Denise Morris hosts this episode dealing with the crushing debt owed by poor nations to wealthy financial institutions; a new novel about a Chinese-American girl; and how ideas of child rearing intersect with ideas about social welfare.
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36:08 minutes (24.81 MB)
Beliefs about child rearing come from the same root as beliefs about social welfare. Clayton Morgareidge discusses differing views about whether children should be fed and comforted on demand or on a schedule. Since psychologists now say parents should attend to their children and not leave them to cry, this has implications for meeting the social needs of everyone. 7:05 minutes (4.87 MB)
Jubilee USA is an organization working to expose and reverse the debt loads that cripple the economies of many poor nations. The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Jubilee's director Eric LeCompte about how this debt was incurred and how Jubilee works to challenge the big lenders. 15:35 minutes (10.7 MB)
Iven Hale hosts this episode of the Old Mole, with segments on Greek elections, the campaign for single-payer health care in Oregon, anarchist poetry, and challenging state legal preemptions of local attempts to raise the minimum wage or demand affordable housing in new developments. To listen to the whole show, use the play button below; for individual segments use the links. 64:27 minutes (59.01 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Leo Panitch about the electoral victory in Greece of the anti-austerity party Syriza. Although they will likely fulfill their promises to restore health care, to reinstate collective bargaining and workers’ basic rights, to raise the minimum wage, and to reconnect people to the electricity grid, more thorough resistance to the Eurozone is uncertain. Still, their victory provides a model for organizing for the long haul and testament to the need to take state power.
15:50 minutes (7.25 MB)
Amy Pearl is the Executive Director of Springboard Innovation, rebranded as Hatch Innovation, a 10-year old non profit that is essentially in the business of building businesses. She was the driving force behind the Community Public Offering, an idea whose implementation by the Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities leap-frogged over statute to become administrative law. As a surprise to everyone, this shortened its implementation from 18 months to three. Its purpose is to let Oregonians invest real money in real businesses. It's not crowdfunding. And although it is conceptually simple, the devil is in the details. Don Merrill talked with Ms. 28:05 minutes (25.71 MB)