Iven Hale hosts this offering from the Old Mole with segments about the need to defend Social Security and public pensions, the life of Nelson Mandela, FBI sting operations, and a new novel by Alice McDermott.
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1. Alan Wieder talks with Danny Schechter about his new bio of Nelson Mandela. http://kboo.fm/content/madibamandelaatoz
2. Karen Friedman of the Pension Rights Center explains the threats to our retirement from diminishing pensions and attacks on Social Security in this conversation with Bill Resnick. 54:21 minutes (31.1 MB)
Alice McDermott's new novel "Someone" is about the ordinary life of a woman who become extraordinary when seen through the lens of an great story teller. Larry Bowlden's review will lead you to it. 6:03 minutes (3.47 MB)
Oregonians and cinephiles who don't recognize the name Penny Allen could be forgiven. There's no Wikipedia page for her, and only partially accurate information on the Internet Movie Database. But Penny helped kickstart Portland's independent film scene in the 1970's, hiring budding talents Eric Edwards, Gus Van Sant, and Henk Pander to run camera, sound, and scenic design on iconic Portland-centric features such as Property and Paydirt.