Last week on the Old Mole, Bill Resnick and Hyung Nam discussed corporate power and education. Reporting on her experience in Mountain View, California, Ren Green recalls how Google's tax exempt status led to the closing of schools for lower income, mostly Latino people. 3:38 minutes (2.09 MB)
Clean Energy Action of Boulder, Colorado has been working to establish a municipal public utility commtted to clean and locally produced energy. Their work is opposed by the local investor-owned electric company that relies heavily on coal. Leslie Glostrum, a biochemist and activist who works with Clean Energy Action, talks here with Old Mole Bill Resnick about the need for carbon-free energy and how to achieve it. 22:07 minutes (12.65 MB)
Nueva Canción, the music that accompanied the social movement that led to Salvador Allende's socialist government in Chile in the early 1970s, included Victor Jarra, Violeta Parra, Inti-Illimani and many others. Pete Seeger spoke and sang for them both here and in South America. Kim Davis is a Latin American historian who studies the era and its music, and here she talks with Clayton Morgareidge about the music and its times. She also chose the several musical selections we hear:
Shala Kudlac is running for Circuit County Court Judge for Oregon's 15th Judicial District. She talked with Don Merrill about preparing for election scrutiny, how a judge's thoughts and feelings have to constantly be under lock and key and how she plans to bring more integrity to Coos and Curry County courts. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all candidates for Oregon's 2014 election to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly. 27:51 minutes (14.5 MB)
Jen Davis grows 16 kinds of fruits and many of her family's vegetables in her urban yard. She also keeps ducks to eat slugs, and Mason bees for pollination, and she teaches Mason bee care classes around the NW. She is the founder of Bee Friendly Portland, a coalition of folks working at the neighborhood level to protect send sustain our threatened pollinators. Please check it out on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bee-Friendly-Portland/650478741630390?ref=hl
58:41 minutes (53.73 MB)
Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker bring another installment of the Left and the Law. Today they focus on legislation in Texas that allows innocent people to get their convictions overturned. In particular, drawing on a case of purported child-abuse, it allows defendants to challenge junk science pushed by experts with new research. For example, much research has not been done on the inner anatomy of young girls' vaginas, and new research suggests that the hitherto unappreciated variability of some of these features (e.g. the hymen) can be mistakenly attributed to abuse. 16:07 minutes (14.76 MB)
Tom Becker reads a CounterPunch article by Geoffrey MacDonald, "The Revolving Door of Unemployment". MacDonald argues against the fallicious logic that tries to solve problems created by economic growth, like stagnating wages and unemployment, with MORE economic growth.