Old Mole Variety Hour
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Today's Old Mole - hosted by Tom Becker - features conversations about alternative electoral systems emerging in the US; the relationship between domestic violence and economic hardship; voter-owned elections; and horror stories of defrauded home-owners.
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Well-known scholar and critic of the media, author of several books on democracy and the media, Robert McChesney talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the root causes of the Great Recession which began in 2008. He is the co-author, with John Bellamy Foster, of a recent article in the Monthly Review on this topic.
Yasmin Nair is an academic, a writer, and an activist who, along with others, questions the goals of equality and inclusion for gays and lesbians. Along with Ryan Conrad, she has produced a book called Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage, and in this interview with the Old Mole's Denise Morris, she discusses the value and challenges of books vis a vis electronic media.
Nair is a member of Against Equality, an online archive, publishing, and arts collective focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. As queer thinkers, writers and artists, we are committed to dislodging the centrality of equality rhetoric and challenging the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage, the US military, and the prison industrial complex via hate crimes legislation.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is Oliver Stone's sequel to his 1987 Wall Street, and our reviewers, Jan Haaken and Joe Clement tell us how it stacks up against the original in terms of raising basic institutional questions.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program features an interview with well-known writer on the media Robert McChesney; a conversation with Chicago-based activist and writer Yasmin Nair about the politics of inclusion; and a review of the politics of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Oliver Stone's new movie.
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Frann Michel and Wendy Webb discuss Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's 2010 war-documentary, shot in 2007-2008, "Restrepo."
Restrepo is an Army outpost in Afganistan, named after a First Class Private medic who died earlier in the campaign. Junger and Hetherington, on assignment for Vanity Fair, were there embeded Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (airborne) of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in the Korangal valley. Frann and Wendy consider the directors' claim to making an apolitical film about the war.
Bill Resnick interviews Diane Ravitch about the subject of her new book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System." Writing from decades of experience with testing- and market-oriented education policies --- originally as a proponent --- Ravitch argues that a dearth of evidence shows them to be abysmal failures that undermine the cooperation essential to a thriving education system. Perhaps more controversial is the critical lens she puts over charter schools, which in her assessment do not on the whole prove to be more effective than public-schools.
Diane Ravitch is a historian of education and former United States Assistant Secretary of Education, and is now a research professor at New York University.
- Title: Resnick & Ravitch
- Length: 16:08 minutes (9.23 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)
Joe Clement hosts today's membership-drive episode. Between pitching segments are discussions of privatizing education, the war-documentary "Restrepo," and the alternative mental health movement. Below are links to individual segements:
Sonia Nieto is an experienced teacher and the author of several books on public school education. In this conversation with the Old Mole's Norm Diamond, Nieto describes the challenges of educating and supporting good teachers as well as the contributions to teaching made by the magazine Rethinking Schools. Nieto is the keynote speaker for the upcoming Conference on Teaching for Social Justice, this Saturday, October 2.