Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: the pressures on soldiers, charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins. They also discuss Wright's activism, Obama's drone program, and the new site for whistleblowers, exposefacts.org. 16:34 minutes (7.59 MB)
Rumor has it that Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen until some future time when science discovers a cure for death. True or not, Disneyland imagineers thought it would make for an entertaining theme park ride. Written and produced by Ken Jones, and featuring Lyn, Grace, Conch, and an audio-animatronic Rolf. 15:49 minutes (21.73 MB)
Strikes, protests and occupations greet the arrival of the World Cup in Brazil this week. In one of the world's most unequal societies, the Workers Party government is spending tens of billions of dollars building world class stadiums, displacing slum dwellers, and ramping up police and the armed forces, preparing for the huge world soccer championship -- while healthcare, education and public transportation suffer cuts. Eduardo Albergaria, aide to a Congressional minister and activist in the Party of Socialism and Freedom (PSOL), talks with Labor Radio host Jamie Partridge about the opportunities and challenges facing the working class struggle. 29:40 minutes (27.16 MB)
I had a very interesting talk with Douglas Bingley and Dianne Fouts about Higher Brain Living, a new process to activate the "Higher Brain" or Pre-Frontal Cortex, from which we can live with much less stress and far more creativity.
Douglas Bingley originally trained and worked as a LMT 23 years ago, became a breath work facilitator in re-birthing, then a certified teacher and practitioner of Still-point Breath-work and Aramaic forgiveness process under Dr. Michael Ryce. Doug was trained by Steven Thayer as an Integrated Energy Therapy Master facilitator, and added that work to his skill set. He most recently became aware of Higher Brain Living® , a revolutionary new personal empowerment technique developed and refined over 30 years by Dr. Michael Cotton. 63:24 minutes (58.05 MB)
No single action is more important that rolling back corporate personhood. If we can't do this, we have no chance as far as solving environmental disaster, poisoned food, poisoned water, shitty medical care...the listany continues
, A 3.4-magnitude earthquake struck northern Colorado Saturday night, and environmentalists weren’t surprised to learn that the epicenter was near a fracking site. 14:07 minutes (12.93 MB)
Laurie Mercier talks with Eric de Place about proposed oil processing facilities in the Port of Vancouver (the largest ever in the PNW). The Tesaro terminals would bring in as much as half a million barrels of oil a day from the Alberta Tar Sands and other sites in North America. Eric reviews the recent history of both built and proposed oil infrastructure in Washington and Oregon. Eric explains how oil trains and infrastructure not only contribute to global ecological and economic volatility, but also how local ecologies and economies are systematically damaged by them, and how local communities are organizing against them. 13:05 minutes (11.98 MB)
Joe Clement talks with Hart Noecker and Nick Caleb about gentrification in Portland and a Pedalpalooza ride* they're organizing to raise awareness and stimulate action around it. Hart and Nick discuss how they came to Portland, how they've seen it change, why they and others refer to this change as "gentrification", and why this is such a pressing issue. The promised online portion starts right after a 10 second musical clip at the end. In it they dive into a more open conversation about density, green capitalism and how the market distorts and undermines the aims of development, organizing working and poor communities to take, and more.
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Iven Hales recalls her experiences as a social worker with a disturbed woman, drawing out how our mental health and corrections systems fail to support volatile people, and all too often eject them back into the public. 9:02 minutes (8.26 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Phyllis Bennis about recent US foreign policy and policy attitudes toward Syria, the Ukraine, China and more. They start by looking at Barack Obama's recent foreign policy speech wherein he responds to critics, and how he validates a strawman that equivocates military presence with troop numbers and avoids the failure of international military interventions. They consider "unconventional" approaches to warfare and how it fails people in occupied territories. Phyllis points out the clever way that money for contractors has been deceptively "cut" from military budgets and transfered effectively to the State department. 16:10 minutes (14.8 MB)