Why did so many working-class Americans desert the traditional news media in the 1990s in favor of Fox News, talk radio and Christian broadcasting? It's a complicated question, but Christopher Martin thinks he knows why. Heartland Labor Forum host Judy Ancel talks about media coverage of labor with Martin, author of No Longer Newsworthy: How the Mainstream Media Abandoned the Working Class.
Plus Florence Reece and Rebel Diaz ask Which Side Are You On? and this week’s Labor History in 2.
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A longer version of the Christopher Martin interview first aired on the Heartland Labor Forum radio show. You’ll find more Labor History in 2:00 here.
Escape on the Pearl; Black Labor Week
Labor Day: no picnic in a pandemic
“Boomer Jones": Vintage labor radio show (LHT podcast extra)
We Do The Work; Working History
Cutting along the Color Line
A travel guide to labor landmarks
“The Flintstones” and class struggle; The Ford Hunger March
Remembering Gene Debs; Waging Peace
Confederate monuments and the Knights of Labor
“Don’t Buy Where You Can’t Work”: the Housewives League of Detroit
2020 Great Labor Arts Exchange contest winners!
Why America’s most radical union shut down ports on Juneteenth
SCOTUS bans LGBTQ workplace discrimination; Queer history of the UAW
Painters join Black Lives Matter protests; the history of black police in America; Race and Rebellion
Labor supports DC Black Lives Matter protests; “Debs In Canton” preview; Revisiting The Battle of Homestead; Voices of exiled Iranian workers
The Minneapolis general strike; “Mongrel Firebugs and Men of Property”
“Politics of the Pantry”; “We Just Come to Work Here”
“The Long Deep Grudge: A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and Class War in the American Heartland”