Old Mole Variety Hour
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Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show dealing with an effort to (sort of ) rewrite Marx's Capital for the 21st Century; the illusion that the American Dream can be restored to "the middle class"; the latest science on climate change and what it demands of us; and community gardening as an illustrationof a path beyond capitalism.
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1. Economist Robin Hahnel talks with Bill Resnick about the latest IPCC report on climate change and what can and must be done.
2. Well-read Red Frann Michel discusses a new book about capitalism and inequality that takes Marx seriously.
3. Clayton Morgareidge analyzes ideological illusions about middle class life and the American Dream.
4. Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken review a documentary about a community garden and the struggle to keep it.
Jan Haaken talks with Grace Silvia about the Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival. The organization Rethinking Psychiatry is an activist organization trying to shift away from pathologizing and toward recognizing a variety of ways of being in the world, toward recognizing that psychological suffering is often a result of problems in society or a consequence of trauma, and toward countering the pharmaceutical industry's model of easy cures for the spiritual or medical ailments of modern life. The first night's videos April 2nd explore the Soteria model of being with people going through psychotic breaks with no or minimal medication. The festival schedule was planned collaboratively and continues through April, ending with a screening of Guilty Except for Insanity. The films play on Wednesdays or Fridays through April with a suggested donation of $5-$15 .
Hosted as well as engineered by Joe Clement, this episode features discussions of Education, Labor, Aging, Reading, Psychiatry and Cinema: Bill Resnick talks with Portland State University Professor Patricia Schechter about faculty labor struggles and neoliberal education; Joe talks with Peter Frase of Jacobin Magazine about rethinking work; Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews new nonfiction form Penelope Lively, and Jan Haaken talks with Grace Silvia about the upcoming Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival.
Bill Resnick and Patricia Schechter on a possible PSU faculty strike
Joe Clement and Peter Frase on working less and living more
Larry Bowlden on Penelope Lively's Dancing Fish and Ammonites
Jan Haaken and Grace Silvia on the Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival
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Bob Peterson is a founding editor of Rethinking Schools and is the president of the Milwaukiee Teachers' Education Association.
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- Length: 12:22 minutes (11.32 MB)
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Bill Resnick hosts this show and we hear:
- Bill talks with Bob Peterson of Rethinking Schools about the corporate agenda against public education, and how advocates for real education are and must continue to resist it.
- Joe Clement talks with Anna Coote of the New Economics Foundation in London about the significance of how much we work and why a more just, equitable and sustainable society requires reducing it.
- Jan Haaken talks with Oregon author Diane Goeres-Gardner about her book on the Oregon State Hospital, what's changed, and who was and is kept there.
*Anna Coote is the head of social policy at the New Economics Foundation, a think tank based in London. Attached to the NYTimes article and mentioned in this talk is a collection of essays also published by the NEF called "Time On Our Side" that argues for an even more dramatic reduction to 21 hours.