Clayton Morgareidge hosts and talks with Radical Musicologist Brad Duncan about Black Power and Soul music; Bill Resnick talks with media analyst Robert McChesney about the dangers corporate internet monopolies pose for democracy; and movie moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel review the documentary A Place at the Table about food insecurity in the USA.
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Clayton Morgareidge talks with radical musicologist Brad Duncan about Black Power as the radicalizing of what had been the more integrationist civil rights movement, and about the roots of soul music in gospel and R&B. They discuss the role of music in preserving cultural memory of the Black Power movement, the time it took for the mainstream corporate music industry to accept musicians performing politically radical music, and the courage and importance of Nina Simone.
Bill Resnick talks with Robert McChesney about his recent book Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy and the issues it addresses. They discuss how media that began with great possibilities for democratization have been taken over by large corporations, and the ways that unregulated monopoly leads to worsening infrastructure. They consider the importance of net neutrality, the crisis in journalism, and the need for journalism to be treated as a public good. McChesney points to FreePress as one organization working on these issues.
Haitian V, aka Vladimir Barthelemow Thelonious Rasputin Slocumb Calixte The 3rd, is a Haitian comic and entertainer with Flatbush, NY roots. He was recently in the Pacific Northwest to not only promote Haitian music but the support the Haitian community. Don Merrill had the chance to talk with this quiet, funny man who avoids always being comically "on" but who is clearly, never intellectually "off."
Pascal Sauton is many things; chef, connoisseur, bon vivant, traditionalist, teacher. And now, sex symbol. Don Merrill talks with this French transplant about winning the title of America's Hottest Chef and Portland food culture as well as what diners should be able to expect and why casual dining may be killing fine dining.
Like a couple of pit bulls sniffing arseholes President Obama and PM Netanyahu met in Jerusalem the other day. Obama pledged "eternal" support (By which he meant military hardware, I believe...) for Israel and Netanyahu claimed he wanted peace talks. I wish Obama was lying and I hope Netanyahu was telling the truth.
Melanie Davis is the owner of the media company Brilliant Media. Through it, she and her team of nearly 70 employees and staff nationwide operate Su Publico Ad Agency, El Hispanic News and Proud Queer Monthly. Despite her youth, the road to magnate has been a long one, beginning with an iconic grandmother in her childhood New Mexico. Don Merrill talks with lesbian latina Melanie Davis about what she loves about Portland, the publishing business and why she's OK crashing business meetings in her Harley gear.
Iven Hale hosts this episode of the Mole dealing with Congressional Budget proposals, drones and filibusters, rape and Native Americans, civilization's fate in the hands of capitalism, and the fight to save the US Postal Service.
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Bill Resnick attended the rally on Sunday in support of the Postal Service workers and against cuts in service, including Saturday deliveries. He recorded sound bites from speeches and interviews at the rally, plus a more extended defense of the Postal Service by Willie Goshell, in the KBOO studios. From it all, we learn more than we knew about what the Postal Service does to bind communities together.