What will it take for the Occupation movement to maintain its momentum and grow? Stephanie Luce, who teaches Labor Studies at the City University of New York, has been very active in the Wall Street Occupation, and she talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what the Occupation is achieving and where it might be going.
The Old Mole's Joe Clement has been participating in the Portland Occupation's General Assembly, and he reports here about the decision to work with members of the Portland City Charter Commission to change the way we elect city officials to Instant Run-off Elections (IRV). IRV would enable voters to vote for a third party candidate without giving de facto support to their least favorite candidate. Joe explains how it would work, and how the Occupation movement is engaging this issue.
What happened inside a big investment bank when it suddenly realized that what it was selling was going to be worthless? The new movie Margin Call, with Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons, takes us inside, and our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Joe Clement discuss the film's politics.
Philosophers have often tried to prove that God exists, but belief is rarely the result of logic. Novelist and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein, in her novel Thirty-six Arguements for the Existence of God, tells a rich story set in academia about the philosophy and psychology of religion -- and much more. Larry Bowlden gives his usual thoughtful judgment of the book. More of Larry's reviews are here.
Denise Morris hosts this show dealing mostly with the growing Occupations, from Wall Street to Portland and beyond. We hear from people on the ground in New York, including two parents who participated in a sleep-over with their kid. We also get news about a concrete demand being made by the Occupation here in Portland. And on another note, we hear about a book about people who debate whether it's possible to prove that there is a God.