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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Why this financial crisis? Is it real? Mark Engler is a financial analyst with Foreign Policy in Focus and frequent contributor to several publications. He talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about where things stand and how they got there. Engler is the author of HOW TO RULE THE WORLD: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy.
Two regressive ballot measures will be voted on in November, measures that target immigrants. The Rural Organizing Project is working to defeat them. Marci Westerling talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris. See their website for all the details.
This program has a current take on the financial bailout, a conversation about the positive vision of Fair Trade, and a visit with local activists campaigning against regressive anti-immigrant ballot measures. The whole show is available by clicking on the arrow above (though it has a few gaps in continuity where pleas for your membership were omitted). Or hear the individual segments by following their links below. AND DON'T FORGET TO BECOME A MEMBER OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP WHILE YOU'RE HERE!! Thank you!
Larry Bowlden discusses Kate Christensen's novel The Great Man, demonstrating the gap between the image a successful man projects to his public and in his biography, and what the women in his life know about him. Winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award. You can find more reviews by Larry on line.
Economist John Miller, who writes for Dollars & Sense and teaches at Wheaton College, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the current financial crisis, where it's heading, and what progressives should be demanding.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program features the life and music of Victor Jara, the legendary singer-songwriter who helped elect the democratic-socialist President of Chile Salvador Allende, and was murdered by the Pinochet coup supported by the US in 1973. His music lives on, as we hear today. Also on the show, Bill Resnick talks with Paul Joseph about the possibility that Americans are becoming more peaceful -- or at least less patient with war, and how that might lead to a more potent peace movement. The Well-read Red, Frann Michel, takes on Sarah Palin, and Clayton Morgareidge analyzes the political rhetoric of the two major parties. To hear the whole show, hit the arrow above. For individual segments, go to the links below:
Frann Michel, today's Red, reads today from several satirical takes on the Sarah Palin persona and political phenomenon. You can read this piece here, where you will also find links to the orginal sources.
Are people in the US losing their patience with the wars their country gets into? How can the anti-war movement reach and energize them, transforming their passive discontent into a powerful voice for peace? Paul Joseph, author of Are Americans Becoming More Peaceful, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.