The U.S. Senate has just rejected an ineffective climate-change bill--for the wrong reasons. What kind of legislation would really deal with the issue, and what would it take to make it happen? Brian Tokar of the Institute for Social Ecology lays out the problems and possible solutions in this discussion with Bill Resnick.
Today's Well-read Red is Frann Michel's discussion of the relations between queer and immigrant groups. There are more connections that you might have guessed, as they face parallel and overlapping obstacles. One writer recommends as a principle governing the treatment of all of us "the right to travel and thrive, even across borders."
On a planet where two billion people are already hungry, an additional 100 million will be plunged into poverty because of the world-wide food crisis. Deborah James, Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research, talks with Bill Resnick about the reasons for this and what needs to be done. She recommmends the Oakland Insitute's website as good place to get more information on these issues.
Per Fagereng interviews John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. He'll talk about his latest book, The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption, an exposé of international corruption — and what we can do about it.
S.W. Conser talks with author Jeff Gordinier about his new book X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking. A droll overview of media and culture in the information age, Jeff's book offers cautious hope for our future.
Guest host Crystal Leighty speaks with Matthew Deschaine of The WhyNotPortland campaign. The campaign has submitted 30,520 signatures to the City Auditor for its ballot-initiative to provide health insurance for uninsured school children in Portland. The plan would allow children to see their pediatrician or other primary care provider for a $10 co-pay while providing coverage for hospitalizations and other major illnesses.