Jim Fullan is the Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Sales for the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. This is the third year he has helped the OSO promote music geared to lovers of hard rock classics as well as video game enthusiasts (and gamer composers) who not only play, but create music for blockbuster games like the Legend of Zelda and Halo. He talks with Don Merrill about how the symphony is staying viable by attracting gamers and rockers while staying true to the purists.
14:51 minutes (13.6 MB)
Workers at the Portland airport held a ‘teach-in’ at the airport today to demonstrate the hazardous conditions they encounter at work.
The workers have recently filed complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration against Prospect Airport Services – a contractor at PDX Airport responsible for providing cabin cleaning and other services.
At the teach-in, workers showed what it’s like to clean airplane toilets with substandard equipment.
They also provided visual examples of the makeshift solutions they are forced to implement in lieu of adequate supplies. 4:01 minutes (3.68 MB)
Beliefs about child rearing come from the same root as beliefs about social welfare. Clayton Morgareidge discusses differing views about whether children should be fed and comforted on demand or on a schedule. Since psychologists now say parents should attend to their children and not leave them to cry, this has implications for meeting the social needs of everyone. 7:05 minutes (4.87 MB)
Amy Pearl is the Executive Director of Springboard Innovation, rebranded as Hatch Innovation, a 10-year old non profit that is essentially in the business of building businesses. She was the driving force behind the Community Public Offering, an idea whose implementation by the Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities leap-frogged over statute to become administrative law. As a surprise to everyone, this shortened its implementation from 18 months to three. Its purpose is to let Oregonians invest real money in real businesses. It's not crowdfunding. And although it is conceptually simple, the devil is in the details. Don Merrill talked with Ms. 28:05 minutes (25.71 MB)
Depending on who you talk to, longtime Portland activist JoAnn Hardesty's installation as president of the Portland NAACP is either a blessing or a nightmare. This local civil rights icon's assumption to the office was compared by one post to the impact of an incoming artillery shell. Don Merrill talks with Ms. Hardesty about how she's focused on helping the organization renew its tarnished image by cleaning house, setting new standards and following the first rule of getting yourself out of a hole; stop digging.
29:59 minutes (27.46 MB)
Bill Resnick hosts this episode, with the music of Phil Ochs, and segments on Charlie Hebdo, the Greek left, Teach for America, Studs Terkel, Property and the police state. Find us on Facebook or Twitter, and friend or follow us for updates and other stuff we like to share. Send us comments, suggestions, questions, or your ideas for contributions you'd like to make at oldmolevarietyhour-at--gmail-dot-com. To hear the whole show, click on the play button below.
Frann Michel reviews the criticism explaining why Teach for America is bad for those who teach in it, bad for the students they teach, and bad for public education in the United States. You can find a longer version of her comments, with links to sources, here .