Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features the music of Yusuf Islam, once famous as Cat Stevens. Topics on the program include Israel, the US and the Middle East; Soloist, a film about musical genius and mental illness; Obama's equivocal position on prisoners from the "war on terror"; and the career of Yusuf Islam. To hear the whole show, click on the play button above. For individual pieces, follow the links below:
President Obama opposes torture and defends the rule of law, and yet his actions don't entirely repeal the Bush era's attack on constitutional rights. Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about what it all means. Mike's recommendations for getting active on this matter: The ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights.
John Kroger wants to be an activist attorney general. Since being sworn in, he’s taken on predatory lenders, challenged the LNG terminal, and headed up the investigation of Mayor Sam Adams. Now he’s asking lawmakers to fund a new civil rights unit so he can sue Oregon companies that break our state’s civil rights laws.
Waterboarding, Torture or Enhanced interrogation ? What about the men and women who authorized it? Are they criminals or Public Servants protecting America? Should they be held accountable? If so, then how? Should it be by a court or panel? On this show we listen to the voices of experts and perpetrators alike. What is the path forward? Many callers added to the discussion.
After yesterday’s California Supreme Court decision upholding that state’s ban on gay marriage, ad-hoc protests were held across the country challenging the decision. In Portland, gay rights advocates gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square to voice their outrage.
The current recession is not an equal opportunity crisis. People of color are experiencing job loss, foreclosures and lack of healthcare at alarmingly higher rates than white Americans. These disparities are not a coincidence but rather the result of structural barriers that have been taking a toll on people of color long before the subprime meltdown.
Do we need a new civil rights unit? An interview with Oregon Attorney General John Kroger
John Kroger wants to be an activist attorney general. Since being sworn in, he’s taken on predatory lenders, challenged the LNG terminal, and headed up the investigation of Mayor Sam Adams. Now he’s asking lawmakers to fund a new civil rights unit so he can sue Oregon companies that break our state’s civil rights laws. His request comes as lawmakers in Salem are facing a growing budget crisis and considering major cuts in education, family services, public safety and other essential services.