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Because the Supreme Court this week ruled on the wide of Federal Air Marshall Robert Maclean. What this means for you and I is simply this: it is no longer legal for lawmakers to make laws after the fact. If fyou reveal a serious breach of workplace safety, for example, it is no longer legal for a law to suddenly appear making your actions illegal.
And we have Robert Maclean to thank.
This is a major victory in its implications for future whistleblower cases. The Court’s decision in Department of Homeland Security v. Robert MacLean curtails the government’s manipulation of pseudo-classified information to punish whistleblowers, and strengthens the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). 11:00 minutes (7.56 MB)
Denise Morris hosts this episode dealing with the crushing debt owed by poor nations to wealthy financial institutions; a new novel about a Chinese-American girl; and how ideas of child rearing intersect with ideas about social welfare.
We also hear a discussion of KBOO's mission of providing a way beyond the sadness and guilt provoked by atrocities carried out by our government. This webpage enables you to listen to the show without interruption by pleas for membership. You can show your appreciation for this fact, and for everything KBOO does, by making your contribution in the tip jar at the top right of this page.
36:08 minutes (24.81 MB)
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews a debut novel by Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You. A young Chinese-American girl is raised by a mother who wants for her daughter all the things she wanted for herself but sacrificed to her marriage and children, and a father who wants her to be normal, to fit in in ways that he feels he never did. Driven to achieve academically beyond her abilities, and by her father's intense desires that she be popular, she feels trapped. Only her love for her brother keeps her afloat, but he will soon leave for college. Themes of racism and feminism weave through this heartbreaking novel.
5:42 minutes (3.91 MB)
Beliefs about child rearing come from the same root as beliefs about social welfare. Clayton Morgareidge discusses differing views about whether children should be fed and comforted on demand or on a schedule. Since psychologists now say parents should attend to their children and not leave them to cry, this has implications for meeting the social needs of everyone. 7:05 minutes (4.87 MB)
Jubilee USA is an organization working to expose and reverse the debt loads that cripple the economies of many poor nations. The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Jubilee's director Eric LeCompte about how this debt was incurred and how Jubilee works to challenge the big lenders. 15:35 minutes (10.7 MB)
Radical Indigenous movement activist, feminist and scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz talks about her powerful new book, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. The book reframes United States history from the perspective of the Indigenous peoples who were living here for millenia before the arrival of Europeans. 58:23 minutes (53.46 MB)
Jill Stein, who ran for President on the Green party ticket in 2012, is considering running again.
Stein, of the Green Party USA, announced Friday that she is forming an exploratory committee to look into a bid for the presidency in 2016.
She granted KBOO an exclusive interview.
U.S. Militarization of Police: Erosion of Civil Liberties, Police Brutality, Resistance,
Waldemar Perez was the speaker last Saturday at Portland Community College. Perez lit into U.S. police militarization in the post 9/11 political landscape. Perez, an engineer and member of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, has recently directed his focus toward the unsettling outcome of the 9/11 attacks including the continued trend of U.S. police militarization, the erosion of civil liberties and the unending war on terror.
11:51 minutes (8.13 MB)