Old Mole Variety Hour
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Largely ignored in the US press, massive protests against austerity measures -- increased tuition for students and cutbacks in social services-- have spread to virtually every European nation. In this piece, Clayton Morgareidge reviews some of the activists accounts of their protests and raises questions about why it's not happening here.
For the text with links to sources, go here.
Stan Karp has written some of the finest education policy articles that have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine, and he is regarded as a national expert on No Child Left Behind and Obama's Race to the Top initiative. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the limitations and problems of charter schools.
Karp will be speaking on "Not Waiting for Superman: Who's Bashing Teachers and Public Schools -- and What Can We Do about It?" this Friday, December 10, 4-6 pm at the Jefferson High School cafeteria.
Discussing the case of the "Christmas Tree Bomber," local scholar and activist Michael Munk and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick show howit is being used to glorify the FBI and the National Police State. Munk is a political scientist and radical historian who produced Portland's Red Guide, connecting readers with Portland's radical tradition not just through stories, names and dates, but with reference to specific places in Portland that you can visit today.
In this commentary, the Old Mole's Bill Resnick reflects on US policy and actions in response to the tension and violence between North and South Korea and the message it seems to be sending to and about Iran.
Tom Becker reads Alexander Coburn's "Time for a Real Mutiny," which first appeared in Counterpunch. "Enough of dreary predictability. Let’s have a real mutiny against Obamian rightward drift. The time is not six months or a year down the road. The time is now."
Famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman's new film Boxing Gym explores the community that revolves around Lord's Gym in Austin, Texas. Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Denise Morris find much to like about it. It's playing now at the Hollywood Theater here in Portland.
Joe Clement hosts this show in which we see more efforts to sell us on policies born of fear: the sting operation resulting in the arrest in Portland of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the so-called "Christmas Tree Bomber"; stripping us of our dignity in airports with scanners and gropes; and hard-line messages to Iran sent by way of Korea. Tom Becker shares an Alexander Coburn piece calling for "real mutiny." And on a happier note, our Movie Moles find joy in a boxing gym through the lens of documentarian Frederick Wiseman.
Drawing on sources from the Left Press, Well-read Red Frann Michel analyzes the weird convergence of political opposition to "enhanced screening" procedures being instituted at airports, and shows how the understandings of Left and Right differ. The text of Frann's piece is here. For more of her work, go here.
Nate Harrison narrates an impressive history of the use and dissemination of the "Amen Break," a 6-second drum solo in the middle of the Winston's 1969 hit, "Amen Brother." As the Amen Break became re-appropriated through eletronic sampling, its story stands as a testement to the limitlessness of digitally mediated expression and way intellectual property rights stifle.
- Genre: Other
- Length: 17:31 minutes (8.02 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Bill talks with Dr. Andrew Wilper about the relationship between poverty and healthcare, and how it even affects those with insurance.
Dr. Wilper is an internist with Cambridge Health Alliance and a fellow in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School.
- Title: Resnick & Wilper
- Length: 19:28 minutes (11.14 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)