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Episode 73 -- Boycott the Braids

Recorded 03.10.2017. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Fair Food Program in the tomato fields of Florida has eliminated modern-day slavery and sexual violence, improved farmworker wages and guaranteed basic protections for tens of thousands of workers. In this episode, Tom Broderick interviews Lupe Gonzalo, member and leader of CIW about how the Fair Food Program works, how it has benefited the workers in the field, the history of CIW, and just why CIW is leading a boycott of Wendy’s. Translation is provided by Yaissy Solis, national co-coordinator for the Student/Farmworker Alliance, a national network of students and youth working in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

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Episode 72 -- Planned Inequality

Recorded 05.13.2011  at the 53rd Debs – Thomas – Harrington Dinner in Chicago. Our featured speaker for that evening was Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability in Chicago. Martire contends the wreckage of our public institutions, our soaring private and public debt, our stagnating economy, the growing stench of racism in our politics: these are the natural outcome of an intentional decades-long policy of massively redistributing wealth to those who were already very very wealthy.

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Episode 71 -- Only One Thing Can Save Us

Recorded 05.08.2015 at the 57th Annual Debs – Thomas – Harrington Dinner in Chicago. Tom Geoghegan argues that even as the U.S. labor movement crumbles, a revived but different labor movement is crucial to building a democratic society. How might that be done? Geoghegan has some suggestions and he notes: Disruption works.

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Episode 70 -- The Emancipation of Cecily McMillan

Recorded 11.03.2016. Chicago DSA's Aaron Armitage interviews Cecily McMillan on her memoir. McMillan is a DSA activist who had been involved in the Wisconsin protests against Governor Scott Walker and in Occupy Wall Street. In an almost accidental connection with Occupy, she was arrested under dubious circumstances for assaulting a police officer, convicted, and sentenced to Rikers Island. This interview explores the intersection of the personal and the political.

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Episode 69 -- Michael Harrington on Socialism

Recorded 1971.What is socialism? What is socialism's relation to liberalism? Why the problems facing Americans demand that we go beyond liberalism, and why it needs to be done not just in the United States but worldwide. This recording is a redigitization of a file posted in Chicago DSA's Audio Archive.

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Episode 68 -- A Tale of 2 Cities and Rev. Edward Pinkney

Recorded August 25, 2016. It's a story of racism, class, corporate power and the denial of democracy and justice. It is a story of how neoliberal policies are affecting all parts of our country. Tom Broderick interviews Robert McKay and Paul Sakol about how Reverend Edward Pinkney ran up against an obdurate and vindictive local Establishment that has put him in jail... for possibly a long time.

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Episode 67 -- Modernizing U.S. Food Aid

Recorded August 13, 2016. In the wake of World War II, the US launched an ambitious effort to help save lives by fighting the scourge of hunger. The idea was simple: take surplus US grain and send it to people in need around the world. Since then, US food aid has saved hundreds of millions of people from malnutrition and starvation. Now, over 60 years after the program was launched, it’s time for US food aid to be modernized. Millions of more lives could be saved simply by adding flexibility and efficiency to the program. Chicago DSA’s Alex McLeese interviews Oxfam America’s Adam Olson on the fight to reform food aid.

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Episode 66 -- FIRE: From Boom to Bubble in Chicago

Recorded July, 2016. That's Finance Insurance Real Estate, the sector of the economy that many observers assert dominates the politics of many cities. Does demand and supply accurately describe how commercial real estate markets function? How are development decisions made? Can you tell whether you're in a boom or is it a bubble? Chicago DSA's Bill Barclay interviews Professor Rachel Weber about the political economy of urban development and about her new book, From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago.

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Episode 65 -- The Crime & Tragedy of Honduras

Recorded June 16, 2016. On June 28, 2009, the Honduran military exiled the democratically elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. On March 2, 2016, Berta Cáceres, a leader in the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, was assassinated. The proximate cause was her leadership in the campaign to prevent the damming of the Gualcarque River, but Gualcarque dam was but a part of nationwide corporate resource extraction project that has earmarked almost 30% of the country's land for mining concessions and the construction of hundreds of dams to power them.

In this episode of Talkin' Socialism, Chicago DSA's Tom Broderick is in conversation with Victoria Cervantes and Celeste Larkin about these developments in Honduras and the solidarity campaigns for human rights in Honduras and for justice for Berta Cáceres.

