Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole as we explore climate change, solar energy, rape and the criminal justice system, and a novel about orphans being sent west to work. We also hear fine, politically intelligent music from local singer - songwriter Dave Rovics.
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57:18 minutes (39.34 MB)
As late as1939, orphans from eastern cities were taken west by train to be offered up for adoption to farmer and others, and often they were abused. Christina Baker Kline's new novel, The Orphan Train is about the friendship that develops between two such orphans, one in her late teens, the other in her nineties. Larry Bowlden gives us his take on it.
You can read more reviews from Larry here.
6:14 minutes (4.28 MB)
Our Legal Moles Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss the use of "rape kits" for collecting substances from the victim in in order to identify the assailant. Though they can be experienced as invasive, they nevertheless can prevent sending the wrong man to prison -- and have done so. 10:03 minutes (6.9 MB)
Solar energy goes back a long ways. In this conversation with physicist John Perlin and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, we learn just how far back -- to the ancient Chinese and the Romans. With today's technology, solar power is ready to generate nearly all of our electricity. John Perlin is the author, most recently, of Let It Shine: The Six-Thousand Year Story of Solar Energy. 17:36 minutes (12.08 MB)
The Musicians' Union has installed solar panels on its building, and to celebrate, they are throwing a party with music, food, and drink this Sunday, August 17, 3-7 pm, 325 NE 20th Ave. We hear Bill Resnick talking with Pat Oherron, a Portland surgeon and emergency room physician who did much of the organizing and planning to get the solar panels installed. For more information, click here. 7:22 minutes (5.06 MB)
Kurdish separatists in the northeast of the country are fighting to maintain their de facto independence in the face of assaults from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS. For analysis of the current situation in Iraqi Kurdistan and the reaction of Kurds in the United States, KBOO’s Sam Bouman spoke to Chinar Hussein, Program Director of the Kurdish Human Rights Watch office in San Diego.
5:53 minutes (5.39 MB)
Are We There Yet?
I want to tell you about The Hannibal Directive - essentially a blank cheque drawn on Israel's Murder Inc. Free rein to simple kill any and everyone they want. and they want to kill a great many people. There is no other reason to write such a law: they just enjoy killing Palastinians.
But as I started to say...
An Israeli official has called for concentration camps in Gaza and ‘the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters’. Moshe Feiglin, Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset and member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, posted the inflammatory message on his Facebook page at the weekend.
8:25 minutes (7.71 MB)
New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams likes telling stories about rich people making mistakes as a way to show that money doesn't necessarily buy intellingence or couth. Don Merrill talks with Ms. Williams about her love of writing and the contrast between women of pre-World War Two New England and today in the context of her latest book, The Secret Life of Violet Grant. 29:35 minutes (27.09 MB)