Bela Fleck is a banjo master, multi-Grammy winner and founded Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He has performed with a number of artists from Chick Corea to Dave Matthews to Asleep at the Wheel. He talked with Don Merrill about banjo music for those who want to pursue it, how he works hard to beat back the stereotypes of banjo music, his upcoming concerto with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and how he can see his wife and their son Juno all happily on tour together for many years to come. 29:20 minutes (26.86 MB)
Iven Hale hosts this edition of the Old Mole with a focus on the aftermath of the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Also on the show are pieces on agriculture and climate change and liberation from working on the clock. It's all held together with Iven's interesting choices of music.
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54:55 minutes (37.71 MB)
A day will come when workers will no longer be slaves to the time clock, claims IWW member Chuck Allen. The original demand for less clock time early in the last century was for the 4-hour day 4 days a week. What we got instead was the 8-hour day. Chuck wrote this piece, read here by Joe Clement, at work ("on the clock"), thus demonstrating that we can find ways to reclaim our time when we are supposed to be working on "someone else's time".
6:32 minutes (4.49 MB)
What legal recourse do the victims of police misconduct, like the family of Michael Brown, have? Legal Moles Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss how the legal climate has developed from the time of Reconstruction to the present day, and how court judgments against police departments might affect what police actually do in the streets. 11:05 minutes (7.61 MB)
What are the protesting, demonstrating crowds in Ferguson saying? What kind of racism is at work in that town and throughout the US? British journalist Gary Younge of the Guardian talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about the situation. Photo credit: o.canada.com 12:26 minutes (8.54 MB)
"Organic agriculture can feed the world," says Catherine Badgley who teaches Ecology and the Evolution of Agriculture at the University of Michigan. Here she talks with Old Mole Bill Resnick about the impact of industrial agriculture on our climate and how our food could be produced with a much lighter carbon footprint. You can read a paper by her on this topic here (PDF). 20:41 minutes (14.2 MB)
Nexus Nichols talks very personally about her experiences with Gangaji and the upcoming event with Gangaji in Portland, September 27th & 28th. This is a great opportunity to hear first hand what it is like to spend a weekend with Gangaji and experience both the wisdom and invitation she offers.
Weekend of Inquiry with Gangaji The Inner Dive: Discovering the Truth of Yourself “This is an invitation to shift your allegiance from the activities of your mind to the eternal presence of your being.” 58:32 minutes (53.58 MB)
The Port of Portland has approved a new propane gas export terminal at the port. This project is the largest single private capital investment in the city’s history. The Mayor of Portland, Charlie Hales, applauded the new terminal, which he says will bring jobs to the city. The Pembina propane terminal will bring a total of thirty long-term jobs to the area. But environmental groups are concerned with the impact that this terminal may have.
For more, KBOO’s Sam Bouman spoke with Ted Gleichman, director of the Oregon Sierra Club, about these concerns. 5:33 minutes (5.08 MB)
Part of an ongoing series investigating the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Oregon politics. KBOO reporters Yana Maximova and Mike Klepfer visited Kansas City in May 2014 to report on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Spring Summit, where state legislators from around the country and representatives of corporate interests discuss strategies and model legislation behind closed doors. However, our reporters were turned away at the door despite having secured press passes. Despite setbacks, they examine what goes on at these national meetings, and speak to Oregon and Wisconsin legislators in attendance as well as Missouri activists opposing ALEC's presence. 17:20 minutes (15.87 MB)
George Galloway beaten by pro-Israeli fanatic for Gaza views
In his first TV interview after release from hospital, British MP George Galloway told RT he is surprised by the lack of condemnation from other UK politicians of the brutal attack on him. The assault by a pro-Israeli man left Galloway in much pain.
Galloway, 60, was brutally beaten in Notting Hill, London last Friday allegedly for his views on the conflict in Gaza.
He said the attack occurred during broad daylight, when he was in the street around 19:30.
14:38 minutes (13.39 MB)