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Episode 64 -- Who Watches the Watchmen?
Recorded May 14, 2016. Tom Broderick interviews Ciera Walker, Congregational Organizer at the Community Renewal Society, and Rev. Christopher Griffin, an activist with the Community Renewal Society, about the Society's proposed FAIR COPS ordinance and about their report Who Watches the Watchmen?

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Episode 63 -- Good Jobs, Clean Jobs, and Nuclear Energy in Illinois
Recorded April 25, 2016. Tom Broderick interviews David Kraft, director and a founder of the Nuclear Energy Information Service. Kraft discusses the state of the nuclear energy industry in Illinois and the ongoing efforts by various interests to pass their own versions of a “Clean Jobs” bill. This legislation would create thousands of jobs by increasing energy efficiency, developing renewable energy sources, and meeting or exceeding EPA carbon emission standards.

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Episode 62 -- Syria's Great Migration
Recorded March 12, 2016. Syria's civil war has displaced an enormous percentage of its population, either internally or to an external diaspora. DSA's Tom Broderick interviews Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, founder and Executive Director of the Syrian Community Network, about the dimensions of the problem and about the work of the Syrian Community Network: welcoming Syrian refugees to Chicago and helping them make sense of a new culture.

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Episode 61 -- The Rauner Agenda
Recorded February 6, 2016. Bunnie Johnson (Shop Steward and Executive Board member for AFSCME Local 2858, and a caseworker for the Illinois Department of Human Services) and Fran Tobin (Coordinator, Alliance for Community Services) in conversation with Chicago DSA's Bob Roman. What happens when the State pretends there is no money? What happens to Human Services when the government is run "like a business"? Welcome to the new barbarity.

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Episode 60 -- The Great Stagnation
Recorded January 9, 2016. Ron Baiman and Bill Barclay, members of the Chicago Political Economy Group, review the political economy of 2015 and speculate on 2016.

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Episode 59 -- Reproductive Justice
Recorded December 12, 2015. Chicago DSA's Peg Strobel interviews three activists from the Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF): Brittany Mostiller-Keith, the Fund’s Executive Director, and CAF board members Lindsay Budzinski and Sekile Nzinga-Johnson. They discuss the history of the CAF, how it operates, and most especially the concept of Reproductive Justice, including ongoing efforts to repeal the notorious “Hyde Amendment” that prohibits any Federal funding of abortion. The proposed legislation, sponsored by Representative Barbara Lee of California, would insure abortion coverage under Medicaid and other insurance programs.

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Episode 58 -- Norvelt: Hope Only in Hard Times?
Recorded November 21, 2015. Chicago DSA's Peg Strobel in conversation with Margaret Power, co-author with Timothy Kelly and Michael Cary, of Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt and the Struggle for Community During the Great Depression, a discussion the New Deal planned community of Norvelt, Pennsylvania. Margaret Power explains how her personal history intersects with Norvelt and provides some insights as to how and why the politics of this region has changed since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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Episode 57 -- The Transcendence Triptych
Recorded October 8, 2015. Restorative Justice can be individual and it can be social. It addresses the past but it encompasses the future. The Transcendence Triptych is an operatic triple-bill that celebrates people who transcend racial and political divides. Richard Pokorny interviews Bellissima Opera's Artistic Director Christine Steyer about this work in progress: Its origins, its current state, upcoming events, and how you can become involved. This episode includes the Chicago premiere performance of the aria "Transcendence."

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Niketown Chicago 1998 Episode 56 -- Students and Labor
Recorded August 8, 2015. Martin Macias, community activist and journalist, interviews Kiera Bouton and Jeff Uehlinger, members of USAS local 15 at the University of Illinois ­ Chicago. Bouton and Uehlinger discuss the international campaign to End Deathtraps and their personal experiences fighting the corporatization of higher education. They also share their views on the role of students in the labor movement and the need of incorporating collective liberation.

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Darrell CannonEpisode 55 -- Burge, Torture, and Reparations
Recorded August 8, 2015. Lady Law never stands so tall as when she stands on someone's hand. Horrifically tortured by Chicago Police officer Jon Burge and his cronies into confessing a crime he did not commit, Darrell Cannon spent 24 years in prison, much of it in solitary at a super-max facility, before the courts acknowledged the error. Bill Barclay interviews Darrell Cannon about how the conviction was overturned, the campaign for reparations for survivors of Chicago Police torture, and, most especially, the terms of the reparations ordinance passed by the Chicago City Council and the consequences for policing in Chicago.

