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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Barack Obama is the first US president to have been a community organizer. What does this suggest about how he tries to govern and how successful he might be? Geoffrey Kurtz has written about this, and here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about his observations. Kurtz is professor of Politics at Manhatten Community College.
The Hurt Locker follows a US military bomb squad in Iraq as they face harrowing situations. Our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss how the film works to position its viewers on the side of the US occupation, and they ask Can there really be an anti-war film? The Hurt Locker will be shown at the Hollwood Theater in Portland on Monday, July 20 followed by a discussion with the director Kathryn Bigelow. This is a benefit for the Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival. More information here. You will want to listen to the Moles' review first.
What is the role of science in sending people to prison? What if the science is bunk? Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about how science can lead to justice and injustice in the wake of the recent Supreme Court Decision calling for the cross-examination of scientific experts, as well as a case currently under review in Oregon.
The origins and development of gangs is more complex than the stereotypes of them. John Hagedorn has studied and hung out with gangs all over the world and written several books about them. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about why there are gangs and how they sometimes morph into very different forms. Hagedorn's work with gangs can be seen on his website GangResearch.net where you can find links to YouTube videos, podcasts, and Hagedorn's writings.
1930s era gangster John Dillinger (pictured here) is played by Johnny Depp in the new film Public Enemies. Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel give us their nuanced review of the political and moral issues this blockbuster raises.
The energy bill just passed by the House of Representatives puts the future energy policy of the US in exactly the wrong hands. Bill Resnick explains why.
Tom Becker (pictured here) is our host as we hear about the history of gangs, the movie version of John Dillinger (Public Enemies), the political agitation that founded the US of A, and the power grab built into the House-passed energy bill. Tom also plays selections from Bob Dylan's new blues album as a follow-up on the KBOO-sponsored Portland Blues Festival.
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Health, Money and Fear is the name of a video by Dr. Paul Hochfeld, an ER physician in Corvallis and a member of Physicians for a National Health Care Program (PHNP). In this interview with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier, he discusses the human and economic costs of our "2.5 Trillion Dollar Health Care Factory." You can learn more from his website here.
Is the fight for gay marriage the path to a queer conservatism? The Old Mole's Frann Michel makes the case for the revolutionary program of the LGBT movement: to get beyond "the laws and the ideologically dominant conventions around sexuality and family relations" (i.e. marriage). Frann's commentary draws on many sources, and you can find them, as well as her text, right here.
(Gay Liberation Front sticker, 1970. From the William Canfield papers.)