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 qualifies an athlete to compete as a woman or a man? What makes any of us a man or a woman? It's not as obvious as you might have thought, as the Old Mole's Frann Michel argues in this commentary, which begins with the case of runner Caster Semenya. You can read Frann's remarks here, where you will also find links to many further discussions of the issue.
Building on the model of the Mondragón region of Spain, a movement for a system of worker-owned co-ops is growing in Cleveland, Ohio. Ted Howard, director of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the democratic potential of this movement. Read more about this work in this article from Yes Magazine. (Image from Equal Exchange)
The duo Guardabarranco, consisting of sister and brother Katia Cardenal and Salvador Cardenal Barquero, emerged with the Sandanista revolution in Nicraguq. Norm Diamond plays part of "Casa Abierta" ("Open House") and translates its message hope, peace and justice. They take their name from the national bird of Nicaragua.
How therapists and drug companies take our ways of being unhappy -- worry, anxiety, depression, grief, impotence, self-criticism, frustration, anger, forbidden hungers – and turn them into illnesses and syndromes for which they can sell us expensive treatments. Bill Resnick talks with anthropologist Eugenia Tsao, who has published on this topic in Counterpunch.
Following up on Jay Thiemeyer's review of Bombing Civilians, the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with one of the book's editors Marilyn Young, Professor of History at New York University. They discuss the origins of this strategy as well as its ongoing use in Afghanistan and elsewhere. You can read an excerpt from her book here.
How and why has the aerial bombing of civilian populations become standard military procedure? Jay Thiemeyer reviews a new book of essays on the history and problems raised by wars waged, not just against opposing armies, against peoples. The book is Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth Century History, edited by Yuki Tanaka and Marilyn Young. For a slideshow history of aerial bombing, go here. You can also hear Marilyn Young following up on this review in a conversation with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier -- click here.
Bill Resnick examines the good things that could come out of the current healthcare debate short of the public option, and what we need to do to push matters in the direction of our ultimate goal -- single payer health care.
(Image from Raising Women's Voices 08)
Why are we so afraid of death, and how does that fear affect us, individually and collectively? How can we get beyond that fear? Clayton Morgareidge comments. You can read the text of this commentary here.
As always, the Moles dig where few others dare to tread, this week taking on the commercialization of unhappiness, the American tradition of bombing civilians, and our common fear of death. Clayton Morgareidge (pictured here) is your host.
The National Labor Relations Board, charged with mediating labor disputes, became moribund during the Bush administration, but the Obama administration is trying to revive it by appointing new members. The Old Mole's Tom Becker looks at an article by Dave Lindorff in Counterpunch that examines what this might mean for labor struggles in the US.