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Mercy KillersEpisode 54 -- Mercy Killers
Recorded July 25, 2015. It's a free country. Here we have the best health care only money can buy. And if you're sick and without money, you're free to die. Dr. Anne Scheetz interviews actor and playwright Michael Milligan about his one-man play, Mercy Killers. Milligan tells about his experiences with the U.S. health care "system" (such as it is) that inspired the play and the post-performance stories and commentary from the audience that reveal both the depth of unmet needs and the variety of experience and perception regarding health care in the United States.

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Episode 53 -- Eugene V. Debs
Recorded June 27, 2015. Dan Hamilton, Chicago DSA's Political Education Director, interviews Professor William A. Pelz on the occasion of the recent release of the second edition of the Eugene V. Debs Reader: Socialism and the Class Struggle. Edited by Professor Pelz, the book is an anthology of writings and speeches by one of the most radical of America's early 20th century labor leaders, bringing to life a once powerful Socialist movement. Eugene Victor Debs (1855-1926), one of America's most famous socialists, was an important political figure on the American political landscape in the early 20th century. He ran as the Socialist Party's presidential candidate five times and obtained nearly a million votes in 1912 and 1920.

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Episode 52 -- The Most Dangerous Woman in America
Recorded April 27, 2015. According to West Virginia district attorney Reese Blizzard, that would be Mary Harris Jones, aka "Mother Jones." And just who was Mother Jones and why was she so dangerous? What was Mother Jones' role in the American Railway Union's Pullman Strike? What was her relation to the women's movement of the early 20th Century? How did her radicalism relate to her Irish heritage? How will her legacy and work with the miners' unions be remembered at the Mother Jones Museum in Mt. Olive, Illinois? And what was it with Gene Autry, anyway? In this episode of Talkin' Socialism, Peg Strobel interviews Rosemary Feurer, Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University and Director of the Mother Jones Heritage Project.

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Episode 51 -- Derailing the Fast Track
Recorded April 11, 2015. Tom Broderick interviews Carson Starkey, the Director of the Illinois Fair Trade Coalition, about the pending "Fast Track" legislation in Congress, intended to speed passage of the yet-to-be-disclosed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

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Episode 50 -- Vote Mujica: Chicago's 25th Ward
Recorded March 14, 2015. Jorge Mujica, recent candidate for Alderman of Chicago's 25th Ward, and the manager of his campaign, Mario Cardenas. Interviewed by Chicago DSA's Bill Barclay (Barclay was on the campaign steering committee), they discuss what went right with the campaign and what went wrong, and some of the history and some of the reasoning behind campaign strategy.

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Episode 49 -- Gun Responsibilities in Oak Park
Recorded February 23, 2015. Sandra Shimon and Joyce Champelli tell the story leading up to the passage in Oak Park of an advisory referendum advocating universal background checks for firearm sales and transfers, beginning with an Oak Park group (Gun Rights and Responsibilities Committee) that was meeting to find common ground between gun rights and gun responsibilities.

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Episode 48 -- It's Still Stagnation
Recorded January 10, 2015. Chicago DSA members and Chicago Political Economy Group founding members Ron Baiman and Bill Barclay do their annual review of the economy of the previous year and look ahead to the coming year. The financial sector may be back, but wages have not grown; there's no real surge in investment: It's still stagnation. Is this a permanent condition? Baiman and Barclay look at the work of New School economist Lance Taylor in response to Thomas Piketty that suggests that, unless countered by vigorous public policy or very fortunate circumstances, stagnation may be be our future.

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Episode 47 -- Gardening and Social Justice
Recorded December 3, 2014. "Intersectionality" has been a buzz word on the left lately. This episode explores the intersectionality of gardening, ethnic and family traditions, environmental sustainability, cultural diversity and social justice, as experienced through the University of Illinois at Chicago's Heritage Garden Intership Program. DSA's Peg Strobel interviews UIC Latino Cultural Center Director Rosa Cabrera and Heritage Garden Intern Leaders Sarah Hernandez and Karl Novak.

