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Public Power: Taking Back Our Energy Future
Oct 2 • 72 min
Chicago DSA has launched its chapter campaign to Democratize ComEd, Chicago’s investor-owned “public” power distribution utility. In this episode, Sarah sat down with two Chicago DSA organizers, Sean Estelle and Sveta Stoytcheva, as well as Timothy…
Free Heartland Kids
Jun 17 • 36 min
The images of kids in cages shocked people across the country, but many Chicagoans don’t realize that there are child detention facilities in their own backyard. We talked to CDSA organizers Dan and Sarah about their efforts to shame local non-profit…
Running the Socialist Campaign
May 28 • 66 min
You may have heard the news by now. Chicagoans just elected 6 members of Democratic Socialist of America to their City Council. I sat down with four Chicago DSA organizers who worked on the campaigns of some of our recently elected aldermen. Rebecca and…
Miles Kampf-Lassin on Chicago’s Political Revolution
Feb 23 • 32 min
Within the global movement of working people pushing back against the forces of austerity and neoliberalism, Chicago is an important battle ground. It has become the poster child for corrupt politics and gun violence but also boasts powerful histories of…
40th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Ugo Okere (Midwest Socialist Live)
Feb 11 • 13 min
At our Midwest Socialist Live Aldermanic Candidate Forum we talked to 40th Ward aldermanic candidate Ugo Okere about his background in social work, the role of alderman as “organizer and chief” of the ward, and his work to make people on the far north…
33rd Ward Aldermanic Candidate Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (Midwest Socialist Live)
Feb 11 • 11 min
At our Midwest Socialist Live Aldermanic Candidate Forum we talked to 33rd Ward aldermanic candidate Rossana Rodriguez about canvassing until her feet go numb, comparisons to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, her own displacement from her home and how we create…
35th Ward Alderman Carlos Rosa (Midwest Socialist Live)
Feb 11 • 14 min
At our Midwest Socialist Live Aldermanic Candidate Forum we talked to 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Rosa about being a local left celebrity, the War on Christmas and his endorsement of Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor of Chicago.
25th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Byron Sigcho-Lopez (Midwest Socialist Live)
Feb 11 • 14 min
At our Midwest Socialist Live Aldermanic Candidate Forum we talked to 25th Ward aldermanic candidate Byron Sigcho-Lopez about the current alderman’s misdeeds, why we need more activists in city hall and the similarities he has seen between working class…
Praise the (land)Lord
Jan 31 • 37 min
In the state of Illinois, it is illegal to institute rent control but recently Chicago voters have repeatedly expressed their support for lifting that ban. On this week’s episode of the podcast we spoke to Simone, a landlord and lifelong Chicagoan, who…
Let’s Talk to Our Friends About Abortion
Jan 10 • 32 min
Abortion can feel like a taboo topic, but it’s one we can’t avoid discussing. On this episode we spoke to Chicago activists Laura and Lena about the history of reproductive rights in America and challenged them to respond to some of the most common anti-…
Sewer Socialism
Oct 31, 2018 • 42 min
Sarah sits down with candidate for Municipal Water Reclamation District board seat candidate, and her celebrity crush, Geoffrey Cubbage. He tells her all about why you should care about our sewers and why you should stop being so mean to the Green party.…
Going to College
Oct 27, 2018 • 45 min
Sarah spoke to Lynn Meissner, a PhD student at Northwestern’s school of Education and Social Policy. Their research focuses on high schooler’s transition to college and how to apply sociological data to school systems. She discusses issues facing the…
Salvador Allende
Oct 3, 2018 • 50 min
Sarah Hurd talks to Marianela D’Aprile about a translation she did of a speech by Chile’s first Marxist President, Salvadore Allende. They discuss the historic election of Allende in 1970, his violent overthrow by CIA backed forces in 1973 and the lessons…
