Literary Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Jane Gardam's trilogy Old Filth. Although Jane Gardam was not published until she was in her 40s, she has published twenty-five books in the past thirty years, and has won many prizes for both children's literature and adult fiction. Larry focuses in on her famous trilogy,Old Filth; filth is an acronym for 'Failed in London? Try Hong Kong', and is about so-called Raj orphans who return to work in Hong Kong in their adult lives. Surprisingly, all three volumes of the trilogy cover the same time period, and essentially the same characters, but more detail is included in each, and the lives of minor characters are stitched into the story as previously told.
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They call Airbnb and Uber parts of the "Sharing Economy", but they are only devices for the well-off to get cheap convenient work out of the economically desperate. What is real sharing? This article by Sam Bliss on the Grist.org website, read here by Patricia Kuhlberg, makes it clear.
Photo Credit: Grist/Amelia Bates
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Can movements against economic inequality and dictatorships arising from the middle class effect real social change? Prabhat Patnaik argues that they cannot because they lack an economic agenda, in this artlcle from the Monthly Review Zine read here by Clayton Morgareidge. 8:26 minutes (5.79 MB)
Joe Clement reports back on his attendance at the First Portland Renters Assembly(1), noting the interest among renters to both legally constrain landlord powers and challenge the political realities of housing under capitalism. His piece opens recalling Frann Michel's Well-read Red from March 9th about the contradictions of affordable housing.(2) He then reads from the SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition's March Newsletter(3), which offers its own description of the Renters Assemblies, and then shares his own perspective. Finally, the dates, times and locations of the next assemblies are discussed. 6:36 minutes (4.54 MB)
Joe Clement reports on the issues Portland renters face and the Renters' Assemblies that have been held recently to discuss how to deal with them. He also lets us know about the next Assemblies: Tuesday, April 21 at the Central Library at 5:45; and Sunday, April 26, at the North Portland Branch of the Multnomah County Library at 1 PM.
Radically democratic, anti-capitalist, and women-friendly movements have taken shape in parts of Mexico where the Zapatistas rule, and in the Kurdish region of the Middle East. Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with Charlotte María Saenz of Other Worlds. Her article on this topic appears on the Other Worlds website.
Pictured is the "Office of Women for Dignity" at the Zapatista Autonomous Municipality "Caracol de Oventic," Chiapas, Mexico 15:10 minutes (10.41 MB)
About a year ago, I met Jackie Malstrom in an Intro to Audio Production class I was teaching. I offered to help her and Paul Rolland to get a Native program rolling and on April 10th this year we will be celebrating the 1st Anniversary of Rose City Native Radio, hosted, produced and engineered by Jackie Malstrom! The show stands on a strong legacy of Native programing and community building at KBOO, but is offering a new perspective, that of Native youth.
On March 18th 2015 I sat with Jackie to ask her to reflect on 1 year of Rose City Native Radio. Check out the Audio bellow or read the Transcipt HERE. 34:29 minutes (31.58 MB)
Doug Heiken with Oregon Wild is today's guest. And The NW Forest Plan is our second guest. The conclusion of the whole effort is simply: there is nothing left but preservation until there is nothing lft to preserve. And that elusive vanishing point appears just beyond the horizon.
Whn will the so-called 'Timber Counties' wake up to their folly funding?
When will Oregon rein in the predators? Would be not be better
When will Cascadia finally wake up to the fact that...
This week is part two of our coverage of the annual meeting of the United Nation's Commission on Narcotic Drugs, with audio from Yury Fedotov, director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and Assistant Secretary of State WIlliam Brownfield, head of the US State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. Doug McVay, editor of Drug War Facts, is the host. Century Of Lies is a production of the Drug Truth Network, online at drugtruth.net, for the Pacifica Foundation Radio Network. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)