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Episode 46 -- Veterans, Poverty, and the New Jim Crow
Recorded November 8, 2014. Ray Parrish talks about his decades as a counsellor to military veterans, the post-military challenges faced especially by combat veterans, and the ways in which a less than honorable discharge can put a veteran on the wrong side of the "new jim crow". The interlocutor for this episode is DSA's Tom Broderick.

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Episode 45 -- Domestic Violence and the Economy
Recorded October 11, 2014. Just in time for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, DSA's Peg Strobel interviews Dr. Stephanie Riger about the complicated relationship between domestic violence, poverty, and gender roles, about the services available people in abusive domestic situations, and how this has changed over the years.

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Episode 44 -- Poverty in America
Recorded September 13, 2014. Dr. Kim Scipes, Associate Professor of Sociology at Purdue University North Central, is interviewed by Greater Oak Park DSA's Tom Broderick. What is the measure of poverty in America? While a few Americans are doing very well indeed, is there more poverty now or less? If, under capitalism, the poor will always be with us, how does our country compare to other industrialized states? And why? Hint: It's no accident.

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Episode 43 -- The Criminal Record Is the New Jim Crow
Recorded August 9, 2014. Ruth McBeth, an Assistant Public Defender for Cook County and an activist with The Next Movement, and Anthony Lowery, Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Safer Foundation, discuss the vicious feedback cycle of poverty and crime and incarceration, with a special focus on Illinois. The program proper is 30 minutes but includes an extended question and answer session. For more information on the subject, see:

  • (In)Justice for All Film Festival;
  • prison demographics in your state;
  • redlining, mortgages, and contract buying;
  • Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty 2013 (PDF).
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    Episode 42 -- Food Insecurity
    Recorded July 12, 2014. Dr. Angela Odoms-Young, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Ted Lucore, a volunteer with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, explore the dimensions and consequences of hunger in America. For more information on the subject, see:

  • Hunger in Our Schools: Teachers Report 2013 (pdf)
  • Map the Meal Gap
  • Feeding America
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Cruel Irony: the Food Insecurity of Restaurant Workers
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    Episode 41 -- Drop Student Debt
    Recorded June 29, 2014. Liz Henderson, chair of DSA's Drop Student Debt Campaign and co-chair of Greater Philadelphia DSA, is interviewed by Chicago DSA co-chair Bill Barclay. Just what is the magnitude of the problem, who owes education debt, why is it a problem, and what have DSA chapters and at-large members been doing about it?

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    Episode 40 -- Disability and Poverty
    Recorded June 14, 2014. Disability rights activists Tom Wilson, Rene David Luna, and Susan Aarup explore the relation between disability and poverty. They touch on the issues of independent living, poverty programs that place barriers to employment, discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, sub-minimum wages, and more.

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    Episode 39 -- Pope Francis: Poverty and Social Justice
    Recorded May 10, 2014. With the new Pope Francis, how has this changed the conversation about poverty and social justice? What has changed in the Catholic Church, and what has stayed the same? Our guests for this program are Sisters Kathleen Desautels and Dorothy Pagosa from the 8th Day Center for Justice. Sandra Shimon does the interview.

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    Episode 38 -- Life & Taxes: The Political Economy of Taxes
    Recorded April 12, 2014. No matter what we say we value or desire, what we tax, who we tax, and how we spend those taxes provide a measure true beyond any rhetoric. Bill Barclay, Chicago DSA co-chair and member of the Chicago Political Economy Group, gives an overview of U.S. taxes and the balance of power between the classes. Peg Strobel does the interview.

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    Episode 37 -- Immigration Reform: What's Next?
    Recorded March 8, 2014. With comprehensive immigration reform dead in the water (and with SB 744 of dubious value in any case), where do we go from here? Marcella Hernandez of the Immigrant Youth Justice League provides a perspective from the immigrant youth movement. Carl Rosen, President of United Electrical Workers Western Region, discusses the issue from the stand point of labor.

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    Episode 36 -- Illinois' War on Poverty: 50 Years On
    Recorded February 8, 2014. This is Talkin' Socialism's first program on the War on Poverty, Fifty Years On. Our guests are Amy Terpstra, Associate Director of the Social IMPACT Research Center at the Heartland Alliance, and Kimberly Drew, Policy Associate at the Heartland Alliance. The Social IMPACT Research Center had just released a study on the War on Poverty in Illinois, 1964 and 2014. Terpstra and Drew discuss poverty in Illinois in 1964 and how it has changed in 2014. How is poverty measured? How might programs designed for poverty in 1964 miss the mark in 2014? How do these programs affect the level of poverty?

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    Episode 35 -- The U.S. Economy in 2013
    Recorded January 11, 2014, Bill Barclay and Ron Baiman of the Chicago Political Economy Group (and Chicago DSA) examine the continued inadequate and erratic performance of the economy for the 99%, explore the dangers of an economy dominated by financial "services" (rentiers) but find some flowers amid the snow.

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    Episode 34 -- We Need National Health Insurance
    Recorded 12.14.2013: Sheilah Garland and Dr. Anne Scheetz confront the chaos of "ObamaCare" and advocate for "single-payer" national health insurance. For more information, Dr Scheetz prescribes "Single-Payer FAQ", Healthcare Now, the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Healthcare, Medicare for All, "When in Hotel, First Do No Harm".

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    Episode 33 -- "The Feminine Mystique" at 50
    Recorded 11.07.2013: features DSA National Vice Chair Chris Riddiough who, interviewed by Peg Strobel, takes a retrospective look at Betty Friedan's book, The Feminine Mystique. How does the book read today? What did it mean to the women who read it then? The conversation ranges from the National Organization for Women to the Chicago Women's Liberation Union, from consciousness raising groups to the Equal Rights Amendment, and more.

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    Episode 32 -- Why Be a Socialist in the 21st Century?
    Recorded 08.30.2013: Is there a difference between "social democracy", "socialism", and "democratic socialism"? How applicable is European social democracy to the United States? What about DSA? And, yeah: Why be a socialist in the 21st century? Bill Barclay interviews DSA National Vice Chair Joe Schwartz.

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    Episode 31 -- Democratic Equality
    Recorded 08.30.2013: Dee Wernette interviews Joseph M. Schwartz on his award-winning book, The Future of Democratic Equality.

    Part 1 -- What is "democratic equality"? How has the struggle for equality succeeded -- or has it? Do the means of struiggle for equality present an obstacle to equality? How does political theory contribute to political change?

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    Part 2 -- Solidarity: What is it? What are its boundaries? How does it intersect with freedom, class and other identities?

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    Episode 30 -- The Trans Pacific Partnership
    Recorded 08.10.2013: The Trans Pacific Partnership: What is it? Why is it being concocted in secret? How might it affect you? Tom Broderick interviews Celeste Larkin, Public Policy Coordinator for the Chicago Religious Leadership Network and an activist with the Illinois Fair Trade Coalition. For more information, Larkin suggests Flush the TPP!, Citizens Trade Campaign, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Illinois Fair Trade Coalition, and her own Chicago Religious Leadership Network. Some recent developments are recounted in Democracy Now on secrecy and the expanding scope of the agreement and on how it would nullify corporate regulations. For those concerned, Larkin asks that you contact your U.S. Representative to ask they join a "dear colleague" letter expressing serious concerns about the lack of Congressional consultation.

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    Episode 29 -- A New Era
    Recorded 07.13.2013: Peg Strobel interviews Armando Robles and Ricky Maclin from the New Era Windows Cooperative, a new worker-owned enterprise formed out of the famous Republic Windows plant occupation and subsequent Serious Engery bankruptcy. Robles and Maclin talk about how the coop was formed with the assistance of The Working World and their union, United Electrical Workers, and the transformation this has made in their lives. (35:25)

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    Episode 28 -- Someone Like Me
    Recorded 06.08.2013: Meet Cathy Youngblood, a housekeeper at the Hyatt Andaz in West Hollywood. She has been running to be added to the Hyatt board with the support of the UNITE HERE union through a campaign called "Someone Like Me." Crisscrossing the country since 2012, Youngblood has been speaking to workers and community leaders about the need for strong worker board representation to help correct years of abuses at Hyatt. This will, she argues, make it a better hotel for the people who work there, the families who stay there, and the shareholders who have seen the formidable chain decline in revenue and value recently. Interviewed by Tom Broderick. (32:57)

