Jacobin has rolled out a new series of regional podcasts called Jacobin Radio. We have three shows: one covering Philadelphia, one in South Africa, and one in Chicago. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and I are co-hosts for Jacobin Radio Chicago, and our first episode went live Friday.
In it, we give an overview of the state of the city of Chicago by interviewing Ben Joravsky, longtime columnist for Chicago’s alt-weekly newspaper the Chicago Reader. The conversation spans the tenures of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Mayor Richard M. Daley, the hard right turn of the Democratic Party in the city, the frenzied privatization of all things public, the Chicago Teachers Union, city financing schemes that take tax dollars away from city services and give them away to corporations, and the prospects for a challenge to Mayor Emanuel in the coming election.
You can listen to the podcast here, or subscribe on iTunes here. You can read the nice things Ben wrote about Keeanga and me here, and you can even listen to the segment of the podcast that aired on Southern California’s KPFK here.