Old Mole Variety Hour
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Christian Parenti talks with Bill Resnick about his latest book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. It traces
· the collapse of many countries under the pressures of neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism that extract resources and keep the nations impoverished,
· militarism and the prevalence of weapons and highly armed thuggery,
· misrule by kleptocratic elites, and
· climate change, that the Pentagon calls a "threat multiplier."
The whole ensemble combines to threaten civilization as we know it. Parenti outlines some policies that might work to avoid that fate.
Carpenter argues that attempts by humans to change the climate (such as shooting a huge amount of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere to deflect sunlight) are so fraught with unpredictable consequences that it would be insane to make the attempt. Yet the attempt may become necessary if we don't reduce CO2 emissions.
Tom Becker hosts this episode dealing with climate change, the movement for polyamory, and legal maneuvers by anti-abortionists.
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1.Christian Parenti and Bill Resnick discuss Parenti's new book Tropic of Chaos and the New Geography of Chaos.
2. Mimi Schippers and Jan Haaken talk about the movement for polyamorous relationships.
3. Tom Becker reads a piece critical of repairing the climate with technological fixes.
4. The Left & the Law considers new moves in Texas to limit or abolish abortion rights.
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KBOO's current membership drive inspires Bill Resnick and host Denise Morris to discuss a recent article by Glen Greenwald that responds to media coverage of recent atrocities by ISIS by reminding us of less publicized ongoing atrocities by the US and its allies. KBOO not only brings you these hard truths, but offers listeners avenues for political action that can help us feel less guilty and helpless about government policies carried out in our names. KBOO's public affairs programs are therapeutic. You can support this therapy by contributing to the membership drive, clicking on the tip jar in the upper right hand corner of this page. Please do it now.
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1. How poor counties get into debt to the rich, and what one organization is doing about it.
2. A book review of a finely written debut novel, "Everything I Never Told You".
3. The link between child rearing and social welfare.
4. KBOO's therapy for political guilt and apathy