"A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster.
The guest is award winning writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, the author of numerous books. Her most recent book is "A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster." She has made ten trips to New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.
Rebecca Solnit will deliver the first Sewell Lecture on Thursday, October 28th at 7pm at the First Unitarian Church Sanctuary at 1211 SW Main Street in Portland. The topic is "Altruism in the Face of Disaster."
Tickets are $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Another world is possible - starting in your living room
A conversation with Anna Schuster about the Tamera living and learning community in Portugal and with Barbara Ford from Portland's own Columbia Ecovillage. The latter is the only urban farming co-housing community in the US.
Tom Becker reads from Paul Krugman's October 14th Op-Ed in the New York Times, "The Mortgage Morass," which reflects on a wave of potentially illegal home-seizures and how this takes us back to "the days when noblemen felt free to take whatever they wanted, knowing that peasants had no standing in the courts."
Host Theresa Mitchell speaks with activist Jordan Flaherty about his book Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six. The book has an introduction by Democracy Now host Amy Goodman and a preface by civil rights attorney Tracie Washington. Floodlines is a firsthand account of community, culture, and resistance in New Orleans in the years before and after Katrina. The book weaves the interconnected stories of Mardi Gras Indians, Arab and Latino immigrants, public housing residents, gay rappers, spoken word poets, victims of police brutality, out of town volunteers, and grassroots activists.
Today's Old Mole - hosted by Tom Becker - features conversations about alternative electoral systems emerging in the US; the relationship between domestic violence and economic hardship; voter-owned elections; and horror stories of defrauded home-owners.
Jo Ann and Dave look at the ballot measure scramble for bucks for everything from fire response equipment and historical societies to better transit for elders and more jail space for sex offenders.
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The shocking possibility that dumb people don’t exist in sufficient numbers to warrant the millions of careers devoted to tending them will seem incredible to you. Yet that is my central proposition: the mass dumbness which justifies official schooling first had to be dreamed of; it isn’t real.
Jordan Flaherty on "Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six."
Host Theresa Mitchell speaks with activist Jordan Flaherty about his book "Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six." The book has an introduction by Democracy Now host Amy Goodman and a preface by civil rights attorney Tracie Washington.