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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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The South African Miner Massacre and the Spirit of Marikana and Hesitant Comrades: The Irish Revolution and the British Labour Movement October 21, 2016 | 5:00 am

On August 16th 2012, thirty-four platinum mineworkers were gunned down by the police under the auspices of South Africa's African National Congress. The ensuing outrage became a turning point in South African history. This week, we’ll interview the authors of a new book about the Marikana massacre. Then we’ll talk with the authors of another new book called Hesitant Comrades: The Irish Revolution and the British Labour Movement.

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The KC Rent Bubble and Citizens for Community Benefits Agreements October 14, 2016 | 5:00 am

There’s a real estate bubble in Kansas City and it’s swelling rents to supersize, especially for the working poor. We’ll find out why and what are the prospects for more affordable housing. Then, MORE Squared wants to make development work for all with community benefits agreements.

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Manny Ness: Southern Insurgency; The Coming of the Global Working Class and Chiluba Musonda: From Zambia to KC October 7, 2016 | 5:00 am

Are we developing a global working class? Immanuel Ness discusses his new book, "Southern Insurgency". Then, Chiluba Musonda came to Kansas City from Zambia as a student. He will tell his story about what it takes to make it in this midwestern city as an international student

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Tim Sheard: Someone Has to Die and Will Uber Take Over the Bus System? September 30, 2016 | 5:00 am

KC Area Transportation Authority has contracted with Bridj, an on demand rideshare company that provides transportation to seniors and those with disabilities. For now, drivers are union members of ATU Local 1287, but how is the program working and will it continue? Then, stay with us for a conversation with writer, activist and educator Timothy Sheard about the latest his latest mystery novel "Someone Has to Die."

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David Cay Johnston on Donald Trump and TPP: On a Roll; Still Flushable! September 23, 2016 | 5:00 am

David Cay Johnston would wager that Trump actually has less money than the volunteers on the Heartland Labor Forum. While that may not quite be the case, Johnston will have you liking your odds if you bet against the Donald this fall. And then, President Obama seems intent on a lame duck session vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership.

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The Voting Rights Initiative and Will the Real Jesse James Please Stand Up? September 16, 2016 | 5:00 am

Rev. Rodney Williams talks about why the issue of voting rights is a moral issue that needs to be revived. Then, with Hollywood westerns making a comeback, one of their original inspirations, Jesse James, is back in the popular imagination. But is he really the Robin Hood of the old frontier, or is his true legacy something darker but no less relevant today?

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Evicted: Without a Home, Everything Else Falls Apart and the Struggle of Mexican Teachers against the State September 9, 2016 | 5:00 am

We discuss Matthew Desmond’s "Evicted: Without a Home Everything Else Falls Apart". Then, why did Mexican police fire on unarmed teachers and community members in June, killing 9 people? Leaders of the Mexican Teachers Union remain in jail for protesting the corporate takeover of education.

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SURJ-Standing Up for Racial Justice and Hillary on Labor September 2, 2016 | 5:00 am

There’s a new group in Kansas City and nationally of white people in support of racial justice, but first they’re working on understanding their own white privilege. Find out about SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice. Later, we’ll look at Hillary Clinton's stand on Labor Issues in the last of our series on candidate positions on jobs and unions.

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How Police Unions Protect Their Own and Chuck Ross: Mavericks Money and Men: The AFL, Black Players and the Evolution of Modern Football August 19, 2016 | 5:00 am

We’ll ask Kristian Williams, author of Our Enemies in Blue; Police and Power in America, whether police should have unions. Then, we interview Charles Ross, author of Mavericks, Money, and Men. It’s a history of the other AFL – the American Football League - whose greater willingness to integrate African Americans paid off in a Kansas City Superbowl victory.

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American and Mexican Teachers Fight Back August 12, 2016 | 5:00 am

We will hear about the struggle of teachers against corporatization of the schools in Oaxaca, Mexico where police fired upon peaceful protesters. In the US, teachers were arrested in North Carolina and educators speak out in Washington DC.

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