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Jacobin Radio Chicago, Ep. 1


The inaugural episode of Jacobin Radio Chicago.


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We’re happy to present our first episode of Jacobin Radio Chicago, featuring hosts Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Micah Uetricht. Jacobin Radio Chicago is part of an international series of podcasts and terrestrial broadcast content that Jacobin will sponsor over the coming months.

In this episode, Micah and Keeanga 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. Their 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.

The series is produced by Jacob Brownell and supported by our readers.