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Catalyst Radio: IWW Film Series focuses on labor and social issues

A local union sponsors monthly documentaries at Bridge Street hall.
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speach issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

"Freedom Riders: Could You Get on the Bus?" is the next film to be presented by the local IWW

"Freedom Riders: Could You Get on the Bus?" is the next film to be presented by the local IWW

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In this episode of Catalyst Radio we learn about a monthly film series put on by the Grand Rapids chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World labor union.

The film series' focus is not only labor issues, but other social concerns such as race issues, equality and democracy. With the next film, "Freedom Riders: Could You Get On The Bus?," set for Feb. 16, 2012, we talk with coordinator of the project Mike Kowalski about the types of films showcased, the history of the event and even fair labor and cooperative efforts in general.


Music featured this week on Catalyst Radio is an instrumental version of "There Is Power In a Union," by Billy Bragg, from his release from 1985 called Talking With The Taxman About Poetry.

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