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Bill Resnick interviews Rebecca Gordon on the negotiations -- including Russia and Iran -- to find a path toward stopping the killing in Syria. Will this be a model for reconstructing the middle east? Not if the U.S. continues to support Saudi Arabia and its insistence on dominating and destroying its challengers. Rebecca Gordon teaches in the Philosophy dept. at the University of San Francisco. Her new book American Nuremberg: The Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post 9/11 War Crimes, comes out from Hot Books in March 2016.
Tom Becker reads excerpts from an article by Garry Leech entitled The Elephant in the Room: Capitalism and Sustainable Development
The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken talk about the growing movement for prison reform--and why conservatives are joining progressives in calling for an end to mass incarceration, long sentences, and the extensive use of solitary confinement. Jan and Mike talk about some of the challenges in separating the rhetoric from the real reforms, and some of the dilemmas for activists around prison politics.
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Denise Morris and Bill Resnick explore the Bernie Sanders phenomena and question the conclusions drawn by Emma Caterine in her Truthout.org op ed "Is Bernie Sanders Dangerous to Socialism?"
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Denise Morris hosts and we hear these segments:
Bill Resnick interviews philosopher Rebecca Gordon about Syria peace talks.
Tom Becker reads about Capitalism and Sustainable Development
Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss Prison Reform
Denise Morris and Bill Resnick explore the Bernie Sanders phenomena
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- Title: omvh2nov2015
- Length: 52:59 minutes (24.25 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Bill Resnick talks with Robin Hahnel, who teaches (an emeritus of American U now at PSU), writes, speaks, and is deeply engaged in grass roots struggles towards building that other possible necessary world, that democratic and sustainable alternative. His books include Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis, Socialism Today and Tomorrow, and The ABCs of Political-Economy. About Green Economics his publisher wrote: "This book's pluralistic, non-dogmatic, and committed investigation of the values of ecological sustainability, economic justice, and human dignity provides balanced analysis of environmental problems and their potential solutions."
They discuss the big picture: a need for a sense of an alternative to the current system, that in fact there are communities that have demonstrated that that we possess the technologies and resources of production to curb climate change to manageable levels and think tanks and academic groups who have developed reasonable ideas and plans for developing an economic system that could maintain sufficient production to keep people alive and satisfied, that could raise and deploy resources and set priorities for investment and research, and also integrate these communities into confederated regions and nations. But how and in what sorts of struggles do we build the political forces powerful enough, in the conditions of environmental/economic crisis likely to prevail, to overpower the political forces that now hold back the needed reconstruction?
Robin recommends these websites for more information:
on participatory economics http://www.participatoryeconomics.info/ and http://zcomm.org/category/topic/parecon/
economics for equity and the environment http://e3network.org/
future economy http://futureecon.com/
labor network for sustainability http://www.labor4sustainability.org/
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Desiree Hellegers talks with Dan Serres of Columbia Riverkeeper about the fossil fuel struggle. They discuss the disastrous effects of the planned Liquified Natural Gas Export Terminals and the need to stand up to the oil companies. They mention the successful citizen action to stop the Bradwood LNG project, and also note an upcoming event for more information and to make connections with others working on these issues:
October 22, 2015; 6:30 pm Panel Discussion on Two Reckless LNG Export Proposals on Thursday, October 22, 2015, doors at 6:30pm, panel at 7:00pm at First Unitarian Church Fuller Hall Downtown Portland. Panelists include scientists, climate activists, and community leaders who will offer ideas about how you can plug into the fight to stop LNG in Oregon!
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Book mole Larry Bowlden reviews the work of the late Kent Haruf, and recommends the work of this quiet writer of the heart, who writes in simple, direct prose; Larry particularly discusses his novels Plainsong, Benediction, Eventide, and the posthumously published Our Souls at Night.
You can find more of Larry's reviews here.
Jan Haaken interviews Kathy Farr, professor emeritus at PSU, on her current research on school shootings. She looks at middle and high school rampage shootings over the past 30 years and takes up some of the gender and social dynamics that seem to be driving these expressions of rage. They note the inadequacy of simply calling for more mental health counseling.
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Bill Resick talks with Robin Hahnel about environmental crisis and economics beyond capitalism
Desiree Hellegers talks with Dan Serres of Columbia Riverkeeper about urgent actions to stop fossil fuel development in the Pacific Northwest
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews the work of the late novelist Kent Haruf
Jan talks with sociologist Kathy Farr about school shootings and young white men's rage
- Title: OMVH19Oct2015
- Length: 54:36 minutes (24.99 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)