Bill Resnick and Tod Sloan consider what consumerism is and isn't, the political-economic project that drives consumerism, how consumerism tries to compensates us for alienation and exploitation, how consumerism infects our social relations, and how to think about anti-consumerism in a world of material and political inequalities.
"Oh, my aching back." And many of the tools of modern medicine aren't very helpful solving or even explaining that pain to the tens of thousands of people who suffer from it each year. In his book, "Watch Your Back", primary care physician Dr. Richard Deyo talks about how treatment for back pain may be much more simple than what we've been led to believe or expect. Don Merrill talks with Dr. Deyo about why we should give up the quick fix or the magic cure when confronting this age old problem of aging.
29:40 minutes (27.16 MB)
Tom Becker reads Benjamin Selwyn's essay for Le Mond Diplomatique, Neoliberalism is Alive and Well. Selwyn asks why neoliberalism persists if it is described by prominent economists to be a failure. His suggestion points past economic discourse though to the political project neoliberal austerity represents. 7:25 minutes (6.79 MB)
Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Frann Michel, review the 1994 Charles Burnett film The Glass Shield. Jonny Johnson, played by Michael Boatman, is an idealistic rookie assigned to an all white LA County Sheriff's office as its first black officer. JJ, as he's called, befriends another officer who is like him at odds with the in-group: Deborah Fields played by Lori Petty. Together they investigate suspicions they have of a cover-up within the ranks of the station that pull them into a deeper network of corruption.
13:59 minutes (12.8 MB)
Bill Resnick interviews Tom Athanasiou following his recent trip to Lima for the United Nations climate change conference. They discuss the "global commons" and international cooperation around reducing emmission, but also creating equity. They consider the history of previous international agreements and the challenges of practically binding countries to them.
1, The police state goes to school. Yesterday The Portland State University (PSU) Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a plan to enhance campus safety and authorize an armed police force on campus to augment PSU’s current unarmed security staff
The board voted 11 to 2 to approve the plan, specifying that PSU will not deploy police officers until after an committee made up of administration, faculty, staff and students spend the next six months setting guidelines for the new safety plan.
PSU would join Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon in having an armed police force on campus.
15:29 minutes (10.63 MB)
Host Paul Roland talks with Ted Gleichman of the Sierra Club by phone from Roseburg, where he participated in a public hearing on the Jordan Cove Liquified Natural Gas export facility and pipeline yesterday.. He is the editor of a new report called "Climate Impacts of Natural Gas Production and LNG Export: A Synopsis of Current Science." You can find it here:
Activists in Coos Bay received a visit(s) from the Big Dogs...at long last.
Yes! no less than the Sierra Club's Ted Gleichman came down to The Cove to see what all the noise is about. Back in April of this year an LNG tank exploded in the small town of Plymouht, Wshington sending five people to the hospital. At the time Ted Gleichman, who chairs LNG committee for the Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club, said the explosion in Plymouth should concern regulators and people who live near proposed export terminals.
“We can’t ignore the fact that they are inherently extremely dangerous — and huge,” Gleichman said.
15:43 minutes (10.79 MB)
Frank Warren is the founder of PostSecret, a ten year invitation to everybody to anonymously share their deepest, darkest secret with everybody. How's that been working? Six-hundred ninety million people have visited the website, a literal ton of postcards, six books, a webby award; you decide. Don Merrill talks with Mr. Warren about why people do it, what it's meant to him and why in the world he encourages people to send their secrets to his real home address. (apologies for audio hum)
27:54 minutes (25.54 MB)
What happens when trans-men claim the right to remain at the women's college to which they were originally admitted as women? Iven Hale reads Jen Cross's blog post in which she "wrangles" with her "fury around queer masculine privilege". 8:48 minutes (6.05 MB)