What does the Obama presidency mean, symbolically and politically, for issues of race and class? Malik Miah comments in this article from Against the Current. The Old Mole's Jan Haaken reads it for us.
"What Would King Tell Obama?" In this article by Michael Honey, read here by Tom Becker, we are reminded that Dr. King's message of non-violence applies to the violence of poverty and economic inequality, and to military interventions. Honey's piece appreared on the website of The Progressive.
From the streets of Washington, D.C. on the eve of the Inauguration, John Nichols, a correspondent for The Nation Magazine, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about Barack Obama and how history may drive him into more progressive action than he has foreseen.
Our Backyard: KBOO's locally produced environmental series with Edison Carder. This edition: WiMAX, the newest "kid of the block" in world of wireless internet. Clearwire ( http://www.clearwire.com/ a Kirkland, WA company) is betting that Portland will fall in love with this newer, faster, system and that you'll even want it to replace your home internet connection. The only issue may be that there are those who believe it may actually be a health hazard.
S.W. Conser asks Chicago political consultant Don Rose what listeners can expect from the new Obama administration. Chicago's rich mix of rough-and-tumble precinct politics, racial and ethnic ferment, and grassroots activism on urban and human rights issues has deeply influenced Obama's political career to date. A longtime champion of progressive causes and candidates, Rose mentored Obama's chief campaign strategist (now senior advisor) David Axelrod, and has butted heads with chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.
Per Fagereng speaks with Alan Rosenblith, director of "The Money Fix," a documentary film exploring different aspects of money creation. The Money Fix - World Premiere
The Money Fix is an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the 2009 BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, where it will make its WORLD PREMIERE. The Money Fix will be screened for a one-night-only sneak preview at the Hollywood Theater in Portland OR on January 29th at 7pm. This will be the film’s only screening prior to its WORLD PREMIERE at Big Sky.
Folk hero Woody Guthrie left behind thousands of unpublished lyrics. His daughter, Nora Guthrie, shares discovering these songs and, in the process, discovering her father. Also featured: creative work by Billy Bragg and Jonatha Brooke www.jonathabrooke.com who had access to the archives. More info: www.woodyguthrie.org
The new Congress will be working with a new administration in the White House. Behind the smiles and calls for cooperation, there's already signs of differences between both sides of the congressional aisles and the president elect. Elements of the Obama proposal is already drawing criticism from both parties. Democrats like Representative Barney Frank and Senator John F. Kerry of Massachussetts, as well as Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, have expressed deep skepticism about the effectiveness of the proposed business tax credits for creating new jobs.
"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" tells the amazing and inspiring story of Liberian women who helped stop the Civil War in Liberia. We speak to Director Gini Reticker who has chronicled the stories of heroic women, not only in Liberia, but also Ghana, Rwanda and Morrocco. Learn more at: www.Praythedevilbacktohell.com