Teacher and writer Dan La Botz writes on economic topics in the Monthly Review. He talks with Bill Resnick about the close relationship between banking and government, about when and where banks have been nationalized before, and the prospects for state ownership of banks in the future. Two of his articles on the current economic crisis are here and here.
Hosted by Bill Resnick, this program deals with the local impact of the economic crisis, welfare "deform" and domestic violence, labor issues at a Northwest university campus, and a documentary film showing how American policies are viewed around the world. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. For individuals pieces, follow their links below:
Western Washington University at Vancouver has hired a contractor with a record of bad labor practices. When union workers protested, students joined in. Laurie Mercier talks with Jason Scheckler from the Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and Taj Mahon-Haft, a WSU student and member of the Social Environmental Justice Club, about the issues.
How is the current economic crisis showing up here in Oregon? Bill Resnick talks with Michael Leachman of the Oregon Center for Public Policy about rising unemployment, tax policies, and more here in the state. For more of Leachman's work, go here.
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
On today's Old Mole Variety Hour, Priya Kandaswamy, Professor of Women's Studies at Portland State University, explains how so-called “welfare reform” has made it harder for poor women to escape from domestic violence. We also get some historical context for bank nationalizations and who they benefit, and we hear about some labor struggles going on at Western Washington University in Vancouver.
The Portland City Council voted 4-0 on Wednesday to approve rules banning city from purchasing goods made with sweated labor by the city. Elizabeth Swaggart of SweatFree Northwest talks with Bill Resnick about their campaign.
Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins from the Institute for Policy Studies about a real recovery plan that would revive the enconomy, support working people, and lead to new and green forms of production. Collins is the author of Robin Hood Was Right.