Old Mole Variety Hour
The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life. The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society. The Moles' perspective is democratic, broadly socialist, and feminist. (We count Karl Marx as a friend).
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On The Left and the Law:
Richard Glossip was scheduled to be put to death on October 3rd in Oklahoma but his execution was stayed because the state got the wrong cocktail of drugs to kill him. Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk about the importance of this case, including evidence that Richard Glossip was actually innocent, and political challenges to the medicalizing of the death penalty.
Joe Uehlein talks with Bill Resnick about building a labor-environmental movement to curb global warming and save the planet. Uehlein's music is featured in the full length version of this episode of the Old Mole. He will be speaking and playing his music this Saturday, October 10, 6:30 pm at the AFL-CIO Hall at
and sex-positive feminist Candida Royalle. Best known as the
pioneering founder of Femme Productions, the first successful
production company for feminist and couples-oriented erotic films,
Royalle should be remembered not only for her contributions to the
representation and enhancement of female sexual pleasure, but also for
her position in community and solidarity with other feminist sex
workers and activists.
photo by Arthur Cohen from https://commons.wikimedia.org/
Bill Resnick hosts this show. It features up-to-date versions of old labor songs by Joe Uehlein and the U-Liners, which you can hear by listening to the whole show (use the play button below). Joe is also the first guest on the show, and he'll be singing and speaking about the labor movement and climate change at the AFL-CIO Hall on Saturday at 6:30. 3645 SE 32d Avenue in Portland.
To hear the whole show, use the play button. To hear individual segments, follow these links:
1. Labor and climate change with Joe Uehlein and Bill Resnick. Climate change is the real job killer.
2. Richard Glossip and the latest challenges to the Death Penalty: Left and The Law with Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker.
3. Frann Michel remembers feminist pornographer and activist Candida Royalle.
4. Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews John Williams's 1965 novel Stoner.
5. How to think about mass killings from a left perspective: Bill Resnick comments.
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Bill Resnick talks with Ismael Hossein-zadeh about events in the Middle East. Hossein-zadeh is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Drake University and an expert on Middle East issues. He describes the legacy of the cold war, when "Arab socialism" was supported by the USSR while monarchies and dictatorships were supported by the US. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Americans hoped for a post-cold-war "peace dividend," in which the military budget would be redirected to supporting social needs. Instead the US military has turned to attempts to change 'unfriendly regimes': those the US has opposed not because of their tyranny but because of their resistance to US influence and corporate control. Ismael and Bill also discuss the continuing importance of both multinational corporations and the Arab spring of 2011.
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Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Denise Morris discuss the new documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. The film opens in Portland next week at the Hollywood theatre with a benefit event for the NAACP. Noting the impossibility of fully addressing all the many issues in the history of the Panthers--their relations to other social movements in the US and around the globe; their commitment to armed self-defense; their contributions as community service organization; their seductive style and media savvy; their complex politics of vanguardism and grassroots activism; their erosion and destruction by government infiltration and murder--Denise and Jan stress the importance of the film and the new material it offers to viewers.
Tom Becker reads from Why the US Press is Afraid of Marx (and Jeremy Corbyn) by Conor Lynch in Counterpunch.
The problems of capitalism that he wrote so extensively about have returned, and capital is stronger than before. It seems that radical ideas are needed today more than ever, and admiring an intellectual who diagnosed the contradictions of capitalism better than anyone else is not a burden, but an advantage.
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Jan Haaken talks with Elaine Velazquez and Barbara Bernstein about their new documentary: Gaining Ground tells the stories of two rural farms in Oregon and an urban farm in inner city Richmond, California, resisting the systems of agribusiness and changing their farming practices so they can feed their local communities healthy sustainably grown food. Bridging urban and rural, challenging the simplistic romance of the small family farm in favor of wider community solutions, the film explores both problems in our food system and inspiring stories. The filmmakers will be present at the 7pm Sept 1 screening at Cinema 21.