Part of an ongoing series investigating the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Oregon politics. KBOO reporters Yana Maximova and Mike Klepfer visited Kansas City in May 2014 to report on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Spring Summit, where state legislators from around the country and representatives of corporate interests discuss strategies and model legislation behind closed doors. However, our reporters were turned away at the door despite having secured press passes. Despite setbacks, they examine what goes on at these national meetings, and speak to Oregon and Wisconsin legislators in attendance as well as Missouri activists opposing ALEC's presence. 17:20 minutes (15.87 MB)
Todd Moss is the author of his first novel The Golden Hour, a fictional tale about international intrigue in the Horn of Africa. But he's also an expert on real life foreign policy as a Senior Fellow and CEO for the Center for Global Development, a Washington DC Think tank that conducts research and analysis on the developing world. He talked with Don Merrill about terrorism, economic development and a few of the good stories across the African continent. 29:04 minutes (26.61 MB)
Ed Pilkington is the Chief Correspondent in New York for London's "The Guardian" newspaper. He has done a substantial amount of reporting on the American Legislative Exchange Council, a free market organization that promotes the interests of big business over those of small business and the working class. Don Merrill talks with this award winning journalist on his view of ALEC's latest efforts to survive bad press after the killing of Trayvon Martin, the defection of dozens of corporate and legislative members and increasing scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service. 14:43 minutes (13.48 MB)
Joe Clement and Nathan Schneider discuss an article he wrote recently for Vice Magainze that asks "who stole the 4-hour work day". The consider different rationales for reducing the work week, the social and psychological damage of working too much, its long past stretching back to the American Revolution, as well as how the aspiration fueled the labor movement during its most powerful period before WWII. This conversation contains a few extra minutes that did not air during the live broadcast.
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Joe Clement hosts this labor day special, which features conversations about reducing the work week and having real power in society as workers, challenging stagnant norms in union organizing, the problem with work and utopianism. We also hear clips of political humor in honor of the late Robin Williams. 57:35 minutes (79.07 MB)