When Should Unions Endorse?

Some unions have already endorsed in the 2016 presidential race. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll ask why unions are endorsing now? Should the members be polled? And which candidate represents workers’ interests? Tune in Thursday at 6pm, or for the rebroadcast Friday at 5am and call in to make a pledge to the Heartland Labor Forum.

Pledge Drive Special with Robert McChesney!

This edition of Tell Somebody is a pledge drive special with journalism professor, author, and activist Robert W. McChesney live on the phone. McChesney is the co-founder of the media reform group Free Press.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership

On this edition, Democracy Now! takes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), dissecting and analyzing this gravely important resolution that, if enacted, could negatively impact global commerce and human rights worldwide.

Guns: An American Tradition

Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re an ever present part of American culture. And they’re not going away anytime soon. On this edition of Making Contact, we talk guns from the shooting range, to the Black Panthers, to Red State America. The people behind the trigger are probably not who you’d assume.

Featured speakers/guests:

Matt Knox, gun owner; Ed & Dave, gun owners; Huey Newton, Black Panther; Tamu McFalls, former member of the communist party.


Host: Andrew Stelzer
Contributing Producer: Amy Martin
Producers: George Lavender, Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, Jasmin Lopez
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor: Kwan Booth

20 Years Since Pres. Clinton Shredded Welfare

August 22 marks the beginning of “welfare reform”‘s 20th year, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. Felicia Kornbluh, Prof of History & Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the Univ of Vermont, says: “Playing to a racist imagination and dealing in sexist double standards, Republicans and Democrats came together 19 years ago to transform income assistance for the poor into a system of regulation, deprivation and punishment.”

The legislation that established Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), made limiting women’s choices and ending single motherhood its goals. The nation’s chief policy dedicated to impoverished families with children did not include mitigating poverty, enhancing opportunity, or attenuating inequality as its goals.

As a result, while welfare rolls have declined, poverty still stalks single mothers & their children — and extreme poverty is at crisis high levels.

Kornbluh’s books include The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America and Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform After 20 Years (with Gwendolyn Mink) forthcoming.


Produced and Hosted by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg, Buiding Bridges Radio, WBAI

Dorothy Day

In this episode of From the Vault we feature a rare recording of journalist, activist, and Catholic Worker Movement co-founder Dorothy Day. In 1927, thirty years after her birth, Day converted to Catholicism, and a few years later started The Catholic Worker, a popular newspaper promoting Catholic teachings. Leaning on the success of this publication, Day created the Catholic Worker Movement, which to this day addresses a wide range of social justice issues, guided by Catholic principles. Today, four decades after her passing in 1980, Day remains a revered figure in the modern Catholic Church, widely regarded as one of the most influential and important figures in the American Catholicism; indeed, Pope Francis himself highlighted the legacy of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement in his 2015 address to the United States Congress.

In this interview, conducted for KPFA by Eugene Boyle on May 3rd, 1960 (and being rebroadcast for the first time now), Day discusses the Catholic Worker’s Movement’s campaign for world peace since its inception in the 1930’s. We’ll also speak with Blase Bonpane, host of the radio show World Focus (KPFK) and director of the Los Angeles-based Office of the Americas, which focuses on human rights issues and the identification of illegal and immoral aspects of United States government policy. Bonpane and Day worked side by side on many issues over the years.

Life On Mars?

This week on Exploration, we discuss “Life on Mars”, as NASA announces that liquid water, for the first time, has been discovered on Mars. What does this mean? Also, Dr. Tom Jones, astronaut, talks about going into space.

“The Three Musketeers” & The MET

On this week’s edition of Arts Magazine, Artistic Director Devon Carney and Stager Gilles Maidon will tell us about the Kansas City Ballet production of The Three Musketeers: All For One, And One For All.

Then, at 12:30, Artistic Director Karen Paisley will speak with us about the new season and new location for the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. Tune in for all this, plus Russ Simmons Freeze Frame, AND your chance to support your community radio station, KKFI, with your donations.