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    Episode 27 -- Labor Education
    Recorded 05.11.2013: Emily Rosenberg and Bob Breving discuss labor education. In particular, they talk about the DePaul Labor Education Program that has some unique and some nearly unique features, including a program for high schools. (27:30)

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    Episode 26 -- Organizing Amid the Wreckage of the Wagner Act
    Recorded 04.13.2013: Leah Fried of the United Electrical Workers and Stephen Yokich of Cornfield and Feldman discuss so-called "right-to-work" laws: the consequences for organizing and maintaining unions, how the spread of these laws are a part of a broader attack on unions, how does U.S. labor law compare with other countries. (48:53)

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    Episode 25 -- Cleaning Up After ICE
    Recorded 03-09-2013: Colleen Dille and Michael Gosch from the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants discuss how migrants and refugees released from Federal custody have often lost everything while finding themselves hundreds of miles from home. Volunteers from the Post-Detention Accompaniment Network are there to help get them home. For additional information, visit Detention Watch Network, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Protection. (28:34)

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    Episode 24 -- Sex Workers of the World
    Recorded 02.09.2013: In which we interview two activists from the Sex Workers Outreach Project -- Chicago (SWOP - Chicago). What is sex work? Who are sex workers? What part does SWOP - Chicago play in organizing them? CLICK HERE for readings. (30:35)

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    Episode 23 -- Jane Addams
    Recorded 01.12.2013: Peg Strobel, former director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at the University of Illinois at Chicago, interviews Louise (Lucy) W. Knight, author of Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy (2005) and Jane Addams: Spirit in Action (2010). They discuss the work and legacy of Jane Addams, social reformer, co-founder of the most famous settlement house in the U.S., and the first U.S. woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The discussion ranges from settlement houses (what were they?), to Jane Addams and socialism (was she?), to her latter career as a feminist peace activist with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. (30:34)

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    Episode 22 -- Labor in Higher Education
    Recorded 12.08.2012, featuring Holly Graff, Professor of Philosophy at Oakton Community College and Senator in the Illinois Education Association chapter at the college; and Joe Persky, Professor of Economics at University of Illinois at Chicago and President of United Faculty, affiliated with both the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors. How can unions held defend higher education in today's political economy? Can labor help keep post-secondary education democratic and accessible? This episode's host is GOPDSA's Bill Barclay. For more background on the subject, Joe Persky recommends Academic Capitalism and the New Economy by Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades. Also see the Fall, 2012, issue of Dissent Magazine. (32:37)

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    Episode 21 -- Community Gardens and Building Community
    Recorded 11.10.2012, featuring Julie Samuels and Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa. Julie Samuels coordinates Openlands' GardenKeepers Community Food Garden Network training program. Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa is the Chicago Southwest Community Programs Coordinator for the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children. They discuss using land in the city for community benefit through community gardens: restored natural environments, healthy local food, social and cultural experiences and safer neighborhoods. (31:37)

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    Episode 20 -- Closing TAMMS
    Recorded 09.05.2012: featuring Ted Pearson of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and Stephen Eisenman of TAMMS Year Ten. They discuss the effort to close Illinois' supermax prison; why they want to close it; and some of the politics surrounding the issue when human rights collide with solidarity. (34:55)

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    Episode 19 -- Why America Needs a Robin Hood Tax
    Recorded 07.14.2012: Chicago DSA's Bill Barclay and National Nurses United's Jan Rodolfo talk the about Financial Transactions Tax: What it is, what it is not, how it would work, why America needs one, and what difference would it make. Does $350 billion sound good to you? Be sure to sign the online petition for an Illinois tax. (29:54)

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    Episode 18 -- The Chicago Workers Collaborative
    Recorded 08.11.2012: Bill Barclay interviews Leone Jose Bicchieri, Executive Director of the Chicago Workers Collaborative, about activism, organizing, and the work of the Chicago Workers Collaborative. (33:24)

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    Episode 17 -- Iran & the Drumbeats for War
    Recorded 06.09.2012: Author, activist, and Communications Specialist for Stand Up! Chicago, Danny Postel, and author, activist, and Professor of Sociology and Islamic World Studies aat Lake Forest College, Ahmad Sadri, discuss the threats of war against Iran and Iranian civil society. (36:06)

