Old Mole Variety Hour
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Tom Becker hosts this episode on Politics, Poetry, and Prisons. Bill Resnick interviews Mike Parker of the Richmond Progressive Alliance about Chevron and city government. Joe Clement talks with Tamara Lynne and Daisy Montague of Living Stages about their upcoming working-class poetry open mike. Iven Hale and Frann Michel report on a Partnership for Safety and Justice panel on the increasing incarceration of women and girls in Oregon. Left & the Law: Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss the Innocence Project to exonerate the wrongly convicted.
Bill Resnick interviews Mike Parker of the Richmond Progressive Alliance
Joe talks with Tamara and Daisy about Living Stages and Working-Class Poetry
Frann and Iven discuss women's incarceration in OR and the USA
Left & the Law: on the Innocence Project
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- Title: OldMole28April2014
- Length: 57:57 minutes (26.53 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
On this Earth Day special, our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Joe Clement review the new movie "Noah" about a famous ancient flood. It raises issues about who is responsible for climate disasters and what our obligations are to those who are hit by them
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Earth Day special edition of the Old Mole. It includes discussions of climate change and what must be done about it, the dangers of copper mining, a review of the big new flood movie "Noah", and a poem by the late Vern Rutsala about looking behind the surfaces of monuments.
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1. Activist and writer Jeremy Brecher talks with Bill Resnick about the latest science on climate change and what must be done.
2. Bill Carter talks with Laurie Mercier about his new book on copper mining as mining is being planned for Mt. St. Helens.
3. Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Joe Clement review "Noah".
4. Vern Rutsala's poem "Surfaces" read by Clayton Morgareidge.
- Bill Resnick talk with John Feffer about the relationship between divestment in infrastructure and ecological collapse
- Jan Haaken talk with Sophie Smith of People Helping People about the militarization of our borders and what people are doing about it in Arivaca, Arizona.
- Tom Becker reads from an article "The Harder You Work, The Richer They Get: wages, profits, and productivity".
- Bill returns to read from an article about Venezuelan capitalists undermining the economy there and connects it to how business interests define our political and social priorities in the USA.
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- Genre: Other
- Length: 56:40 minutes (51.88 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Sophie describes how southern borderlands of Arizona have been militarized by immigration policy. She explains how the concept of "borderlands" help to humanize an otherwise weaponized notion of "the border". She reveals what happens at rural checkpoints, how they create a situation where people are forced to walk miles through the desert, but also how they increase surveillance for American communities and prefigure a creeping police state that we must fight against. You can go to the People Helping People branch of Arivaca's website to find out more about how you can support their struggle.