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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

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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Recent episodes

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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New York College for Some and How Anti-hunger Programs Are Constrained by Their Funders June 2, 2017 | 5:00 am

Should college be affordable for All? We'll have an in-depth analysis of two high-profile state and federal initiatives to make college tuition-free. Then, Andy Fisher’s new book on the Hunger Industrial Complex uncovers how the partnership between big corporations and food banks perpetuates hunger, and he shows why charity is what we do when there’s no justice.

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May Day: The Original Labor Day May 26, 2017 | 5:00 am

No one was surprised by the protests of workers and immigrants in Kansas City and St. Louis, but there was even one in Kirksville called the Unified Mayday. It brought together immigrant workers from the Smithfield pork plant in Milan and Kirksville citizens and students.

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Hate Has No Home Here May 19, 2017 | 5:00 am

We’ll cover reaction to the Olathe shooting at the Solidarity In Community meeting there against anti-immigrant terrorism and to honor the Indian engineer who died and the men who were shot. Then, we’ll speak to Kansas Citians from the Northland who responded in solidarity to the Olathe shootings.

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WYCO: Pick Your Zipcode to Live Longer and Reconstructing the Quindaro Ruins May 12, 2017 | 5:00 am

Does your zip code determine how long you’ll live? Find out about a new health report on Wyandotte County. Then, some local history: Before it was KCK, there was a diverse community of Indians, White settlers and escaped slaves on the banks of the Missouri River. Is there a plan for reconstructing Quindaro?

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Why Is Donald Trump President? May 5, 2017 | 5:00 am

Why Is Donald Trump President? What did union members have to do with him winning the electoral college? This week on the Heartland Labor Forum three labor educators from Michigan, Iowa and Pennsylvania analyze the union vote.

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Why Boycott Driscolls & An Economy Without Immigrants April 28, 2017 | 5:00 am

Why Boycott Driscolls & An Economy Without Immigrants

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Why Are So Many Millennials Socialists? And Refinery Town April 21, 2017 | 5:00 am

Ben Tulchin, Bernie Sanders' pollster, and head of Tulchin Research, will discuss whether millennials who voted progressive in 2016 will continue to do so as they get older. Then, it’s the little city that could: What happened when Richmond, California took on Chevron in a battle for control of the city?

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