Old Mole Variety Hour
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Hosted by Denise Morris, this election-eve show discusses the prospects for an Obama presidency, a couple of Oregon ballot measures impacting unions, and a new program to enhance caring for people in chronic pain and suffering with mental illness. Hear the whole show by clicking the arrow button above, or separate pieces by following their links below:
Two students from Macalester College in Minnesota, Sophie Smith and Hadley Pope, who locked themselves down in front of a weapons manufacturer talk with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about their experiences and the significance of their actions. You can find extensive coverage of the event here.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program features discussions of bank nationalization and student anti-war actions. We also hear a review of three recent novels by women writers. To hear the whole show, including music by tenor sax player Don Byas, click on the arrow above. To hear separate pieces, follow the links below:
Philosopher David Schweickart is the author of After Capitalism, a book which puts forward a practical vision of a kind of economic democracy, a form of market socialism, that seems ideally suited for the current economic crisis. Clayton Morgareidge reads edited exerpts from his essay "Bailout! A Case for Economic Democracy And Clearing the Path to Socialism."
Teacher and writer Dan La Botz writes on economic topics in the Monthly Review. He talks with Bill Resnick about the close relationship between banking and government, about when and where banks have been nationalized before, and the prospects for state ownership of banks in the future. Two of his articles on the current economic crisis are here and here.
How is the current economic crisis showing up here in Oregon? Bill Resnick talks with Michael Leachman of the Oregon Center for Public Policy about rising unemployment, tax policies, and more here in the state. For more of Leachman's work, go here.
Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris review the documentary "Considering Democracy."
What does the rest of the world think of U.S. domestic and foreign policy? While the U.S. is perceived as a beacon of democracy, how does it compare to other democratic nations? Americans are continually told through their media that freedom and democracy are supported abroad, but is it true? This one-hour film takes us around the world to see what people think.
Since the so-called "welfare reform" bill was passed during the Clinton administration, the problem of welfare has dropped from public view. Old Mole Sudarat Musikawong interviews Priya Kandaswamy, Professor of Women's Studies at Portland State University about how the difficulties of life on, or off, welfare affect poor women, especially those in abusive relationships.