The Sellwood Bridge is in desperate need of repair or replacement. After a long process, a final decision is due soon on a new bridge's alignment and design. In recent weeks this process has become contentious because two groups are being pitted against one another.
A group of condo owners who live on either side of the bridge have been aggressively supporting an alignment that would move the bridge a block or more north, saving their property from demolition but having major impacts on other parts of the neighborhood.
This week we talk with a group of Sellwood neighbors who are opposed to this plan and have organized a grassroots movement to rebuild the bridge in its current alignment. We look at the sustainability and livability issues of where the new Sellwood Bridge is built.
As the transgender community gains wider visibility, there's been a growing awareness of the transformation involved in a person's gender transition. But what about the Trans person's friends, family, co-workers or partners? How must they change in order to accept the transgender person they care about?
Host/Producer Dmae Roberts features "Turn of the Screw” written by Henry James is one of the most haunting classic novels of the 19th century. Portland Opera is mounting a magnificent production with music by Benjamin Britten on Feb. 6th complete with a chamber orchestra and one of its largest casts... Dmae talked with the ghosts in show.... Ryan Macpherson who plays Peter Quint, Mary Phillips who plays Miss Jessel.
Layla El Contonay (Comunications Director of Arab American Anti Discrimination Comittee) talks about the diffrent kinds of media bias she sees and talks about the unheard voices of the Palestinian people and the discrimination against Arabs in the American media and if that has changed.
Ambassador Edward Peck Gives his Views on the relashionship between Palestain and Isreal and the peoples opinion of what is best for them. He also talks about why the US should be supporting Palestain.
Hosts Joe Uris and Abe Proctor celebrate the Passing of the Bushies, and the arrival of Obama, with a list of Bush policies that have already been reversed by the incoming administration. Our stances on Torture, secret CIA prisons, Gitmo, Global Warming and the Environment have already been reversed, with more to come.
Michelle and Kathleen host a quick look at recent really good non-fiction books, many political. The show includes short samples of interviews with authors on a variety of topics including the redistribution of wealth, voluntary simplicity, surviving a right-wing fundamentalist reform school and facts and fictions of the human species.
For the first time in three decades, Pulitzer prize-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman (Maus) has gathered his early groundbreaking comics into one volume. The new edition of Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*! includes a new graphic memoir opening a window into both a personal and cultural history of the late 20th century.
Art talks with S.W. Conser and Bill Dodge about comics as high art, breaking the media censorship of the Danish Muhammed cartoons, and creating picture books for children and grownups.
Ruth Kovacs and Rebecca Nay talked about the work of advocates for prison reform. Rebecca, co-host of Gender Blender (usually the third Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:00 pm) asked Ruth to define her mission and to tell what meeting with the prisoners has taught her this year. They shared examples that show people CAN change and the re-entry programs DO make a difference for those who want to come out of incarceration as better folks than they were during their criminal days.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this is the first Old Mole show of the Obama administration, so the Mole talks about the progressive agenda the new team needs to hear. There is also music in the New Deal spirit of overcoming economic crisis by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. To hear the whole show, including the music, click on the arrow above. Or you can hear individual pieces by following the links below. This is also Winter Pledge Drive, so please support the Moles' work by clicking on the JOIN NOW button at the top of this page! Thank you!
Diane Feeley is a retired auto worker who writes about the labor and the industry for Against the Current. Here she talks with Clayton Morgareidge about how the industry could best be restructured to provide more and better jobs -- but fewer cars! Feeley is also part the of Auto Worker Caravan, a project aimed at bringing these ideas to the attention of Congress and the public.
Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen sang this song, which included some rarely heard verses, in front of Obama and the nation at the Inauguration celebration, January 19. Here is one of those verses as sung by its composer, Woody Guthrie himself, in 1944 together with some commentary by Clayton Morgareidge.