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Interchange – Matilda and the Wobblies

From the Ukrainian Pale to Bridgeport, Connecticut. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Radicalized by deplorable labor conditions for immigrants in America, Matilda Rabinowitz became one of the only women to organize for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Rabinowitz immigrated to the United States from Ukraine at the age of thirteen. …

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Interchange – The Authoritarian Creep

As a follow-up to last week’s program, “The Elected Coup,” tonight we confront The Authoritarian Creep. I should note that I spoke with both of our guests last Thursday (2/2) and as mindless speed seems to be the name of Donald Trump’s game (a la Italian Futurism), this show may already be behind the times! SEGMENT ONE: Lessons from Local …

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Interchange – Love and Activism in the Bicentennial

1976, the Bicentennial year of The United States of America. What else? Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak; NASA Unviels first space shuttle, the Enterprise; It’s reported that CFCs, or Chlorofluorocarbons, used in aerosol cans damage the ozone layer; The Olympics, broadcast from Montreal, Canada, draw an estimated one billion viewers worldwide. Nadia Comaneci, a 14 year-old Romanian, is …

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Interchange – The Graphically Radical Paul Buhle

Our music tonight, at the suggestion of our guest, comes from The Fugs, formed in 1963 by the poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg and Ken Weaver. And we open with, “Here Comes the Levellers,” which is from the Reagan Era release No More Slavery. Our guest is Paul Buhle, one of the foremost historians of American Radicalism and the …

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Interchange – The Right to Dignity: Service Sector Workers and the Future of Unions

Do service-sector workers represent the future of the U.S. labor movement? Mid-twentieth-century union activism transformed manufacturing jobs from backbreaking, low-wage work into careers that allowed workers to buy homes and send their kids to college. Some union activists insist that there is no reason why service-sector workers cannot follow that same path…As one Indiana-based organizer says of the struggle being …

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Judge Claims “Right to Work” Law Violates Indiana Constitution

The controversial ‘Right to Work’ pushed through by the State Republicans last year suffered its first legal setback last week. This law forbids unions from forcing employees covered by their collective agreements to pay dues or service fees to the union which negotiated and enforces the particular employment agreement. On Thursday, Judge John Sedia, of Lake County, ruled that the …

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