What toxic substances are we soaking up from the industrial products we use -- including "sippy" bottles for babies? Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis has been studying the body chemistry of Oregonians and she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about her findings. Hackenmiller-Paradis is with the Oregon Environmental Council and wrote the Oregon "Pollution in People" report (PDF) which found alarming amounts of mercury, endocrine disrupters, mercury, and other stuff in the tissues of Oregonians.
Angele Theard is a Portland anesthesiologist and second generation Haitian just back from ten days in Haiti administering to the pain of injured people. In this interview, she talks with Thabiti Lewis about her work and the problems of getting needed aid to the people. Dr. Theard was part of a group working with Medical Teams International of Oregon.
Another in the Old Mole's series The Left and the Law, this conversation with appellate attorney Mike Snedeker and psychologist Jan Haaken takes up two recent issues. First, the right-wing radio ad campaign against the early release of some inmates because of the state budget shortfall. But does longer incarceration do any good? Why do we spend so much on prisons and so little on education? Second, the recent conviction of a Church of Christ family for trusting to faith healing rather than medical attention for their dying son: what right does the state have to regulate the way parents care for their children?
Tom Becker hosts this show which covers several health-related issues: the medical challenges in Haiti after the earthquake, poisonous chemicals in our bodies from manufactured products, and how the law treats people who rely on faith healing rather than medicine. Plus, Tom memorializes the late Howard Zinn who practiced history from below -- making him one of history's Old Moles.