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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Is the Obama presidency more of the "same old, same old"? Or does it offer new political horizons for progressives? This program looks at the new administration from several perspectives. In honor of International Women's Day, we learn about Clara Zetkin, founder of this commemoration, and Peggy Seeger who brought a left feminist politics to folk music. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear individual pieces, follow their links below:
The Obama presidency is opening up significant new political space for the left, says Linda Burnham, co-founder and former executive director of the Women of Color Resource Center.
The bank robbers are at it again! President Obama has hired the same foxes to guard the financial hen house. Bill Black, a former bank regulator, and author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry, talks with Bill Resnick about the current banking crisis.
Read a recent article by Black here.
Grace Paley and John Nichols are two wonderful east coast activists who happen also to be a couple. They've published a book of short stories and poems which are political, comic, and surreal. Larry Bowlden tells us why we should read it.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program focuses on opportunities to shape what's ahead in the Obama years. We hear from labor journalist Sam Pizzigati about the promise of the President's budget proposal; from Environmentalist Mary Wood about what we must do to keep the atomosphere safe for living things; from Book Mole Larry Bowlden about new stories and poems from Grace Paley and John Nichols; and from Clayton about progressive politics as grounded in the brain.
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How progressive is the Obama budget? Republicans call it socialist, among other things. Sam Pizzigati, a labor journalist and analyst with the Institute for Policy Studies, says it's the most radical presidential program in generations. Bill Resnick talks with him about what it all means and its prospects for becoming reality.
To save the planet, what do we have to do and how soon do we have to do it? What can citiizens do to keep the CO2 levels in the atmosphere below the tipping point -- where it might be too late? Enviornmental Law Professor Mary Wood says we must all act now. She talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about specific actions we can (and must) take. Wood is the author of Nature's Trust: A Legal Paradigm for Protecting Land and Natural Resources for Future Generations; and The Dawn of Planetary Patriotism: A Citizens' Call to Climate Defense, co-authored with Heather A. Brinton.
Action links discussed in the interview:
Do the progressive sentiments coming out of the Obama administration appeal to a part of our nature that's embedded in ourbrains? Clayton Morgareidge explores the possibility and what it might mean politically.
You can read this commentary here.
Tom Becker hosts this program about human costs and human needs in these tough economic times. How can essential public services be funded in Oregon? How can immigrant workers be protected from draconian laws enforced by states like Arizona? And how can home foreclosures be stopped? Tom takes on the idea that we are becoming a socialist nation. To hear the whole show, use the arrow at the top of this page. To hear individual pieces, follow their links below:
How can Oregon protect its neediest citizens as unemployment and home foreclosures increase and tax revenues fall?
Michael Leachman of the Oregon Center for Public Policy talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the state government can prevent drastic cuts in services.