Gentrification
Sep 13, 2018 • 46 min
Sarah spoke to Jose Requena and Loreen Targos of Pilsen Alliance about what gentrification is and what their organization is doing to push it back. We discuss the Illinois ban on rent control, affordable housing and what needs to shift in politics to make…
The Solidarity Economy
Sep 6, 2018 • 60 min
Sarah sits down with three leaders of Chicago’s blossoming cooperative economy: Renee Hatcher - Director of the Business Enterprise Law Clinic at John Marshall Law School, Mike Strode of the Kola Nut Collaborative and Termaine Davis of Together Systems.…
Joanna Was There - 1968
Aug 29, 2018 • 68 min
This week marked the 50th anniversary of the protests at the 1968 Democratic National convention in Chicago. Jacobin editor Micah Uetricht interviewed longtime leftist activist Joanna Misnik about her experience organizing in 1968 and in the years the…
Sentimental Re-education
Aug 22, 2018 • 63 min
Sarah and André talk to Chicago DSA Political Education coordinator Ramsin Canon and co-host of the “Season of the Bitch” podcast Ambria Taylor about what Marxism means in our modern time. We define/talk about what terms like “alienation” and…
Black Lives Matter
Aug 15, 2018 • 59 min
On this episode of the Midwest Socialist Podcast Akele and Sarah talk to Black Lives Matter activist Maria Hernandez and Dorothy Holmes, whose son Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson was killed by a Chicago police officer. We discuss the Justice for Ronnieman…
FBI Infiltration
Aug 8, 2018 • 48 min
Aaron Leonard, co-author of “A Threat of the First Magnitude,” spoke to Midwest Socialist about FBI infiltration of leftist organizations. Sarah also talks about a wildcat strike in Indiana and Rahm’s latest half-hearted gesture toward police…
Electoral Reform
Aug 1, 2018 • 59 min
On this episode of the podcast @sarahjhurd and Midwest Socialist editor and chief @charlesraustin talk to newly selected chair of Chicago DSA’s Electoral Reform Committee Jamal Abed Rabbo about his efforts to bring ranked choice voting to Chicago (and…
A New Name
Jul 24, 2018 • 53 min
Talkin’ Socialism is now Midwest Socialist! Lucie Macias, CDSA’s newest chapter co-chair, talks about the change and what’s going on with Chicago socialism.
Electoralism
Jul 17, 2018 • 35 min
We spoke to (very busy) CDSA Electoral Working co-chair Ada Vargas. First, a discussion of the recent action at Gary International Airport that stopped deportation flights for the day. Then, some talk on the election of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez means for…
Danny Postel Interviews Gilbert Achcar
Jul 11, 2018 • 114 min
DSA member Danny Postel, assistant director of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at Northwestern University, interviews author Gilbert Achcar on the subject of the continuing consequences of the Arab Spring and Achcar’s most recent book, Morbid…
The Spectacle
Jul 3, 2018 • 73 min
Sean Duffy talks to Sarah Hurd and Erik Wenzel about Guy Debord’s Situationist manifesto, The Society of the Spectacle. Forward Museums - https://fwdmuseumsjournal.weebly.com/
Toxic Masculinity
Jun 25, 2018 • 87 min
The noisy socialist feminists are back and they’re talking Incels, Loss memes, lobsters, feminism for men and taking off their shirts CONTENT WARNING: - - - - - - rape threats/ sexual assault, violence against women
Crack of Bat, Roar of Crowd
Jun 18, 2018 • 59 min
Lucie, Zach and Mary came to the CDSA office to talk about baseball. The Crosstown Classic CDSA softball game is June 23, 4 PM at Harrison Park.
International Sports
Jun 18, 2018 • 49 min
We talked with Alícia Hernandez Grande about the great international sports events: the World Cup, the Olympics and corruption. Recorded live on location in a Chicago pub during the Denmark-Peru game.
Virtual Economies
Jun 11, 2018 • 101 min
We talk to Ryan Smith of the Chicago Reader about the economics of video game development and distribution, and Sean Callot discusses models of economic systems within video games, including Civilization, SimCity and the Sims.
