Old Mole Variety Hour
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Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Gwen Sullivan and Elizabeth Thiel of the Portland Association of Teachers. They discuss the importance of teachers' academic freedom to design classes tailored to the needs of their diverse students, as well as the importance of making sure that funding allocated to education is actually spent on classroom learning. They dispel common misconceptions about charter schools and public schools, and describe what professional development should mean, and what it often means in practice. The discussion concludes with the recognition that to improve education we need to end poverty and inequality, and that this will entail teachers coordinating with other unions and other movements.
You can listen here to part one of this discussion, broadcast 7/21/14.
- Title: Gwen & Eliz Part2
- Length: 17:47 minutes (8.14 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Movie Moles Joe Clement and Frann Michel discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). They consider the film's representations of war and peace, human nature and technology, gender and race, and offer some contrasts with the earlier series of Planet of the Apes films. They also comment on Dr. Susan Block's critique of the film on counterpunch. The first part of this discussion was broadcast on the Old Mole Variety Hour on 7/28/14; the second part is web-only content.
- Title: DotPotApesreview longversion
- Length: 22:08 minutes (10.14 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Laurie Mercier talks with historian and Middle-East specialist Juan Cole about current events in Gaza. They discuss Israel's motives in launching its attack, and the history of Israel's occupation of Palestine, attacks on Hamas, and expansion of settlements in the West Bank. In addition, Laurie and Professor Cole discuss the role of the US: the failure of much of the US mainstream media to report adequately on events in Palestine; the US support for Israel; the impact of financial contributions on corrupt US legislators; and the possibility that the US could make all the difference by withholding its veto of UN security-council measures censuring Israel. The discussion also addresses the Boycott-Divest-Sanctions movement and various boycott targets, and the surge in global support for Palestinians prompted by the use of photography and video to expose Israel's actions in killing non-combatants, especially young people who comprise the majority of the population in Gaza.
You can read more on Juan Cole's blog, Informed Comment.
Could there be a store where everything is free? Why must every exchange be a commercial one? To question the idea that you never get anything for nothing, The Portland Free Store has been established. Its founder Karen Carr talks here with the Old Mole's Joe Clement about how it works. This is an extended web-only version of the interview in which Karen and Joe discuss the larger political questions the store hopes to raise.
The next Free Store will be held this coming Saturday, July 26, from 1 to 3 pm, at the Community Supported Everything Building at 1626 NE Alberta.
- Length: 18:26 minutes (16.87 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
(Photo taken in the KBOO studio during this discussion.)
Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Mole, and we hear --
1. Bill Resnick talks with two members of PAT (the Portland Association of Teachers) about their recent victory in contract talks and how it will help teachers do a better job.
2. Joe Clement and Karen Carr explain how there can really be a store where everything is free.
3. The Left and the Law discusses the recent court decision finding capital punishment unconstitutional in California.
4. Jan Haaken talks with two participants in a recent summer youth camp on reproductive justice.
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Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left. Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants? Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
Norm Diamond is an organizer and sometime Old Mole, as well as co-author of The Power in Our Hands.
After the interview, we hear some of the song that provides that book's title, "Solidarity Forever," performed by Emcee Lynx.
In recognition of 14 July, Frann Michel comments on Bastille Day, the holiday commemorating the French Revolution of 1789. You can read her comments, with links, here.