Friday at 5:00 am

Heartland Labor Forum (Repeat)

Heartland Labor Forum is Kansas City’s only program about the workplace. It is produced by and for our working people. We have been agitating on the air since 1989. Find out who is busting unions and who is fighting back. Hear the voices and inspiration of troublemakers in the workplace and in the global economy. Listen to our monthly features: Know Your Rights, Safety First, Economics Unmasked, and Common Good. Find out who won this month’s Boss Hog award. Heartland Labor Forum has won the International Labor Communications Award several times. This year we won two awards.

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Upcoming episodes

Will Robots Get Your Job? And Blackballed: Race, Politics, and Football August 18, 2017 | 5:00 am

Comedian and social commentator Lee Camp asks not if robots will get your job but who will benefit when they do. Then, with football kicking off this month, we’ll have historian Chuck Ross explain how matters of race and class are taking center field at colleges and the pros.

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Recent episodes

The Politics of Immigration and Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy August 11, 2017 | 5:00 am

We’ll ask David Wilson, who has just updated The Politics of Immigration, “Do immigrants really take jobs from the rest of us and lower wages?” Then, we'll talk to Corinne Goria, whose new book Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy introduces us to phone manufacturers in China, copper miners in Zambia, garment workers in Bangladesh, and farmers around the world.

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Is Vo-Tech Shrinking? and Street Medical Care for All August 4, 2017 | 5:00 am

“Is vocational education disappearing or coming back?” Have we made a false choice between college and skills training? Later, we go to the streets and find out about Street Medicine KC, which provides of medical and behavioral care directly to those living and sleeping on the streets.

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A Plan to Put the Brakes on Runaway Inequality and Countering Hate without Feeding The Trolls July 28, 2017 | 5:00 am

We talk to Les Leopold about his new book, Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice. He’ll tell us why and also give some plausible solutions to the problem. Then find out how activists responded to the hate group, Act for America, when they came to Kansas City.

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“Waiting for Lefty” by SAVE UMKC THEATRE Students & Faculty July 21, 2017 | 5:00 am

Tune in for a special broadcast of "Waiting for Lefty," a play by Cliff Odets performed by UMKC Theatre students and faculty. Stay for the second half for an interview with "Lefty"'s director, Amy Billroth-Maclurg, graduate student/teacher in the MFA program at UMKC Theatre.

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UMKC’s Latest Round of Layoffs~SAVE UMKC THEATRE and Labor Studies Program Suspended: What Now? July 14, 2017 | 5:00 am

Amid budget shortfalls, so-called "non-core" programs are under attack from UMKC administrators, but faculty, staff, students and community members are fighting back. Judy Ancel and UMKC Theatre department chair, Tom Mardikes, talk about the layoffs and the campaign to save the MFA program and the employees who make it happen.

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The British Elections: What Do They Mean for Labor and Big Bucks for the Boot Heel: Good Deal or Not? July 7, 2017 | 5:00 am

We take another look at how the Labour party is reshaping politics across the pond in the UK. What does the rise of Jeremy Corbyn mean for the trade union movement? Then, we head down to swampeast Missouri, to the boot heel, to find out more about governor Eric Greitens' plans for one of the historically neglected regions of the state.

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Peter Moscowitz, How to Kill a City and Jonathan Rosenblum, Beyond $15 June 30, 2017 | 5:00 am

We talk to Peter Moskowitz about his book How to Kill a City. Peter will tell us what gentrification is, how it happens, and what we can do to help combat it. Then Jonathan Rosenblum, author of Beyond $15, has been organizing for almost 30 years, so he knew how workers at SEATAC, near Seattle to become the first city to win a $15 minimum wage.

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Gordon Lafer: The 1% Solution and Builidng the Kansas City Skyline June 23, 2017 | 5:00 am

We’ll interview Gordon Lafer about his new book which asks what elites are doing with all their new-found power and review his book, The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time. Then, we’ll take a look at Kansas City’s urban design from the JC Nichols fountain to the Power and Light district: big structures can define a city.

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Detroit: Are the Engines Restarting? June 16, 2017 | 5:00 am

We start with a history tour of Detroit labor from its heyday in auto and the bloody struggle to organize, and in music with the union that represented the Motown Sound. Then, we’ll hear from Detroit labor and community activists today about emergency managers, tax incentives and what kind of Detroit they are rebuilding.

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EBSA-Employee Benefits Security Administration and Trumping the Disabled June 9, 2017 | 5:00 am

Who is protecting our pensions and what’s fiduciary responsibility, anyway? We’ll find out when we talk to the Employee Benefits Security Administration. Then, the Disabilities Community will not let 40 years of progress be destroyed. That’s why disability rights activists went to Washington, D.C. in May to trump the Trump before Trump trumps the Disabled.

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