Old Mole Variety Hour
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Bill Resnick talks with Leo Panitch about the electoral victory in Greece of the anti-austerity party Syriza. Although they will likely fulfill their promises to restore health care, to reinstate collective bargaining and workers’ basic rights, to raise the minimum wage, and to reconnect people to the electricity grid, more thorough resistance to the Eurozone is uncertain. Still, their victory provides a model for organizing for the long haul and testament to the need to take state power.
Joe Clement reads "Revolution and Counterrevolution" by Julian Beck, from Visions of Poesy: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Anarchist Poetry.
Johanna Brenner joins Mike Snedecker to discuss Oregon's state laws that preempt cities or other localities from raising the minimum wage or passing inclusive zoning laws that would require developers to provide affordable housing. Those interested in raising the minimum wage might contact 15NowPdx; those interested in inclusive zoning might contact the Coalition for Affordable and State Housing, at 503-776-0460. [image by ZehnKatzen]
Frann Michel talks with volunteer activist Hyung Nam of Health Care for All Oregon about health care as a human right, what's wrong with the Affordable Care Act, why we need single payer (Medicare for all), and the rally coming up February 11 in Salem.
Bill Resnick talks with Leo Panitch about the electoral victory of Greece's anti-austerity party Syriza
Joe Clement reads anarchist poetry by Julian Beck
Frann Michel and Hyung Nam discuss the upcoming Salem rally for Medicare for all
Left and the Law Johanna Brenner and Mike Snedeker discuss preemptive laws.
- Length: 64:27 minutes (59.01 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Bill Resnick reads from and comments on Andrew Burgin's essay Why we must support a SYRIZA government in Greece on the likelihood that the Greek left will win the upcoming election there and ignite the movement to end Europe's austerity policy. [image from left unity]
Bill Resnick talks with David Finkel about the Charlie Hebdo Massacre
Alan Wieder introduces his series on radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel.
Frann Michel reports on criticisms of Teach for America
Clayton Morgareidge discusses property, vandalism, and the police
Bill Resnick shares news about left resistance to austerity in Greece
Bill Resnick talks with David Finkel about the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the clash of barbarisms. They note that free speech is not a western value (as evidenced by the attacks on Julian Assange and James Risen); that the US has been complicit in journalists's deaths in Mexico, Indonesia and elsewhere; and that the US bears responsibility also for supporting Saudi Arabia, which supports and funds jihadists.
[image by Mpayot]
Alan Wieder begins his monthly series on Studs Terkel, whose radio show, mostly interviews, mostly with working class folks, ran for 45 years on WFMT, Chicago. Alan recommends the audio resources at transom.org. [photo of Studs in public domain]
Frann Michel reviews the criticism explaining why Teach for America is bad for those who teach in it, bad for the students they teach, and bad for public education in the United States. You can find a longer version of her comments, with links to sources, here .