From police-citizen confrontations on the streets of Portland to the nation-wide prison industrial complex, JoAnn Bowman and Bill Resnick discuss the violent realities of the criminal justice system. JoAnn Bowman has been a long-time KBOO programmer (hear her now on Voices from the Edge), a state legislator, and director of Oregon Action where she advocates for the poor and the black communities, especially around economic and criminal justice issues.
Half the world is hungry because they are too poor to buy increasingly expensive food, while agro-business corporations rake in profits -- a worsening crisis capitalism cannot solve. Clayton Morgareidge reads an edited excerpt from a recent book, From Food Crisis to Food Sovereignty: The Challenge of Social Movements by Fred Magdoff and Brian Tokar. This excerpt, published on Alternet, can be found here.
My Perestroika is a documentary film about how the end of the Soviet Union was experienced by several Russians during their teens. Our Movie Moles Joe Clement and Wendy Webb discuss several issues the film raises, including the sense of social solidarity that was lost with the advent of materialism and individualism.