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    Episode 16 -- Hyatt Hurts
    Recorded 04.14.2012: Reverend Douglas Asbury, a Methodist Minister at Riverside United Methodist Church and member of the Methodist Hyatt Boycott Committee, and Jose Espinoza, a worker at Hyatt McCormick Place for 8 years, discuss UNITE HERE's boycott of Hyatt. (32:48)

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    Episode 15 -- Your Rights to Protest in Chicago
    Recorded 05.12.2012: Chicago DSA's Tom Broderick interviews Melinda Power, sole proprietor of West Town Law Office, about protest and civil rights with a special focus on the current NATO protests. (30:55)

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    Episode 14 -- Lost Prophet
    Recorded 03.10.2012: Chicago DSA's Michael Baker interviews John D'Emilio, author of Lost Prophet: the Life and Times of Bayard Rustin and professor of history and women's and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, about the life and legacy of Bayard Rustin. (35:03)

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    Episode 13 -- Economic Democracy
    Recorded 02.11.2012: Ron Baiman interviews Loyola University Philosophy Professor David Schweickart on "economic democracy" and "market socialism". (31:55)

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    Episode 12 -- Whither the Economy?
    Recorded 01.14.2012: Chicago Political Economy Group economists Ron Baiman and Bill Barclay read the entrails. (33:49)

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    Episode 11 -- Reproductive Rights and Women's Health
    Recorded 12.10.2011: Chicago DSA's Peg Strobel interviews Gaylon Alcaraz and Veronica Arreola about the Chicago Abortion Fund. (35:09)

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    Episode 10 -- Karl Marx: a World to Win
    Recorded 11.19.2011: Chicago DSA member Michael Aubry interviews Chicago DSA Political Education Director, Bill Pelz, about his new biography of Karl Marx. (43:17)

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    Episode 9 -- We Are the Alternative: an Introduction to DSA
    Recorded 09.10.2011: Chicago DSA's Bill Barclay interviews DSA's new National Director, Maria Svart, who talks about the Democratic Socialists of America, the Young Democratic Socialists, the importance of socialism, and how she came to be involved with DSA. (31:52)

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    Episode 8 -- 21st Century Organizing
    Recorded 07.09.2011: Adam Kader, Worker Center Director for Arise Chicago, and Dianne Enriquez, Worker Center Network Coordinator for Interfaith Worker Justice, discuss worker centers and how organizing for them differs from unions and community organizations. (34:05)

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    Episode 7 -- Stonewall and After
    Recorded 06.25.2011: Jeanne Kracher, Executive Director of the Crossroads Fund, and John D'Emilio, Professor of History and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, discuss the Stonewall Riots and Queer politics after. Suggested Reading 1; Suggested Reading 2. (29:38)

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    Episode 6 -- The Transnational Right
    Recorded 05.07.2011: Margaret Power, author and professor of history at the Illinois Institute of Technology, discusses transnational right-wing movements, with an emphasis on women's movements. Power is interviewed by Chicago DSA's Bill Barclay. (29:17)

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    Episode 5 -- The Day Will Come
    Recorded 04.02.2011: Larry Spivack, President of the Illinois Labor History Society, and Mark Rogovin, author of The Day Will Come, discuss the 125th Anniversary of the Haymarket Tragedy and its significance and the restoration of the Haymarket Martyrs' monument. (34:50)

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    Episode 4 -- Socialist Feminism
    Recorded 03.12.2011: Judy Gardiner, Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies at Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago, and Peg Strobel, Professor Emeritus of Gender and Women's Studies at Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago, discuss socialist feminism. (28:17)

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    Episode 3 -- Religion and Socialism
    Recorded 02.12.2011: Gene Birmingham, a retired minister of the United Church of Christ, and Maggie Shreve, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, discuss religion and socialism. (29:05)

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    Episode 2 -- Ending the Death Penalty
    Recorded 01.08.2011: Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty board members Chris Lynch and Tom Broderick discuss the effort to abolish the death penalty in Illinois and in the nation. (28:57)

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    Episode 1 -- If This Is a Recovery, Where Are the Jobs?
    Recorded 12.11.2010: Economists Ron Baiman and Bill Barclay discuss the financial-economic crisis, a financial transaction tax, and a jobs bill proposed by Representative John Conyers. Hosted by Michael Baker. (31:10)

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