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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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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(Our new graphic lettering is by Charlie Ertola)
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.)
Catherine Sameh is studying women in Iran, resistance movements and feminism, and she has an eye-opening account of the condition and role of women in Iran before and after the Revolution of 1979 and what it means for Iranian women today. She is interviewed here by the Old Mole's Denise Morris. For more depth analysis of this topic, click here, here, here, and here.
Economist Robin Hahnel lucidly explains what has to be done rescue the planet from environmental catastrophe -- and how much of it can, and cannot, be done within capitalism. Professor of Economics at Portland State University, he is best known for his work on participatory economics with Z Magazine editor Michael Albert. He is currently a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark College.
How have women fared in revolutionary Iran, and what is their role in the current upheavals there? Is the movement for gay marriage going to make gays and lesbians conform to traditional family values? What will it take to make our health care system, corrupted by profit, work to keep us healthy? And can capitalism save our planet? These are the leading questions discussed on this show, hosted by the Old Mole's Denise Morris, pictured here.
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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.
Are "green shoots" sprouting in the rubble of our economy? Economist Gerald Friedman talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the underlying problems with the US economy and the radical measures needed to fix it. Friedman teaches at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst (hotbed of radical political economy) and writes frequently for Dollars & Sense.
Bill Resnick reviews and comments on the crisis in Iran brought on by the election, and assesses the response of the international community including the Obama administration.
Hosted by Frann Michel, and featuring several versions of our theme song "I wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," this program discusses how our broken economy needs to be fixed if it is to work for all of us; the recent Supreme Court refusal to grant convicted inmates the right to review in the light of DNA evidence; the new documentary film about the food we eat, Food, Inc., and a commentary about the crisis over the election in Iran.
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"Food, Inc. is one of the most riveting films to be released this year," says Movie Mole Brooke Jacobson in this full discussion, with Jan Haaken, of the virtues and limitations of this exposé of our industrial food production. The film is directed by Robert Kenner and it draws on the work of Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto)