Today's Old Mole features the music of Fred Ho, composer, saxophonist, writer, and radical political activist who died in April. In this segment, we hear some of the musical selections played on the show, the first with an introduction by Ho himself. These are followed by a conversation with the Mole's radical musicologist Brad Duncan and Joe Clement in which they explore his music and his life and politics. 13:23 minutes (9.19 MB)
The Old Mole's Literary Critic Larry Bowlden review Portland writer Tom Spanbauer's 2006 coming of age novel Now Is the Hour about a boy growing up and away from his small hometown. Larry finds that Spanbauer "captures both the humor and the heartache of trying to grow up into one's sexuality, especially when faced with criticism on almost all fronts."
More of Larry's find reviews can be found here.
6:12 minutes (4.26 MB)
A healthy economy is one that is growing; but how long can a healthy planet sustain a growing economy? In a recent blog post, Alyssa Röhricht lays out the contradiction between capitalism and the survival of life on Earth. Tom Becker reads it for us. 8:14 minutes (5.66 MB)
Since the founding of the US, the postal service has delivered mail quickly and securely from any place in the country to any other place in it, all for a price anyone could afford. Now many corporations and members of congress want to break up this birthright and hand it over to private, profit-making companies. Willie Goshell is an officer in the National Association of Letter Carriers and active in the Portland Campaign to Save Our Post Office. Here he talks with Bill Resnick about how much we would be losing if Postal Service gets privatized, and what we can do to stop it. 19:03 minutes (13.08 MB)
Kirsten sits down with former host/creator of Sub-Human Intellect Theater, Noah Madrano. In this interview, they discuss the title of the show, as well as other aspects of producing a radio theater program.
[NOTE: Also includes the intro to Dreamtime Theater, which can be heard here.]
Dr. Benjamin Chavis is a civil rights pioneer. He led the NAACP in the early 90s and he was the director of the Million Man March. He is involved in a number of self empowerment initiatives including a collaboration with media mogul Russell Simmons to use hip hop as a way for youth to transmit experiential messages to the larger community. Mr. Chavis was recently elevated to the position of president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Don Merrill sat down with Mr. Chavis to talk about his newest job to once again help energize and educate not just black communities but all communities. 29:56 minutes (27.4 MB)