Iven Hale hosts this edition of the Old Mole with a focus on the aftermath of the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Also on the show are pieces on agriculture and climate change and liberation from working on the clock. It's all held together with Iven's interesting choices of music.
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54:55 minutes (37.71 MB)
A day will come when workers will no longer be slaves to the time clock, claims IWW member Chuck Allen. The original demand for less clock time early in the last century was for the 4-hour day 4 days a week. What we got instead was the 8-hour day. Chuck wrote this piece, read here by Joe Clement, at work ("on the clock"), thus demonstrating that we can find ways to reclaim our time when we are supposed to be working on "someone else's time".
6:32 minutes (4.49 MB)
Todd Moss is the author of his first novel The Golden Hour, a fictional tale about international intrigue in the Horn of Africa. But he's also an expert on real life foreign policy as a Senior Fellow and CEO for the Center for Global Development, a Washington DC Think tank that conducts research and analysis on the developing world. He talked with Don Merrill about terrorism, economic development and a few of the good stories across the African continent. 29:04 minutes (26.61 MB)
Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond talk about union organizing by way of a mutual review of Jane McAlevey's book "Raising Expecations, and Raising Hell: my decade fighting for the labor movement". They consider the official and cynical meaning of labor day, but also the stagnation of the labor movement as it's moved away from rank-and-file organizing, direct action, and using workers' power to drive social change. 18:32 minutes (16.97 MB)
Joe Clement and Nathan Schneider discuss an article he wrote recently for Vice Magainze that asks "who stole the 4-hour work day". The consider different rationales for reducing the work week, the social and psychological damage of working too much, its long past stretching back to the American Revolution, as well as how the aspiration fueled the labor movement during its most powerful period before WWII. This conversation contains a few extra minutes that did not air during the live broadcast.
20:24 minutes (18.68 MB)
Joe Clement hosts this labor day special, which features conversations about reducing the work week and having real power in society as workers, challenging stagnant norms in union organizing, the problem with work and utopianism. We also hear clips of political humor in honor of the late Robin Williams. 57:35 minutes (79.07 MB)