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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Political activists are often discouraged by public "apathy" about big problems like the environmental crisis. But what lies behind apathy? Psychologists Jan Haaken and Renee Lertzman discuss how activists can relieve the sense of powerlessness that underlies what looks like apathy.
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Why we need single-payer health insurance and how to get it.
Russell Mokhiber, ace crime reporter for Multinational Monitor talks about the crimes of the private insurance companies and how a new activist organization, Single Payer Action, is going to get Single Payer recognized as a serious option in the planning for universal coverage going on in Washington.
Supported by neighbors and by other unions, the small work force at Stella d'Oro, a cookie maker in Brooklyn now controlled by a private equity company, is on strike against outrageous management demands.
Hear all about it and how you can help in this Bill Resnick interview with community activist Michael Landau. See the strike committee's great website here.
Peggy Seeger was the first folk musician to sing from a feminist political perspective. Bill Resnick talks with musicologist Brad Duncan about her life and times.
In honor of International Women's Day, Tom Becker reports on the life and times of Clara Zetkin, perhaps the world's first socialist feminist.
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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