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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We live in an age of resistance, of non-compliance with authority. So says Daniel Drache, author of Defiant Publics: The Unprecedented Reach of the Global Citizen. Here he talks with the Old Mole Bill Resnick about the many manifestations of this independent minded public spirit here and around the world.
Hosted by Tom Becker, this show deals with the connection between healthcare and democracy,zombie Nazis in the snow, and the massacre of miners Pennsylvania back in 1897.
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Bill Resnick explains why democracy is at the heart of every progressive reform, and how the right reform of healthcare would increase democratic possibilities everywhere.
- Title: Democracy & Health Care
- Length: 7:07 minutes (4.08 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)
Dr. Mary O'Brien is co-editor of Ten Excellent Reasons for National Health Care. Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what's wrong, from a doctor's point of view, with our current system of private, for-profit medicine and insurance, and how a good healthcare system would focus on health instead of intervention for illness.
Zombie Nazis! How much more evil can you imagine in one movie? Our Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris tell us what there is to like in this beautiful, bloody, comedic slasher movie, "Dead Snow," now playing at the Hollywood Theater in Portland.
Tom Becker reviews the Lattimer Massacre of 1897 in which 25 striking miners were killed by a sherrif’s posse, and reflects on what it means today for the labor movement.
What qualifies an athlete to compete as a woman or a man? What makes any of us a man or a woman? It's not as obvious as you might have thought, as the Old Mole's Frann Michel argues in this commentary, which begins with the case of runner Caster Semenya. You can read Frann's remarks here, where you will also find links to many further discussions of the issue.
Building on the model of the Mondragón region of Spain, a movement for a system of worker-owned co-ops is growing in Cleveland, Ohio. Ted Howard, director of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the democratic potential of this movement. Read more about this work in this article from Yes Magazine. (Image from Equal Exchange)
The duo Guardabarranco, consisting of sister and brother Katia Cardenal and Salvador Cardenal Barquero, emerged with the Sandanista revolution in Nicraguq. Norm Diamond plays part of "Casa Abierta" ("Open House") and translates its message hope, peace and justice. They take their name from the national bird of Nicaragua.