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Robert McChesney and Jon Nichols have a new book, to be published in December, on how what needs to be done to save American journalism and investigative reporting from the corporate drift towards empty entertainment. It's called The Death and Life of American Journalism: the Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again. McChesney talks with Bill Resnick about their radical, yet realistic, proposal for treating journalism as a public good necessary for a democratic society. For a preview of the book, go here.
Michael Moore's new movie Capitalism: A Love Story is now out, and our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Laurie Mercier give us their take on it. What is its critique of capitalism? What does Moore offer as an alternative?
In his new book Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, Max Blumenthal reports on and analyzes the pathological culture of the Christian Right and how they have taken over the party. Here he talks with Bill Resnick about what he discovered and what it might mean for progressive politics. Blumenthal will be speaking at Powell's on Burnside at 7:30 tonight (9/28/09).
Luz María Gordillo presents another in her series of short stories about the Mexican immigrant experience -- this one about a photographer living in Spanish Harlem.
While protesters on the streets outside were being gassed by police, what were the world leaders doing inside? Lots of pious promises to help the poor, but any action? Bill Resnick talks with Arthur Stamoulis, Director of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign who has followed the talks. They also discuss the E-Convergence Conference, featuring Noam Chomsky and many others, coming up later this week here in Portland. For details, go here.
A wide-ranging discussion of healthcare and health insurance issues by seven participants in a course called "Humanity in Perspective." The course was offered free at Willamette University and at Reed College to adults who are economically and/or educationally disadvantaged. In this conversation, moderated and edited by Professor Ivan Welty of Willamette University, the students speak from personal experience with the difficulties of the current healthcare system.
Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features a conversation among seven people about their experiences with the healthcare system. Nationally known author Max Blumenthal talks with Bill about his new book Republican Gomorrah -- the crashing and burning of the party at the hands of the Christian Right. Luz María Gordillo reads her story "The Photographer," and Arthur Stamoulis reviews the promises and likely performance of the the G-20 world leaders in Pittsburgh.
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We live in an age of resistance, of non-compliance with authority. So says Daniel Drache, author of Defiant Publics: The Unprecedented Reach of the Global Citizen. Here he talks with the Old Mole Bill Resnick about the many manifestations of this independent minded public spirit here and around the world.
Doctors and hospitals make mistakes: how do patients get compensated? In their ongoing series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and Old Mole Jan Haaken puncture the myths about tort reform and malpractice suits that Republicans claim are driving up medical costs and driving good doctors out of business.
Mexican immigrants, whether documented or not, contribute mightily to the North American economy. So why don't they deserve healthcare like anyone else? Tom Becker makes the case, with help from an editorial by Alvaro Huerta published in CounterPunch: In Defense of the Undocumented.