Old Mole Variety Hour
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"A writer who seems to paint pictures without leaving brush strokes." That's how the Old Mole's Larry Bowlden describes the work of Jhumpa Lahiri in her collection of stories Unaccustomed Earth. You can find an archive of Larry's past reviews here.
Floyd Red Crow Westerman was a Native American singer, songwriter, actor, and activist who joined the causes of native peoples to contemporary folk music. Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about Red Crow's life, music and legacy.
The Economic Policy Institute has a 5-point plan for making jobs part of the economic recovery, and a way to pay for it. The EPI's Josh Bivins explains what it requires in this interview with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Bivins is the author of Everybody Wins Except for Most of Us: What Economics Teaches About Globalization and has published numerous articles in both academic and popular venues, including USA Today, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Challenge Magazine, and Worth. He is a frequent commentator on economic issues for a variety of media outlets, including NPR, CNN, CNBC, Reuters and the BBC.
What pushed Obama into Afghanistan? What will it do to the Afghans? What will it do to Obama's domestic programs and the Democrats? Clayton Morgareidge reads from
- "Afghan Ambush" by Michael Winship;
- "How the War Hawks Caged Obama", by Robert Parry; and
- 'There hasn't been two seconds of intelligent discussion about living standards in Afghanistan' by John Hanrahan.
Photo Credit: Afghan women beg outside a mosque in Kabul. (AP file photo)
The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with Quinn Nguyen and Iris Bustos, student activists at UC Santa Barbara about the recent protests and one-day fast at UCSB. They also discuss the larger coalition-building among UC students with service workers and the larger community to protest the cuts in wages and education to support the military-prison complex. You can learn more about what UC students are doing at the California Students Association website.
Novelist and Playwright Sarah Schulman's new book about how homophobia begins in the family gets a critical, yet appreciative, review from the Old Mole's Frann Michel. What more besides same-sex marriage and the cultural visibility of gay people is necessary? The book is Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences. It can be ordered through In Other Words Women's Bookstore, and wherever fine books are sold.
Hosted by Denise Morris, this show discusses how to make jobs part of the economic recovery, the Afghanistan "surge," student protests against the tuition hikes in California, and how homophobia begins at home and what to do about it.
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What should we be learning about the viability of our economic system from this latest crisis? Fred Magdoff and Michael D. Yates make the case for the socialist alternative in a recent editorial in Monthly Review, excerpted and read here by Clayton Morgareidge.
What do we learn from Precious, the movie about a pregnant black teenager, about poverty, education, and matriarchy? What does it leave out or distort? The Old Mole's Denise Morris talks with Juell Stuart, a writer and activist from Brooklyn whose article on Precious appeared in Colorlines. Stuart is a researcheer with the Applied Research Center (ARC). For another critical review of Precious, go here.
There is always music inspired by, and that inspires, political resistance, and these times are no exception. Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about some recent currents in political music, some of which were heard on today's Old Mole: "Tina," by the Mekons, "El Pueblo Unido," by Thievery Corporation, "Which Side Are You On," by Rebel Diaz, and "Celtic Tiger," by Damien Dempsey.