We’re happy to present our second episode of Jacobin Radio Philadelphia, featuring hosts Jake Blumgart and Katrina Ohstrom. Jacobin Radio Philadelphia is part of an international series of podcasts and terrestrial broadcast content that Jacobin will sponsor over the coming months.
In this episode, Jake Blumgart and Katrina Ohstrom discuss union busting at an Amazon Warehouse in Delaware, what cuts to long-term unemployment insurance mean for the region, and New Jersey’s post-war history of bottling up poverty in urban areas (to an even more heinous degree than the rest of the country). They also take a look at PennDOT’s quest for private contractors to repair and maintain Pennsylvania’s crumbling bridges, the recent Pew study about millennials in Philadelphia (half say they aren’t staying), and the expulsion of Teach For America from Pittsburgh.
The episode also features an interview with Robert Ballenger, an attorney in the Energy Unit of Community Legal Services. CLS provides free legal services, in civil matters, to low-income Philadelphians. The Energy Unit represents all residential customers of Philadelphia Gas Works, which Mayor Nutter and other members of City Council are trying to sell in an attempt to stall the pension crisis.