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.
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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)
"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)
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)
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)
The Film Show welcomes Dario Van Vree, founder of the Netherlands' KLIK! Animation Festival, which is currently on a tour of the west coast. Also joining us are Lauren Grant and Lizzy Freeman from Free Arts NW, as well as Hannah Piper Burns and Benjamin Popp of the Experimental Film Festival, who previewed some of their upcoming lineup at the recent NW Animation Fest.
Monday is Memorial Day, the holiday celebrating U.S. Army veterans who died while serving their country’s wars. And today Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries announced that the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office violated a law protecting preference for veterans in its hiring process. The law, enacted in 2007, applies to all governmental bodies in Oregon. It states that all veterans who meet the minimum qualifications must be given special considerations for civil service positions. Sergeant Rod Edwards unsuccessfully applied for a promotion, and filed a complaint with the bureau as a result. 4:29 minutes (4.1 MB)
The office of the now-defunct Columbia River Crossing Bridge is closing its office for good next week. Oregon and Washington have spent a total of two hundred million dollars on the project –about half of which came from federal matching funds. The new I-5 bridge was expected to cost around four billion dollars, but was eventually shut down due to a lack of legislative support – mainly from the Washington side. Opponents of the planned bridge, including environmental groups and neighbors of the site, have stated that alternative bridge options that were ignored previously may now have a chance to be explored. 13:36 minutes (12.44 MB)
Jackson and josephine Counties in southern Oregon successfully passed ballot initiatives yesterday that will ban genetically modified crops. The measures faced a well-funded opposition campaign that was led by agricultural giant Monsanto. At the time of this broadcast, the Jackson County measure had passed by a large sixty-six percent majority. Kboo’s paul Roland spoke this afternoon with Elise Higgley of Our Family Farms Coalition and a campaign director for the initiative.
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Around a hundred workers and supporters gathered outside Portland’s City Hall at noon today to call for an increase in the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour. One of the speakers at the rally was Nicholas Caleb, who got eighteen percent of the vote in his run against Commissioner Dan Saltzman in yesterday’s election. Caleb ran on the platform of increasing the minimum wage in Oregon to fifteen dollars an hour, what he and other supporters of the measure call a ‘living wage’.
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A protest over the weekend in Portland challenged a U-S postal service plan to privatize some postal services by opening centers in Staples office stores. Seventy protesters, chanting "the U.S. Mail is not for sale", picketed the Staples office supply store in Cascade Station shopping center, before being kicked off the premises by mall security Sunday afternoon. KBOO’s Sekoynia Wright spoke with Jamie partridge, who helped organize the protest.
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A new state law will soon allow correctional officers to transport personal firearms in their cars from home to work in Oregon’s prisons. House Bill 4035 was born after an officer was killed in 2011 because he stopped to help someone having car trouble. But the new law will come with restrictions. KBOO’s Don Merrill has more …
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