Bill Resnick and Tod Sloan consider what consumerism is and isn't, the political-economic project that drives consumerism, how consumerism tries to compensates us for alienation and exploitation, how consumerism infects our social relations, and how to think about anti-consumerism in a world of material and political inequalities.
Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Frann Michel, review the 1994 Charles Burnett film The Glass Shield. Jonny Johnson, played by Michael Boatman, is an idealistic rookie assigned to an all white LA County Sheriff's office as its first black officer. JJ, as he's called, befriends another officer who is like him at odds with the in-group: Deborah Fields played by Lori Petty. Together they investigate suspicions they have of a cover-up within the ranks of the station that pull them into a deeper network of corruption.
13:59 minutes (12.8 MB)
Frank Warren is the founder of PostSecret, a ten year invitation to everybody to anonymously share their deepest, darkest secret with everybody. How's that been working? Six-hundred ninety million people have visited the website, a literal ton of postcards, six books, a webby award; you decide. Don Merrill talks with Mr. Warren about why people do it, what it's meant to him and why in the world he encourages people to send their secrets to his real home address. (apologies for audio hum)
27:54 minutes (25.54 MB)
Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Ellen Meloy's 2004 book, Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild. Meloy tracks a rare species of desert big horn sheep in the high Mountain deserts of Utah. Sleeping, camping, and living with sheep much of the year, Meloy describes in exquisite detail the plants and animals of the desert, and the dangers facing all creatures due to corporate greed and human expansion into wilderness.