Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program focuses on opportunities to shape what's ahead in the Obama years. We hear from labor journalist Sam Pizzigati about the promise of the President's budget proposal; from Environmentalist Mary Wood about what we must do to keep the atomosphere safe for living things; from Book Mole Larry Bowlden about new stories and poems from Grace Paley and John Nichols; and from Clayton about progressive politics as grounded in the brain.
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Grace Paley and John Nichols are two wonderful east coast activists who happen also to be a couple. They've published a book of short stories and poems which are political, comic, and surreal. Larry Bowlden tells us why we should read it.
Do the progressive sentiments coming out of the Obama administration appeal to a part of our nature that's embedded in ourbrains? Clayton Morgareidge explores the possibility and what it might mean politically.
To save the planet, what do we have to do and how soon do we have to do it? What can citiizens do to keep the CO2 levels in the atmosphere below the tipping point -- where it might be too late? Enviornmental Law Professor Mary Wood says we must all act now. She talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about specific actions we can (and must) take. Wood is the author of Nature's Trust: A Legal Paradigm for Protecting Land and Natural Resources for Future Generations; and The Dawn of Planetary Patriotism: A Citizens' Call to Climate Defense, co-authored with Heather A. Brinton.
How progressive is the Obama budget? Republicans call it socialist, among other things. Sam Pizzigati, a labor journalist and analyst with the Institute for Policy Studies, says it's the most radical presidential program in generations. Bill Resnick talks with him about what it all means and its prospects for becoming reality.
Hala Gores is joined in the studio with special guest, attorney Tom Nelson. Bill Corcoran also joins the conversation by telephone from Washington DC.
Mr. Corcoran is President of American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) and just returned from a visit to Gaza where he had an opportunity to assess the devastation of Israel's assault on the people of Gaza. ANERA was incorporated in 1968 to help ease the suffering of Palestinian refugees after the Arab-Israeli War of 1967. It has become one of the largest American non-profits working solely in the Middle East for 40 years. In fiscal year 2008, ANERA delivered more than $50 million worth of donated medicine and medical supplies into Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon.
On today's Air Cascadia news, Chris Andrea reports from Portland's 3 day Organicology conference. Salmon fishing may be cancelled again this year. Oregon lawsuit to clean up Hanford nuclear waste that threatens the Columbia. Also an interview with Michelle Darr of Code Pink who's fasting on the Capitol steps in Salem in an effort to bring our troops home.&nb