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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Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program features three interviews: Migrant labor and housing; Obama's war in Afghanistan; and Argentina's 1990s crisis. Also on the show: a review of Suzanne Sterne's novel The Ghost at the Table. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear individual pieces, follow the links below:
Leo Panitch is a Marxist political scientist at York University. In this interview, he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the current crisis of capitalism and what opportunities for socialism can be found. He is the author of many books and articles, most recently Renewing Socialism: Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination.
The issue of domestic and dating violence has received national attention with the case of Rhianna and Chris Brown. The Old Mole's Frann Michel takes a critical look at how the press has been handling the question of what it takes to be considered a victim. Read her commentary, with many links to her sources, here.
Hosted by Tom Becker, this show features a discussion of the politics of urban planning and its effect on the racial and ethnic geography of Portland. We also hear a eulogy for the late labor song folklorist Archie Green; a critique of the press's treatment of the Rihanna - Chris Brown violence case; and a discussion with a leading Marxist about openings for socialism in the current economic crisis. To hear the whole show, click the arrow above. For individual pieces, follow the links below:
Today's Well-read Red, Laurie Mercier, says, "Thanks to the outrage over the AIG bailouts and bonuses, it is no longer cool to be rich. There is a new populist resentment brewing, and the left must seize the opportunity to build movements to constructively direct that anger into building a new system that provides for all, not the rich few." More on this here, here, here, and here.
Luz María Gordillo is back with another of her short stories about the Mexican immigrant experience. This one, "The Twins," is about the importance of family ties across borders.