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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What are the politics and the prospects for a serious approach to climate change at the Copenhagen Conference? Brian Tokar, activist, organizer, and writer on environmental issues, talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. His books are The Green Alternative and Earth for Sale: Reclaiming Ecology in the Age of Corporate Greeenwash. His work can also be found at ZNet and (most recently) Counterpunch.
Sports, politics and race combine in the new Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela. Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken analyze the deep politics of this film.
Portland's independent women's bookstore In Other Words is expanding its selection of books for children, selecting those that convey progressive values of equality, diversity, peace, and democracy. Amber Roland from In Other Words talks with Bill Resnick about some of these books. In Other Words is located at 8B N.E. Killlingsworth.
"A writer who seems to paint pictures without leaving brush strokes." That's how the Old Mole's Larry Bowlden describes the work of Jhumpa Lahiri in her collection of stories Unaccustomed Earth. You can find an archive of Larry's past reviews here.
Floyd Red Crow Westerman was a Native American singer, songwriter, actor, and activist who joined the causes of native peoples to contemporary folk music. Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about Red Crow's life, music and legacy.
Bill Resnick hosts this program about the political climate in Copenhagen; children's books for progressives; the life and music of Floyd Red Crow Westerman; Invictus (the Clint Eastwood movie about South Africa); and Jhumpa Lahiri's book Unaccustomed Earth.
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The Economic Policy Institute has a 5-point plan for making jobs part of the economic recovery, and a way to pay for it. The EPI's Josh Bivins explains what it requires in this interview with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Bivins is the author of Everybody Wins Except for Most of Us: What Economics Teaches About Globalization and has published numerous articles in both academic and popular venues, including USA Today, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Challenge Magazine, and Worth. He is a frequent commentator on economic issues for a variety of media outlets, including NPR, CNN, CNBC, Reuters and the BBC.
What pushed Obama into Afghanistan? What will it do to the Afghans? What will it do to Obama's domestic programs and the Democrats? Clayton Morgareidge reads from
- "Afghan Ambush" by Michael Winship;
- "How the War Hawks Caged Obama", by Robert Parry; and
- 'There hasn't been two seconds of intelligent discussion about living standards in Afghanistan' by John Hanrahan.
Photo Credit: Afghan women beg outside a mosque in Kabul. (AP file photo)
The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with Quinn Nguyen and Iris Bustos, student activists at UC Santa Barbara about the recent protests and one-day fast at UCSB. They also discuss the larger coalition-building among UC students with service workers and the larger community to protest the cuts in wages and education to support the military-prison complex. You can learn more about what UC students are doing at the California Students Association website.