Old Mole Variety Hour
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- Jan Haaken and Todd Sloan talk about psychology and perceptions of class and inequality.
- Bill Resnick finishes his conversation Michael Armstrong of Portland' Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with about climate change, sustainability, and collective vs. individual initiative
- Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary on the connection between the abolition of slavery and the larger struggle to abolish capitalism.
- Frann Michel and Hyung Nam discuss the origins and enduring if transformed relevance of May Day as International Workers Day.
Photo Credit: Portland State University
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1. Bill Resnick talks with Portland city sustainable official Michael Armstrong about what Portland is doing about climate change.
2. Tom Becker reads an article about the imminent dangers of serious water shortages.
3. Joe Clement talks with an activist about tenants struggles with Porttland landlords.
4. Tod Sloan reads from a book about anti-authoritarian left politics.
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Joe Clement reads an article by Dylan Matthews titled "Is The Future Of America A Crummy Service Job Stamping On A Human Face, Forever?" He considers how Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton both approach the economy in much the same way: make sure that there's a ready supply of people willing to take jobs when most of the new jobs created are low-wage, low-skill, and inconsistently scheduled. He argues that the more ethical and economically rational answer to "the jobs question" is a basic income. [Image from here]
Alan Weider discusses Studs Terkel and the hurts of American racism, with sounds of Terkel from transom.org and Mahalia Jackson from WFMT Chicago.
Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick talk about recent calls for better psychological screening of police and the history of using psychology to explain racist violence perpetrated by officers.