things about Vallas' destructive educational policies.

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.

Jan 27, 2023

Joining Mike Klonsky are Northwestern Professor Patty Loew, director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University. She is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. She’ll be talking about the legendary Indian athlete, Jim Thorpe. Also joining us will be and Native American activist/author/educator Nick Estes with more on the case of Leonard Peltier.  

Jan 27, 2023

Mike Klonsky discusses the war in Ukraine and more with "old, new-left) socialist writer, philosopher, and 60's SDS leader, Carl Davidson. 

Jan 20, 2023
Guests this episode are Reuben Jonathan Miller and Amanda Klonsky.
 
Professor Miller is A 2022 MacArthur Fellow, His research at the University of Chicago, examines how racialized and poor people experience law, crime control, and social welfare policy. 
 
Dr. Amanda Klonsky is a teacher, author, and longtime prison activist whose current work focuses on Covid in Prisons
Jan 20, 2023
Guests this episode are Reuben Jonathan Miller and Amanda Klonsky.
 
Professor Miller is A 2022 MacArthur Fellow, His research at the University of Chicago, examines how racialized and poor people experience law, crime control, and social welfare policy. 
 
Dr. Amanda Klonsky is a teacher, author, and longtime prison activist whose current work focuses on Covid in Prisons
Jan 14, 2023

Rabbi Brant Rosen of the Chicago Tzedek congregation joins Mike on this edition of Hitting Left. Tzedek is an intentional Jewish congregation based on core values of justice, equity and solidarity. Rabbi Rosen and Mike discuss recent developments in Israel and Palestine.

Jan 3, 2023

Continuing the music shows for December. But next week Carl Davidson, long time Movement activist and writer, will be Mike's guest.

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. 

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