Propaganda and Media
Jun 4, 2018 • 61 min
Can you trust yourself to know what’s real and what’s fake? What is truth and what is propaganda? Sean Duffy sits down with media critic Adam Johnson of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting and Citations Needed podcast to discuss how media reinforces…
The Dill Pickle Co-op in Logan Square
May 31, 2018 • 36 min
The final episode in our month-long celebration of the spirit of ‘68 is an interview with Sharon Hoyer, General Manager of the Dill Pickle co-op in Logan Square. We talk about the co-op model, the struggles of keeping co-ops alive, accountability,…
Future Utopias
May 30, 2018 • 75 min
This week, as part of our series on the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, we’re talking about the utopian thinking that drove people to get out on the street and demand a better world. Philip Dinolfo discusses the utopian drive in science fiction with Colin…
Chicago 1968 - Fifty Years Later - SDS
May 29, 2018 • 121 min
One of the biggest forces in the left movement on college campuses and elsewhere in 1968 was Students for a Democratic Society, headquartered at the time in Chicago. We spoke to Bernardine Dohrn, Mike Klonsky and Susan Klonsky about working inside SDS,…
State Vs Anarchy Debate
May 28, 2018 • 79 min
As part of our ongoing series on the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, Philip Dinolfo moderates a debate - anarchy vs. the state.
Chicago 1968 - Fifty Years Later - Fred Klonsky
May 26, 2018 • 50 min
Fred Klonsky, co-host of Hitting Left (http://hittingleft.libsyn.com/), talks about his 1968 summer: Los Angeles, Chicago, Bulgaria, Moscow, London.
Youth With Youth
May 21, 2018 • 36 min
It’s our month-long consideration of the 50th anniversary of the youth uprisings in 1968. Today Sarah and Jessica talk about being socialists in their 20s, organizing over Twitter, memes, podcasts, and growing up in the shadow of George W. Bush. It’s the…
Chicago 1968 - Fifty Years Later - Judy Hoffman
May 18, 2018 • 42 min
Chicago documentary filmmaker Judy Hoffman describes her experience working as a protest medic, helping people who were injured by the Chicago PD at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Part of our ongoing series looking back at the events of 1968.
May ‘68 - French Cinema
May 14, 2018 • 92 min
All month we’re looking back fifty years at 1968, the year a revolution almost happened, not just in Chicago but all over the world. We talk about three French films and what they have to say about the student revolt in Paris in May ‘68 - Chris Marker’s…
Chicago 1968 - Fifty Years Later - Peter Kuttner
May 7, 2018 • 36 min
It has been fifty years since the summer of 1968, when Chicago was turned on its head by popular action and police violence. This month, we will publish the first-hand accounts of people who lived through that summer. At this year’s May Day march, we…
FOSTA/SESTA
Apr 30, 2018 • 46 min
For this episode we talked to a Chicago based sex worker about her experiences and the effect that the recently passed FOSTA/ SESTA legislation has and will have on her and other sex workers. Because sex work is stigmatized, to protect her identity we are…
My Big Fat Socialist Wedding
Apr 27, 2018 • 40 min
André and Eleanor attempt to have a wedding that aligns with their politics. We touch on themes of the personal as the political, tradition versus individuality, and the challenges of making a life together under capitalism.
Against War Part Two: Anti-War Activism
Apr 20, 2018 • 56 min
Frank Diekman speaks to Chicago anti-war activists.
Against War - Part One
Apr 16, 2018 • 87 min
Frank Diekman and Sean Duffy talk about war propaganda, and a vet of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars talks about combat and trauma. The first of two episodes on the subject of war.
Labor Organizing in Chicago
Apr 9, 2018 • 91 min
We spoke with members of the CDSA Labor Working Group about organizing labor in Chicago and elsewhere.
Religion and Socialism - CDSA Speaks
Apr 5, 2018 • 102 min
CDSA members talk about their own relationships to religion.
Religion and Atheism
Apr 2, 2018 • 135 min
Philip Dinolfo leads a roundtable on religion and atheism in socialism. We speak to Kimball Avenue Church pastor Bruce Ray and lead organizer for Seminarians for Justice, Samantha Nichols. If you’d like to learn more about the campaign to secure mental…
Illinois Primary Recap
Mar 26, 2018 • 90 min
The CDSA Electoral Working Group churns through the results of last week’s Illinois primary.
