Paraguay, long ruled by a single repressive party machine, has just elected a new left-wing president. Justin Mog, an independent journalist living in Paraguay, talks with Old Mole Dan Jaffee about what this means for Paraguay's future.
Pier Paolo Pasolini was legendary Italian film director, novelist, and political activist highly regarded by the European and American left. He is best known in the US for his naturalistic portrayal of Jesus in his 1964 film "The Gospel According to St. Matthew." Old Mole Jan Haaken talks with Professor Angela Porcarelli about his work and his political philosophy.
Joe Uris and Abe Proctor rant 'n' rail on with a pre-May Day Special covering the history of the Labor Movement in the United States, and how it's been steadily eroded since the last of the *real* Domocrats were in power.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has a long history of struggling for justice and workers' rights. Bill Resnick talks with two of its representatives. Craig Merrilees, director of communications reviews the history of this important union. Peter Parks is chief organizer of ILWU May Day activities planned for May 1 here in Portland, including a ceremony at noon protesting the war in Iraq on the Eastside Esplanade between the Burnside Bridge and the Steel Bridge. For more information, click here.
Reporter Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews Susan F. Hirsch Author of In the Moment of Greatest Calamity; Terrorism, Grief, and a Victim's Quest for Justice. The Author who was herself a victim of the 1998 bombing of American Embassy in Tanzania and whose husband was killed there discusses her book and her opposition to the upcoming Military Tribunal of Ahmed Ghailani accused in the attack.
Riad Hamad was an outspoken advocate for the rights of the Palestinian people, and the founder of the Palestinian Children's Welfare Fund. He spent his own money from his salary as a teacher to send shipments of school supplies and medicine to children in Palestinian refugee camps. Despite the fact that Hamad's body was found bound and gagged, police have declared his death a suicide. James Mason is with the Austin Police Department. Less than a month before his death, Hamad emailed friends saying that the FBI had raided his home and taken more than fifty boxes. He also reported receiving death threats by phone around the same time.
Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Samantha Hunt author of "The Invention of Everything Else" a novel about Nikola Tesla, the ecentric Serbian inventor known for his revolutionary work with electricity and radio.