Old Mole Variety Hour
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Frann Michel and Denise Morris review the 1964 film Soy Cuba! made by Russian film makers in support of the Revolution. It's known now as much for its revolutionary film-making as its revolutionary politics.
If you want a clear explanation of what's going on between Russia and Georgia (and the US), listen to this conversation between Middle-Eastern expert Stephen Zunes and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick as they lay out the background and the probable outcome. See also his current article in the Huffington Post.
What is the importance for the Thai community in Los Angeles to have their neighborhood designated "Thai Town"? Chanchanit Martorell, excecutive director of the Thai Community Development Center in L.A., talks with the Old Mole's Sudarat Musikawong.
What is the cultural impact of illegally walking a wire strung between the two towers of the World Trade Center shortly after their completion in 1974? Our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss the current documentary Man on Wire.
Continuing their discussion of sustainable cities, aired last week, Bill Resnick and urban environmentalist Mike Houck consider social equity. A city cannot be sustainable without insuring that all its residents have good jobs and decent income. They also discuss how to manage growth. To hear Part 1, click here.
- Title: Resnick & Houck Pt. 2
- Length: 19:33 minutes (8.95 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Frann Michel hosts this program which features an explanation of what's going on between Russia and Georgia (and the US); a review of the documentary about a high wire exploit at the World Trade Center in 1974; and an introduction to Los Angeles's Thai Town.
Last week, Bill Resnick began a conversation with urban naturalist Mike Houck about restoring Portland's ecosystem and making it part of a sustainable environment. Part 2 of this interview was not aired this week so we could bring you a live interview about a breaking story -- the Russia - Georgia conflict. But you can hear Part 2 of The Sustainable City here.
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Bill Resnick talks with urban naturalist Mike Houck of the Audubon Society and the Urban Greenspaces Institute. They discuss many of the issues around making Portland part of a natural, sustainable environment in this two-part interview. We hear Part 1 on this program; Part 2 will be aired next week.
Laurie Mercier explores how political discussions often fail to distinguish between lies that are trivial, like John Edwards's, and lies that have global, catastrophic consequences -- like those of the Bush administration.
Tom Becker conducts a lesson in labor history and reveals that the first labor union was formed in Philadelphia, and with it, the first labor oriented political party on August 11, 1828. Tom reads from Moral Visions and Material Ambitions: Philadelphia Struggles to Define the Republic by A. Kristen Foster. It was re-published in 2004 and is available at the Portland State Library.