8-4-20 Nicole Sandler Show – Tuesday with @GottaLaff & Back to School (or not) with Randi Weingarten

Download here or click below to play     Every Tuesday afternoon, GottaLaff joins me for a romp through the day's news, as usually gleaned from Laffy's very busy Twitter feed. Today, we start the show with a visit from Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. She helps us understand the plight of the teachers and nurses she represents as we all try to navigate this pandemic. They just published a guide to Reopening School Buildings Safely. (Just click the link for the report.)  And yes, the AFT is also one of the largest nurses unions in [...]

8-4-20 Nicole Sandler Show – Tuesday with GottaLaff & Back to School (or not) with Randi Weingarten

Download here or click below to play     Every Tuesday afternoon, GottaLaff joins me for a romp through the day's news, as usually gleaned from Laffy's very busy Twitter feed. Today, we start the show with a visit from Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. She helps us understand the plight of the teachers and nurses she represents as we all try to navigate this pandemic. They just published a guide to Reopening School Buildings Safely. (Just click the link for the report.)  And yes, the AFT is also one of the largest nurses unions in [...]

4-5-18 Nicole Sandler Show – On Sinclair and Teachers with Cliff Schecter and Jeff Bryant

It's a busy Thursday. Cliff Schecter wrote a NY Times op-ed about Sinclair Broadcasting and why they shouldn't be allowed to purchase the Tribune group of stations and joins us to discuss it. Jeff Bryant writes about education at ourfuture.org and is the director of the Education Opportunity Network and is our guest to talk about the current spate of teacher strikes and what's happening with our public schools.

2-28-18 Nicole Sandler Show – Cronkite, Real News & Will Bunch

After a look at the day's news, Nicole Sandler welcomes Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Inquirer back to the show. We spoke about Will's column on the 50th anniversary of Walter Cronkite's commentary declaring that the Vietnam War couldn't be won. And we also touched on the West Virginia teachers' strike, which Will wrote about here.

1-12-2016 Nicole Sandler Show – Movin’ On Up to Feel the Bern

Joel Silberman returns to the show today after missing yesterday to witness the Supreme Court arguments in Friedrichs et al v California Teachers Association et al. Warning: it was ugly, and Joel tells us all about it. In hour two, to lighten the mood, GottaLaff! Plus a big announcement from MoveOn.org too.

About That Other SCOTUS Decision

With so much focus on the horrific Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, we seem to have forgotten about the millions of workers who'll be screwed by the other decision handed down by the Court on Monday in Harris v Quinn. As my friend Dave Johnson wrote at OurFuture.org,  In case you were wondering why it is so hard for regular working people to get ahead in our economy, look no further than today’s Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court decision. In the usual 5-4 pattern, the corporate-conservatives on the Supreme Court struck another blow against the rights of working people to organize [...]

Channeling My Inner Howard Beale

That's who I felt like today, ranting and raving about the madness that's taken over, seemingly, EVERYTHING! From the bullshit about Benghazi, to the wrong outrage over the IRS, to Apple and others dodging their taxes, to cutting programs for the neediest among us, to the epidemic of sexual assault in the military, to the dysfunction in Washington, to the warming of our planet, to the vilification of teachers and civil servants and union members, to wimpy appeasing politicians....  I could continue, but I think you get the idea.  We talked about all of these subjects and more today with [...]

I’m an Atheist too

My favorite video story in the wake of the Moore, OK tornado was not the elderly woman's dog emerging safely from the rubble during her interview (though it did warm my cockles), or of the teachers who risked their own lives to save the children in their care, or the many images of children and parents reuniting. No, it was Wolf Blitzer showing his true ineptitude when he said to a woman who escaped harm, "You got to thank the Lord, right?"   When she didn't respond to his expectations (I guess he though she should drop to her knees [...]

On 9/11, Chicago Strike, Religion & Politics and More

Listen to this episode: {play}http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioornot/20120911_Nicole_Sandler_Show.mp3 {/play} Podcast: Play in new window   The picture mentions 9-11 truth, but we're not talking about what brought down the towers (and building 7) today. Instead, we're talking about what George W. Bush and his neoconservative foreign policy advisers knew thanks to their daily intelligence briefings. Although most of the pre-911 Presidential Daily Briefings that shed some light on that topic, author Kurt Eichenwald - a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, former NY Times reporter, and author of the new book, 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars - penned an OpEd for the New York [...]

Teachers & NFL Players with Principles!

Listen to this episode: {play}http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioornot/20120910__Nicole_Sandler_Show_-_Teachers_and_More.mp3 {/play} Podcast: Play in new window For the first time in 25 years, Chicago's teachers are on strike. Good for them.  As the mother of an eighth-grader who pulled her out of a supposedly good public school in Florida because their cookie-cutter teaching philosophy doesn't work on her, I wish teachers were given the proper resources with which to do their jobs. In Chicago, however, they aren't.  They are dealing with overcrowded (and over heated) classrooms and are now being told their pay will be based on standardized testing that has nothing to do with [...]

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