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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Tina Loo studies the impact of hydropower projects on native people in Canada, and here she talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about how the techno-perspective of policy makers blinds them to the impacts of their projects on life in the areas where they are located. Professor Loo will be appearing next week (Nov. 6-7) in Vancouver, WA at a major conference about dams -- Reversing the Flow: Big Dams, Power, and People in Global Perspective.
Two journalists with long experience in Afghanistan talk with Bill Resnick about why US policy there is failing. Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald are authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story.
In the first of the Old Mole Mole's new feature, The Law and the Left, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss why the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, executed in 2004 in Texas for a crime of which he was almost certainly innocent, is so central to the fight against capital punishment. Read Mike Snedeker's piece at Counterpunch. Mike also recommends the blog The StandDown Texas Project for a critical take on the death-dealing Texas justice system.
"Industrial civilization is functionally incompatible with life on this planet and is murdering the planet." So argues Chris Hedges in this piece from TruthDig, read here by Tom Becker.
Environmental writer and activist Brian Tokar talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the 350 Movement and its limits. For stronger measures than will emerge from the upcoming Copenhagen climate conference, go here, here, and here.
Hosted by Tom Becker, this show deals with US military action in Afghanistan, the challenge to corporate-industrial society from climate change, and with putting people to death for crimes they did not commit. We hear haunting and apocalyptic music by Laibach from Slovenia.
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O.k., so we're not going to get a single payer health this year, and maybe not even a public option. Can anything good still come out of Congress this year? Kathleen Stoll of Families USA thinks we can expect some real improvements in access to health care from the legislation likely to emerge. Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
In The Informant, Matt Damon plays an agri-business executive who cooperates with the FBI to expose corporate malfeasance at Archer-Daniel-Midlands. Our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Norm Diamond fill out the context and discuss the issues the film raises.
Clayton Mogareidge reads a short poem beginning "History is made of the lies of the victors...." by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. It is published in a volume called Poems for the Nation: A Collection of Contemporary Political Poems, edited by Allen Ginsberg and others, published by Seven Stories Press.
Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews The Elegance of the Hedgehog by French author Muriel Barbery -- "an excellent and charming little book" about two women who hide their intellectual interests.