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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The energy bill just passed by the House of Representatives puts the future energy policy of the US in exactly the wrong hands. Bill Resnick explains why.
Tom Becker (pictured here) is our host as we hear about the history of gangs, the movie version of John Dillinger (Public Enemies), the political agitation that founded the US of A, and the power grab built into the House-passed energy bill. Tom also plays selections from Bob Dylan's new blues album as a follow-up on the KBOO-sponsored Portland Blues Festival.
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The origins and development of gangs is more complex than the stereotypes of them. John Hagedorn has studied and hung out with gangs all over the world and written several books about them. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about why there are gangs and how they sometimes morph into very different forms. Hagedorn's work with gangs can be seen on his website GangResearch.net where you can find links to YouTube videos, podcasts, and Hagedorn's writings.
1930s era gangster John Dillinger (pictured here) is played by Johnny Depp in the new film Public Enemies. Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel give us their nuanced review of the political and moral issues this blockbuster raises.
Health, Money and Fear is the name of a video by Dr. Paul Hochfeld, an ER physician in Corvallis and a member of Physicians for a National Health Care Program (PHNP). In this interview with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier, he discusses the human and economic costs of our "2.5 Trillion Dollar Health Care Factory." You can learn more from his website here.
Is the fight for gay marriage the path to a queer conservatism? The Old Mole's Frann Michel makes the case for the revolutionary program of the LGBT movement: to get beyond "the laws and the ideologically dominant conventions around sexuality and family relations" (i.e. marriage). Frann's commentary draws on many sources, and you can find them, as well as her text, right here.
(Gay Liberation Front sticker, 1970. From the William Canfield papers.)
Catherine Sameh is studying women in Iran, resistance movements and feminism, and she has an eye-opening account of the condition and role of women in Iran before and after the Revolution of 1979 and what it means for Iranian women today. She is interviewed here by the Old Mole's Denise Morris. For more depth analysis of this topic, click here, here, here, and here.
Economist Robin Hahnel lucidly explains what has to be done rescue the planet from environmental catastrophe -- and how much of it can, and cannot, be done within capitalism. Professor of Economics at Portland State University, he is best known for his work on participatory economics with Z Magazine editor Michael Albert. He is currently a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark College.
How have women fared in revolutionary Iran, and what is their role in the current upheavals there? Is the movement for gay marriage going to make gays and lesbians conform to traditional family values? What will it take to make our health care system, corrupted by profit, work to keep us healthy? And can capitalism save our planet? These are the leading questions discussed on this show, hosted by the Old Mole's Denise Morris, pictured here.
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