Old Mole Variety Hour
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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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Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole where the topics include the Teamsters and democracy, a local production of Harold Pinter's play about torture, a review of the Coen Brothers film True Grit, and an op-ed debunking the "menace" of Islamist terrorism in Europe.
Peter Landon has had a long career as a truck driver and Teamster union activist with TDU (Teamsters for a Democratic Union). Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about union democracy and the campaign to replace James P. Hoffa with Sandy Pope as president of the Teamsters. More about Pope here.
On today's Old Mole, hosted by Joe Clement, we hear about net neutrality, Albert Einstein on socialism, the new movie Black Swann, and politically-charged 1990s hardcore-punk.
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As the Earth's climate becomes increasingly unstable, the US government is responding with measures that reward the profit-making corporations that caused the problem. Bill Resnick talks with Daphne Wysham from the Institute for Policy Studies about cap and trade and carbon offsets, and about what should be done instead. Wysham is founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, a project of IPS, and founder and co-host of Earthbeat Radio.
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.