War & Peace

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 23, 2009

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Sun, 03/22/2009

 Hosted by Frann Michel, this show features a film review of Che, a conversation about what's wrong with merit pay for teachers, a commentary about the political opening for the left created by the AIG bonus scandal, and a short story about international family ties by Luz María Gordillo.  

To hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  "Give Them All Pitchforks!" -- Well-read Red Laurie Mercier on the popular outrage about AIG.

2.  Fred McKissack from Rethinking Schools talks with Bill Resnick about "merit" pay for teachers.

51:28 minutes (29.45 MB)

Movie Moles: "Che"

program date: 
Sun, 03/22/2009

 The two-part epic film about Che Guevarra  (Che) is reviewed by Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken.  It's playing through Thursday at the Hollywood Theater.

13:39 minutes (7.82 MB)

Political Perspectives on 03/31/09

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Tue, 03/31/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Avigail Abarbanel, a former Israeli soldier who now lives in Australia. She says her army experience turned her into a pacifist. She is the Canberra director of Deir Yassin Remembered. She is a psychotherapist in Canberra.

Flashpoints on 03/20/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Fri, 03/20/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Palestinian Legislator Mustafa Barghouti speaks about Avigdor Lieberman's appointment as Israel's Foreign Minister.

Political Perspectives on 03/19/09

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Thu, 03/19/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Saul Landau, scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy issues. He has been a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies since 1972. He has written 13 books, thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and reviews and made more than 40 films and TV programs on social, political, economic and historical issues.  He is Professor Emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona University. They'll discuss two recent articles by Mr. Landau, "Capitalism has Failed: Face the Facts," and "Israeli Policy Gives Jews a Bad Name." They will also touch on the recent elections in El Salvadore.   www.ips-dc.org/staff/saul

Flashpoints on 03/18/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Wed, 03/18/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

An Iraq veteran speaks about why he went AWOL and now plans to march on the Pentagon and continued coverage of the police murder of Oscar Grant in Oakland.

Democracy Now!

Program: 
Democracy Now!
Air date: 
Wed, 03/18/2009 - 7:00am - 8:00am

Guests include journalist Mark Danner, who was for many years a staff writer at The New Yorker and contributes frequently to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine and other publications. He discusses how the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report that the Bush administration's treatment of Al Qaeda captives in CIA prisons "constituted torture."

Veteran's Voice on 03/20/09

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Fri, 03/20/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Hosts Northwest Vets for Peace focus on the issues of women veterans of the war in Iraq. Hosts Marvin, Bill, and J.T. speak with Nancy Sloan, program manager of the Veterans Health Services for Women at the Portland VA Medical Center. For information call 503 220-8262, ext 55595 or ext 54838. Their next focus group meeting is on March 31st from 12 to 1 at 8383 NE Sandy Blvd at the Vet's Center.

The show also mentioned the National Womens History Project, 3343 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa, California 95403.

 

Flashpoints on 03/17/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Tue, 03/17/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Analysis of the victory of the party of the Salvadoran revolutionary movement in elections in El Salvadore; a report on the RNC 8, activists and anarchists facing major terrorism charges; and an update on the situation in the West Bank where Israeli troops shot 3 young Palestinians.

Alternative Radio on 03/18/09

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 03/18/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Michael Parenti - The Hypocrisies of Capitalism (lecture)

Michael Parenti is one of this country's foremost independent political analysts. He has taught at major colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.  He is the author of numerous books including the classic "Democracy for the Few" and the highly acclaimed "The Assassination of Julius Caesar." His latest book is "Contrary Notions."

The "Newsweek" cover declares, "We are All Socialists Now." Some people have a different take on it. Paul Krugman, commenting on the bailout of banks and the giant insurance company AIG, says it's a classic example of what he calls "lemon socialism," that is, taxpayers bear the cost if things go wrong, but stockholders and executives get the benefits if things go right. Krugman, a Nobel Prize winner, is describing our economic system as it really is, not the fantasy tale spun for mass consumption by Alan Greenspan and his disciples. One salient aspect of the economic collapse is the focus on rotten apples like Bernard Madoff and Robert Allen Stanford. They are easy pickings. We can all be virtuous in denouncing them as cheats and swindlers. But what escapes scrutiny and discussion is the barrel itself. And that is the capitalist system.

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