Bill Resnick hosts today's show and interviews Bill Black, former senior government financial regulator and author of the book "The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One." They discuss the subprime mortgage crisis and other corporate malfeasance aided and abetted by the neo-cons now in power. Tom Becker critiques the undermining of the separation of church and state in Mitt Romney's speech about his religious beliefs. Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Pat Barker's novel about the ravages of war in the souls of soldiers, "Regeneration." And Jan Haaken talks with Costa Rican activist Jimena Alvarado about the recent vote there in favor of a free trade pact.
Today's show, hosted by Frann Michel, opens with Bill Resnick talking with Portland attorney Steven Goldberg about the government's use of the "State Secrets" defense to prevent prisoners in the "war on terror" from getting a hearing. Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel review the parody film "Romance and Cigarettes." Thabiti Lewis comments on Heroes and Sports in light of the Mitchell report on steroids in baseball. And Karl Rohde of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) talks with Bill Resnick about promoting bicycling in Portland.
Hosted by Denise Morris, this Christmas Eve show begins with Bill Resnick interviewing Jocelyne Cesari, author of When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and the US. They discuss similarities and differences between Muslim immigrants in the US and Europe and debunk notions that link Islam with terrorism. Jay Thiemeyer reviews The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America, by Katherine Newman and Victor Tan Chen.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program opens with some reflections on why the presidential campaign is treated as a horserace, not as a debate on the future of the nation. Bill Resnick talks with local bicycling activists Tim Calvert and Elinor Blue about how bicycling can change our cities and our lives. Luz María Gordillo reads her short story "Hot Señorita", one of her series on the Mexican immigrant experience. Carolyn Jessop talks with Bill Resnick about her experience in a polygamous, fundamentalist Mormon community.
Antita Weiss talks with The Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the current situation in Pakistan, nuclear weapons, and the consequences of possible US military action there. Weiss is Professor of International Studies at the University of Oregon and the author of several books.
Part Two of an interview with Carolyn Jessop who escaped from a fundamentalist Mormon polygamous community, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about her liberation. Part One of the interview was aired on last week's Old Mole Variety Hour. Jessop wrote the book Escape.
Today's show is hosted by Tom Becker. It begins with a Bill Resnick interview with Anita Weiss about what's going on in Pakistan and why the US should not engage in military action there. Larry Bowlden reviews Alice McDermott's novel At Weddings and Wakes--a "quiet novel." Tom reads a satirical piece by Steve Early called "How the Presidential Candidates Made Me an Atheist: Put God Back in the Closet Where It Belongs." And Bill Resnick alerts us to an important meeting with the new superintendent of Portland's schools on Friday, January 11 and the issues that will be on the table there.
The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Phil Alden Robinson, board member of the Writers' Guild of America. He also wrote and directed the 1989 film Field of Dreams. They discuss the labor issues involved in the strike and the working life of a writer.
Laurie Mercier and Luz María Gordillo review Zapatista, the play by Dañel Malán about Subcomandante Marcos and the Zapatista insurgency in the Mexican state of Chiapas, discussing, among other things, whether the Zapatistas are post-modernists. Zapatista plays in a bi-lingual production through January 19 at Teatro Milagro here in Portland. Follow the link for more information.