Monday, September 2, 2019 is Labor Day in the United States. The last several decades have been tough ones for organized labor, as union membership and revenues have declined across the country. Here in Wisconsin, it’s been eight years since former governor Scott Walker “dropped the bomb” on public workers, stripping them of collective bargaining […]
Today on the show, guest host Nan Enstad spends the hour exploring the history of canned food with Anna Zeide, author of Canned. Their conversation opens up questions about diet and public health, affordability and class, food systems and labor issues, American consumerism, what it means to be a “foodie,” and more. Anna Zeide is […]
On today’s show, we focus on transportation access from two different angles: the Driver Licenses for All movement and Madison’s ongoing study of a bus rapid transit system. Our first guest is Diana Perez, lead organizer of the Madison chapter of Voces de la Frontera, to discuss some of the organization’s recent initiatives, including Driver […]
The Dude and the Dame fill the hour with news of union and class struggles and successes, shout-outs, and inspirational music.
For today’s show, Allen is joined by David Ranney to discuss his new book, Living and Dying on the Factory Floor. Written as a memoir, the book describes his firsthand experiences as an industrial worker in the factories of southeast Chicago and northwest Indiana between 1976 and 1982 and offers an opportunity to reflect on […]
On today’s episode, Allen is joined in the studio by historian Nan Enstad to discuss her latest book, Cigarettes, Inc.: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism. In it, she upends the mythic status of the singular (white, male) entrepreneur and uncovers the shared history of American corporations and the tobacco industry through a global lens, […]