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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Distracted by the sexual scandal involving its recently resigned leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn we may be distracted by the world-wide damage done by the IMF (International Monetary Fund). Tom Becker reads this piece from Alertnet by Nomi Prins, the title of which sums it up: "Dominique Strauss-Kahn Sits in Prison While the IMF Keeps Ravaging Entire Economies Every Day."
The Catholic Church commissioned a study to determine the cause of sexual abuse by priests of children and concluded that the 1960s and the sexual revolution are to blame. Our Old Moles Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick discuss the issue.
Tom Becker hosts this program with segments on the Middle East, right-wing attacks on Disability and Social Security, the IMF, and the Catholic Church's explanation of its own sins.
Against the efforts of right-wing pundits and politicians to ridicule and delegitimize programs that help the least well-off among us, our Well-read Red Frann Michel cuts a wide, debunking swathe throught their noxious, weedy field of myths and deceptions. You can read this piece here.
Cornelius Cardew was an English avant-gaarde composer who turned his talents to revolutionary purposes in the 1970s. Brad Duncan selected some tracks to play on this show and discusses Cardew's music and place in radical politics in conversation with Bill Resnick. The tracks you hear are "Lords of Labour", "Octet '61 for Jasper Johns", and "Song for the British Working Class."
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole dealing with race and gentrification in Portland, some questions about democracy, a movie about Columbus and the private ownership of water, and the revolutionary music of British composer Cornelius Cardew.
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Portland has been becoming even whiter as people of color are displaced to the urban periphery and formerly black neighborhoods are taken over by white folks. Why is is this happening? Karen Gibson teaches Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State; she talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about these issues.
How has democracy been understood historically, and what does it mean to us today? What does it mean to be a (small d) democrat? A recent volume of essays explores the concept and the politics of this idea we often take for granted -- Democracy in What State? -- and in this conversation, the Old Mole's Joe Clement and his guest Adam Kotsko, a blogger on political theory lead us through some of the essays and the ideas they explore. Kotsko's review of the book is here.
Even the Rain (También la lluvia) is a new Spanish film about a film-maker going to Bolivia to shoot a movie about Columbus but getting caught up with his cast in the local fight against water privatization. Our reviewers, Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken provide us with their informative and positive, yet critical assessment.
What has changed in the "war on terror" as a result of the assassination of Osama Bin Laden? Dave Finkel is editor of Against the Current and writes often about the Middle East. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the killing of Bin Laden plays out in the region, especially in relation to the on-going uprisings against dictators.