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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Hosted by Denise Morris, this program deals with the global economic crisis and what it would take to fix it, the broken mental health system and what it needs, and why California voters passed a ban on gay marriage. We also hear a review of the documentary film about Darcelle XV, Queens of Heart. Hear the whole show by clicking the arrow above, or individual pieces by following the links below:
What needs to be done to replace the current and collapsing economic global system with something that works for all of us? John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for Policy Studies, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how this crisis developed and what it will take to fix it.
Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss Queens of Hearts, the documentary about Darcelle XV made by Jan Haaken with the help of various Old Moles and many others. The film is available from Cinema Libre Studio.
Denise Morris and Bill Resnick read from and summarize the left press about Obama. They find euphoria, sobriety, and skepticism.
Studs Terkel, writer and radio personality, always in support of working people, died at the age of 96 last week. Tom Becker reads tributes to him published in The Nation. You can find the texts here and here.
The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Malik Miah, airline machinist and writer, about workers' responses to the Obama victory and what the next four years may hold for progressives. Miah's work appears in Against the Current and Green Left.
Barack Obama's Dual Mandate: Tom Becker reads from the website of Solidarity, a socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization.
This week the Moles pay tribute to the momentous election of last Tuesday and assess what it might and might not mean. We also remember the late Studs Terkel. To hear the whole show, use the arrow above. For separate pieces, follow the links below:
Dicentra is a Portland, OR area collective actively engaged in creating radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building. Two of its members, Amelia Cates and Claire Berrera, talk with Denise Morris about the project. Berrera is editor of the zine When Language Runs Dry, dealing with the experience of chronic pain.
What are the challenges the new President will face? How much can a president do to put the nation on a different course? Ezra Klein, a policy analyst who writes for The American Prospect and many other publications, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.