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In this commentary, Frann Michel takes up what's wrong with happiness, happiness studies, and the pursuit of happiness and ends with some tips on being happy, because we all like a happy ending. You can read this piece and find links to her sources here.
Noah, Daisey, and Adam from the local IWW (International Workers of the World) appear with host Laurie Mercier in the KBOO studio to sing and talk about the union and about Labor Folk Night this Wednesday, December 29, at the Red and Black Cafe, 7 pm, 400 SW 12th Avenue.
Laurie Mercier hosts this show featuring live music from Wobble Wobble, singers of labor songs. Also on the program, Bill Resnick talks with climate expert Daphne Wysham about responses to climate change that enrich the poluters and Frann Michel explores the ups and downs of academic studies of happiness.
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- Responding to climate change with schemes to enrich corporations or with public investment in ways to save energy? Daphne Wysham from the Institute for Policy Studies talks with Bill Renick.
- How can happiness be measured? What makes people happy? Frann Michel looks critically at some ways of answering these questions.
- Labor songs and reviving the labor movement: music and an invitation to Labor Folk Night at the Red and Black Cafe. Laurie Mercier talks with IWW folks Noah, Daisy, and Adam.
How has President Obama advanced the control of nuclear weapons after the Bush administration's failures to act? David Krieger is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the author of numerous books on nuclear weapons. He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
The Most Dangerous Man in America is a documentary directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. It explains what the Pentagon Papers were, traces how Daniel Ellsberg came to release them, and considers some of the consequences. The story resonates with the current Wikileaks story, as Ellsberg has noted in his statements of support for Julian Assange and Bradley Manning or whoever the whistleblower was. Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss the film and the story it tells. For more information, click here.
How does the State create the fear needed to justify its extreme security measures, and what does it cost us? Clayton Morgareidge comments on and reads from Tom Engelhardt's piece "The National Security State Cops a Feel" from the website of the American Empire Project. You can read this piece here, where you will find many links to related material.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole episode centering around war, weapons of war, threats of war, and the national security state. We hear from David Krieger, an expert on nuclear weapons and their abolition; from the Movie Moles about Daniel Ellsberg and the parallels with Julian Assange; from Larry Bowlden about a novel raising questions about war reporting; and, in a piece presented by Clayton, from Tom Engelhardt on the growth of the national security state.
Bill Resnick hosts today's show, which features music selected by our radical musicologist, Brad Duncan. Between songs, we hear another Left and the Law installment about the FBI's role in arresting Mohamed Mohamud for attempting to use a fake bomb they supplied him with. Bill Resnick talks with policy analyst Andrew Fieldhouse about Obama's "tax-deal." Well Read Red, Tom Becker, reads a CounterPunch article about American Exceptionalism. And at the end of the show, Bill talks with Brad about the music featured throughout the show that expresses popular reactions to economic woes.
Below are links to individual segments.
Bill talks with Andrew about Obama's "tax-deal" and its real and imagined potential for getting the economy moving again. Andrew Fieldhouse is a Policy Analyst and Fellow Economic Policy Institute. Prior to joining EPI, he worked as a research assistant and assistant budget analyst at the House Budget Committee.
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- Length: 17:38 minutes (16.15 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)