Science

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 16, 2015

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Mon, 02/16/2015

Tom Becker hosts this episode dealing with climate change, the movement for polyamory, and legal maneuvers by anti-abortionists.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow these links:

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.
49:20 minutes (33.88 MB)

A Techno-fix for Climate Change?

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Mon, 02/16/2015
Tom Becker reads from Zoë Carpenter's article in The Nation, "We Cannot Geoengineer Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis."

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. 7:56 minutes (5.45 MB)

It's much later than we think: the methane time-bomb is ticking

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Tue, 01/20/2015
Host Paul Roland talks with environmental journalist Robert Hunziker about the "dreaded methane veil" arising from melting Arctic sea ice. He has recently written about the "Global Warming Bubble" that, when it bursts, will shatter our remaining illusions about how real and how urgent it is. 57:05 minutes (78.38 MB)

The Digital Divide: Statistics, Sports and Breast Cancer

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The Digital Divide
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Fri, 01/09/2015
Breast cancer is the premier biomedical in the world and yet survival has not increased since 2000. The Digital Divide explores what science has discovered about why breast and other cancers are difficult to treat, and why a shift to greater emphasis on early detection and prevention is warranted.  Host Robert Fortner interviewed Bob Eisenman and we'll listen to excerpts from that interview.

Also, statistics in sports might be distorting not only your view of the game, but of science and even lead to misjudgments in everyday life. Statistician Scott Berry brings this unexpected interplay to light.
58:37 minutes (53.67 MB)

Richard Deyo Interview

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Between Us
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Tue, 12/16/2014
"Oh, my aching back." And many of the tools of modern medicine aren't very helpful solving or even explaining that pain to the tens of thousands of people who suffer from it each year. In his book, "Watch Your Back", primary care physician Dr. Richard Deyo talks about how treatment for back pain may be much more simple than what we've been led to believe or expect.  Don Merrill talks with Dr. Deyo about why we should give up the quick fix or the magic cure when confronting this age old problem of aging. 
29:40 minutes (27.16 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 3, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 11/03/2014
 Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:


59:24 minutes (54.39 MB)

Critical Discussion of Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything: capitalism vs. the climate"

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Mon, 11/03/2014

Bill Resnick and Patrick Mazza discuss Naomi Klein's promising new book about capitalism and the environment, "This Changes Everything: captalsism vs. the climate". They consider the books merits, but also how it does not adequately deal with the challenges it raises against capitalism. They talk about corporate environmentalism, how Naomi ties the great social movements of the last couple centuries to environmentalism, but also her soft-pedaling on the big-business approach to sustainable energy, and the need for radically democratic solutions that devolve centralized forms of power in society, the economy, and energy grid.

17:56 minutes (16.42 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 27, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 10/27/2014
Norm Diamond hosts this episode and we hear: 60:26 minutes (55.33 MB)
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