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Patricia Kullberg hosts today's episode of the Old Mole, which includes the following segments:
Tipping Points: Bill Resnick interviews Shannon Osaka, an environmental journalist with the web magazine Grist, and coauthor of "Points of No Return." This e-book focuses on “climate tipping points, elements of the Earth system in which small changes in global temperature can kick off reinforcing loops that ‘tip’ a system into a profoundly different state, accelerating heat waves, permafrost thaw, and coastal flooding — and, in some cases, fueling more warming." Bill and Shannon discuss climate tipping points and also discuss what appears to be a political tipping point in this country, as concerns about climate change grow exponentially.
Heterodox Economics: The second of a three-part interview by Luisa Martinez with heterodox economist Mitch Green, PhD. In the first segment they discussed the idea that money is not scarce, because it is a social relationship and an institution. They reviewed an element of heterodox economic theory which states that anything that is technically possible is financially feasible. In this segment they dig in a little deeper about peoples' typical concerns over inflation, what causes it and how to address those concerns in ways that are not socially harmful.
The Cold Millions: Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews the novel, The Cold Millions, by Jess Walter, son of a union organizer and meticulous historian of the IWW in the northwest U.S. during the late 1800s and early 1900s. specifically of Spokane, WA, gives us a glimpse of the terrible campaigns in Spokane, WA, carried out against the Wobblies in their fight for wages and against the corrupt fees charged by hiring companies. The Cold Millions is a love story between two brothers, weighted with history.
Crisis in Palestine: Bill Resnick speaks with Wael Elsady, an activist and leader in the Palestinian human rights and liberation movements in Portland. They discuss the long term origins and recent trigger for the Palestinian uprising within the green line, the occupied territories, and Gaza. They also examine the changing popular attitudes in this country exemplified by the organization Human Rights Watch critique of Israel for practicing apartheid, which developments provide some hope for the ultimate goal of gaining a just and democratic outcome of the struggle.