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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The US is "the most incarcerated society on earth," according to Robert Perkinson, author of Texas Tough: The Rise of a Prison Empire. The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Perkinson about how we got this way. An excellent companion article in Dissident Voiceon this topic is here.
Denise Morris (pictured here) hosts this show focusing on prisons, healthcare reform, and labor issues; and featuring music from Tom Waits's CD Blood Money.
The National Labor Relations Board, charged with mediating labor disputes, became moribund during the Bush administration, but the Obama administration is trying to revive it by appointing new members. The Old Mole's Tom Becker looks at an article by Dave Lindorff in Counterpunch that examines what this might mean for labor struggles in the US.
Mark Brenner, director of Labor Notes, talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the role of that publication in putting the movement back in the labor movement, and about the role of labor in the fight for healtcare reform.
Drawing on David Sirota's article "The me-first, screw-everyone-else crowd" in Salon.com, Bill Resnick examines the reasons ordinary folk (those showing up to drown out meetings about healthcare reform) might have for hating taxes.
What is keeping racial minorities down after the Civil Rights victories of the last century and in the administration of the first black President? The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Tom Sugrue about the many forms of oppression and discrimination that remain with us. Sugrue is the author of Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North. The book was reviewed in The Nation.
Ten years after the Seattle anti-WTO protests, actions are being planned for this November and December. Tom Becker reads David Korten's piece from Yes Magazine about the need for ongoing protests against Wall Street's strangle-hold on the Earth. For more information on how to get involved, go here.
Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the documentary Burning Our Future: Coal in America, a film about fighting mountain-top removal mining in West Virginia. It will be out soon on DVD from Iron Weed Films. For more on these horrendous mining operations, go here, here, and here.
Tom Becker (pictured here) hosts this show dealing with racism, the WTO, anti-tax protests at healthcare reform meetings, and mountain top removal coal mining. It features music from Woodstock as we approach the 40th anniversary of that historic festival.
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"Are Liberal Netroots Groups Helping Obama Fail"-- by not demanding singlepayer health insurance? This is the question Jeff Cohen, founder of FAIR and director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, asks in a recent column. He expands on his views about the politics of healthcare reform in this wide-ranging interview with Bill Resnick. Cohen recommends this website for more information and action opportunities.