In this special extended episode of Words and Pictures, we welcome the international writing and illustrating team behind the comics-oriented guidebookClusters and Your Economy, which examines collaborative communities from Renaissance Florence to California's Silicon Valley to find out why cultural and technological breakthroughs are influenced by somethi 41:55 minutes (16.79 MB)
The question we have to ask is, How did we get here? And there is a simple answer: The USA Patriot Act, which no one has read because no one believed that it would be in force this long. 14:22 minutes (13.15 MB)
Iven Hale hosts today's show featuring analysis of US military action in the Middle East as well as the music of, and a movie about, Portland based singer-songwriter Elliot Smith.
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"Heaven Adores You" is a tribute to the music and the life of the late Portland singer and songwriter Elliot Smith. The film, directed and produced by Nickolas Rossi, features many views of Portland in the 90s as well as Smith's music. Our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Iven Hale give us this appreciative review. 7:01 minutes (4.82 MB)
It's so obvious that the "War on Terror" cannot possibly accomplish what it claims to be its goals that either those who are running the war are utter fools, or else their goals are quite different from what they say they are. David Mizner explores the most likey unstated purposes of the war in a piece on the Jacobin Magazine website. Here Clayton Morgareidge lays out the main points. 8:11 minutes (5.62 MB)
What does the US think it's doing as it resumes bombing in Iraq and adds parts of Syria to its target list? And what will be the likely result of these actions? Middle East Reports (MERIP) is the magazine that covers the Middle East from a critical left perspective, and here its editor Chris Toesing talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about these questions.
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Pete DeFazio is a democrat running for re-election in Oregon's 4th US Congressional District. He talked with Don Merrill about how rules over rail cars and their contents are held hostage by a small agency called FMCSA, why he's glad what he calls "abysmal leadership" at the Veteran's Administration both in Oregon and federally is gone and why everything he has worked for is at stake if Republicans take the Presidency and the Senate in 2016. 29:51 minutes (27.33 MB)
Peter Buckley is a Working Families candidate seeking reelection as a member of Oregon's 5th House District. He talked with Don Merrill about how the legislature has not been as successful as he would've liked to fund education for the state, what he has done to insure strong consumer finance oversight on behalf of Oregonians and the blowback the legislature got when it restricted nearly 40 Oregon communities from banning marijuana dispensaries. 29:49 minutes (27.3 MB)