Old Mole Variety Hour
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Carrie talks to Bill after returning from Cancun where she attended the International Climate Change Conference as a representative of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee. She relates her experience caravaning across Mexico to the conference. She emphasizes climate change and social justice as twin issues, and speaks of climate justice, especially in movements to localize food and energy systems.
- Genre: Other
- Length: 10:20 minutes (4.73 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Tom Becker hosts today's Old Mole, which features: US and Chinese Human Rights; a review of the film Marwencol; a profound and jarring disconnect between the will of the American people and their administration; and climate justice.
Below are links to each individual segment of the show, which include relevant links.
The price of food is going up. Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starving and many other works, talks with Bill Resnick about how weather, farming, and food distribution combine to make food harder to get for many millions around the world. Among other positions, Patel is a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. More information at their website.
Today it seems that mainstream and right-wing pundits prefer their heroes dead, the better to bowlderize their words and twist their messages. Well-read Red Frann Michel draws on many sources to remind us of the radical dimensions of Martin Luther King's legacy. You can read her remarks and find links to her sources here.
Capitalism exploits our labor, but at least wage workers usually get paid for time on the job. But what happens when governments and other institutions offer prizes for a job done? Then many people labor, but only the winner wins. Joe Clement reads from Jodi Dean's blog on "Finding the One".
Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden comments on Danielle Evans's short stories Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. They are funny and often heartbreaking stories of young women, black, white and in between. More of Larry's reviews, including this one, are available here.
Denise Morris hosts this edition of the Old Mole celebrating Martin Luther King day in music and commentary.
Harold Pinter's play One For the Road is being performed at Blackfish Gallery (NW 9th & Flanders) by the Readers' Repertory Theater this weekend, January 14 and 15. Director David Berkson talks about the play with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken. The story of a master interrogator and his torture victims -- a husband, wife and their young son -- Pinter wrote One for the Road in response to torture in Turkish prisons during the 1980s, and the protection that Turkey received from the United States because of its strategic importance during the Cold War. For tickets, call 503 295-4997, or email Readers' Rep through their website.
Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Joe Clement discuss the Coen brothers version of True Grit. What is this film saying about the role of women in the American West? About commerce? About justice?
The threat of terrorist attacks in Europe from Islamists is not what we think. Dan Gardner argues that "in most of Europe, there was no terrorism. And where there was terrorism, the trend line pointed down." Tom Becker reads Gardner's piece "The Not-So-Great Islamist Menace," first published in the Ottawa Citizen.
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