Today’s guest, Lev Golinkin is the author of the recently-released A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka, a memoir of Soviet Ukraine, which he left as a child refugee. See New York Times review: "Fleeing Ukraine With Little More Than Wit."
14:11 minutes (9.74 MB)
Iven Hale hosts this episode of the Old Mole, with segments on Greek elections, the campaign for single-payer health care in Oregon, anarchist poetry, and challenging state legal preemptions of local attempts to raise the minimum wage or demand affordable housing in new developments. To listen to the whole show, use the play button below; for individual segments use the links. 64:27 minutes (59.01 MB)
Frann Michel talks with volunteer activist Hyung Nam of Health Care for All Oregon about health care as a human right, what's wrong with the Affordable Care Act, why we need single payer (Medicare for all), and the rally coming up February 11 in Salem. 11:20 minutes (5.19 MB)
Johanna Brenner joins Mike Snedecker to discuss Oregon's state laws that preempt cities or other localities from raising the minimum wage or passing inclusive zoning laws that would require developers to provide affordable housing. Those interested in raising the minimum wage might contact 15NowPdx; those interested in inclusive zoning might contact the Coalition for Affordable and State Housing, at 503-776-0460. [image by ZehnKatzen]
12:13 minutes (5.6 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Leo Panitch about the electoral victory in Greece of the anti-austerity party Syriza. Although they will likely fulfill their promises to restore health care, to reinstate collective bargaining and workers’ basic rights, to raise the minimum wage, and to reconnect people to the electricity grid, more thorough resistance to the Eurozone is uncertain. Still, their victory provides a model for organizing for the long haul and testament to the need to take state power.
15:50 minutes (7.25 MB)
Joe Clement and Iven Hale review Selma, the widely acclaimed biopic about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Selma to Montgomery marches he helped organize in 1965, which aimed to draw attention to racial domination still alive after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King in a screenplay written and directed by Ava Duvernay. The movie moles consider the film's merits and question the limits its story-telling place on MLK's legacy and intersectional point of view when it came to fighting racism, materialism, and militarism.