Old Mole Variety Hour
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Famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman's new film Boxing Gym explores the community that revolves around Lord's Gym in Austin, Texas. Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Denise Morris find much to like about it. It's playing now at the Hollywood Theater here in Portland.
Joe Clement hosts this show in which we see more efforts to sell us on policies born of fear: the sting operation resulting in the arrest in Portland of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the so-called "Christmas Tree Bomber"; stripping us of our dignity in airports with scanners and gropes; and hard-line messages to Iran sent by way of Korea. Tom Becker shares an Alexander Coburn piece calling for "real mutiny." And on a happier note, our Movie Moles find joy in a boxing gym through the lens of documentarian Frederick Wiseman.
Drawing on sources from the Left Press, Well-read Red Frann Michel analyzes the weird convergence of political opposition to "enhanced screening" procedures being instituted at airports, and shows how the understandings of Left and Right differ. The text of Frann's piece is here. For more of her work, go here.
Nate Harrison narrates an impressive history of the use and dissemination of the "Amen Break," a 6-second drum solo in the middle of the Winston's 1969 hit, "Amen Brother." As the Amen Break became re-appropriated through eletronic sampling, its story stands as a testement to the limitlessness of digitally mediated expression and way intellectual property rights stifle.
- Genre: Other
- Length: 17:31 minutes (8.02 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 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.
Bill talks with Dr. Andrew Wilper about the relationship between poverty and healthcare, and how it even affects those with insurance.
Dr. Wilper is an internist with Cambridge Health Alliance and a fellow in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School.
- Title: Resnick & Wilper
- Length: 19:28 minutes (11.14 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)
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)
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.)