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Old Mole Variety Hour for July 21, 2008

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Sun, 07/20/2008

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this program deals with the economic meltdown and what should be done about it, a theater piece about women who survive Naziism and War by changing their sex and identities, and the life and music of Utah Philips.  NEW!  Due to a technical problem, an interview with Pete Yahnke of the Just Seeds art collective was not aired, but you can hear by clicking on its link below.

To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  To hear individual segments, follow their links below:

1.  Arthur McEwan (Dr. Dollar) discusses the economic crisis -- causes and cures.

42:44 minutes (19.57 MB)

Life & Music of Utah Philips

program date: 
Sun, 07/20/2008

Bill Resnick and musicologist Brad Duncan remember the life, personality, politics, and music of the great folk singer and  labor activist.

8:39 minutes (3.96 MB)

Movie Moles: "Wall-E"

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Sun, 07/13/2008

Jan Haaken and Frann Michel review "Wall-E". For more about their review, go to http://kboo.fm/node/8277

13:55 minutes (6.37 MB)

Workers Demand Union Organizing Rights as Starbucks Closes 600 Stores

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Evening News
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Mon, 06/30/2008

The Seattle-based Starbucks coffee company announced today that the company will close six hundred stores throughout the U.S. <?xml:namespace prefix = o>

According to the company, the stores scheduled for closure are unprofitable.  The company hopes to increase earnings by one hundred million dollars a year through the closure of these stores.

This move comes at a crucial time for Starbucks, as workers across the country organize to demand that the company allow them to form unions.

KBOO’s Kyle Burris spoke with union organizer Cole Dorsey

3:47 minutes (3.46 MB)

Healthcare Premiums up 35% July 1st

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Healthwatch
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Sun, 06/29/2008

One year ago Regence Blue Cross raised rates by an average of 19%. This year's increase is a whopping 35% scheduled to take effect on July 1.

Britta Duncan, co-chair of Jobs with Justice' Healthcare Committee and Secretary/Treasurer of ILWU Local 5 will join host Martha Odom to talk about the 35% premium increase, what it means to working families, Tuesday's protest at Regence, and other work that the JWJ Healthcare committee is doing.

28:26 minutes (26.03 MB)

Circle A Radio playlist for 07/02/2008

Air date: 
07/02/2008

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Paper Mill Re-hires Workers: But No Contract

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Evening News
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Tue, 06/24/2008

An Oregon paper mill which was sold off in bankruptcy proceedings last month will re-hire half the workers that were fired – but without a Union contract. <?xml:namespace prefix = o>

When Pope and Talbot paper mill in Halsey went bankrupt last month, 180 workers lost their jobs.

Now, at least ninety of those workers will be re-hired by the company that bought the assets from the bankruptcy court.

The mill's new owners, Minnesota-based Wayzata Investment Partners, has not yet recognized the two unions that had existing labor contracts when the mill was closed.

0:45 minutes (714.33 KB)

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/08

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Mon, 06/30/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Political repression in the US and Participator Democracy in Venezuela

Does  the political repression of the 1950s (McCarthyism) live on today in FISA and the Patriot Act?  Ellen Schrecker, who has written widely on the politics of the '50s, will talk with host  Laurie Mercier.   Can grassroots communities govern themselves?  What is “participatory budgeting?”  Radical economist Robin Hahnel and the Old  Mole's Bill Resnick discuss.  That's all on The Old Mole Variety Hour today, along with commentary by Thabiti Lewis and a film review from Denise Morris.  

Carpenter's Union Pickets Gray Purcell for Not Paying Standard Wages

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Evening News
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Sun, 06/22/2008

A group of local union carpenters held a picket this morning outside of a condo construction site on East Burnside.

The workers say that Gray Purcell, the company building the site, refuses to pay a standard wage.

KBOO's Jenka Soderberg was there, and spoke with Cliff Puckett of the Local Carpenter's Union:

3:26 minutes (3.14 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 23, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 06/22/2008

Along with the music of  the late Utah Phillips, this show, hosted by Tom Becker, feature a Bill Resnick interview about the support for parents of young children in European countries in contrast with what  parents in the US must face.  Frann Michel reviews a series of feminist  science fiction novels.  Tom  reads a piece about why cooler weather does not justify skepticism about global warming.  And Bryan Johnson tells us about a bicycle tour of Portland's radical history sites.  

Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow at the top of this page.   Hear individual pieces by clicking on their links below:

1.  The life and music of Utah Phillips

44:54 minutes (20.56 MB)
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