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History isn't made by kings and politicians, it's made by all of us. This podcast is about how we, together, have fought for a better world. Become a paid subscriber, support our work and get access to exclusive bonus episodes: on Spotify/Anchor at anchor.fm/workingclasshistory/subscribe or on patreon at patreon.com/workingclasshistory.

History isn't made by kings and politicians, it's made by all of us. This podcast is about how we, together, have fought for a better world. Become a paid subscriber, support our work and get access to exclusive bonus episodes: on Spotify/Anchor at anchor.fm/workingclasshistory/subscribe or on patreon at patreon.com/workingclasshistory.

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History isn't made by kings and politicians, it's made by all of us. This podcast is about how we, together, have fought for a better world. Become a paid subscriber, support our work and get access to exclusive bonus episodes: on Spotify/Anchor at anchor.fm/workingclasshistory/subscribe or on patreon at patreon.com/workingclasshistory.

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English


Episodes

E67: The Grunwick strike, part 1

8/3/2022
Double podcast episode about the iconic strike of mostly East African Asian women workers at the Grunwick photo processing plant in London in 1976-8. Featuring Amrit Wilson, Jayaben Desai and Colum Maloney, who took part in the dispute, and Sujata, chair of the Grunwick 40 group. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other...

Duration:00:43:17

E66: Building workers’ strike w/ Ricky Tomlinson, part 2

7/24/2022
Part 2 of our double-podcast episode to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1972 building workers' strike. In this episode, we speak to two participants in the strike - Tony O'Brien and the actor, Ricky Tomlinson - about how the strike ended, the framing of the Shrewsbury 24, Ricky’s experiences in prison, blacklisting, and the legacies of the 1972 strike. Full acknowledgements, photos, sources, more information and eventually a transcript on the homepage for this double episode:...

Duration:00:38:00

E65: Building workers’ strike w/ Ricky Tomlinson, part 1

7/12/2022
Part 1 of our double-podcast episode to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1972 building workers' strike. In this episode, we speak to two participants in the strike - Tony O'Brien and the actor, Ricky Tomlinson - who talk about conditions in the building industry, how the strike started, and the flying pickets organised by the rank and file that spread it across the country. Full acknowledgements, photos, sources, more information and eventually a transcript on the homepage for this...

Duration:00:35:18

E64: Mildred Fish-Harnack, part 2

4/29/2022
Concluding part of our double podcast episode about Mildred Fish-Harnack, the US-born woman at the centre of the underground resistance to Nazism in Berlin during World War II. In conversation with Rebecca Donner, Mildred’s great great niece and author of All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and...

Duration:00:47:05

E63: Mildred Fish-Harnack, part 1

4/17/2022
First in a double podcast episode about Mildred Fish-Harnack, the US-born woman at the centre of the underground resistance to Nazism in Berlin during World War II. In conversation with Rebecca Donner, Mildred’s great great niece and author of All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other...

Duration:00:39:57

WCL E4: Michael Rosen's socialist fairy tales, part 2

3/30/2022
Part 2 of our double-episode in which we talk to acclaimed author, poet and Professor of Children’s Literature, Michael Rosen, about his anthology, Workers’ Tales: Socialist Fairy Tales, Fables, and Allegories from Great Britain, which gathers together short stories from the labour and socialist press between 1880 and 1920. In this episode, Michael shows how popular children’s stories (like Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland) are shot through with the political content of their...

Duration:00:29:40

WCL E3: Michael Rosen's socialist fairy tales, part 1

3/17/2022
A Working Class Literature podcast double-episode in which we talk to acclaimed author, poet and Professor of Children's Literature, Michael Rosen, about his anthology, Workers' Tales: Socialist Fairy Tales, Fables, and Allegories from Great Britain, which gathers together short stories from the labour and socialist press between 1880 and 1920. You can buy a copy of Michael's anthology here:...

Duration:00:33:38

E62: League of Revolutionary Black Workers, part 2

3/7/2022
Second of a double podcast episode about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit in the late 60s/early 70s, in conversation with Herb Boyd, author of Black Detroit and former member of the group, and Dan Georgakas, author of Detroit I Do Mind Dying. This podcast is only possible because of support from our listeners on patreon. Join us and get access to exclusive content at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory This is an improved, extended and partially re-recorded version of...