The Rojava Revolution
Mar 26, 2018 • 53 min
Seven long years of civil war in Syria have displaced millions of people and empowered terrorists groups such as the Islamic State. But amid the chaos, a Kurdish-led coalition in the northern part of the country has established a self-governing democracy…
An Interview with Mary Difino and Renato Mariotti
Mar 19, 2018 • 23 min
We invited all of tomorrow’s candidates to come on the show, and only one has agreed - Renato Mariotti, who is running for Illinois Attorney General. We’ll also be speaking with Mary Difino, who worked to get a collective bargaining agreement for Mr.…
Depression and Capitalism
Mar 19, 2018 • 84 min
But all I see is films where a colorless despair meant angry young men with immaculate hair… If capitalism’s got you down, you’re not alone. Listen to Eleanor, Frank and Erik talk about their own experiences of depression in this week’s episode!
Housing in Chicago
Mar 12, 2018 • 157 min
In a skyscraper-sized new episode, we visit an Autonomous Tenant’s Union assemblea in Albany Park, talk one-on-one with architect Keefer Dunn of Buildings on Air, learn about homelessness in Chicago from Adriana Scurto, and hear from a roundtable of…
Leftist Dating ** NSFW (Noisy Socialist Feminist Women)**
Mar 5, 2018 • 85 min
This week we sat down with some of CDSA’s most vocal feminists about their experiences as single leftists in the dating world. We got deep into the politics of dating apps, the importance of communication, non-traditional relationship set-ups and our…
Higher Education and Power
Feb 26, 2018 • 95 min
This morning, the graduate employees at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne went on strike. We spoke to campus organizers at UIUC and UChicago, and the Loyola YDSA co-chair, about educational labor.
#NoCopAcademy
Feb 26, 2018 • 67 min
Today we’re joined by three activists from the #NoCopAcademy campaign: Makeda Austin of Assata’s Daughters/BYP 100, and Maria Hernandez and Adrienne Davis of Black Lives Matter Chicago.
Multi-Level Marketing
Feb 19, 2018 • 81 min
Eleanor Russell talks to a panel about multi-level marketing and the commodification of community.
Talkin’ Socialist Culture
Feb 12, 2018 • 34 min
Philip Dinolfo talks with the Chicago DSA jazz trio about socialist culture, and the band plays in our studio.
Education and Power
Jan 29, 2018 • 69 min
Gillian Hemme is on the program to discuss teaching theater to women prisoners in Cook County Jail.
My Bullshit Job
Jan 22, 2018 • 102 min
I was looking for a job and then I found a job…Chicago DSA members describe the dehumanizing, irritating and unjust circumstances of their employment. Freelance writer, campaign worker, programmer, financial services, selling cookbooks over the phone. If…
Year in Review - CDSA
Jan 22, 2018 • 118 min
Sean Duffy and Sarah Hurd lead a roundtable discussion about 2017 with members of the Chicago DSA leadership, looking back at a year of massive growth and organizing in fallout of the 2016 election and the Trump administration.
Prison Abolition in Chicago
Jan 8, 2018 • 96 min
Akele Parnell talks to Northwestern University law professor Sheila Bedi about prison abolition, and leads a roundtable discussion with Page May, founder of Assata’s Daughters, and Jason Lydon, founder of Black and Pink.
100 Years of Revolution
Jan 1, 2018 • 75 min
Philip Dinolfo interviews Professor William Nickell about the centennial of the October Revolution, and Chicago DSA members read revolutionary texts at the Hideout.
Soviet Art after the Revolution
Dec 25, 2017 • 217 min
Nicoletta Rousseva interviews Prof. Christina Kiaer about Soviet revolutionary art at the Smart Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago, then walks through the Art Institute with Erik Wenzel.
Health Care - Part Two
Dec 22, 2017 • 75 min
Tim Faust riles up a crowd, Kaitlyn Grissom interviews a VA doctor, and Sean Duffy talks about pharmaceutical commercials.
Health Care - Part One
Dec 18, 2017 • 62 min
Today’s episode features a roundtable of activists for single-payer health care, and a piece on the history of socialized medicine from Philip Dinolfo.
Tribute To Tom Broderick
Dec 12, 2017 • 39 min
Tom Broderick, a good man and the longtime host of Talkin’ Socialism, died on November 25, 2017. The Chicago DSA will continue Tom’s show with a new team of podcasters. Today’s episode is a tribute to Tom, recorded in his home on December 3, 2017. New…