Tom Becker is our host for this edition of the Old Mole, and we learn why education and job training are not the solution to unemployment, how US tax law benefits corporate tax evasion, and how and why the American Psychological Association condoned torture during the G.W. Bush presidency. We also learn about the work of the late Hugo Du Coudray.
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52:34 minutes (36.09 MB)
Gordon Lafer talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about why education and training programs will not put a dent in the unemployment rate. Lafer is a political economist at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center and the author of The Job Training Charade.
17:39 minutes (12.12 MB)
Joe Clement talks with Ryan Wisnor about Blood Wednesday, a labor battle fought during the auspicious year of 1934, when general strikes erupted in Portland and other West Coast port cities. In particular, striking longshoreworkers blocked the train that runs near Pier Park and were met with police, who fired on the workers and sent them running for cover in the Douglas Firs. Thought they suffered losses that day, the strikers ultimately prevailed through community support and helped galvanize workers up and down the West Coast. 11:40 minutes (5.34 MB)
Norm Diamond talks with the Low Tide Drifters, whose "music for the rest of us" draws on growing up in coastal oregon, wobbly didacticism, environmental as well as socially conscious themes, and phenomenal performances all around. They talk about their backgrounds and the importance of music as a conveyer of history and popular understandings. 32:19 minutes (14.8 MB)