Tom Becker hosts this latest report from the Old Mole, and we hear about threats to privatize our Postal Service; the contradiction between capitalism and a survivable planet; a novel about coming of age in a small town; and the music and radical politics of saxophonist Fred Ho who died recently.
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Today's Old Mole features the music of Fred Ho, composer, saxophonist, writer, and radical political activist who died in April. In this segment, we hear some of the musical selections played on the show, the first with an introduction by Ho himself. These are followed by a conversation with the Mole's radical musicologist Brad Duncan and Joe Clement in which they explore his music and his life and politics. 13:23 minutes (9.19 MB)
Since the founding of the US, the postal service has delivered mail quickly and securely from any place in the country to any other place in it, all for a price anyone could afford. Now many corporations and members of congress want to break up this birthright and hand it over to private, profit-making companies. Willie Goshell is an officer in the National Association of Letter Carriers and active in the Portland Campaign to Save Our Post Office. Here he talks with Bill Resnick about how much we would be losing if Postal Service gets privatized, and what we can do to stop it. 19:03 minutes (13.08 MB)
Dr. Benjamin Chavis is a civil rights pioneer. He led the NAACP in the early 90s and he was the director of the Million Man March. He is involved in a number of self empowerment initiatives including a collaboration with media mogul Russell Simmons to use hip hop as a way for youth to transmit experiential messages to the larger community. Mr. Chavis was recently elevated to the position of president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Don Merrill sat down with Mr. Chavis to talk about his newest job to once again help energize and educate not just black communities but all communities. 29:56 minutes (27.4 MB)
On June 17, the Canadian government approved the hotly contested Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry diluted tar sands crude oil from Alberta to the British Columbia Coast. Since then, protestors have sat in at one Member of Parliament's office and chained and padlocked the offices of two others, among other actions against the decision.
B.C. indigenous or First Nations bands and organizations are generally united against the project, along with Canadian environmental groups and many towns along the pipeline route, as well as the Union of B.C. Municipalities. 7:56 minutes (40.05 MB)