Old Mole Variety Hour
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Book Mole, Larry Bowlden, reviews Pat Barker's award-winning "Ghost Road." It's the third in a trilogy about World War I. Larry explains:
"This is not a glorification of war book. Instead, it talks of the the war and battlefield in graphic and horrible detail that shows the bravery of the men who fought, but also the corruption of the British class-system and the money-interests of big business, especially as the war drags on long after it should have - with men dying not to the secure the victory, but to line the pockets of businessmen who are more interested in profits than the lives of soldiers."
Go to Larry's blog for this review and others in printed format.
Denise and Bill review the new buddy-cop film, "The Other Guys." They talk about masculinity, depictions of the police, and a possible stab at big money.
"The Other Guys" is a 2010 film, starring Will Ferral, Mark Wahlberg, The Rock and Samuel L. Jackson.
- Genre: Other
- Length: 16:32 minutes (7.57 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Today's show, hosted by Denise Morris on the left, is about organic agriculture, the social conditions of otherwise natural disasters, plus reviews of Pat Barker's WWI-novel "Ghost Road" and the buddy-cop film "The Other Guys." Below are links to the individual segments:
Bill interviews Catherine Badgley about her research into the comparative outputs of organic and conventional agriculture. In an article she wrote with seven other colleagues, "Organic Agriculture and the Global Food Supply," she makes the case for organic agriculture feeding the world. This research begun when she visited a farm north of Ann Arbor where on 3-acres the farmer was growing 26 tons of produce organically. She responds to criticisms that organic agriculture receives from agribusiness.
Catherine Badgley teaches in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Her primary interests are paleontology and the relationship between agriculture and biodiversity. Go to her faculty page to find other articles and talks she's given in these areas.
Once again, false predictions are being made about the "crisis" in funding our universal retirement program -- Social Security. Tom Becker reads from two pieces (here and here) by Dave Lindorff published in Counterpunch and The Smirking Chimp.
"America's biggest -- and only major -- jobs program is the U.S. military....This is nuts," argues Robert Reich in this piece, read here by Joe Clement.
Tom Becker hosts this program dealing with the fight to protect net neutrality from the big media corporations; understanding personal traumas in the context of the politics of terror; the fake crisis in Social Security; Native American thinking about sustainability; and the US military as our biggest jobs program.
The open roads on the Internet are in danger of being commandeered by the major media companies. Here Craig Aaron from the Free Press talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about Net Neutrality and the latest maneuvering by Google. Verizon, and the FCC. You can make your voice heard here.
Dave Hall, environmental activist and PSU teacher, talks with Jan Haaken about his project, Native Perspectives on Sustainability. His earlier interview on this topic is here. Dave and Jan discuss how indigenous leaders understand the concepts and practices that can keep human life in balance with the earth.
Psychoanalyst Nancy Hollander is the author of Uprooted Minds: Surviving the Politics of Terror in the Americas, and she talks here with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about what psychanalysts in Latin America and the US are doing to help people understand how their personal problems and traumas are grounded in the political terrorism and oppression of their world.