Duration:00:53:14

E61: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers, part 1

2/24/2022
Double podcast episode about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit in the late 60s/early 70s, in conversation with Herb Boyd, author of Black Detroit and former member of the group, and Dan Georgakas, author of Detroit I Do Mind Dying. This podcast is only possible because of support from our listeners on patreon. Join us and get access to exclusive content at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory This is an improved, extended and partially re-recorded version of our podcast...

Duration:00:45:57

E60: The Bread Intifada, part 2

12/27/2021
Concluding part of our double podcast episode on the 1977 Bread Intifada in Egypt. We speak with journalist and revolutionary socialist, Hossam el-Hamalawy, about the uprising and its significance today. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. For example you can listen to part 2 of this double episode now. Join us or...

Duration:00:39:04

E59: The Bread Intifada, part 1

12/13/2021
Part 1 of our double episode on the 1977 Bread Intifada in Egypt, in which hundreds of thousands of working-class Egyptians rose up against the government’s termination of food subsidies. We speak to Egyptian journalist and revolutionary socialist, Hossam el-Hamalawy, about the uprising, the decade of worker-student militancy leading up to it, and its relevance today. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early...

Duration:00:27:34

E58: West Virginia Mine Wars, part 2

11/29/2021
Concluding part of a double podcast episode on the West Virginia mine wars 1902-1922. We speak with Catherine Moore and others from the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, as well as some West Virginia teachers who had just been on strike about the conflicts, and how they are remembered today. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and...

Duration:00:33:08

E57: West Virginia Mine Wars, part 1

11/9/2021
Part 1 of a double podcast episode on the West Virginia mine wars 1902-1922. We speak with Catherine Moore and others from the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, as well as some West Virginia teachers who had just been on strike about the conflicts, and how they are remembered today. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other...

Duration:00:37:57

E56: Gwangju uprising, part 4

10/25/2021
The final part of our four-part podcast miniseries about the May 18 uprising in Gwangju, South Korea, in 1980 against the US-backed military dictatorship of Chun Doo Hwan. We speak with Kim Yong Ho, David Dolinger and Jeon Yong Ho, who took part in the events, as well as researcher and lead translator of the excellent book, Gwangju Diary, Kap Su Seol. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast...

Duration:00:42:35

E55: Gwangju uprising, part 3

10/8/2021
Part 3 of our four-part podcast miniseries about the May 18 uprising in Gwangju, South Korea, in 1980 against the US-backed military dictatorship of Chun Doo Hwan. We speak with Kim Yong Ho, David Dolinger and Jeon Yong Ho, who took part in the events, as well as researcher and lead translator of the excellent book, Gwangju Diary, Kap Su Seol. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes,...

Duration:00:36:18

E54: Gwangju uprising, part 2

9/27/2021
Part 2 of our four-part podcast miniseries about the May 18 uprising in Gwangju, South Korea, in 1980 against the US-backed military dictatorship of Chun Doo Hwan. We speak with Kim Yong Ho, David Dolinger and Jeon Yong Ho, who took part in the events, as well as researcher and lead translator of the excellent book, Gwangju Diary, Kap Su Seol. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes,...

Duration:00:42:02

E53: Gwangju uprising, part 1

9/11/2021
First part of our podcast miniseries about the May 18 uprising in Gwangju, South Korea, in 1980 against the US-backed military dictatorship of Chun Doo Hwan. We speak with Kim Yong Ho, David Dolinger and Jeon Yong Ho, who took part in the events, as well as researcher and lead translator of the excellent book, Gwangju Diary, Kap Su Seol. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus...

Duration:00:34:59

E52: The IWW in Canada

6/18/2021
Podcast episode about the history of the revolutionary union the Industrial Workers of the World in Canada. We speak with historian and author Mark Leier about the union’s organising work amongst loggers, miners, road and railroad construction workers, First Nations dock workers and more. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other...

Duration:01:10:03

WCL E2: Joseph Skipsey – poet and pitman

6/10/2021
Episode two of the Working Class Literature podcast about Joseph Skipsey, a poet and coal miner from the North East of England. After entering the mines as a child, he would grow up to become a nationally-renowned poet, respected by some of the most famous artists of the nineteenth century. In this episode, we speak to researcher Dr Gordon Tait and musician Chris Harrison, both of whom have been doing lots of work around Skipsey’s life and poetry. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon...

Duration:00:52:37

E51: Jeon Tae-il and Lee So-sun

4/12/2021
Podcast episode about two extremely influential South Korean worker organisers, Jeon Tae-il and Lee So-sun, and the autonomous self-organisation of women textile and garment workers in the country from the 1960s to the 1980s. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at...

Duration:01:09:12