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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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.
Test -- or increase -- your knowledge of Mole History -- the people from the past who have worked for an end to oppression by playing Mystery Mole. Norm gives four clues to help us zero in on the answer to this whodunit puzzle for the left.
This edition of the Old Mole is hosted by Norm Diamond (pictured here), and includes his special feature "Mystery Mole," as well as thoughtful introductions to all the other Moles' contributions. Norm also plays and comments on a song by the Nicaraguan duo Guardabarranco.
Next Monday, September 7, is Labor Day. The Old Mole Variety Hour will not be heard so that Labor Radio can bring you special programming -- to which the Moles will be contribuing.
Progressives are feeling let down by what looks like President Obama's failure to push for the changes we believe in. But what can a President do?What are the forces he or she has to work with to stay in office, to remain credible? Bill Resnick opens our eyes to them. You can read this commentary here.
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.
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)