Host Michelle Schroeder-Fletcher speaks with Luke Walden, co-author of The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America's First Prison for Drug Addicts. The book tells the story of The Narcotic Farm, a federal hospital/prison for drug addicts in Lexington, Kentucky that opened in 1935 and closed forty years later.
Luke Walden is a documentary film cameraman and editor whose most recent credits include a film about UN peacekeeping in war-torn countries.
Hosts Cecil and Celeste speak with Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. The group is organizing with other secular and faith-based groups "Camp Hope: Countdown to Change" in Chicago, four blocks from Obama's residence there. The camp begins on New Year's Day and continues to Dr. Martin Luther King Day. Kelly says "Large lobbying groups, including some of the large corporations, are pushing Obama around the clock to preserve the status quo, wage war and provide for unbridled greed. What we're asking is that the money spent on the military be spent instead on soluble problems such as lack of healthcare."
Neo-liberalism has been discredited by the current economic crisis. What will replace it? Walden Bello argues that it will be "Global Social Democracy" -- in some ways better than the failed ideas that got us into this mess, but it's still as undemocratic as capitalism has always been. Bill Resnick reads from Bello's essay, which you can find on line here.
"ISRAEL’s war in Gaza is an act of political insanity. It is the product of a deeply disturbed society, able neither to curb its military arrogance nor calm its profound paranoia. The consequences are likely to be painful for Israel’s long-term prospects." So argues a leading British writer on the middle east, Patrick Seale, in this essay read here by Tom Becker. You can find it in print at the Saudi Gazette.
Foreclosures. Unemployment. Poverty. At least a third of the nation ill-housed or un-housed. What to do? Chester Hartman has written widely on housing issues, and he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Hartman, an urban planner and author, is Director of Research of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, DC.