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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Longtime anti nuclear activist and journalist Harvey Wasserman joins the Old Mole's Bill Resnick for a conversation about the dangers and costs of nuclear energy and the immediate promise of available alternative technologies for generating and conserving energy. Wasserman is the author of Nukefree and the author of Solartopia, the story of a post-nuclear world. At Solartopia, you can listen to the Solartopia song played in this segment and to Pete Seeger leading another song about this brilliant new world.
Chris Hedges has written a dark and powerful prognosis about the future of our civilization, and Tom Becker reads an edited version of it for us here. It's title is This Time We're Taking the Whole Planet With Us.
There are many ways government could create jobs, and yet with almost 16% real unemployment, very little is being done. Clayton Morgareidge draws on an insightful article from 70 years ago by Michal Kalecki, recently republished in the Monthly Review, to explain why.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show which features anti-nuke activist Harvey Wasserman, a movie about Palestinian immigrants, a dark vision of our civilization's decline, and a discussion of why our current economic system cares little about creating jobs.
In another of their series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker talks with pyschologist Jan Haaken about her new book Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Story Telling. They discuss some of the misleading dichotomies that have grown up in the struggle to get funding for programs to fight domestic violence.
Well-read Red Frann Michel reflects on "The American Dream" which progressives are being asked to rally around, in opposition to the attack on the working class coming from the right these days. But what do we dream when we dream The American Dream? Is it a way of evading the hard reality that the wealthy classes would like us to dream that we can all be like them -- and that that would make us happy?
Read Frann's remarks here.
Movie Moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the new film starring Matt Damon, The Adjustment Bureau, based (very loosely) on a short story by Philip K. Dick. What is this satirical movie really satirizing, and what Hollywood movie assumptions does it leave solidly in place?
Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss organizing efforts in Wisconsin and other states where masses of people have turned out in opposition to drastic budgit cuts. What has to happen if this energy is to lead to a real challenge to the power of the moneyed elites? Norm Diamond is a labor historian with many years of experience as an activist on labor issues. He was the President of the Northwest Labor College, and co-author of The Power In Our Hands: A Curriculum on the History of Work and Workers in the United States.
Denise Morris hosts this show featuring a review of the Matt Damon movie (based on a Philip K. Dick story) The Adjustment Bureau; a discussion of the ideological ambiguities thrown up by the struggle for the recognition of domestic violence; some questions and about the meaning and value of The American Dream; and an analysis of the possibilities and limits of the democratic movements going on in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
Bill and Gwen talk about the business model that groups like Stand up for Children are pushing as educational reform, and how teachers unions are under attack because of their resistance.
Gwen Sullivan is the vice-president of the Portland Teachers Association and an elementary school teacher herself.
- Length: 16:06 minutes (14.74 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)