Bill Resnick talks with government toxicologist, John James, and author of A Sea of Broken Hearts, which tells the story of how his son died due to a hospital error. The event made James interested in hospital errors and ultimately in advocating against the way the profit motive negatively influences medicine. 12:11 minutes (11.16 MB)
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole that, in addition to a discussion about the Syrian civil war and other mid-east conflicts, converges on a theme of social democracy under attack and the political stakes in its being defunded.
Joe Clement reads a short commentary about food stamps in terms of class warfare, and to that end as supporting the working-classes' capacity to organize and be organized to radical ends. 7:58 minutes (4.56 MB)
Jan Haaken talks with Universal Healthcare advocate, Chris Lowe, about Obamacare. Jan questions Chris about how to understand what's worthwhile and regressive in Obamacare from the perspective of those of us who believe healthcare should be universal. They talk about social democracy, the way that the government shutdown is being used to make us cynical about the state, and how we need to contextualize the kind of services the State offers and threatens to take away. 13:11 minutes (7.54 MB)