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After some excerpts from their music, Radical Musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about the "Tropicalia" movement in Brazil from the late 60s. These artists combined traditional Brazilian music with psychedelic pop from Europe and the US and embodies the spirit of youth revolt that was sweeping the world.
Brazil's right-wing military dictatorship imprisoned and exiled many of the movement's leading lights; nearly all of the exiled musicians continued their art in exile including Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso.
This show is hosted by Bill Resnick and features the Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris, skewering "Robin Hood," Book Mole Larry Bowlden finding much to admire in Minrose Gwin's new novel The Queen of Palmyra. Manuel Perez from the Institute for Policy Studies reviews the history and injustice of US immigration policies in relation to NAFTA, and radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill about the politics and music of the Tropicalia movement in 1960s Brazil.
Many thousands of undocumented immigrants in the US were forced out of their home countries by NAFTA and invited in by corporations and agribusiness seeking cheap labor. Now they are being punished by anti-immigrant laws and sentiment. Manuel Perez, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, talks about all this and more with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Perez writes for Foreign Policy in Focus. (Image by Flickr user Korean Resource Center (cc: by-nc-sa))
Hosted by Tom Becker, this program features segments on the politics and science of energy policies and cleaning up after oil spills. We also learn about the blowback from drone attacks and a comic documentary about grafitti and video.
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1. Bill Snape of the Center for Biodiversity talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what's lacking in the energy policy now being debated in the Senate, and what we really need in that department.
Is the Kerry-Lieberman energy bill (aka "The American Energy Bill") a step in the right direction, or a give-away to the energy companies and nuclear power? Bill Snape, Senior Counsel for the Center for Biodiversity, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what more is needed to prevent catastrophic global warming and what it will take to get it.
An engineer specializing in cleaning up oil spills explains the science and technology of this work, as well as the politics behind its limitations. Richard Heymann is the engineer, and he talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.
Journalist David Sirota tries to put us inside the heads of people who might have reasons for planting bombs among us, in this essay read here by the Old Mole's Tom Becker.
Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the graffiti artist turn the camera back on its owner. Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken discuss who this comedic documentary is really spoofing.
Activist and author Ted Glick talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what can be done and what is being done to prevent our climate crisis from turning catastrophic. There is some good news here. Ted Glick is the policy director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network; and national coordinator for the U.S. Climate Energy Council. He urges you to support The Cantwell-Collins CLEAR Act.
Can the sense of solidarity and community that comes over us in response to a flood or an earthquake be mobilized to respond to less obvious disasters -- like climate change, for example? Clayton Morgareidge looks for help in Rebecca Solnit's book A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster.
You can read this review here on Clayton's blog.
You can read what Solnit has to say about the Haiti earthquake here.
The music on this piece is by the Salem group Dr. Atomic's Medicine Show, from their album Hot Topics.