Old Mole Variety Hour
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An "incendiary mix of punk rock, Celtic folk music, and anti-imperialist, working-class, left-wing politics" ---that's how our radical musicologist Brad Duncan describes Alistair Hulett and Roaring Jack, the band he formed. This segment contains excerpts of his songs and a discussion of his life and music with Brad and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Hulett died in January. Here's an obituary with several video clips.
Bill Resnick provides us with an overview of the issues in the Healthcare Debate: the cruel and glaring failures in the current healthcare system, the advantages of singlepayer (Medicare for All), and whether the current proposals from Obama and the Congress are worth supporting in spite of their limitations.
A successful government-run medical system is already up and running right here in the USA. Tom Becker reads an op-ed by Nicholas Kristof.
Shutter Island is a film about madness and sanity, the power of psychiatry, and paranoia about government. Hear why our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Jimena Alvarado call it "bulimic film-making."
Will the transition to Clean Energy lead to decentralized, worker and community controlled energy production? Or will it be centralized under corporate and state control and promote high usage and consumerism? John Farrell works with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance which supports environmentally sound and equitable community development. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about many communities, including some in the US, are building ways in which families and communities can produce energy locally and cut back on their consumption. You can find an article by Farrell here.
"The best living writer anywhere," is how our Book Mole Larry Bowlden describes Alice Munro. Here is Larry reviewing her most recent book of stories. Larry's past reviews are here.
What really went on between black women slaves and their mistresses on the plantations? Thavolia Glymph, author of the prizewinning book Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household, talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about how black women's struggles--before, during, and after the Civil War--shaped the long civil rights movement and can inspire and inform us today in struggles for social justice.
The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical Imagination
This is the theme of this year's Left Forum Conference. The Left Forum brings together organizers and intellectuals from across the globe to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. Bill Resnick and Seth Adler discuss the Forum's upcoming annual conference in New York that draws thousands to a rich banquet of panels, speakers, arts shows, films and informal discussions. It runs from March 19 to March 21. You can learn more about it at the Left Forum website, where you can also find videos of last year's panel discussions.
This edition of the Old Mole Variety Hour is hosted by Denise Morris. It deals with making energy locally, the racial, gender and class politics of the Southern plantation household, Alice Munro's latest book, a novel by Nobel Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, and a big leftist confab coming up in New York. ("Variety" is our middle name.)
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Here is a review and appreciation of Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk's latest novel The Museum of Innocence. The reviewer is Josh Erdahl, and the novel is a story of class, culture and personal struggle in a changing society.