War & Peace

April 5 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 04/05/2010

 What should policies and goals should replace the test-and-punish approach of "No Child Left Behind"?  How can academic freedom in the University be defended from what threatens it today?  What does the story of Easter mean for the US at war in the Middle East?  What's going on at the Oregon State Hospital nowadays?  Tom Becker hosts the moles as they discuss these questions.  

 

56:51 minutes (32.53 MB)

An Anti-war Easter Message

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Mon, 04/05/2010

 What's wrong with Easter as celebrated in the US?  "Easter… for most Christians, is about individual salvation not interpersonal solidarity. It is about personal resurrection from the dead not community restoration for the living. It is about an “open” tomb that is restricted. It is for believers only not justice for all. It is about eternity not ethics, about right belief not just behavior. It is about the resurrection of the dead not the living."  But Easter should be about the resurrection of the living, and that means learning to live in peace and abstaining from war.  Thus argues the Reverend William E. Alberts in this piece from Counterpunch read here by Old Mole Tom Becker.

5:24 minutes (3.1 MB)

Food Show on 04/21/10

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Food Show
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Wed, 04/21/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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IACP; Kim Severson in-studio with new memoir Spoon Fed; Kamal Mouzawak says "make falafel, not war."

One thousand food pros descend on Portland this week for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) annual conference. Conference chair Ken Rubin and IACP President Scott Givot fill us in on this "who's who" of gourmet events.

1700 soldiers obtain discharges with aid of Elizabeth Stinson, military trauma therapist

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Recovery Zone
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Wed, 03/24/2010

Host Stephanie Potter talks with Portland resident Elizabeth Stinson about her work as a military trauma therapist. Stinson uses her expertise with military regulations and her counseling and diplomacy skills to advise soldiers and their families on their options for obtaining administrative discharges from the military. So far Elizabeth has succeeded in helping some 1700 soldiers to leave the military.

30:08 minutes (13.8 MB)

Political Perspectives on 03/31/10

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Air date: 
Wed, 03/31/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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7 Years Since Iraq Invasion: A Teach-In

7 Years Since Iraq Invasion: A Teach-In

A panel discussion featuring veterans and anti-war activists talking about the ongoing presence of the US military and "contractors" on the anniversary of the 2003 invasion.             

Recorded at Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the First Unitarian Church in Portland.
          

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 03/30/10

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Tue, 03/30/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Blogger Chip Ward from TomDispatch.com joins Abe and Joe for a closer look at the Tea Party.

For a few generations now, White Guys in America have been hearing footsteps -- female and nonwhite footsteps advancing relentlessly on the White Guys' exclusive clubhouse. This sense of creeping white unease has manifested itself in various ways over the years -- Nixon-era "states' rights," Reagan's crusade against "welfare moms," anti-immigrationism, and on and on -- and been skillfully exploited by leaders on the religious and political right.

Recent events, though, have thrown the White Guys into a full-blown, potentially violent panic. It began when Barack Obama's election appeared imminent, and reached a head with the passage of health care reform legislation. And this panic has a name -- the Tea Party.

 So what's it really about? And what if they took over? Blogger Chip Ward from TomDispatch.com joins Abe and Joe for a closer look at what's eating at the Tea Partiers, and postulate on what the world would be like were the Tea Party to gain ascendancy.

March 29 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 03/29/2010

 

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program deals with the role of the peace movement in preventing nuclear war, the new wave of sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church, the Obama administration's version of No Child Left Behind; and Jean Thompson's short story collection Throws Like a Girl.

56:04 minutes (32.08 MB)

Power of the Peace Movement

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Mon, 03/29/2010

Activism has consequences.  The peace and anti-nukes movements of the '50s and beyond were the major reason nuclear weapons were never used in war after  1945, according to historian Lawrence Wittner.  In this interview, he talks with Clayton Morgareidge about his research showing the surprising influence of peace activism on governments.  

10:34 minutes (6.05 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 3-25-2010

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Thu, 03/25/2010

This fall, Portlanders will decide whether to continue their experiment with voter-owned elections. The question becomes more relevant in the wake of Citzens United vs. Federal Elections Commission, a recent Supreme Court ruling that removed bans on corporate campaign spending. This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Common Cause Oregon's Janice Thompson about the upcoming referendum on voter-owned elections and what else needs to be done to fix our ailing electoral process.

49:57 minutes (45.73 MB)
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