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Old Mole Variety Hour for March 2, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 03/01/2009

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program focuses on opportunities to shape what's ahead in the Obama years.  We hear from labor journalist Sam Pizzigati about the promise of the President's budget proposal; from Environmentalist Mary Wood about what we must do to keep the atomosphere safe for living things; from Book Mole Larry Bowlden about new stories and poems from Grace Paley and John Nichols; and from Clayton about progressive politics as grounded in the brain. 

To hear the whole show, use the arrow at the top of this page.  To listen to individual pieces, follow their links below:

1.  The Obama Budget: Bill Resnick and Sam Pizzigati

54:56 minutes (31.44 MB)

The Amazing Obama Budget

program date: 
Sun, 03/01/2009

 

 

How progressive is the Obama budget?  Republicans call it socialist, among other things.  Sam Pizzigati, a labor journalist and analyst with the Institute for Policy Studies, says it's the most radical presidential program in generations.  Bill Resnick talks with him about what it all means and its prospects for becoming reality. 

 

16:59 minutes (9.72 MB)

Pratap Chatterjee on our Privatized, Outsourced Military

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 02/24/2009

 Pratap Chatterjee (CorpWatch) talks about why the privatized, outsourced military Barack Obama has inherited from the Bush administration will prove a done deal.  Pratap Chatterjee's article, "The Military's Expanding Waistline, What Will Obama Do with KBR?," appears at http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175036

54:07 minutes (24.78 MB)

Jerry Flanagan (Consumer WatchDog) on Health Care

program date: 
Mon, 02/23/2009

Jerry Flanagan of Consumer Watchdog joins Abe and Joe to talk about the state of American Health Care, the so-called "public option," and what we might expect from the Obama Administration on this front over the next few years.

56:12 minutes (25.73 MB)

Weathering the Economic Storm in Oregon

program date: 
Sun, 02/22/2009

How can Oregon protect  its neediest citizens as unemployment and home foreclosures increase and tax revenues fall? 

Michael Leachman of the Oregon Center for Public Policy talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the state government can prevent drastic cuts in services.

15:07 minutes (8.66 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/24/09

Air date: 
Tue, 02/24/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
A discussion of the future of health care in the United States

Jerry Flanagan of Consumer Watchdog joins Abe and Joe to talk about the state of American health care, the so-called "public option," and what we might expect from the Obama administration on this front over the next few years.

Chuck Collins on the Stimulus Package

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 02/17/2009

Required reading for today's broadcast:  EconomicMeltDownFunnies.org...

President Obama has just signed a 787 billion dollar stimulus package into law. So what does it all mean and what can we hope for? Locus Focus Resident Economist Chuck Collins joins Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein to discuss the political and psychological implications - as well as economic - of the struggle to get this package enacted. Is it big enough to really have any impact? What else is needed to turn the economy around?

54:19 minutes (24.87 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 9, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 02/08/2009

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features Afrobeat music by Fela Kuti and a conversation about Kuti's life and work.  The show leads off with a critique of the economic stimulus plan: "insufficient, ineffective, ill-conceived" are the words of economist Michael Perlman.  Well-read Red Frann Michel reviews how people of color and immigrants are faring in, and even being blamed for, the economic crisis.  We hear from another economist about urban agriculture in Havana and other Cuban cities.  To hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  To hear individual pieces, and for more information and links, follow the links below.

1.  The understimulating economic stimulus.

51:00 minutes (29.19 MB)

The Understimulating Stimulus Package

program date: 
Sun, 02/08/2009

There is no way the stimulus package now being negotiated in congress is going to plug the leaks in the rapidly sinking economy.  Economist Michael Perlman explains why in this coversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. 

16:29 minutes (9.43 MB)
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