The French working class has been in the news for massive protests of austerity moves to limit their pensions, but the issues are much more profound. Economist Professor Richard Wolff has been studying France for many years, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the prospects of the French workers to defeat these anti-worker measures. For more from Wolff on these matters, go here.
Pictured here is the storming of the Bastille, 1789.
"Stayin' Alive: The 1970'2 and the Last Days of the Working Class."
Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Jefferson Cowie, author of "Stayin' Alive: The 1970'2 and the Last Days of the Working Class." Prize-winning historian Cowie writes about what happened to working people in the last great recession. He sees the 1970's as a crucial and poorly understood transition from the optimism of New Deal America to the widening economic inequalities and dampened expectations of the present.
Our October show featured all things fermented and French. First, organizers of Portland's second annual Fermentation Festival joined us in-studio to tell us about the D.I.Y. pickles, krauts and kefirs they exhibited at the second annual Portland Fermentation Festival. Then David Welch, the co-owner and bar master at Lincoln, stopped by to plug another D.I.Y. event. He's running a "Bar Camp" to take the fear out of mixing old-fashioned cocktails. Finally, Laura presented a brief recording with favorite cookbook author Dorie Greenspan, who has just published Around My French Table.
Victor Smith, a local security officer, and Kelly Anthony, SEIU local 49 organizer, detail the struggle of over 600 area security guards for union recognition by their multi-national employer, Securitas. Jamie Partridge hosts.