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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Well-read Red Frann Michel reminds us of many things President Obama forgot to remember in the traditional Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and concludes with an anti-war poem by Adrienne Rich. You can read her comments, with links to her sources, here.
Book Mole Larry Bowlden explains why he thinks Richard Russo's latest novel Bridge of Sighs is his best.
What is the role of economic and racial justice when we consider a sustainable world? Jill Fuglister talks with Laurie Mercier about her work with the Coalition for a Livable Future and the Livability Summit held at Portland State University this week.
Pediatrician Margaret Flowers was among those arrested for protesting the exclusion of single payer advocates at the recent Senate hearings on health reform. Here she talks with Bill Resnick about how for-profit health insurance led her to quit her practice and start organizing for a national health care program. For more information and opportunities to join this struggle, check out these links: Physicians for a National Healthcare Program, Health Care Now, Single Payer Action, and the local Jobs With Justice chapter.
Elizabeth Fehr, recently fired as she was trying to organize a union at Laurelhurst Village Nursing Home, and her co-worker Henry Olivera, discuss conditions there and why a union is needed.
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This show features the rabble-rousing music of Anne Feeney whose songs underscore the social justice issues discussed by the Moles. Appearing on the program, which is hosted by Old Mole Laurie Mercier, is Dr. Margaret Flower, arrested in D.C. for protesting at a Senate Hearing where no advocates of single payer were to be heard (but they were heard!). Bill Resnick interviews her. Jan Haaken interviews Professor Brooke Campbell about debates over "erotic services" offered on Craig's list -- where no sex workers are heard. Laurie talks with Jill Fuglister about getting economic and racial justice issues into discourse about the environment. And we hear from two workers at a Portland nursing home one of whom was fired after trying to organize a union. Laurie introduces the show with comments about movements underway towards fairer taxation here in Oregon and for a single payer health program nationwide. For more information on these, contact the Portland Chapter of Alliance for Democracy.
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Women's Studies Professor Brooke Campbell talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about recent controversies over erotic services offered on Craig's List. What's the difference between lining up a "date" on Craig's List and arranging a tryst through a "reputable" dating service?
A brief introduction to Satori Men's Chorus with Artistic Director Susan Dorn and Board President Mike Shaughnessy. This segment includes a bonus not heard on the air: A selection from their rendition of "On Children."
- Title: Satori Introduction
- Length: 5:26 minutes (3.12 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)
An intoxicating mix of private thoughts and public behavior, A Wink and a Smile exposes more than the human body by putting gender, power, sexuality and social identity under the glittery spotlight, as it follows the lives of ten "ordinary" women who do something extraordinary – learn the art of burlesque dancing and striptease. The Old Mole's Denise Morris turns her critical eye on this unusual film, now playing at the Hollywood Theater.
- Title: Movie Review: "A Wink & a Smile"
- Length: 6:54 minutes (3.95 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)