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Harvey Kaye and Thomas Frank on Labor History Today & LRPN Weekly


Kansas City native Thomas Frank talks with the Heartland Labor Forum radio show about his new book about American populism, the long trail of elites who hate it, why pundits called Donald Trump a populist and why he’s nothing of the kind.


Harvey J. Kaye on The Fight for The Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and The Greatest Generation Truly Great, in an excerpt from Empathy Media Lab.


And on Labor History in 2:00, Rick Smith tells us about Arturo Alfonso Schomburg.


Today’s music includes two songs from the great MrBettsClass videos, Populist Party – a parody of Taylor Swift's "Style" – and New Deal – a parody of Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk."

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, more than 80 shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns.




On today’s show, Labor Radio on KBOO and Building Bridges on WBAI explore and celebrate Martin Luther King Junior’s struggles for labor rights and economic justice… Then, labor news headlines of the week, including Talking SMART’s report on insurrectionists on trains, Your Rights At Work on President Biden firing the anti-union general counsel at the National Labor Relations Board, and, from the other Washington, the upcoming legislative session in Olympia, on the Working to Live in Southwest Washington podcast.

We get ultra-local with The 141 Report, a brand-new member of the Network, which visits with Wendy Goodell, President of Machinists’ Local 1782, and then we zoom back out for historical overviews:

Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas, talks with the Heartland Labor Forum about his new book about American populism and the long trail of elites who hate it, And from the Empathy Media Lab, Harvey J. Kaye talks about another moment of great crisis in American history and the effect on working people.


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