This episode of the Old Mole is hosted by Frann Michel, and features discussions of uses and misuses of media representations--of Gaza (including failures of the mainstream media and the power of visual images), of public education (including misleading stories about charter schools and what makes learning possible) , and of science-fictional futures. The episode includes musical clips from M1 All Stars, Barbara Dane, and Michael Franti & Spearhead:
Laurie Mercier talks with historian and Middle-East specialist Juan Cole about current events in Gaza. They discuss Israel's motives in launching its attack, and the history of Israel's occupation of Palestine, attacks on Hamas, and expansion of settlements in the West Bank. In addition, Laurie and Professor Cole discuss the role of the US: the failure of much of the US mainstream media to report adequately on events in Palestine; the US support for Israel; the impact of financial contributions on corrupt US legislators; and the possibility that the US could make all the difference by withholding its veto of UN security-council measures censuring Israel. 18:14 minutes (8.35 MB)
Movie Moles Joe Clement and Frann Michel discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes(2014). They consider the film's representations of war and peace, human nature and technology, gender and race, and offer some contrasts with the earlier series of Planet of the Apes films. They also comment on Dr. Susan Block's critique of the film on counterpunch. The first part of this discussion was broadcast on the Old Mole Variety Hour on 7/28/14; the second part is web-only content.
22:08 minutes (10.14 MB)
Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Gwen Sullivan and Elizabeth Thiel of the Portland Association of Teachers. They discuss the importance of teachers' academic freedom to design classes tailored to the needs of their diverse students, as well as the importance of making sure that funding allocated to education is actually spent on classroom learning. They dispel common misconceptions about charter schools and public schools, and describe what professional development should mean, and what it often means in practice. The discussion concludes with the recognition that to improve education we need to end poverty and inequality, and that this will entail teachers coordinating with other unions and other movements.
17:47 minutes (8.14 MB)
This KBOO Evening News piece includes an interview by KBOO's Theo Burke with Denis Theriault, News Editor of Portland Mercury, who has been covering the story.
The Portland City Council is considering a plan in Old Town / Chinatown / River District area that might spur building in the underdeveloped area. The plan would waive up to $7 million of infrastructure fees to developers who build affordable housing.
Should developers build in Old Town, those waived fees would affect every department in the City.
4:30 minutes (1.81 MB)
Reproductive Justice was the theme of a summer youth camp held here in Portland by Momentum Allliance. Jan Haaken talks here with Carla Castañeda and Perla Álvarez, who participated in the camp, about what they learned.
(Photo taken in the KBOO studio during this discussion.)
9:34 minutes (6.58 MB)
The Old Mole's Left and the Law team of Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss the recent court ruling that California's death penalty is unconstitutional. They look at the grounds for the decision, how widely it might apply, and what it means for the future of the anti-capital punishment movement. 16:50 minutes (11.56 MB)
Could there be a store where everything is free? Why must every exchange be a commercial one? To question the idea that you never get anything for nothing, The Portland Free Store has been established. Its founder Karen Carr talks here with the Old Mole's Joe Clement about how it works. This is an extended web-only version of the interview in which Karen and Joe discuss the larger political questions the store hopes to raise.
The next Free Store will be held this coming Saturday, July 26, from 1 to 3 pm, at the Community Supported Everything Building at 1626 NE Alberta.