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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Viable options for saving the planet and making life better; a novel about mending family ties; The New Yorker's Obama cartoon cover; and the history of victims' rights -- all these are discussed by the Old Moles on this show hosted by Tom Becker, who plays some of Billy Bragg's versions of Woody Guthrie songs. Hear the whole show by clicking the arrow above. Hear individual segments by following their links below:
4. Victims' Rights: a conversation with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken.
Justseeds/Visual Resistance Artists' Cooperative is a decentralized community of artists who have banded together to both sell their work online in a central location and to collaborate with and support each other and social movements. Just Seeds member Pete Yahnke talks with the Old Mole's Sudarat Musikawong about the collective and the history of political print-making. Check out their informative website for many examples of their posters.
- Title: Just Seeds Interview
- Length: 9:17 minutes (4.26 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Hosted by Bill Resnick, this program deals with the economic meltdown and what should be done about it, a theater piece about women who survive Naziism and War by changing their sex and identities, and the life and music of Utah Philips. NEW! Due to a technical problem, an interview with Pete Yahnke of the Just Seeds art collective was not aired, but you can hear by clicking on its link below.
To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear individual segments, follow their links below:
Dr. Dollar, aka economist Arthur McEwan, talks with Bill Resnick about the current economic crisis, how bad it might be, and how it should be resolved in the interests of working people. McKewan writes for Dollars & Sense, and his latest book is Neoliberalism or Democracy?
Theater Moles Denise Morris and Tamara Wallace describe "Man to Man," a play by German playwright Manfred Karge:
An old man retells his life: from carefree girl to crane operator, from young bride to soldier, from femme fatale to farm lad; Man to Man is an epic story of identity-switching in the fight for survival. Inanimate objects from the sparse set take on purpose as chairs become the bones of a finished meal or body of a dean man and lamps transform into other characters. This one-woman show that spans 50 years and includes a cast of more than 20, aged 8 to 80, is an adventure in the power of story and personal transformation.
The play runs through August 31 at Hipbone Studio.
Bill Resnick and musicologist Brad Duncan remember the life, personality, politics, and music of the great folk singer and labor activist.
To comply with the "No Child Left Behind" program, Portland Schools have adopted a corporate produced one-size-fits-all, lockstep reading program called "Reading Street." Education professor Maika Yeigh talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what's wrong with it and what kids need to make them life-long readers.
Laurie Mercier talks with Michelle Habell-Pallan about how Latina and Chicana music has influenced Rock 'n Roll and other popular music, not only in the US but in Europe. Habell-Pallan is the author of "Loca Motion: The Travels of Latina Popular Culture." We hear a segment on "Women with Attitude", part of American Sabor, a series produced by KEXP in Seattle and narrated by Michelle.