The war on poverty was launched fifty years ago this week by Lyndon Johnson in his 1964 state of the union address. For an update on the effort, KBOO’s Joe Meyer spoke with Jill Quadango of the Institute for Public Accuracy. 4:56 minutes (4.52 MB)
A new labor contract was approved in a close vote by Boeing machinists. The deal secures a major airplane contract for the Seattle area in exchange for workers’ pensions and other labor concessions. For more, KBOO’s Joe Meyer spoke with Boeing Union Machinist Jim Levitt.
Calling all artists! Calling all artists! Would you like to be our next Artist in Residence? KBOO is now accepting applications for creative projects that include sound as a major component. Apply today! 0:57 minutes (890.2 KB)
Sharon Salzberg has been a central figure in Buddhism in the United States for decades. She's written a new book about applying principles of mindfulness to the workplace. Called' Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement and Peace", she talks with Don Merrill about why even the job can be a place of balance, resilience, compassion and more.
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Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole full of ideas that rock the dominant paradigm: climate insurgency, decentralized and democratic energy, a critique of femmephobia, and the end of work and capitalism.
To hear the whole show with musical breaks, use the play button. For individual segments, follow these links: 54:23 minutes (31.12 MB)
The solution to poverty and inequality is widely assumed to be jobs: more jobs with better pay. But capital is committed to increased productivity -- more profits with less labor. The more capital succeeds, the fewer jobs. But ultimately, profit is value captured from labor. So if jobs disappear, so will capital. Old Mole Joe Clement talks with blogger and activist Jehu about this contradiction. Jehu blogs at The Real Movement, and his twitter account is here. 11:57 minutes (6.84 MB)
Since mere protest has not led to real action on climate change, a growing movement for stronger measures calls for civil disobedience. Tom Becker reads from Jeremy Brecher's piece "Climate Protection: The New Insurgency" published in Foreign Policy in Focus. (Photo: Ben Schumin / Flickr) 6:23 minutes (3.66 MB)
In a recent blog post, Franvarian explores the stereotypes within the LGBT community that lead to misplaced and oppressive assumptions about femmes and to "femmephobia". Old Mole Iven Hale reads it for us.
Photo credit: http://geeksdreamgirl.com/ 8:46 minutes (5.02 MB)
The Federal Aviation Authority has named three sites in Oregon among the list of places to be used for testing drones. Robin Ryan speaks to Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink and author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, and Becky Strauss of the ACLU of Oregon, for more. 10:18 minutes (9.44 MB)
More than one thousand mostly small nonprofit groups work in local communities across Oregon to preserve their area's history. A new Oregon Heritage Plan, now up for public comment, is a way to prioritize and coordinate those effots statewide.
KBOO reporter Barbara Nelson has more, in collaboration with Oregon News Service.
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How could the production and distribution of energy be cleaner and more subject to local control? Energy expert Al Weinrub talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how locally and cleanly produced electricity, not requiring fossil fuels, could engage local communities in decisions about where their electricity comes from. Weinrub is the author of Community Power, is a sustainable energy writer, analyst, and advocate. He is currently the coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance, a Bay Area coalition advocating for local renewable energy, healthier sustainable communities, and clean energy jobs. More about his book here. 20:36 minutes (11.79 MB)