Old Mole Variety Hour
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Well-known author and scholar Michael Klare talks with Bill Resnick about Oil: scarcity, increasing demand, and the arms race developing around competition for it. Michael T. Klare is a Five Colleges professor of Peace and World Security Studies, whose department is located at Hampshire College, defense correspondent of The Nation magazine, and author of Resource Wars and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency (Metropolitan). Klare also teaches at Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Denise Morris interviews Tamara Wallace of Teatro Cambio (Theater for Change) and Emilia Katz of Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC). They discuss how theater can be used in political action, especially in opposition to anti-immigration legislation.
Movie Mole Brooke Jacobson uncovers what's missing in the new Erol Morris documentary about the Abu Ghraib photos, "Standard Operating Procedure."
Thabiti Lewis shines a light on several varieties of implicit racism in the Presidential campaign, coming from some of the candidates and all of the mass media.
Laurie Mercier talks with Olga Bonfiglio, from Kalamazoo, MI, about how ordinary citizens in Kalamazoo have persisted in their resistance to war. Bonfiglio is the author of Heroes of a Different Stripe: How One Town Responded to the War in Iraq.
Throughout this show there are selections from songs by the late great Phil Ochs, born in 1940, and who died in 1976 still youthful but leaving an incredible legacy of music protesting war and promoting social justice. Bill Resnick talks about his life and music. Phil Och was witty, poetic, and a humanist and activist, with deep thoughtful lyrics and a haunting voice.
The Village Building Convergence is a project for creating new public spaces in our cities through neighbors working together to create urban villages, some of which can be found in many Portland neighborhoods. Bill Resnick talks with two members of this movement, Kat Steele and Matt Philllips, who will be speaking at the VBC conference coming up in Portland May 23 - June 1. Read all about it here.
Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this show features the music of Phil Ochs. We hear a conversation about Village Building Convergence, the movement to create community spaces in cities; a review of the Erol Morris documentary about the Abu Ghraib photos "Standard Operating Procedure;" a commentary about racism in the primaries; an interview about peace activists in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and a discussion of the life and music of Phil Ochs.
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Commenting on the music heard throughout today's show, Bill Resnick mixes music and history in his account of the Buena Vista Social Club's political context.