Episode 13: Medicare Advantage: What Unions & Retirees Need to Know

Episode 12: Power and Participation in Negotiations and Politics with Jane McAlevey

Episode 11: Labor on the Rise? A Conversation with UE’s Carl Rosen

Episode 10: Millionaire’s Tax on the Ballot in Massachusetts

Episode 9: Inflation: What Workers Need to Know

Inflation: Reframing the Narrative, Sam Gindin, The Bullet, April 5, 2022

Who Pays for Inflation?, Samir Sonti, New Labor Forum, 2022.

Inflation and Your Next Union Contract, Samir Sonti, Labor Notes, July 8, 2022

Red the Fed: The Federal Reserve’s Response to Inflation Is Bad for Workers — But It Doesn’t Need to Be, Samir Sonti, Jacobin, September 7, 2022.

Episodes 7 & 8: The Jim Crow South + Listener Qs

The South: Jim Crow and Its Afterlives
Adolph Reed Jr.
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The last generation of Americans with a living memory of Jim Crow will soon disappear.

They leave behind a collective memory of segregation shaped increasingly by its horrors and heroic defeat but not a nuanced understanding of everyday life in Jim Crow America. In The South, Adolph L. Reed Jr. — New Orleanian, political scientist, and, according to Cornel West, “the greatest democratic theorist of his generation” — takes up the urgent task of recounting the granular realities of life in the last decades of the Jim Crow South.

Reed illuminates the multifaceted structures of the segregationist order. Thanks to his personal history and political acumen, we see America’s apartheid system from the ground up, not just its legal framework or systems of power, but the way these systems structured the day-to-day interactions, lives, and ambitions of ordinary working people.

The South unravels the personal and political dimensions of the Jim Crow order,  revealing the sources and objectives of this unstable regime, its contradictions and weakness, and the social order that would replace it.

The South is more than a memoir or a history. Filled with analysis and fascinating firsthand accounts, this book is required reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of America’s second peculiar institution and the future created in its wake.

The Brotherhood of Man
Animated Cartoon Against Prejudice and Racism (1946)
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The Brotherhood of Man is an animated cartoon based on the pamphlet “The Races of Mankind,” by Ruth Benedict and Gene Weltfish. It explains that there are no basic differences between the races of the world, and uses small green demons to caricature prejudice and racial hatred. Relates the history of mankind to point out that dissimilarities in peoples result from superficial environmental influences.

Episode 6: Why The Supreme Court Matters to Working People
“Major Questions Doctrine”

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