Herbie Hancock is a virtuoso. At 74, Mr. Hancock has over his fifty-year career performed with everyone from Duran Duran to Stevie Wonder to Miles Davis. His latest effort, The Imagine Project, is a reinterpretation of John Lennon's "Imagine" with the help of Pink, Seal, India Arie, Oumou Sengare and many others. Mr. Hancock talked with Don Merrill about how his work as a musician and his beliefs as a Buddhist cross pollenate each other, why he was chosen by the United Nations to be a Goodwill Ambassador and the importance of passing on what you know to future generations. 58:28 minutes (53.54 MB)
Herb Alpert has been everything from the leader of the legendary Tijuana Brass to the top executive of the recording industry juggernaut, A&M Records. He talked with Don Merrill about the effect of the unionization of the music industry, the coolness of President Obama and how one of the most famous scenes of sexual assault in TV history propelled his song "Rise" into the music record books. 29:46 minutes (27.25 MB)
William Dalton is a Democrat and Working Party candidate for Oregon House District 19. He talked with Don Merrill about his passion for providing mental health services and how those skills will translate if he becomes a legislator, why he won his last shot at the legislature but bowed out of contention and how he thinks seniors may be the key to a successful reboot of education policy in Oregon. 29:11 minutes (26.71 MB)
Frann Michel brings us the Well-read Red. Today, she considers "culinary capitalism" and the political economy of our food system. You can read the blog- and link-ified version HERE. 5:28 minutes (5.01 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Pat O'Herron about climate change and public health. They consider how changing weather patterns, rising oceans, acidification and desertification, as well as pollution, change the conditions for illness and death. They address collapse in both "the natural environment" and human infrastructure. O'Herron does not end on a completely sour note though, and shows how knowledge of these dangers and present afflictions points the way to dealing with them.
Ryan Howard is a Democrat and candidate for the Working Families party. He is running for Oregon State Senate in District 13. Don Merrill talked with him about why he wants to be a state senator, his views on urban growth boundaries and land use issues, and why he resists the adoption but not the intention of Ballot Measure 89, 29:57 minutes (27.42 MB)
Mike Montchalin is a Libertarian candidate for US Senate in Oregon. He talked with Don Merrill about the necessity of individual action versus government action, why he supports the marijuana ballot initiative and why he thinks Measure 90 is a bad idea for Oregon's third parties.
NOTE: This interview includes a later correction by Mr. Montchalin at the beginning of his interview. Mr. Montchalin mistakenly leveled an allegation of misconduct at Constitution Party candidate for the Oregon Senate, Mr. James Leuenberger. Mr. Montchalin apologizes for that mistake and withdraws the allegation against Mr. Leuenberger. 28:10 minutes (25.79 MB)
A.J. Mooney, along with co-authors Howard Eisenberg and Catherine Dold have just released the second edition of "The Recovery Book". The first edition, released in 1992 was a seminal work that was billed as "A lifesaving guide that answers all question and concerns of recovering alcoholics and addicts." Don Merrill talks with Dr. Mooney about the latest edition, his own history with addiction and how the new book is an improvement over the first one. 26:34 minutes (24.32 MB)
Bela Fleck is a banjo master, multi-Grammy winner and founded Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He has performed with a number of artists from Chick Corea to Dave Matthews to Asleep at the Wheel. He talked with Don Merrill about banjo music for those who want to pursue it, how he works hard to beat back the stereotypes of banjo music, his upcoming concerto with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and how he can see his wife and their son Juno all happily on tour together for many years to come. 29:20 minutes (26.86 MB)
Iven Hale hosts this edition of the Old Mole with a focus on the aftermath of the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Also on the show are pieces on agriculture and climate change and liberation from working on the clock. It's all held together with Iven's interesting choices of music.
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54:55 minutes (37.71 MB)
A day will come when workers will no longer be slaves to the time clock, claims IWW member Chuck Allen. The original demand for less clock time early in the last century was for the 4-hour day 4 days a week. What we got instead was the 8-hour day. Chuck wrote this piece, read here by Joe Clement, at work ("on the clock"), thus demonstrating that we can find ways to reclaim our time when we are supposed to be working on "someone else's time".
6:32 minutes (4.49 MB)
What legal recourse do the victims of police misconduct, like the family of Michael Brown, have? Legal Moles Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss how the legal climate has developed from the time of Reconstruction to the present day, and how court judgments against police departments might affect what police actually do in the streets. 11:05 minutes (7.61 MB)