Old Mole Variety Hour
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Ken Ingham is a writer, and in the early '90s responded to NPR's MarketPlace Report challenge to suggest ways to kick-start the economy. Ken's brief response was about building a maintenance economy through market mechanisms. In this essay that he wrote later, he expands that suggestions to almost utopian dimensions. The commentary seeks to revive his suggestions and partially respond to the consumer-driven approach Ingham assumes.
Bill Resnick Talks with Jane Slaughter, co-founder of Labor Notes a Workers Movement journal. Bill and Jane talk about the General Motors bailout, the new contracts that cut new employee wages literally in half, and the potential to create a green industry in mass-transit production.
- Genre: Other
- Length: 7:18 minutes (3.34 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Today's show, hosted by Denise Morris, features interviews about poverty & healthcare, the General Motors bailout, a commentary about building a maintenance economy, and a brief history of the world's most important 6-second drum-loop.
Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb review Cool It, a documentary about Bjorn Lomborg, the Danish economist and environmentalist. Lomborg does not deny global warming, but urges a more measured and adaptive response to it while refuting some of the more catastrophic predictions of environmental disaster, including those of Al Gore.
The US government provides spends more on subsidies for the wealthy than it does on aid to the poor, and almost as much as it spends on the the military. This op-ed by David R. Francis, read here by Tom Becker, explains how public policy widens the growing gap between the very rich and the rest of us. (See also on this topic a piece from Counterpunch.)
Activists in Vermont are working to get their State to enact a single-payer health plan. Bill Resnick talks with activist Traven Leyshon, a member of the Vermont Workers' Center. Leyshon also broadcasts on Equal Time Radio in Vermont.
Tom Becker hosts this program about government aid to the wealthy, including the Obama Deficit Commission proposals; working for a single payer health program in Vermont; and a "cooler" approach to climate change as seen in a new documentary about Bjørn Lomborg.
Sam Pizzigati analyzes the Obama Commission Report on the Deficit in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Pizzigati is the editor of Too Much, a newsletter on inequality and excess, and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.
Well Read Red Frann Michel reflects on the recent elections, voters' motivations, and surveys the broad response by progressives and leftists in the media. Read her essay HERE, which is chock-full of links.
Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker talk about the army psychiatrist, Nidal Malik Hasan, who shot and killed 13 people and injured many more at Fort Hood last year. They consider him as both a victim of and collaborator in the Army's insensitivity toward mental illness.