Escape on the Pearl; Black Labor Week

September 20, 2020 @ 7:39 pm

DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton connects a historic slave escape attempt with today’s fight for DC statehood; AFGE’s Black Labor Week explores “Black History, Race and Racism in America,” and on Labor History in 2: The Fight for Equality in 1830.

Music: Troubled Waters, written by Joe DeFilippo and performed by the R.J. Phillips Band, a group of Baltimore musicians.

Produced and edited by Chris Garlock. To contribute a labor history item, email laborhistorytoday@gmail.com

Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. We're a proud founding member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network, 70 shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns. #LaborRadioPod

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Labor Day: no picnic in a pandemic

September 13, 2020 @ 7:13 pm

Peter Rachleff on the history and significance of Labor Day on the Union Yes Iowa podcast; anthropologist Paul Shackel remembers the 1897 Lattimer Massacre; from the Library of Congress’s brand-new America Works podcast, Greg Vaught, the singing gold mine worker from Elko, Nevada.
Plus, Pete Seeger remembers textile mill striker Ella Mae Wiggins, and on Labor History in 2: The Making of a National Treasure.   

Produced and edited by Chris Garlock. To contribute a labor history item, email laborhistorytoday@gmail.com

Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. We're a proud founding member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network, 70 shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns. #LaborRadioPod

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“Boomer Jones”: Vintage labor radio show (LHT podcast extra)

September 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am

First aired in 1950, Boomer Jones, produced by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, was the first radio program of its kind ever attempted by a union and told the story of the old time "Boomers" – as IAM union organizers were called -- who helped build one of the largest industrial trade unions in American history. 
Major roles were played by three of the top Hollywood stars of the time, William Holden, Marie McDonald, and Brian Donlevy, who all donated their time and talent.
For the 70th anniversary re-broadcast on WCPT in Chicago, the IAM’s Tanya Hutchins interviewed retiree Charlie McAuliffe, who brings both a historic and modern-day perspective.

LHT is produced by Chris Garlock; to contribute a labor history item, email laborhistorytoday@gmail.com
Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. We're a proud founding member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network, more than 60 shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns. #LaborRadioPod

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We Do The Work; Working History

September 6, 2020 @ 6:54 pm

“Learn Yourself” is part of “We Do The Work,” airing weekly on Skagit Valley Community Radio KSVR. Today we hear about LELO, formerly known as the Northwest Labor and Employment Law Office, and founded in Seattle, Washington in 1972 when Black, Asian and Latino workers came together to work for racial and economic justice.
Ismael García Colón discusses his new book, “Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire,” about Puerto Rican migrant farmworkers and their labor experiences in the post-World War II United States, on the Working History podcast.
Plus we preview the re-broadcast of the IAM’s 1950 “Boomer Jones” radio show and on this week’s Labor History in 2: Jane Addams is born.

Produced by Chris Garlock; edited by Patrick Dixon. To contribute a labor history item, email laborhistorytoday@gmail.com

Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. We're a proud founding member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network, nearly 70 shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns. #LaborRadioPod

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Cutting along the Color Line

August 30, 2020 @ 1:27 pm

EMTs, nurses, bus drivers, and supermarket clerks; they're all what are now known as essential workers. But by about June of this year, a lot of people were starting to argue that barbers provided an essential service that they had lived too long without.
Quincy Mills, Professor of History at the University of Maryland in College Park, talks about black barbers, the evolution of their trade, and its political meaning as a skilled form of labor.
Plus: poet Martin Espada reads his poem "Castles for the Laborers and Ballgames on the Radio," written for his friend, historian Howard Zinn.
This week’s Labor History in 2: The Amistad.

Produced by Chris Garlock; edited by Patrick Dixon. To contribute a labor history item, email laborhistorytoday@gmail.com

Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. We're a proud founding member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network, more than 60 shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns. #LaborRadioPod

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A travel guide to labor landmarks

August 23, 2020 @ 11:46 am

"There's an inscription on the monument by one of the martyrs who was hung, it says 'The day will come, when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today.'”
On today’s show, Saul Schniderman takes us on a road trip to discover the markers, memorials and monuments commemorating the history and heritage of America's workers. Saul directs the Inventory of American Labor Landmarks, a project of the Labor Heritage Foundation.

Plus this week’s Labor History in 2: Breaking the Glass Ceiling.

Produced by Chris Garlock; edited by Patrick Dixon. To contribute a labor history item, email laborhistorytoday@gmail.com

Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University.

The Saul Schniderman interview originally aired on the Heartland Labor Forum. You’ll find more Labor History in 2:00 here. 

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“The Flintstones” and class struggle; The Ford Hunger March

August 16, 2020 @ 2:04 pm

Labor History Today producers Patrick Dixon and Alan Wierdak explore the labor history and class struggle lurking not too far beneath the surface of Fred's New Job, an episode from the third season of The Flintstones that originally aired in February 1963.
Empathy Media Lab host Evan Papp visits the hallowed ground in Detroit where the labor battle known as the Ford Hunger March and Massacre took place.
Plus this week’s Labor History in 2:00: Singing a Union Tune.

Produced by Chris Garlock; edited by Patrick Dixon. To contribute a labor history item, email laborhistorytoday@gmail.com

Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University.
You’ll find more Labor History in 2:00 here.

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Remembering Gene Debs; Waging Peace

August 9, 2020 @ 7:18 pm

Shubert Sebree remembers Eugene Debs. Professor Laura McEnaney, author of Postwar: Waging Peace in Chicago, on the fate of labor's complex New Deal coalition and connecting the essential workers of the 1940s with those fighting today’s war against the pandemic.
Plus Joe Glazer and The Ballad of Eugene Victor Debs, and this week’s Labor History in 2:00: Workers Pay the Price for Bad Management

Produced by Chris Garlock; edited by Patrick Dixon. To contribute a labor history item, email laborhistorytoday@gmail.com
Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University.
Thanks to Saul Schniderman for sharing the Shubert Sebree interview. Saul has a great newsletter called Friday’s Labor Folklore; you can subscribe here or email him at fridaysfolklore@gmail.com
You’ll find more Labor History in 2:00 here. 

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No longer newsworthy?

August 2, 2020 @ 1:10 pm

Why did so many working-class Americans desert the traditional news media in the 1990s in favor of Fox News, talk radio and Christian broadcasting? It's a complicated question, but Christopher Martin thinks he knows why. Heartland Labor Forum host Judy Ancel talks about media coverage of labor with Martin, author of  No Longer Newsworthy: How the Mainstream Media Abandoned the Working Class.

Plus Florence Reece and Rebel Diaz ask Which Side Are You On? and this week’s Labor History in 2.

Produced by Chris Garlock; edited by Patrick Dixon. To contribute a labor history item, email laborhistorytoday@gmail.com

Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University.
A longer version of the Christopher Martin interview first aired on the Heartland Labor Forum radio show. You’ll find more Labor History in 2:00 here.

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Confederate monuments and the Knights of Labor

July 26, 2020 @ 4:38 pm

Professor Peter Rachleff on the Robert E. Lee memorial and the history of the Knights of Labor in Richmond, Virginia, where Black and White workers united against both Democrats and Republicans who supported capitalism.
Plus a tribute to the late John Lewis, a special moment in labor history from the Machinist’s union, Cesar Chavez talks boycott, and this week’s Labor History in 2.

Produced by Chris Garlock; edited by Evan Papp and Alan Wierdak. To contribute a labor history item, email laborhistorytoday@gmail.com

Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University.

A longer version of the Rachleff interview first aired on WorkWeek Radio.

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