Old Mole Variety Hour
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While the Mayor and the City Council make plans for cutting services, other members of the community are planning a budget that would increase the services that make for a civilized city. Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with two activists involved in the People's Budget Project, Megan Hise and Shamus Cooke.
Elizabeth Strout's new novel The Burgess Boys concerns two brothers who must return to their home town to deal with issues they thought they'd left behind. The novel shows how extraordinary are the lives of ordinary people living ordinary lives when seen through the eyes of "a compassionate and wise story teller." Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden compares it with Strout's earlier novel, the Pulitzer Prize winning best seller Olive Kitteridge, which Larry also reviewed on the Old Mole.
Two bills which impose increased penalties on those who take direct action to save trees and endangered species have passed the Oregon House and are on their way to the Senate -- HB 2595 and HB 2596. Well-read Red Cara Dugas explains what's in them, what's wrong with them, and reads from Will Potter's book Green is the New Red which explores the threat to free speech in calling those who block environmental destruction "terrorists".
These bills have not passed the Oregon Senate. To call your state senator, go here to find his/her contact info.
Film maker Deb Tullman, co-director of Born This Way, talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about her film and Q-Doc -- Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival which is happening this weekend. Here is all the relelvant festival info. Born This Way takes place in Camaroon, and "explores the underground gay and lesbian culture in an intensely homophobic society that is taking its first steps towards greater acceptance."
Joe Clement hosts this episode, which includes:
- Bill Resnick talks with Megan Hise and Shamus Cooke about the People's Budget Project for Portland.
- Larry Bowlden reviews Elizabeth Strout's new novel The Burgess Boys.
- Well-read Red Cara Dugas discusses Oregon bills that would ramp up criminalization of environmental protest actions.
- Denise Morris interviews film director Deb Tullman about her film Born This Way and the Queer Documentary Film Festival coming to Portland this weekend.
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Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair about NBA player Jason Collins coming out. They use the situation as an opportunity to relfect on what it means to come out and the particular expectations built into this process, about who can come out about what.
Yasmin Nair is a Chicago-based writer, academic, activist and commentator. Her work appears in various anthologies, including "Captive Genders: trans-embodiment and the prison-industrial complex", "Windy City Queer: LGBTQ dispatches from the third coast", and "Arab Studies Quarterly". She's also a member of the editorial collective Against Equality.
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- Length: 11:01 minutes (10.09 MB)
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Frann Michel and Joe Clement review the documentary "Shift Change", directed/produced by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young. The documentary surveys several cooperatively owned and managed businesses, mostly in the United States but also Spain's famous Mondragon. We hear from worker-owners, as well as activists who support the co-op movement in material and financial ways, about how working at co-ops is not just different, but better than regular wage jobs.
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- Length: 14:29 minutes (13.25 MB)
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Alan Wieder hosts this Old Mole and we hear:
- Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair about NBA player Jeffrey Collins and coming out
- Joe Clement and Frann Michel review the worker-owned co-op documentary "Shift Change"
- Bill Resnick talks with Barbara Miner, former editor of ReThinking Schools, about voucher-programs
- Iven Hale reads two criticalreflections on Eve Ensler and the globalization of The Vagina Monologues
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Bill Resnick talks with Barbara Miner about the neoliberalization of education generally and school-voucher programs in particular. Barbara argues against even talking about "school choice" and defends her abolition of the phrase becaue of the way it obfuscates the abandonment of schools. They consider how the voucher-program will accentuate class divisions.
Barbara Miner has been a reporter, writer, and editor for almost forty years, writing for publications ranging from the New York Times to the Milwaukee Journal. The former managing editor of Rethinking Schools, and is the author of a "Lessons from the Heartland: a turbulent half-century of public education in an iconic american city".
Iven Hale reads from different blog-posts on the Eve Ensler, famous producer of The Vagina Monologues. They are critical of the way that Eve represents other women's voices in her monologues and draw attention to the ways they advance colonialism within feminism. The featured readings come from the blogs The Knoll, Life Returned, and Genders Across Borders