Audio by artist old_mole

Starving the Postal Service

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Mon, 07/09/2012

Old Mole Variety Hour

11:14 minutes (5.14 MB)

On the need for prison abolition

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Mon, 07/09/2012

Old Mole Variety Hour

Iven Hale comments on the torture of isolation and incarceration, the recent Senate hearings on solitary confinement, Dostoevsky, Alcatraz as a tourist attraction, her work with high-risk felons on parole and probation, and the need for prison abolition because prison creates crime.

8:23 minutes (3.84 MB)

Peter Watt on Drug War Mexico

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Mon, 07/09/2012

23:35 minutes (10.8 MB)

Interest-rate -fixing scandal

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Mon, 07/09/2012

Old Mole Variety Hour

Tom Becker reads from Robert Reich's recent essay The Wall Street Scandal of All Scandals about the LIBOR ("London interbank offered rate") scandal, in which bankers fixed interest rates in order to siphon trillions of dollars from ordinary people.

6:03 minutes (2.77 MB)

Brian Jones on Real Education reform

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Mon, 01/07/2013

Bill Resnick talks with educator, actor, and activist Brian Jones about how the boy billionaires try to narrow education to the standardized and quantifiable, instead of expanding it to meet the curiosity of each individual child. Jones will also speak on Real vs. Phony Education Reform on Friday, January 11 at 5pm at 5431 Northeast 20th Avenue in Portland.

9:33 minutes (4.37 MB)

Eco News of 2012

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Mon, 01/07/2013

Laurie Mercier talks with Stefanie Penn Spear of the environmental news website Ecowatch.org about the big stories of the past year. These include increasing recognition of human-caused climate change, toxins in consumer products, the dangers of fracking (including mining for sand, earthquakes, use and contamination of water with radioactivity and toxic chemicals) as well as more positive news about tax credits for wind farms, sustainable agriculture, and communities moving to100% renewable energy.

12:04 minutes (5.52 MB)

Book Mole: Monsters of the Market

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Mon, 01/07/2013

Frann Michel reviews David McNally's Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism. You can find a sightly longer text version of the review here.

8:49 minutes (4.04 MB)

Movie Moles: Bowling for Columbine (again, still)

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Mon, 01/07/2013

Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken revisit Michael Moore's 2002 Bowling for Columbine in the aftermath of the shootings in Newtown. They discuss the film's debunking of conventional explanations and its exploration of the multiple factors involved in such incidents, including fears of one's fellow citizens, racism, and militarism. They also consider the misleading resort to stories of mental illness in current debates, when people with mental illness are more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violence.

10:14 minutes (4.69 MB)

Idle No More: democratic resistance

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Mon, 01/07/2013

Bill Resnick interviews Jacob Devaney about Idle No More, started by four indigenous Canadian women in resistance to government and corporate attempts to take land and rights from first nations people to pursue tar sands exploitation and other planet-destroying projects. Bill and Jacob discuss Idle No More as among the global movements against cultures of domination and for grassroots participatory democracy.

9:45 minutes (4.46 MB)

Joseph DeFilippis: Beyond Marriage Equality

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Mon, 06/16/2014
Joseph DeFilippis, a founder of Queers for Economic Justice and drafter of the Beyond Same-Sex Marriage Statement, talks with Bill Resnick about the limits of the marriage-equality movement and what comes next. He notes the inadequacy of marriage as a legal frame for diverse families; the benefits of civil unions and domestic partnerships for straight as well as queer families and the loss of these options as same-sex marriage laws pass; and the problem of linking so many legal rights to marriage. 18:31 minutes (8.48 MB)

Checking in on Border Checkpoints

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Mon, 06/16/2014

Jan Haaken talks with Sophie Smith of People Helping People about their work with No More Deaths providing aid to migrants near the Us-Mexico border, and monitoring US Border Patrol Interior Checkpoints. 15:02 minutes (6.88 MB)

Primer on Iraq

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Mon, 06/16/2014
Bill Resnick reviews the players in current events, including the fundamentalist ISIS and secular Baathists, united for the moment against the corrupt Maliki government, but unlikely to remain united; he considers the questions of regional partition and resource control; and he touches on the seeming futility of Western left activism on this in the short term, and the importance of pursuing the long term struggle for global social change.
9:58 minutes (4.57 MB)

The Village: African Dance and Drumming Performance

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Mon, 06/16/2014
Jan Haaken talks with participants and organizers of an upcoming dance and drumming event, The Village, a collaboration among  Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe, Sebe Kan West African Dance Company, & Baramokono Drumming Ensemble.

They discuss the value of arts education in schools, the importance of physical movement to learning, the connections between embodied movement and history, and the possibilities for fostering better communication and connections between African-American youth and immigrant African communities.
7:31 minutes (3.44 MB)

Gone Girl controversy with Mimi Schippers

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Mon, 10/20/2014

Movie Mole Jan Haaken talks with Mimi Schippers about feminist controversies over the film Gone Girl, a thriller directed by David Fincher and based on the global bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, who also adapted the story for the screen. Mimi teaches sociology at Tulane University, writes about gender and popular culture, and is a regular blogger. For other interesting feminist criticism and dialogue, check out her blog site at http://www.marxindrag.com/Marxindrag/Blog/Blog.html 13:43 minutes (6.28 MB)

Toward More Fair Elections

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Mon, 10/20/2014

Bill Resnick talks with Drew Spencer of FairVote.org  about Measure 90, on the November 2014 ballot, that would undermine an already dysfunctional election system. They also discuss the changes required in election procedure-- rank choice voting and proportional representation-- that would democratize elections. 14:27 minutes (6.62 MB)

Ebola, Public Health, and Neoliberalism

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Mon, 10/20/2014
Bill Resnick reads from Horace Campbell in Counterpunch on "Ebola, the African Union, and Bioeconomic Warfare," and summarizes and comments on other accounts of the Ebola Crisis. He concentrates on the neo-liberal defunding of public health agencies and the exploitation of the Ebola crisis by the right wing that blames the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress for not properly responding. The right intends this attack on Obama to influence voters to vote Republican. 7:41 minutes (3.52 MB)

The Fight for Fifteen in Portland

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Mon, 10/20/2014
Joe Clement and Jamie Partridge discuss the campaign to set $15 as the minimum wage for Portland contract workers. 5:53 minutes (2.69 MB)

Larry Kleinman on Immigration

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Mon, 12/01/2014

Bill Resnick interviews Larry Kleinman. Kleinman is co-founder of the Oregon Farm Workers union PCUN and is now working nationally on the immigrants rights struggle and preparing for changes in the law. They talk about Obama's recent very controversial Executive Order as well as the future of immigrant politics in this country.

[Image public domain from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ICE-seal.jpg ]

19:41 minutes (9.01 MB)

Robin D.G. Kelley on Resisting War against the Black and Brown Underclass

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Mon, 12/01/2014

Frann Michel reads an article by Robin D.G. Kelley, Resisting the War Against the Black and Brown Underclass

[photo by Hyung Nam] 7:13 minutes (3.31 MB)

Left and the Law on Citizenfour

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Mon, 12/01/2014

Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk the Left and the Law with a discussion of the new documentary Citizenfour. Filmmaker Laura Poitras intimately documents whistleblower Edward Snowden’s efforts to expose the intrusive post-9/11 US eavesdropping industry. Jan recommends David Price's discussion of "The New Surveillance Normal" in Monthly Review, about the commercial as well as political motives for widespread surveillance.
[Image by EFF designer Hugh D'Andrade from  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NSA-square.jpg]

13:52 minutes (6.35 MB)

Move over Keynes, Make Room for Marx

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Mon, 12/01/2014

Tom Becker reads an article by Carl Finamore,"Move over Keynes, Make Room for Marx: Radical Ideas for Radical Times."

[Image from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fc/Karl_Marx.jpg]

7:07 minutes (3.26 MB)

Mimi Schippers on the Work of Football Cheerleaders

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Mon, 01/05/2015
Jan Haaken talks (again) with Mimi Schippers about feminism and football. This time, they discuss cheerleaders, the role of female cheerleaders as heterosexualizing the sport, and the labor suits professional cheerleaders have filed against teams and the NFL. Mimi is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Tulane University. 8:41 minutes (3.98 MB)

Bob Samuels on the Psychology of Climate Change

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Mon, 01/05/2015
Jan Haaken talks with Bob Samuels, a former psychoanalyst who now teaches in the English Dept. at UC Santa Barbara and is President of the UC-American Federation of Teachers, and who blogs at Changing Universities. They discuss Naomi Klein's recent book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, and the psychology of climate change. Bob suggests that although Klein argues that climate crisis will help overcome the narcissism of single-issue politics, she doesn't go far enough in envisioning an end to nationalism.

10:51 minutes (4.97 MB)

Bill Resnick with Leo Pantich on electoral vistory of Greece's anti-austerity party Syriza

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Mon, 01/26/2015

Bill Resnick talks with Leo Panitch about the electoral victory in Greece of the anti-austerity party Syriza. Although they will likely fulfill their promises to restore health care, to reinstate collective bargaining and workers’ basic rights, to raise the minimum wage, and to reconnect people to the electricity grid, more thorough resistance to the Eurozone is uncertain. Still, their victory provides a model for organizing for the long haul and testament to the need to take state power.
15:50 minutes (7.25 MB)

Joe Clement reads Anarchist Poetry by Julian Beck

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Mon, 01/26/2015

Joe Clement reads "Revolution and Counterrevolution" by Julian Beck, from  Visions of Poesy: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Anarchist Poetry.
4:28 minutes (2.05 MB)

Left and the Law: Preemptive Laws on Wages and Housing

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Mon, 01/26/2015



Johanna Brenner joins Mike Snedecker to discuss Oregon's state laws that preempt cities or other localities from raising the minimum wage or passing inclusive zoning laws that would require developers to provide affordable housing. Those interested in raising the minimum wage might contact 15NowPdx; those interested in inclusive zoning might contact the Coalition for Affordable and State Housing, at 503-776-0460. [image by ZehnKatzen]
12:13 minutes (5.6 MB)

Health Care for All Oregon: Organizing for Change

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Mon, 01/26/2015

Frann Michel talks with volunteer activist Hyung Nam of Health Care for All Oregon about health care as a human right,  what's wrong with the Affordable Care Act, why we need single payer (Medicare for all), and the rally coming up February 11 in Salem.  11:20 minutes (5.19 MB)

 

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