Alternative economics

Arjun Makhijani on the Nuclear Power Fiasco

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 03/03/2009

Thirty years ago this country's nuclear program came to a halt after the disasterous accident and meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear facility in Pennsylvania. Since then we are still debating how to safely store in perpetuity countless tons of high level radioactive waste that is the legacy of this program that once promised "energy too cheap to meter," but resulted in massive cost-overuns and environmental hazards. So why has the nuclear option returned to the table as we look for alternatives to carbon emitting climate changing fossil fuels? What forgotten lessons of the 1970s do we need to remember? Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein is joined by Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy & Environmental Research, for a discussion about why nuclear power is no better an idea now than it was thirty years. We also talk about who is promoting nuclear power and why

52:57 minutes (24.24 MB)

Flashpoints on 03/05/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Thu, 03/05/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

A new report challenges plans for a genetically engineered revolution in African agriculture, Catherine Austin Fitts on why President Obama wants Americans to invest in the stock market, and towns in Northern California continue their fight against military recruiting in the schools.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 2, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 03/01/2009

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program focuses on opportunities to shape what's ahead in the Obama years.  We hear from labor journalist Sam Pizzigati about the promise of the President's budget proposal; from Environmentalist Mary Wood about what we must do to keep the atomosphere safe for living things; from Book Mole Larry Bowlden about new stories and poems from Grace Paley and John Nichols; and from Clayton about progressive politics as grounded in the brain. 

To hear the whole show, use the arrow at the top of this page.  To listen to individual pieces, follow their links below:

1.  The Obama Budget: Bill Resnick and Sam Pizzigati

54:56 minutes (31.44 MB)

Does the Brain Lean Left?

program date: 
Sun, 03/01/2009

Do the progressive sentiments coming out of the Obama administration appeal to a part of our nature that's embedded in ourbrains?  Clayton Morgareidge explores the possibility and what it might mean politically. 

You can read this commentary here

8:15 minutes (4.73 MB)

The Amazing Obama Budget

program date: 
Sun, 03/01/2009

 

 

How progressive is the Obama budget?  Republicans call it socialist, among other things.  Sam Pizzigati, a labor journalist and analyst with the Institute for Policy Studies, says it's the most radical presidential program in generations.  Bill Resnick talks with him about what it all means and its prospects for becoming reality. 

 

16:59 minutes (9.72 MB)

Positively Revolting on 02/06/09

Air date: 
Fri, 02/06/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Hosts Melodie Silverwolf and Crystal Leighty speak with Marty Hart-Landsberg, Professor of Economics and Director of the Political Economy Program at Lewis and Clark College. His books include Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy, which he edited with Richard Westra and Seongjin Jeong. This is part one of a two-part conversation, which continued on February 20th.

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 23, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 02/22/2009

Tom Becker hosts this program about human costs and human needs in these tough economic times.  How can essential public services be funded in Oregon?  How can immigrant workers be protected from draconian laws enforced by states like Arizona?  And how can home foreclosures be stopped?  Tom takes on the idea that we are becoming a socialist nation.  To hear the whole show, use the arrow at the top of this page.  To hear individual pieces, follow their links below:

1.  Michael Leachman from the Oregon Center for Public Policy talks with Bill Resnick about how to keep the State of Oregon solvent.

2.  Are we all socialists now, as Newsweek imagines?

48:51 minutes (27.95 MB)

We're All Socialists Now?

program date: 
Sun, 02/22/2009

A recent Newsweek article claims that the economic crisis is forcing the nation into socialism.  But do the authors really know what socialism is?  Or are they confused?  Tom Becker explains. 

7:05 minutes (4.06 MB)

Weathering the Economic Storm in Oregon

program date: 
Sun, 02/22/2009

How can Oregon protect  its neediest citizens as unemployment and home foreclosures increase and tax revenues fall? 

Michael Leachman of the Oregon Center for Public Policy talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the state government can prevent drastic cuts in services.

15:07 minutes (8.66 MB)

Marty Hart-Landsberg on the economy (part 2)

program date: 
Thu, 02/19/2009

Marty Hart-Landsberg is Professor of Economics and Director of the Political Economy Program at Lewis and Clark College. His books include Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy, which he edited with Richard Westra and Seongjin Jeong.                                                                                 

55:48 minutes (51.09 MB)
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