Joe Clement and Peter Frase talk about Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, Player Piano, originally published in 1952. The story of Player Piano is set not too long after WWII, and is about social anxieties and alienation in class society in the shadow of the machines that replaced much human labor in the United States during the war. It focuses on a soul-searching engineer, Paul Proteus, and his clandestine recruitment into a revolution against the machines. Joe and Peter discuss the novel's economic vision, how it reflects anxieties of its time and how they might still resonate today, the crisis for patriarchy technology creates and the patriarchal bias Vonnegut still has beneath his satire, the politics of sabotage and direct action in the economy, and more.
25:19 minutes (23.19 MB)
Loosely based on a French graphic novel of the same title, and co-written by Kelly Masterson and director Bong Joon-ho, Snowpiercer is the first (mostly) English-language film directed by South Korean Bong, whose earlier films include the 2006 monster movie The Host.
12:11 minutes (11.16 MB)
The Doe Network is a volunteer organization that tries to identify John and Jane Does. Based in Tennessee, it has helped local, state and federal agencies solve crimes that involve the missing and the unidentified since the early 2000s. Don Merrill talked with spokesperson Todd Matthews about the Doe Network and how it tries to help families get resolution, even though Mr. Matthews admits that resolution isn't the same as justice. 29:57 minutes (27.43 MB)
Laurie Mercier talks with historian and Middle-East specialist Juan Cole about current events in Gaza. They discuss Israel's motives in launching its attack, and the history of Israel's occupation of Palestine, attacks on Hamas, and expansion of settlements in the West Bank. In addition, Laurie and Professor Cole discuss the role of the US: the failure of much of the US mainstream media to report adequately on events in Palestine; the US support for Israel; the impact of financial contributions on corrupt US legislators; and the possibility that the US could make all the difference by withholding its veto of UN security-council measures censuring Israel. 18:14 minutes (8.35 MB)
Movie Moles Joe Clement and Frann Michel discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes(2014). They consider the film's representations of war and peace, human nature and technology, gender and race, and offer some contrasts with the earlier series of Planet of the Apes films. They also comment on Dr. Susan Block's critique of the film on counterpunch. The first part of this discussion was broadcast on the Old Mole Variety Hour on 7/28/14; the second part is web-only content.
22:08 minutes (10.14 MB)
Dr. Benjamin Chavis is a civil rights pioneer. He led the NAACP in the early 90s and he was the director of the Million Man March. He is involved in a number of self empowerment initiatives including a collaboration with media mogul Russell Simmons to use hip hop as a way for youth to transmit experiential messages to the larger community. Mr. Chavis was recently elevated to the position of president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Don Merrill sat down with Mr. Chavis to talk about his newest job to once again help energize and educate not just black communities but all communities. 29:56 minutes (27.4 MB)
KBOO's Paul Roland speaks with Ariel Deranje about the 5th Annual Tar Sands Healing Walk, which calls attention to the continued exploitation of fossil fuels in Alberta, Canada and its effects on the land. 11:55 minutes (10.91 MB)
On the one-year anniversary of first news reports based on the disclosures of former defense contractor Edward Snowden, KBOO spoke with Norman Solomon, the director of the Insitute for Public Accuracy, about the current state of legal protection for whistleblowers in the defense and intelligence communities, as well as the Institute's new website, ExposeFacts.org, where whistleblowers can safely and confidentially convey their information to journalists. 15:08 minutes (13.85 MB)
Laurie Mercier talks with Eric de Place about proposed oil processing facilities in the Port of Vancouver (the largest ever in the PNW). The Tesaro terminals would bring in as much as half a million barrels of oil a day from the Alberta Tar Sands and other sites in North America. Eric reviews the recent history of both built and proposed oil infrastructure in Washington and Oregon. Eric explains how oil trains and infrastructure not only contribute to global ecological and economic volatility, but also how local ecologies and economies are systematically damaged by them, and how local communities are organizing against them. 13:05 minutes (11.98 MB)
Gordon Challstrom is a Republican running for Oregon's Governor. He talked with Don Merrill about how if Oregonians chose to overturn the 2004 same-sex Constitutional amendment, he would follow their wishes as the chief executive, how a variety of political problems are dogging Governor Kitzhaber and how, a drone that flies too low might be on the receiving end of a shotgun shell. *These interviews are part of a project inviting all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly. 27:52 minutes (25.51 MB)