Economic imperialism

Double Radical Musicologists: the music and message of the IWW

program date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011

Through-out the show we played clips from famous songs written by members of the Industrial Workers of the World who, as Utah Phillips liked to put it, stole the hymn songs because they were pretty and changed the words so they'd make more sense. In the end, our radical musicologists, Brad Duncan and Josh Wise, talk about the litirgical and popular origins of the songs and how they spoke to both where people found themselves, where they've been and where they wanted to go.

10:26 minutes (9.55 MB)

Well Read Red: structural adjustments come to the USA

program date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011

Frann takes on the idea that the United States is broke, reminds us of the ramification of the kind of spending-cuts being demanded in Washington, and the sort of demands we should be making for the massive wealth held by the ruling class. She suggests that resistance to austerity, precisely to be realistic, must arise from outside the channels of power currently demanding austerity in the first place. "People power, from Greece to Spain to Egypt to Tunisia, is anything but a utopian phrase - it is the watchword of those on the front-line in the struggle against austerity." She also reminds us that "austerity" isn't new - before it used to be called structural adjustments.

9:14 minutes (8.46 MB)

AT&T and Keeping Monopolies in Check with Labor not Market-Power

program date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011

Joe and Josh Eidelson discuss the nuts and bolts of the AT&T merger. Josh explains why we should have no illusions about AT&T being ideologically pro-union, but points out how opposition to the merger exclude industrial power from having a positive, responsible role in industry development.

 

Josh Eidelson maintains his own blog, but his writing has appeared in Dissent, The American Prospect, Alter Net and In These Times

13:13 minutes (12.1 MB)

Marty Hart Landsberg on the "debt problem"

program date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011

Dr. Hart-Landsberg straight-forwardly explains the stakes of the federal government defaulting, the history of dealing with the debt-ceiling and how the whole issue is being used to further an ideological agenda that, he says, has been destructive of interests of the majority. That agenda shows up in things both the Democrats and Republicans agree on about the public debt: there's a debt crisis that must be gotten under control; the driver of the debt are social programs (not wars, Bush tax-cuts or economic crisis); less government in the economy is better. Bill brings this question of economy back to the environment and they discuss stimulus solutions that go beyond the logic of "government as spender of last resort".

20:28 minutes (18.73 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/01/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
debt ceiling, economic democracy, austerity and music of the IWW

 

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick and Marty Hart Landsberg talk about the debt-ceiling and how it will affect working people.
  • Joe and Josh Eidelson talk about economic democracy
  • Frann Michel talks about austerity measures and Dennis Kucinich offers his own plan to avoid them and get out of debt.
  • Music of the Industrial Workers of the World

A Deeper Look on 07/28/11

Program: 
A Deeper Look
Air date: 
Thu, 07/28/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2011; Guest Erin DeRamus

The Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2011: Guest; Erin DeRamus

The Last boat from the Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2011 was turned back last Tuesday. The American vessel had been turned back days before. The Governments of The United States & Israel and their allies Turkey and Greece worked together to prevent the Flotilla from reaching Gaza. Was the Flotilla a Success? How? Portlander Erin Deramus, an activist on the American Ship, will join me Linda Olson-Osterlund for a special hour long episode of A Deeper Look this Thursday morning. Why has this local activist committed herself to ending the siege of Gaza?

TUNE IN AND CALL IN !

Political Perspectives on 07/27/11

Air date: 
Wed, 07/27/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
Short Description: 
Misguided Measures

It's been 15 years since Oregon voters passed Measure 11, setting mandatory sentences in criminal cases. Just as a new Governor's Commission on Public Safety begins examining prison costs and their causes, a new report by the Partnership for Safety and Justice (PSJ) and the Campaign for Youth Justice says Measure 11 has meant more Oregon youths being charged as adults.

Associate Director and co-author of the report, as well as Matt (last name omitted). Matt spent seven and a half years in the Oregon Youth Authority. He shares some of his experiences with Measure 11 and his time at the McLaren youth facility in Woodburn.

For a copy of the report or for more info:

www.safetyandjustice.org

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 07/26/11

Air date: 
Tue, 07/26/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Gerry Pollet of Heart of America NW joins Abe to discuss the latest on the Hanford nuclear site.

Since its birth during the Manhattan Project, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has left a toxic legacy in its wake, from displaced populations to groundwater contamination to radiation in the Columbia River. Now, the U.S Department of Energy has proposed a "cleanup plan" that abandons large amounts of plutonium and other toxins at the site, and is even proposing using Hanford as a nationwide toxics disposal site.

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