Old Mole Variety Hour
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Brooke Jacobson comments on the current film about a high-flying guy who fires people for a living. Some of the actors are real people recently laid off.
The Senate has just passed a healthcare bill. Is it worth our support? Dr. Paul Gorman, a physician at OHSU and member of Physicians for a National Health Program talks with Laurie Mercier about what's been lost in the legislative process, and what it will take to get back on the road to real universal coverage.
Continuing their discussion of how the military uses the label "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome," attorney Mike Snedeker and the Old Mole's Jan Haaken discuss how it diverts attention from policies of militarism and focuses instead on individuals.
This show, hosted by Tom Becker, asks whether higher taxes in Oregon on corporations and wealth individuals would help the economy; whether the latest healthcare bill is worth supporting; and what are the political impications of the military's use of the label "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder".
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What are the politics and the prospects for a serious approach to climate change at the Copenhagen Conference? Brian Tokar, activist, organizer, and writer on environmental issues, talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. His books are The Green Alternative and Earth for Sale: Reclaiming Ecology in the Age of Corporate Greeenwash. His work can also be found at ZNet and (most recently) Counterpunch.
Sports, politics and race combine in the new Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela. Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken analyze the deep politics of this film.
Portland's independent women's bookstore In Other Words is expanding its selection of books for children, selecting those that convey progressive values of equality, diversity, peace, and democracy. Amber Roland from In Other Words talks with Bill Resnick about some of these books. In Other Words is located at 8B N.E. Killlingsworth.
"A writer who seems to paint pictures without leaving brush strokes." That's how the Old Mole's Larry Bowlden describes the work of Jhumpa Lahiri in her collection of stories Unaccustomed Earth. You can find an archive of Larry's past reviews here.
Floyd Red Crow Westerman was a Native American singer, songwriter, actor, and activist who joined the causes of native peoples to contemporary folk music. Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about Red Crow's life, music and legacy.