In thrall to those who want to take public schools out of public hands and make a profit from them, the mass media is filled with claims that public schools and teachers are failing. David Berliner talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick and makes it clear that public schools are actually doing much better than the critics claim, often outperforming private charter schools. Berliner is a co- author of 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education. 19:05 minutes (10.92 MB)
What do we remember of our collective history, and what do we teach those who follow us to remember? On this Memorial Day, Norm Diamond reflects on the making and remaking of social memory in this commentary. 8:36 minutes (4.93 MB)
"Sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country," wrote the Roman poet Horace. World War I poet Wilfrid Owen overturns this sentiment in the light of his experiences of war in this poem read for us here by Tom Becker. 1:56 minutes (1.11 MB)
On Memorial Day, we remember the dead, and in this two-part segment, Old Moles Frann Michele and Jan Haaken remember those who have died from the lack of adequate and timely health care in our profit-driven medical system. First, as today's Well-read Red, Frann points out that over 500 people in Oregon alone have died from lack of medical insurance, and reminds of us the continuing battle for single-payer health care going on across the country. 16:15 minutes (9.3 MB)
Jan Haaken hosts this Memorial Day edition of the Mole in which we remember not only those who have fallen on battlefields, but those who have died from lack of access to medical care. We also hear a conversation about how good our public schools are, giving the lie to those who run them down so they can privatize them. All this, plus a commentary about how memories are made and remade.
52:15 minutes (29.9 MB)