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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Bill Resnick hosts this program with a focus on movement struggles for the rights of workers and for a sane US foreign policy. The show also features the music (abbreviated for the web) of Dead Prez. To hear the whole show, go right to the arrow above. The hear individual pieces, jump on the links below:
Two organizers of the Chicago sit-in talk with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about their victory, what it means, and how the union works. They are Leah Fried, a field reppresentative for the United Electrical Workers; and Rickie Macklin, union member and worker at the factory.
Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss the new Gus VanSant movie Milk and the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk. You can find much more to read about Milk and the films about him here. Here's' Milk speaking Gay Freedom Day in 1978:
Many liberals are angry at the voters who passed the anti-gay marriage ammendment in California in November. In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge tries to probe the hearts and minds of those voters.
December 8 was the 28th anniversary of John Lennon's murder in New York. Dina Dickerson pays tribute to his music and politics in these segments from the Old Mole Variety Hour. Because of copyright restrictions only small parts of the songs are available here, but you can hear the last song discussed, Imagine, here.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, the topics on this show include
• the music and politics of John Lennon,
• two movies about Harvey Milk
• the hearts and minds of anti-gay marriage voters, and
• the auto industry bailout.
You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or separate pieces by following the links above.
Mark Brenner, editor of Labor Notes, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what will happen, and what should happen, in the process of saving the big 3 from the consequences of their own short-sightedness.
Then local activist Laurie King joins Bill to talk about the workers' takeover of a door manufacturing plant in Chicago and about an upcoming anti-bailout action here in Portland.
- Title: 03 Bailing out the Auto Makers_
- Length: 19:43 minutes (11.29 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)
The government is about to spend billions to stimulate the economy. What should they spend it on? What can be learned from the post-coldwar period of the 1990s about that? The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with economist Ann Markusen.
Should all the money to be spent by the Obama administration to get the economy moving be put into steel and concrete, highways and bridges? Most of those jobs go to men. What about the infrastructure of care--child care, long-term nursing, and other work done mostly by women? The Old Mole's Frann Michel discusses how to make the economy work for women. You can read her remarks here.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program has discussions of the collapsing economy, the politics of humor and irony in popular entertainment, and the situation in Afghanistan. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear individual pieces, follow the links below.
This show also featured songs with words by Woody Guthrie, set to music by Billy Bragg. Unfortunately copyright limitations require us to limit the length of the clips available on the web. The album is Mermaid Avenue.
- Title: OMV 11_24_08
- Length: 51:21 minutes (29.39 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)