From the streets of New York, here are the voices of Verizon workers marching, chanting, and discussing their struggles with Verizon's squeeze on them and the importance of their union (Communication Workers of America). The Old Mole's Bill Resnick was on the scene and recorded this material for KBOO. The strike has been suspended for now, but the issues remain vital.
Perspective checked! Ani & Lyn explore the importance of travel.
What did you do on your summer vacation? Ani accompanied her partner to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a little medical tourism. She wandered a city rich in street art and protests, and is left with the nagging question, "What can we do to bring people in the US out of alienation and apathy?"
We talk with Zita Holburne from BARAC - Black Activists Rising Against Cuts - in the UK. You'll also hear from anti-fascist organizer Weymann Bennett and family members of people who have died in police custody in Britain, organizing for justice and police accountability.
Denise Morris hosts this show featuring the music of rebellion. Bill Resnick analyzes recent people's uprisings in Europe and Israel, and the Movie Moles review Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a film about an animal uprising against human masters. And Bill talks with investigative journalist Lance Tapely about the the brutality of solitary confinement in prisons.
For a show featuring uprisings by peoples all around the world, as well as a movie about the revolt of non-human apes, Brad Duncan has selected music that articulates the urge to throw off the chains of oppression. Here you can hear excerpts of that music and a discussion of it by Brad and Josh Wise. Here are links to the complete tracks:
Egypt, Wisconsin, Greece, Spain, and now Britain -- the increasingly ferocious protests are spreading. What does it all mean? Are they just looters, as many politicians and the mainstream press claim? Or are they protesting in the only way they can to draw attention to unemployment, lack of housing, increased food prices, and the inequality of income. Bill Resnick explains.
Guest host Stephanie Potter interviews Barbara Ford and Marilee Dea who are going as part of a contingent of "Gray Haired Ladies" to Washington DC to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline, a proposed 1,700 mile pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.
Scientist and historian Naomi Oreskes, Amber Case, PDX Broadband Plan, more!
Today, Dave DeAngelis speaks with scientist and historian Naomi Oreskes about her new book "The Merchants of Doubt,"which describes how organized campaigns undermine the scientific evidence related to important environmental and health issues such as second-hand smoke, acid rain, the ozone hole, and global warming.
Jan and Wendy talk about "If Tree Falls: a story for the Earth Liberation Front". In looking at the history and activities of the Earth Liberation Front strikes this film strikes close to home, since it focuses on an ELF cell based out of Eugene, Oregon. The film provokes questions about the origins of political violence and radical politics as a young person's game, and why its important to distinguish blowing people up and blowing property up. Does the film imbue the activists with more power than they actually have? Ultimately it seems that radical politics can't issue from a single-cell or group.