Alternative economics

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/20/09

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Mon, 04/20/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Laurie Mercier hosts on this Monday after tax day. The moles discuss who controls the wealth and how it can be redistributed more fairly to insure participatory democracy and social justice.  Along with reviews and commentaries they’ll speak with Jo Comerford, Executive Director of the National Priorities Project (NPP).  The NPP analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent, and Comerford will help us understand how 40% of tax revenue that currently supports military spending could be redirected to more critical and productive needs.

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 05/14/09

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Thu, 05/14/2009 - 11:00am - 7:00pm
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Support KBOO's Spring membership drive!

News and Public Affairs Day – Thursday May 14th

The theme of this year’s drive is ‘Spring into Action!’ – Like groundwater in spring, the power of the people is rising.  We’ll hear talks by Democracy Now co-host Amy Goodman, radical Texan Jim Hightower, media critic and historian Robert McChesney, Harvard professor and author Linda J. Bilmes and some bits from the Pacifica Archives.

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 05/01/09

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Fri, 05/01/2009 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

MAYDAY! MAYDAY!

 Support your community radio station!  KBOO’s Spring Membership Drive runs May 1st – 16th

Tune in for this special program: Friday May 1st — Mayday! 8 am – 3 pm (1 – 3 en español) International Worker’s Day – kickoff of KBOO’s Spring Membership Drive – From its pagan origins to its radical present, May Day has always been a time of joyous festivities and empowerment.  Today we celebrate international solidarity among workers, community organizing and the end of corporate globalization!

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7 - 8 Democracy Now
8 - 9 Mayday Talk Radio special with Joe Uris and the band General Strike!
9 - 10 APA Compass - Mayday special
10 - 10:15 Air Cascadia
10:15 - 12:00 Mayday history and local organizing - including archival footage of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez and live interviews with local radical historian Michael Munk and other rabble rousers
12:00 - 1:00 Reports from Mayday marches around the world, hosted by Bill Resnick
1:00 - 3:00 Buscando America - Primero de Mayo Especial
4:00 - 5:00 Democracy Now!
The 5:00 News hour will include live reports from the March in downtown Portland
6:00 - 7:00 Bread and Roses will also have a Mayday-related show

Chris Martenson and the Crash Course

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Wed, 04/15/2009

 Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Chris Martenson, who offers a free crash course on "how we got into this economic crisis." Chris Martenson is an author; obsessive financial observer; trained as a scientist; experienced in business; has made profound changes in his lifestyle because of what he sees coming.

26:54 minutes (49.27 MB)

Flashpoints

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Flashpoints
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Thu, 04/16/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

An in-depth look at the Obama bailout and it's impact at the state and local level with financial analyst Catherine Austin Fitts and an archival interview with the late environmental activist Judy Bari.

Physicians for a National Health Care Program and Single Payer Options

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Mon, 04/13/2009

 Hosts Abe Proctor and Joe Uris speak with Dr. Michael C. Huntington of Physicians for a National Health Program about single payer options. Dr. Huntington will be one of the speakers, along with Representative Earl Blumenauer and State Senator Dr.

57:01 minutes (26.1 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 13, 2009

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Sun, 04/12/2009

This show features music by and an interview  about Tupac Shakur.   Also discussed are: reclaiming the consensus that  the richest folks should pay the most for the government services everyone needs;  how details  of the Easter story (crucifixion and resurrection) run parallel to much earlier myths; and protesting the drones  operated from California to rain destruction in the middle east.

To hear the whole show, use the button at the top of  the page.  For separate segments, follow the links below.

1.  Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins about meeting common needs by restoring a more progressive income tax.

56:51 minutes (32.54 MB)

Locus Focus on 04/15/09

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Locus Focus
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Wed, 04/15/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A conversation with economist Chuck Collins on restructuring tax codes to fuel economic recovery

If the most affluent 400 Americans as of 2006 had paid as much of their incomes in taxes as the top 400 did in 1955, the federal treasury would have collected an additional $35.9 billion more in revenue in 2006 just from these 400 ultra-rich individuals. Guest Chuck Collins (Locus Focus' official economist) co-authored a Tax Day report "Reversing the Great Tax Shift: Seven Steps to Finance Our Recovery Fairly,” which offers proposals that would raise $450 billion of revenue to support economic recovery. 

 Here are some of the reports modest proposals:
Introducing a modest financial transaction tax that will chill speculation and generate $100 billion a year.
Implementing an estate tax reform that taxes inheritances over $2 million at progressive rates.
Setting an emergency tax rate on extremely high incomes that would generate over $60 billion a year.
Eliminating the tax preference on capital gains and dividend income, generating $80 billion.
Closing overseas tax havens for individuals and corporations, generating $100 billion.
Scrapping $18 billion in tax breaks that subsidize excessive CEO compensation.
 
“By seriously taxing the top, as we did in the 1950s, we could raise the revenues we need to better invest in infrastructure, education, and retrofitting our energy system,” says Chuck Collins, an IPS senior scholar and co-author of the new IPS brief. “Appropriately targeted, higher taxes on the top would also serve to dampen the speculative frenzy that has cratered our economy.”

 

At 8:20 we're joined by journalist Reese Erlich, whose new book Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Future of Cuba explores Cuba’s strained history with the United States and the power of the Cuba Lobby. We'll talk about Obama's new Cuba policy and what impact that may have on improving the relationship between our countries.

 

Reese Erlich is the author of The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis and co-author of the best-selling Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You. He reports regularly for National Public Radio, Latino USA, Radio Deutche Welle, Australian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio. He also writes for the San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, and Dallas Morning News.

Taxes and the Rich

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Sun, 04/12/2009

A good society taxes its wealthiest members to invest in infrastructure and services for all. At least that was the consensus fifty years ago, but now the wealthy pay lower taxes than the rest of us.

Chuck Collins from the Institute of Policy Studies talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what our society needs and how to pay for it. Collins is the author of the pamphlet Reversing the Great Tax Shift: Seven Steps to Finance Our Economic Recovery Fairly, available here.

16:44 minutes (9.58 MB)
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