On a planet where two billion people are already hungry, an additional 100 million will be plunged into poverty because of the world-wide food crisis. Deborah James, Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research, talks with Bill Resnick about the reasons for this and what needs to be done. She recommmends the Oakland Insitute's website as good place to get more information on these issues.
Today's Well-read Red is Frann Michel's discussion of the relations between queer and immigrant groups. There are more connections that you might have guessed, as they face parallel and overlapping obstacles. One writer recommends as a principle governing the treatment of all of us "the right to travel and thrive, even across borders."
The U.S. Senate has just rejected an ineffective climate-change bill--for the wrong reasons. What kind of legislation would really deal with the issue, and what would it take to make it happen? Brian Tokar of the Institute for Social Ecology lays out the problems and possible solutions in this discussion with Bill Resnick.
Today's show features, for the second time, the music of Portland band Pink Martini and concludes with a discussion of the implicit politics of their work. Also discussed on the show are world hunger and the cost of food, the relations between being queer and being an immigrant, "Sex and the City," and what Congress is and is not doing about climate change.
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