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E27: The Hong Kong riots 1967, part 2
Aug 20 • 41 min
Concluding part of our double episode on the Hong Kong general strike, protests and bombings of 1967. More information, photos and full show notes here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/07/15/e26-27-the-hong-kong-riots-1967/ This…
E26: The Hong Kong riots 1967, part 1
Aug 5 • 43 min
As protests have swept Hong Kong in the last few weeks, we begin an occasional series on the British Empire with a double episode on a previous wave of demonstrations, riots, strikes and bombings in the city, then a British colony. We speak with three…
E25: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, part 3
Jul 9 • 44 min
Last of our three-part podcast miniseries this Pride month about Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners. This podcast is funded entirely by our listeners and readers on patreon. You can support us, get exclusive early access to episodes, as well as bonus…
E24: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, part 2
Jun 30 • 44 min
Second in our three-part podcast miniseries this Pride month about Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners. This podcast is funded entirely by our listeners and readers on patreon. You can listen to all 3 parts of this miniseries now, as well as 2 bonus…
E23: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, part 1
Jun 17 • 44 min
First in a three-part podcast miniseries this Pride month about Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners, a small group of LGBTQ people in London who began to raise money for striking workers in the Welsh valleys during the great miners’ strike of 1984-5.…
E22: The Stonewall riots and Pride at 50, part 2
Jun 1 • 67 min
Concluding part of our podcast episodes on the Stonewall rebellion , when LGBTQ youth fought the police in NYC for 6 nights, and went on to organise and form the gay liberation movement. We have a bonus episode about this for our patreon supporters. You…
E21: The Stonewall riots and Pride at 50, part 1
May 27 • 53 min
Summer 2019 marks 50 years since the iconic rebellion against the police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The LGBTQ patrons and locals, many of them people of colour, and most of them working class, fought back against the police in 6 days of…
WCH Crime: The Columbia Eagle Mutiny, part 4
May 6 • 20 min
Concluding part of our miniseries on the Columbia Eagle mutiny during the Vietnam war in 1970, when two anti-war American sailors hijacked their ship full of napalm and sailed it to Cambodia. Bonus episode 4.1 is available for our $5 and above patreon…
WCH Crime: The Columbia Eagle mutiny, part 3
Apr 29 • 14 min
Penultimate part of our miniseries on the 1970 Columbia Eagle mutiny during the Vietnam war, when 2 American sailors hijacked their ship carrying napalm for US forces. You can support this podcast, listen to bonus audio and part 4 now on patreon:…
WCH Crime: The Columbia Eagle mutiny, part 2
Apr 22 • 21 min
Part 2 of our 4-part series on the Columbia Eagle mutiny in 1970, perhaps the most spectacular act of resistance to the Vietnam war, when two sailors hijacked their ship transporting thousands of tonnes of napalm for US forces, and sailed it to Cambodia.…
WCH Crime: The Columbia Eagle mutiny, part 1
Apr 15 • 19 min
First episode of the WCH Crime podcast, about the Columbia Eagle mutiny in 1970, perhaps the most spectacular act of resistance to the Vietnam war, when two sailors hijacked their ship transporting thousands of tonnes of napalm for US forces, and sailed…
E20: The Exotic Dancers Union
Apr 2 • 42 min
Podcast episode about the workers at the Lusty Lady strip club in San Francisco who in 1997 were the first women who managed to unionise a strip joint in the United States, and who later took it over and ran it as a workers’ co-operative.This podcast is…
Coming soon: WCH Crime
Feb 12 • 2 min
Teaser trailer for our forthcoming occasional podcast series WCH Crime, where true crime meets the struggle for a better world, as well as an update about forthcoming podcast episodes. You can support this podcast, and get exclusive early access to…
E19: The IWW in Australia
Jan 28 • 43 min
Episode on the early history of the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World union in Australia, in conversation with Paula DeAngelis. Paula is a historian and contributed to Wobblies of the World: a global history of the IWW. Support this podcast on…
E18: Anti-Zionism in Israel, part 2
Jan 13 • 45 min
Concluding part of our two-part episode on a people’s history of Zionism and opposition to it within Israel, in conversation with former members of socialist group Matzpen: Moshe Machover, Haim and Udi. For more information and further reading, see the…
Holiday greetings
Dec 23, 2018 • 2 min
A festive and New Year message from WCH. You can support our work on patreon at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Pictured is the Christmas tree outside the Athens Parliament, which was burned by people in 2008 protesting against the police murder…
E17: Anti-Zionism in Israel, part 1
Dec 16, 2018 • 62 min
First of a two-part episode on a people’s history of Zionism and opposition to within Israel, in conversation with former members of socialist group Matzpen Moshe Machover, Haim and Udi. Support this podcast, and listen to part 2 now on patreon:…
