Host Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know:" Continuing global recession with rising unemployment. And the shame of torture in U.S history--from slave days to post WWII and into the present. Torture achieves only hostility and resistance. But may help to perpetuate myths as to who was responsible for the 911 attacks. Also bankruptcy financing in the works for automakers, swine flu evolving--found in Californians, and more dust storms in US from global warming.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews Geraldine Brooks about her latest novel, People of the Book, an imagined history of an ancient Hebrew prayer book. Geraldine Brooks is author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning and internationally bestselling novel March, a retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women from the point of view of Mr. March, the absent father who goes off to war. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, published in 2001, is also an international bestseller.
On March 1st 2009 Portland Brit Tzedek V’Shalom, Congregation Shir Tikvah and the Bridgeport UCC co-sponsored an event, The Politics of Water in the Middle East & the Developing World.
Speaking that afternoon were Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Dr. Jeff Albert, and Mousa Diabat. The topics discussed included water scarcity in the third world, and the effect of water scarcity on the Arab-Israeli peace.
Due to time limitations for today’s broadcast we will only air today the comments by Congressman Blumenauer on water issues globally, and two of the questions for the panel from the audience.
The Moles focus today on Capitalism and Socialism. What is capitalism, anyway, and how does it make us unfree? What might socialism be like? Why don't we have more voice in how the government spends our money, and what would we say if we did? Are Americans really committed to Capitalism and opposed to socialism? (A new poll says otherwise.) Below are links to the segments of this show, hosted by Laurie Mercier. Or you can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above.
Only 53% of Americans believe capitalism is better than socialism! At least that is the finding of a recent Rassmussen poll. Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss the poll results and what they suggests about how people are reacting to the economic crisis.
Who knows what (a real, democratic) socialism will be like? No one. But it can at least be imagined in various ways, and that is what some science fiction writers do, as Old Mole Frann Michel explains. Read her remarks and follow links to her many sources here.
What else could we get for the may billions of dollars already spent on two wars? Laurie Mercier talks with Jo Comerford, Executive Director, National Priorities Project about redirecting massive military expenditures to our real security needs namely education, health care and jobs.
Capitalism is always a drag on the progressive agenda.But why?What is capitalism?In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge explains how the private ownership of productive property forms and deforms social life.
Become part of the end to sexual violence. Here is a place to take a stand, a place to break the silence. Here we can Take Back the Night! As part of sexual assault awareness month, the Women's Resource Center is hosting Take Back The Night, TONIGHT, starting at 6:30 pm. Meet at Portland State University - South Park Blocks, 1525 SW Park Avenue in Portland. This event will include an inter-faith vigil, march and close with an empowering and unifying rally. More information at 503-725-5672.