And now a man has opened fire on a crowd gathered to see a Democratic Congresswoman. Is there a connection? Today, Abe and Joe examine the reactionary forces at work in the United States -- and their consequences.
Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole where the topics include the Teamsters and democracy, a local production of Harold Pinter's play about torture, a review of the Coen Brothers film True Grit, and an op-ed debunking the "menace" of Islamist terrorism in Europe.
Harold Pinter's play One For the Road is being performed at Blackfish Gallery (NW 9th & Flanders) by the Readers' Repertory Theater this weekend, January 14 and 15. Director David Berkson talks about the play with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken. The story of a master interrogator and his torture victims -- a husband, wife and their young son -- Pinter wrote One for the Road in response to torture in Turkish prisons during the 1980s, and the protection that Turkey received from the United States because of its strategic importance during the Cold War.
Guantanamo; Year end Wrap-up: Interview with Andy Worthington
2010 is coming to an end and the prisoners at the illegal prison in Guantanamo Bay have less reason to expect release than at any time since coming into the hands of the U.S. Military. Join host Linda Olson-Osterlund and her guest, Andy Worthington, author of The Gunatanamo Files, and co-direcrtor of the documentary Outside the Law; Stories from Guantanamo. Who is still there? Who has been released?
It's lawmakers and lawmen! First, Dave & Jo Anne talked with State Senator Jackie Dingfelder about the challenges facing the legislature and governor. Then they took a look at Police Chief Mike Reese's comments on the rash of recent officer-involved shoots. As always, listeners called in and shared their views.
Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice.
Guest host Trillium Shannon speaks with Right 2 Survive members about the systemic abuses that keep people from accessing housing in Portland and across the United States. Right 2 Survive, or R2S, is an organization made up of Portland residents who are unhoused, formerly unhoused, and allies. They'll share stories, ask for your feedback, and offer some concrete ways to support elevating housing to the level of a human right. Call in at 503-231-8187.
Healthwatch is off this month. Instead we'll hear Health and Health Care Forum produced by Roberta Hall.
This winter Oregon's legislature will consider a bill for universal, single payer health care for Oregon residents. Health and Healthcare forum features a discussion of the bill with Mike Huntington of Physicians for a National Health Program, the group that worked with Jobs for Justice in developing it.