This is Episode 20 of The Spirit of the Forest, an audio drama and dark comedy that reflects upon the sadness, the absurdity, and normalcy of modern life. Each episode is a blend of fiction and reality, and is recorded in various locations throughout Oregon.
56:01 minutes (51.29 MB)
Arthur S. Taylor, Jr. (April 6, 1929 – February 6, 1995) was an American jazz drummer who "helped define the sound of modern jazz drumming".
He played with Bud Powell, George Wallington and Art Farmer, toured with Donald Byrd, recorded with Miles Davis and John Coltrane, and performed with Thelonious Monk; he also was a member of the original Kenny Dorham Quartet of 1957. His own group was called Taylor's Wailers.
35:34 minutes (32.57 MB)
Independent Chicago journalist Jamie Kalven has been a voice calling for police reform in Chicago for years, and it was his lawsuit against the city of Chicago that brought the autopsy of Laquan McDonald into the light.
McDonald, a 17-year-old black man, was shot to death by police officer Jason van Dyke on October 20, 2014.
Van Dyke was charged with murder after the release of the autopsy and damning dashcam video of the incident, which showed McDonald--though he was armed with a knife--walking away from officers before van Dyke opened fire and later reloading his gun.
In all McDonald was shot sixteen times and died at the scene. 45:19 minutes (41.49 MB)
Host Paul Roland discusses the Solstice and the cooptation of ancient spiritual beliefs by Imperial Christianity, and reads from a recent article by Roy Scranton, author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/were-doomed-now-what/ 58:37 minutes (80.49 MB)
This week: President Obama commutes the sentences of 95 people serving time for federal drug offenses, and we speak with drug policy researcher and human rights activist Damon Barrett. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes Christmas songs by Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as segments on the climate impacts of the TPP, the politics of the Peanuts' Christmas cartoon, and the impacts of the women's movement on family life in the USA: