Justice for Janitors

program date: 
Mon, 06/11/2012

Bill Resnick talks Maggie Long and Renato Quientaro about struggles in the janitorial industry. They discuss about fighting for decent workplace conditions, living wages and benefits. They describe the negotiation process a bit and who they bargain with for employee benefits. To learn more about their campaign goes to:

Maggie is an organizer with SEIU local 49 and Renato is a janitor with Intel and also with SEIU local 49. 


8:08 minutes (7.45 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour June 11th 2012

program date: 
Mon, 06/11/2012

  Clayton Morgareidge hosts today's Old Mole and we hear: 

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57:38 minutes (52.77 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 06/04/2012

 Frann Michele hosts this edition of the Old Mole, featuring discussions of Wisconsin's recall election, the legend of Robin Hood and its continuing resonance today, the so-called "obesity epidemic," and what happens when libertarians think about (their own) working conditions.  

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54:21 minutes (31.1 MB)

Libertarian Contradictions

program date: 
Mon, 06/04/2012

 Does it make sense for a libertarian writer to complain about having to conform to a narrow editorial line laid down by his or her publication?  Blogger and political scientist Corey Robin explores the hidden contradictions in libertarian thinking about individual freedom and the work place in this piece read for us here by Old Mole Joe Clement.  

8:52 minutes (5.08 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 06/05/12

Air date: 
Tue, 06/05/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
As Joe prepares for his annual hiatus, he and Abe survey the State of the Union.

 The State of the Union is screwed. Four years into the New Depression, the economy still lags and working people suffer while the ruling class rolls in profligate wealth. Inequality grows more extreme. The wars drag on. The modern surveillance state is a reality. The planet grows warmer.

What's to be done? Do we play by the rules, and rely on our democratic institutions? If so, whom do we support? Does it matter? Is it time for a more creative solution?

In Joe's last show before his annual summer break, he and Abe survey the State of the Union.

John Miller on Finance Capitalism and Private Equity Firms

program date: 
Mon, 05/28/2012

 Bill Resnick talks with John Miller about the financialization of the economy. John summarizes the transformation in the economy that was going on when Mitt Romney co-founded private equity firm, Bain Capital, in the 1980. Bill asks John to summarize and speak to the arguments being made by conservatives in defense of private equity firms. In the end John also suggests some low-hanging fruit for starving the beast of financial capital. 

John Miller writes a lot for Dollars and Sense and is an economics profesor at Wheaton College.
19:15 minutes (17.62 MB)

Book Mole: later novels of Wallace Stegner

program date: 
Mon, 05/28/2012

Larry Bowlden reviews the signifance of Wallace Stegner's wide-ranging vocation as a writer and teacher. Stegner wrote short-stories, biographies, novels, literary and environmental criticism. Stegner was a creative writing teacher to many powerful writers, such as Ken Kesey and Edward Abbey. Stegner went further than most in his condemnation of the American Dream as such, locating in it a tragic illusion about the potential of America's selfless bounty and the lack constraints on American's selfish exploitation of it all.

7:14 minutes (6.62 MB)

Labor Radio on 05/28/12

Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 05/28/2012 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Short Description: 
STRIKE! East County Teachers & Colombian GM worker

600 school teachers, represented by the Reynolds Education Association (REA) have been on strike for five days. Despite the union’s agreement to the district’s economic demands, the school board has continued to insist on severe attacks on teachers’ working conditions. Co-host Jamie Partridge talks with some of the hundreds of teachers who have been out on the picketline every day.

In the second half of the show, co-host John Walsh recorded a Colombian GM worker, Jorge Parra, speaking with UAW staff at Solidarity House in Detroit about the fightback against dangerous working conditions and a cruel company.

Police Arrest 12 at Post Office Rally

program date: 
Fri, 05/25/2012

Police arrested 12 people at the University Station Post Office in downtown portland, yesterday. Nearly a hundred people were at the demonstration, protesting cuts to the United States Postal Service and calling for Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s resignation. Portland Police made the arrests at about 7:30, an hour and a half after the station was supposed to close.

6:03 minutes (2.77 MB)
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