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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Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Nina de Gramont's collection of short stories that, in spite of the title, are really about women, men, and cats, in that order.
The Old Mole's Denise Morris talks with two leading lights of Bitch Magazine -- Julie Falk, executive director, and Andi Zeisler, co-founder and editor. Bitch is "a feminist response to pop culture"-- both critical and appreciative. They discuss the history and the role of the magazine in these difficult times for print media. You can learn about theories of cultural critique here.
The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) has been fighting for its right to represent healthcare workers in California, against the massive Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Tom Becker talks with NUHW's vice-president John Borsos about the issues. You can help out by going to the Fund for Union Democracy, or by attending a Portland Fund Raising Event Friday evening, July 31, from 6 to 8 pm at the home of Bill Resnick at 1515 SE 35th Place (just south of Hawthorne).
The rich claim their private wealth is under assault in proposals to increase taxes on the wealthy to pay for improved healthcare. But do they really own their wealth? Clayton Morgareidge explains why they don't and how taxes and justice are related. To read his remarks, go to his blog where you'll find links to his sources.
Anna Balzer writes about the Middle East on her website and is part of the Palestine Solidarity Movement. Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what Palestinians are up against and how they are organizing. Their efforts include calls for divestment from Israeli firms and boycotting Israeli products, which you can read about here. Balzer is also with the
Hosted by Frann Michel (pictured here), this program deals with Israel-Palestine, a better way to think about taxes, a movie about walled-in globalization, and why the Democrats are not doing what we elected them to do.
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A world in which people are divided by walls but their labor and imaginations are globally linked -- that's the dark vision of Alex Rivera's film Sleep Dealer, opening on Friday, 7/24 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland. Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel tell give us many reasons to go see it. More about the film here.
In this illuminating commentary, Bill Resnick explains the real reasons why the Democrats won't legislate real reform. Case in point: their failure to include the card-check provision in the Employee Free Choice Act. The problem is much deeper than campaign contributions and corporate lobbyists. Read Bill's analysis here.
Barack Obama is the first US president to have been a community organizer. What does this suggest about how he tries to govern and how successful he might be? Geoffrey Kurtz has written about this, and here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about his observations. Kurtz is professor of Politics at Manhatten Community College.
The Hurt Locker follows a US military bomb squad in Iraq as they face harrowing situations. Our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss how the film works to position its viewers on the side of the US occupation, and they ask Can there really be an anti-war film? The Hurt Locker will be shown at the Hollwood Theater in Portland on Monday, July 20 followed by a discussion with the director Kathryn Bigelow. This is a benefit for the Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival. More information here. You will want to listen to the Moles' review first.