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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Jean-Paul Sartre's play "No Exit" is playing at Imago Theater, across the street from KBOO, through November 15. Here are Clayton Morgareidge's thoughts about what we can learn from it and it's famous line, "Hell is other people." You can read the text of this commentary here.
Voters in Maine just repealed a law that legalized gay marriage -- but is that the issue LGBT people should be organizing around? Maine queer activist Ryan Conrad says the marriage equality campaign is a distraction from improving the lives of gay people. He tells why in this this conversation with the Old Mole's Denise Morris. Conrad writes a blog at "The Naughty North," and recommends the website Against Equality.
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.
How could our cities get rid of cars? What would city life be like without them? J.H. Crawford writes about these questions, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about a future of car-free cities.
In this Well-read Red segment, Clayton Morgareidge reviews some of the ways our digital activity is recorded and is increasingly being sorted and reviewed by both industry and government. He asks whether privacy is a lost cause, and if so, what kind of world would be safe without it. For sources, go here, here, and here.
President Obama is caught between his base wanting withdrawal from Afghanistan, and his generals, wanting escalation, according to this article in Rolling Stone by Robert Dreyfus, excerpted and discussed here by Bill Resnick.
This show, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, raises questions about the impact of dams on native peoples in Canada; how to get automobiles out of our cities; Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help about black servants in Jackson, Missississippi in the '60s; is it too late to protect our privacy in a digital world; and Obama's fight with his generals over Afghanistan.
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Kathryn Stockett's new novel The Help is about a white southern writer trying to tell the stories of black domestic servants in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden wrestles with the problems this poses.
For an archive of Larry's reviews, go here.
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.