Old Mole Variety Hour
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Foreclosures. Unemployment. Poverty. At least a third of the nation ill-housed or un-housed. What to do? Chester Hartman has written widely on housing issues, and he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Hartman, an urban planner and author, is Director of Research of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, DC.
"ISRAEL’s war in Gaza is an act of political insanity. It is the product of a deeply disturbed society, able neither to curb its military arrogance nor calm its profound paranoia. The consequences are likely to be painful for Israel’s long-term prospects." So argues a leading British writer on the middle east, Patrick Seale, in this essay read here by Tom Becker. You can find it in print at the Saudi Gazette.
Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated -- Socialism is coming back in full force in Europe, according to an article by Neil Clark in the New Statesman. Tom Becker reads, and adds a caveat by the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
How many of the problems with our health care will, and will not, be solved by what's on the table in the national health care debate that will take place in the Obama years? Paul Gorman of Physicians for a National Health Care Program, and a Portland physician, talks with Bill Resnick and explains the options and what has worked best in other countries.
Kaye Gibbons writes about growing up with (and without) a mother who is mentally ill in her novel Sights Unseen, reviewed here by Larry Bowlden.
The CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan, has been chosen to be Secretary of Education in the Obama Cabinet. What does his track record suggest is ahead for schools? It's not a progressive picture. Clayton Morgareidge reads from an article by Henry A. Giroux and Kenneth Saltman that appeared on t r u t h o u t.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program looks at how the emerging Obama administration is walking the line between public interest and private profit in two areas: health care and education. It features several great drum solos from the jazz world (mostly curtailed in the webcast for copyright reasons), and Larry Bowlden's review of Unseen Sights, a novel about mental health and its costs.
One drum piece is heard in its entirety (following Larry's book review); it's by Glen Sheidt of Iretsu.
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Public health is a public good -- so it should be a public responsiblity. But many other public goods are poorly served by profit-making private interests. In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge shows how the debate about a national health care program can, and should, lead to something more.
Diane Downs denied parole, the role of remorse in who gets what punishment, the decline of the death penalty, and what Republicans have to fear from Eric Holder -- these are the issues Portland Attorney discusses with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier.
Where will US foreign policy go under Obama? How might it impact the poorer nations of the world. Sarah Anderson, Director of the Global Economic Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, provides her insights in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.