As the Republic is delivered into the hands of the plutocrats, Abe surveys the wreckage.
We truly have passed through the looking glass. With unemployment near 10 percent for the third straight year, the patricians in Washington haggle over whether corporate jets deserve special tax consideration. In the name of fiscal discipline, after eight years of reckless borrowing and warmongering under G.W. Bush, congressional Republicans have seen fit to hold hostage the creditworthiness of the United States.
Join us this month on The Digital Divide. Today we'll hear a TED talk by bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe. He'll describe an astonishing series of recent bio-engineering experiments, from hybrid pets to mice that grow human ears. And he asks: isn't it time to set some ground rules? You can go to the KBOO website and not only listen online but watch the original TED video. If you hate seeing animals and insects being tortured and experimented on, don't watch.
June is typically Pride Month, but our pride won't be contained to one month alone. Our queer community is so awesome, we have three different pride events! Tonight we focus on Latino Gay Pride and we welcome organizers of this festival, including David Martinez, Vanessa La Torre, and Alejandro Juarez. Joaquin Lopez and Nurys Herrera perform live music during the show too.
The show started with Khalil Edwards joining us by phone to discuss the work of Portland PFLAG, the different chapters of PFLAG, and their upcoming fundraiser.
Van Jones reclaim the American Dream movement kicks off tomorrow. Denise and Mark Brenner - the director Labor Notes - talk about the struggle the labor movement has ha d engaging American working-class history. Mark and Denise emphasize that the labor-movement doesn't have a PR problem; it has had a movement problem, and we only have to look to past concrete labor-struggles in the form of strikes and occupations to see what can be done. Recently even, Mark points out, Egypt wasn't changed by "changing the narrative", but by filling Tahrir Square and closing down factories.
Hosts Cecil Prescod and Celeste Carey discuss the role of technology in modern society and the effect it has had on personal connections.
In light of the recent death of Gil Scott-Heron, Celeste Carey asks: Do we respond anymore to the meaningful exchange we had with protest singers when we heard their songs? Has Tweeting in the digital age replaced it and is it as effective?
Inspired by Arwyn Arising's blog 'Raising My Boychick' (http://www.raisingmyboychick.com/) Cecil Prescod discusses gender roles, the idea of gender assignment, and raising a child without an imposed gender.