Old Mole Variety Hour
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1. Political economist Gordon Lafer talks with Bill Resnick about the myth that unemployment is caused by lack of education.
2. Tom Becker reads Ralph Nader's article on corporate tax dodging aided by tax laws.
3. Jan Haaken talks with Tod Sloan about her late colleague and community activist Hugo Du Coudray (aka Hugo Maynard).
4. Psychology and Politics: Jan and Tod look at the larger context behind the recent report on the APA's collusion with the military on torture.
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Joe Clement talks with Shane, a local housing justice activist, about how unionism as a political strategy for a more direct kind of democracy can be applied to other areas of social life. He and others call this "community syndicalism" or "community unionism". To that end, they discuss tenants unions as an already existing example of this idea.
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Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:
- Norm Diamond interview the Low Tide Drifters, who also perform live in studio.
- Joe talks with Ryan Wisnor, of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, about remembering "Blood Wednesday"
Joe also talks with Shane, a housing-justice activist, about community syndicalism and tenants unions.
- Title: OMVH07062015
- Length: 57:08 minutes (78.47 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 192Kbps (VBR)
To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow these links.
1. Bill Resnick talks with Victoria Law about solitary confinement and other outrages of law enforcement.
2. Denise Morris comments on "Orange is the New Black".
3. Desiree Hellegers talks with Junior Goodell about the threat to the Quinault people from proposed oil terminals.
4. Denise Morris critiques the mainstream LGBT movement for its focus on marriage.
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Bill Resnick talks with Nic Caleb about the Portland Climate Action Plan that is set for a City Council hearing this coming Wednesday, June 24. Caleb is the Climate Law Fellow at Our Children's Trust and teaches at Concordia College. He's devoted much time to working with climate action groups in Eugene, Oregon on Eugene's Climate Action Plan. Despite the possibility for Portland to join other climate-zero cities, the current Portland plan shows no effort to move toward the rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that climate scientists demonstrate is needed to preserve the climate system on which depend agricultural production and the survival of higher apes including humans.
[Image of City Hall by Cacophony]