E16: Women in the early IWW
Dec 2, 2018 • 49 min
Podcast about the early history of women in the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World union in the United States, in conversation with Heather Mayer, author of Beyond the Rebel Girl: Women and the IWW in the Pacific Northwest, 1905-1924. Support…
E15: The Peterloo massacre with Mike Leigh
Nov 6, 2018 • 37 min
Podcast episode about the Peterloo massacre of 1819 with Mike Leigh, director of his new film, Peterloo, and Dr Jacqueline Riding, author and historical consultant on the film. Please support this podcast on patreon and get early access to episodes and…
E14: The Vietnam war with Noam Chomsky
Oct 29, 2018 • 41 min
Podcast episode about the Vietnam war with Noam Chomsky, and Mrs Van, a member of the Vietnamese Women’s Union. We look at the geopolitics of the conflict and its human cost. Support this podcast and get early access to episodes and other benefits here on…
E13: Women in the miners’ strike
Oct 12, 2018 • 44 min
Episode about the crucial role played by women in the great miners strike in Britain, 1984-5, in conversation with Heather Wood, chair of the Easington women’s strike support group. Our patreon supporters enable us to make this podcast. You too can…
E12: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit
Aug 28, 2018 • 59 min
Episode about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit in the late 60s/early 70s, in conversation with Herb Boyd, author of Black Detroit and former member of the group, and Dan Georgakas, author of Detroit I Do Mind Dying. Bonus audio with…
E11: The GI resistance in Vietnam, part 2
Aug 13, 2018 • 52 min
Concluding part of our two-part episode on the GI resistance to the Vietnam war, in conversation with Jerry Lembcke, a Vietnam army veteran, now sociologist and author. Most further reading is linked to in the show notes of part 1. Support our work by…
E10: The GI resistance in Vietnam, part 1
Aug 5, 2018 • 38 min
During the later years of the Vietnam war, a little-known but powerful rebellion developed within the ranks of the US forces. In this two-part episode, we talk about the GI resistance to the war with Jerry Lembcke, a Vietnam army veteran, now sociologist…
E9: The IWW in the US, 1918-1950s
Jul 31, 2018 • 47 min
Episode about the later history of the revolutionary union the Industrial Workers of the World 1918-1950s. We went to Chicago to talk to our friend Warren to learn more about this little-known period in the union’s history. If you haven’t heard it yet,…
E8: The Vietnam war strike wave
Jul 28, 2018 • 55 min
First episode in our series about the Vietnam war in which we talk to historian and author of Strike! Jeremy Brecher about the strike wave which swept the United States during the Vietnam war in the 1960s and 70s. Listen to it and support us here:…
E7: The West Virginia mine wars, 1902-1922
Jun 17, 2018 • 63 min
In this episode we head to Matewan, West Virginia to speak with Catherine Moore and others from the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, as well as some striking West Virginia teachers about the conflicts, and how they are remembered today. If you appreciate…
E6: The IWW in the US, 1905-1918
May 23, 2018 • 55 min
Episode about the early history of the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World union in the United States, 1905-1918. In conversation with Peter Cole, coeditor of the new book Wobblies of the World: a Global History of the IWW. Please support our…
E5: Workmates – organising with agency workers on London Underground
Apr 25, 2018 • 51 min
An interview with Andy Littlechild, a rail track charge hand and rail workers’ union official, about Workmates: a fighting organisation of permanent and agency contract workers on London Underground in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Read a history of the…
E4: Anti-Nazi youth movements in World War II
Apr 4, 2018 • 47 min
An interview with historian Nick Heath about anti-Nazi youth cultural movements in fascist Europe before and during World War II. In particular we look at the German Edelweiss Pirates and Swing Kids, the French Zazous and the Austrian Schlurfs. This is a…
E3: The Angry Brigade, part 2
Mar 14, 2018 • 47 min
Second of our two-part interview with John Barker, Angry Brigade prisoner, covering the arrests, the sensational trial, his time in prison and the political situation upon his release in the late 1970s. Support this podcast and get early access to…
E2: The Angry Brigade, part 1
Mar 7, 2018 • 49 min
The first of a two-part interview about the Angry Brigade, Britain’s first urban guerrilla group, with John Barker, author, who in 1972 was convicted for being part of the organisation. Part 2 is here:…
E1: The Grunwick strike, 1976
Feb 28, 2018 • 58 min
Interview with Amrit Wilson and Grunwick 40 about the iconic strike of East African Asian women in London in the 1970s. Apologies for the audio quality which isn’t great on headphones at least. All our later episodes are much better quality, so if you…
E0: Introduction to the Working Class History podcast
Feb 28, 2018 • 3 min
A short introduction to the WCH podcast and what we’re about. Support the WCH podcast on patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/workingclasshistory More information about WCH on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods…