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)
A healthy economy is one that is growing; but how long can a healthy planet sustain a growing economy? In a recent blog post, Alyssa Röhricht lays out the contradiction between capitalism and the survival of life on Earth. Tom Becker reads it for us. 8:14 minutes (5.66 MB)
The Old Mole's Literary Critic Larry Bowlden review Portland writer Tom Spanbauer's 2006 coming of age novel Now Is the Hour about a boy growing up and away from his small hometown. Larry finds that Spanbauer "captures both the humor and the heartache of trying to grow up into one's sexuality, especially when faced with criticism on almost all fronts."
More of Larry's find reviews can be found here.
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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)
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.
You can hear the whole show by using the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow the links below. You can keep up with us on Facebook -- become our friend and receive links to shows and other interesting stuff. Or leave a comment in the comment section on this page. 51:38 minutes (35.46 MB)