Old Mole Variety Hour
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First of three conversations with members of Iretsu--Ryan Cross, Glen Schiedt, and Joel Holly. We hear part of "Name Our Numbers, Number" from their new EP.
Where do John McCain and Barack Obama stand on issues affecting jobs, health care, and income inequality? Economist Arthur MacEwan talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what's wrong with the economy, what needs to be done, and how likely the main presidential contenders are to do the right things. MacEwan contributes to Dollars & Sense as "Dr. Dollar" and is the author of NEOLIBERALISM OR DEMOCRACY?
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Jon Krakauer's book Under the Banner of Heaven and reflects on his own experience growing up in a Mormon family--and on how religious fundamentalism of any variety closes down our minds.
Clayton Morgareidge talks with members of Iretsu, a young Portland "avant-pop" band getting national attention. We hear some of their music and talk with Ryan Cross, Glen Schiedt, and Joel Holly about how their music points in the direction of better ways to treat each other. You can hear more of their music, and even download some of it, at Hidden Shoal where Iretsu is under contract. You can also find them on MySpace, and at their own website.
Iretsu is collaborating in Fever Theater's production of New Believers, playing in Portland through July 5.
And they are performing in Hand2Mouth Theater's RISK/REWARD PERFORMANCE LAB on Friday, July 27. For details, go here.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this show features the music of local avant-pop band Iretsu and an interview with its members (Ryan Cross, Glen Schiedt and Joel Holly). Bill Resnick interviews radical economist Arthur MacEwan about McCain, Obama, and the economy. Larry Bowlden reflecst on on religious fundamentalism and Jon Krakauer's book Under The Banner of Heaven. All this plus the Movie Moles' take on a movie classic now out on DVD. Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.
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Today's show features, for the second time, the music of Portland band Pink Martini and concludes with a discussion of the implicit politics of their work. Also discussed on the show are world hunger and the cost of food, the relations between being queer and being an immigrant, "Sex and the City," and what Congress is and is not doing about climate change.
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On a planet where two billion people are already hungry, an additional 100 million will be plunged into poverty because of the world-wide food crisis. Deborah James, Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research, talks with Bill Resnick about the reasons for this and what needs to be done. She recommmends the Oakland Insitute's website as good place to get more information on these issues.
The U.S. Senate has just rejected an ineffective climate-change bill--for the wrong reasons. What kind of legislation would really deal with the issue, and what would it take to make it happen? Brian Tokar of the Institute for Social Ecology lays out the problems and possible solutions in this discussion with Bill Resnick.
Tokar has just published an article "Toward a Movement for Peace and Climate Justice" in which he expands on what he says in this interview.
Bill Resnick finds the implicit, yet deep, politics in the music of Pink Martini--a politics of moods and values rather than of words and ideology.