Old Mole Variety Hour
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Jan Haaken talks with volunteer and board member Robert Adams and co-manager Kris Soebroto of the non-profit Sisters of the Road Cafe in Old Town, which for nearly 35 years has been serving immediate needs and seeking systemic change. The Cafe offers hot meals in exchange for $1.50 cash, for work barter, or for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Work credits earned at Sisters can also be used at Portland Farmers' Markets, and field trips from Sisters introduce the farmer-vendors and explain how to use the foods they offer. Sisters also partners with the Sauvie Island Organics farm Food Works program, which teaches teenagers about farming. Jan, Robert, and Kris also discuss the central role of volunteers at Sisters of the Road: the organization recognizes that nourishment is about not just food but also community, and provides opportunities for people to come together.
Frann Michel hosts this episode, with segments on police violence in Honduras, Ferguson, and Palestine, and on a local non-profit nourishing bodies and communities in Portland. Musical selections: Sound of da Police by KRS One; Call the Cops by Rob Hustle ft. Liv; Tired of Being Stepped On by the Click; and Revolution by Nina Simone.
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Bill Resnick talks with Dana Frank about Honduras
Frann Michel shares left commentary on the militarizing of policing
Joe Clement and Jan Haaken review the Palestinian film Omar
Jan talks with Kris Soebroto and Robert Adams about Sisters of the Road Cafe
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- Length: 57:31 minutes (26.33 MB)
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Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole as we explore climate change, solar energy, rape and the criminal justice system, and a novel about orphans being sent west to work. We also hear fine, politically intelligent music from local singer - songwriter Dave Rovics.
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1. Bill Resnick talks with Pat Oherron about the solar panels on the Musicians Union Hall and the party this Sunday to celebrate.
2. Physicist John Perlin talks with Bill about the long history and the promising future of solar energy.
3. Tom Becker reads Dady Chery's article on where current energy production is taking us.
4. The Left and the Law takes up "rape kits" as a tool for convicting the real perpetrator of rape.
5. Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Orphan Train, a new novel based on history, by Christina Baker Kline.
Joe Clement hosts this episode. Musical selections were from: Dead Prez "Police State", Mischief Brew "Free Radical Radio Fever", Killing Capitalism with Kindness "Lost Train", and Beastie Boys "Sabotage". The following links are to the individual segments. The whole show can be accessed further down this page.
- Bill Resnick talks with Kristian Williams about police infiltration/surveillance of social movements and strategies for reducing paranoia.
- Clayton Morgareidge comments on what makes socialists and liberals different despite sharing commitments.
- Movie Moles Frann Michel and Iven Hale review Snowpiercer.
- Joe and Peter Frase talk about social anxieties around technology in Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, Player Piano.
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The originally aired interview was 10 minutes long. This version adds 15 minutes of conversation.
Peter Frase is a co-editor of Jacobin Magazine, has been on the Old Mole before to talk about the politics of work, and is currently working on a book that expands on his Four Futures article for Jacobin
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- Length: 25:19 minutes (23.19 MB)
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