While the Mayor and the City Council make plans for cutting services, other members of the community are planning a budget that would increase the services that make for a civilized city. Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with two activists involved in the People's Budget Project, Megan Hise and Shamus Cooke.
Elizabeth Strout's new novel The Burgess Boys concerns two brothers who must return to their home town to deal with issues they thought they'd left behind. The novel shows how extraordinary are the lives of ordinary people living ordinary lives when seen through the eyes of "a compassionate and wise story teller." Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden compares it with Strout's earlier novel, the Pulitzer Prize winning best seller Olive Kitteridge, which Larry also reviewed on the Old Mole.
Two bills which impose increased penalties on those who take direct action to save trees and endangered species have passed the Oregon House and are on their way to the Senate -- HB 2595 and HB 2596. Well-read Red Cara Dugas explains what's in them, what's wrong with them, and reads from Will Potter's book Green is the New Redwhich explores the threat to free speech in calling those who block environmental destruction "terrorists".
Film maker Deb Tullman, co-director of Born This Way, talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about her film and Q-Doc -- Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival which is happening this weekend. Here is all the relelvant festival info.Born This Way takes place in Camaroon, and "explores the underground gay and lesbian culture in an intensely homophobic society that is taking its first steps towards greater acceptance."