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This week’s Belabored podcast opens with a rundown of recent good and bad news for labor: a worker takeover of public broadcasting in Greece; the passage of a new law protecting New York child models; McDonald’s forcing debit cards on its employees; and a hunger strike in protest of Philadelphia school cuts and layoffs. Then they interview sociologist Penny Lewis on her new book Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: The Vietnam War as Myth and Memory, and how we still misunderstand the relationship between labor, the left, and the working class.
Some links for those following along at home:
Ned Resnikoff on the Philly hunger strike
Anna Lekas Miller on the Greece radio takeover
Sarah on McDonalds’s debit cards
The stories we wish we’d written:
Bryce Covert, Think Progress: “What Those Mocking Miss Utah Miss About the Gender Wage Gap”
Tim Wu, The New Republic: “The Right to Evade Regulation: How Corporations Hijacked the First Amendment”