Politics

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 15, 2008

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Sun, 09/14/2008

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program features the life and music of Victor Jara, the legendary singer-songwriter who helped elect the democratic-socialist President of Chile Salvador Allende, and was murdered by the Pinochet coup supported by the US in 1973.  His music lives on, as we hear today.  Also on the show, Bill Resnick talks with Paul Joseph about the possibility that Americans are becoming  more peaceful -- or at least less patient with war, and how that might lead to a more potent  peace movement.  The Well-read Red, Frann Michel, takes on Sarah Palin, and Clayton Morgareidge analyzes the political rhetoric of the two major parties.  To hear the whole show, hit the arrow above.  For individual segments, go to the links below:

54:00 minutes (30.91 MB)

Choose Your Rhetoric: Power or Compassion?

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Power versus Compassion in Presidential Campaign Rhetoric

    If the Presidential campaign were a football game, it’s beginning to look like the Republicans have the ball and the Democrats are playing defense.  The Republicans attack, and the Democrats answer.  The aggressor controls the game,  which makes the Democrats look like losers.  Why does this happen?  I don’t think it’s just because Republicans are meaner than the Democrats. 

Choose Your Rhetoric: Power or Compassion?

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Sun, 09/14/2008

At the rhetorical level, there is quite a difference between the Democrats and the Republicans.  Clayton Morgareidge tries to describe that difference and what it says about the nation's political psychology. You can read this piece here.

8:20 minutes (4.77 MB)

If You Love This Planet on 09/15/08

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Mon, 09/15/2008 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott interviews actress, comedian and writer Lily Tomlin.

0912 Air Cascadia

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Air Cascadia
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Thu, 09/11/2008

News headlines and commentary with Cris Andreae and Liam Delta.

11:55 minutes (5.46 MB)

Drinking from Puddles on 09/17/08

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Wed, 09/17/2008 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm
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Drinking From Puddles welcomes interview guest Paris !!

Paris hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and was catapulted onto the national hip-hop scene in 1990 with his hit single and album The Devil Made Me Do It, after earning a degree in economics from the University of California at Davis. Originally released on Tommy Boy Records, his first single from that album, "Break The Grip of Shame," was banned by MTV. Since then his uncompromising stance on political issues and biting social commentary have both aided and hindered his quest to bring solid music and messages to the masses.

Andy Worthington, An Update on Guantanamo

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Wed, 09/10/2008

Andy Worthington the author of The Guantanamo Files; The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison hosted by Linda Olson-Osterlund gives an update on Guantanamo. Who's still there and what is happening to them now. They also talk about the important role of the prisoners, lawyers, civil liberty activists and independant media in bringing this story to light.

For more from Andy Worthington go to andyworthington.co.uk

 

29:53 minutes (27.36 MB)

Flashpoints on 09/12/08

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Flashpoints
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Fri, 09/12/2008 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Host Dennis Bernstein speaks with David Ray Griffin, author of The New Pearl Harbor and Debunking 9/11 Debunking.

Close enough to steal

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 As has been made abundantly clear, the Republicans only need to keep the election close enough to steal.

"Also today, critics accused Van Hollen - a Republican serving as the state co-chair of John McCain's presidential campaign - of filing the suit for partisan gain and trying to purge legitimate voters from poll lists.


Van Hollen sued the state Government Accountability Board Wednesday, saying it must crosscheck voter names with driver's license records for voters who registered to vote or changed their addresses on or after Jan. 1, 2006."

New voter registration and turnout exploded during the primary campaign, and new voters broke overwhelmingly Democratic and pro-Obama. The Republicans know that the inevitable new voter turnout in November will also break overwhelming in Obama's direction. So what do they do? They go right back to the playbook and decide to start challenging voters' legitimacy. It's the only way they can win.

Van Hollen, Wisconsin's Attorney General, is demanding that crosschecks be made on the identities of voters who have moved since 2006. Which demographic moves the most often? Young people -- who, oh yeah, overwhelmingly support Obama.

Let's just keep track, shall we? This isn't the last time we'll see the GOP attempt to disenfranchise large numbers of voters.

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0910 Air Cascadia

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Air Cascadia
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Tue, 09/09/2008

News headlines and commentary with Cris Andreae and Liam Delta

12:41 minutes (2.18 MB)
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