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Can the sense of solidarity and community that comes over us in response to a flood or an earthquake be mobilized to respond to less obvious disasters -- like climate change, for example? Clayton Morgareidge looks for help in Rebecca Solnit's book A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster.
You can read this review here on Clayton's blog.
You can read what Solnit has to say about the Haiti earthquake here.
The music on this piece is by the Salem group Dr. Atomic's Medicine Show, from their album Hot Topics.
Remarking on Mother's Day, our Well-read Red Frann Michel considers what mothers need from the commons -- from their fellow human beings with their evolved hypersociality according to the slogan "One for all and all for one."
You can read Frann's remarks on her blog.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show about hope in hard times, about the opportunities given to us by the disastrous times we live in.
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Frann Michel, The Well-read Red, explores some surprising connections among volcanic eruptions, air travel, climate change, and the capitalist mode of production. You can read her remarks by clicking here.
Laurie Mercier speaks with Les Leopold, co-founder and director of The Labor Institute, consultant to the Blue-Green Alliance, which brings together trade unions and environmental organizations, and author most recently of the book The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance destroyed our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity, and What We Can Do About It. You can read recent work of his on the Huffington Post here and here.
Coal, oil, and nuclear power can be things of the past. Bill Resnick talks with Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy (2007), which is the first analysis of a transition to a U.S. economy based completely on renewable energy, without any use of fossil fuels or nuclear power. You can download this book for free! Much more from and about Arjun Makhijani is here.
Bill Black, a former bank regulator, has been writing about financial fraud in high places at least sine the S&L scandal in the early '90s. His book about that is The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the chicanery that led to the financial collapse of 2008.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is the title of a new book by longtime civil rights advocate and litigator, Michelle Alexander. In this episode of the Old Mole's The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken sum up and discuss the book's central thesis: that the mass imprisonment of black men for crimes that go mostly unpunished among whites has created a new form of racial segregation.
Michelle Alexander will appear soon on KBOO's A Deeper Look.
Is Goldman Sachs "little better than a criminal enterprise that earns its billions by bilking the market, the government, and even its own clients in a bewildering variety of complex financial scams"? Or is "Goldman guilty of [nothing] except being "too smart" and really, really good at making money?" Drawing on articles by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone’s political reporter; and Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic Security, the Old Mole's Tom Becker lays out the case that (as Taibbi puts it) Goldman is "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity."
Novelist Ian McEwan is able "to display clearly how brilliant accomplishment in one area of a life can be, and very often is, combined with absurd ineptness (or worse) in other areas." Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden discusses McEwan's new novel Solar about a man whose personal life is a mess and yet is engaged in the fight against global warming.
Read more of Larry's reviews here.