Technology

Digital Sampling and the Contradictions of Intellectual Property Rights

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Thu, 11/25/2010

Nate Harrison narrates an impressive history of the use and dissemination of the "Amen Break," a 6-second drum solo in the middle of the Winston's 1969 hit, "Amen Brother." As the Amen Break became re-appropriated through eletronic sampling, its story stands as a testement to the limitlessness of digitally mediated expression and way intellectual property rights stifle.

17:31 minutes (8.02 MB)

A Maintenance vs. Manufacturing Economy

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Mon, 11/22/2010

 Ken Ingham is a writer, and in the early '90s responded to NPR's MarketPlace Report challenge to suggest ways to kick-start the economy. Ken's brief response was about building a maintenance economy through market mechanisms. In this essay that he wrote later, he expands that suggestions to almost utopian dimensions. The commentary seeks to revive his suggestions and partially respond to the consumer-driven approach Ingham assumes. 

8:32 minutes (7.82 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour November 22nd

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Mon, 11/22/2010

Today's show, hosted by Denise Morris, features interviews about poverty & healthcare, the General Motors bailout, a commentary about building a maintenance economy, and a brief history of the world's most important 6-second drum-loop.

 

59:46 minutes (27.36 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 11/16/10

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Tue, 11/16/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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With corporate money at the wheel, whither then for the progressive?

As the populist wave that swept President Obama into office gives way to Business as Usual, Americans are waking up to the realities of life in a plutocracy. Both Frank Rich in the New York Times and Chris Hedges on Alternet reflect on this point in grand fashion. Rich, in a column titled "Who Will Stand Up to the Superrich?" writes that the issue is "issue is whether the country can afford the systemic damage being done by the ever-growing income inequality between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, whether poor, middle class or even rich."

The Science of Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs

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program: 
The Digital Divide
program date: 
Fri, 11/12/2010

Bed bugs are a growing problem not only in Portland, but in every city in the country. Getting an inspection as soon as bed bugs are suspected is critical to keeping a small infestation from growing. Bed bug sniffing dogs are the newest tool in the war against bed bugs. Able to sniff out what humans might never see or find, bed bug sniffing dogs can tell you if you do have bed bugs or, if you don't.

Listen to this interview with Molly's trainer Leigh Ann Coleman, owner of PestDetectionNW.com.

For general information about how to get rid of bed bugs check out bedbugsnorthwest.com

25:51 minutes (17.75 MB)

Is Google making us stupid? Nicholas Carr author of The Shallows

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program: 
The Digital Divide
program date: 
Fri, 11/12/2010

Is Google making us stupid? When Nicholas Carr posed that question in a celebrated Atlantic essay, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?

23:28 minutes (16.11 MB)
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