The advertising industry is largely responsible for a consumer obsessed society by creating need where there was no need through sophisticated psychological manipulation of people of all demographics. Tom Becker reads John K. White's article "Just Say No: The Manufactured Need" from CounterPunch.
There is a jewel buried amongst the businesses and warehouses of SE Portland. Volunteers of America Oregon operates a facility that helps women rise out of addiction into a better life and helps moms improve life for their kids. This is not your parent's VOA. These days, it does a lot more than pick up mattresses and refrigerators. Don Merrill followed the trail of a klatch of women standing in a parking lot to a truly remarkable pair of heroic and life changing programs. 15:17 minutes (13.98 MB)
Tom Becker hosts this edition of the Old Mole featuring discussions of the November elections and the psychology of political activism.
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Paul Sonn, of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), speaks with Laurie Mercier about recent successes of state and city minimum wage campaigns, and new grass-roots strategies for promoting living wage jobs. Here is a good online resource for action on this issues. 13:15 minutes (9.1 MB)