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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President Obama opposes torture and defends the rule of law, and yet his actions don't entirely repeal the Bush era's attack on constitutional rights. Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about what it all means. Mike's recommendations for getting active on this matter: The ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights.
Hosted by Frann Michel, this show explores the state of the US auto industry and how it got there, what the President forgot on Memorial Day, Richard Russo's best, and latest, book (according to our reviewer), and Q Doc -- the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival coming this weekend.
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Mark Brenner reviews the last fifty years of the US auto industry and the reasons for its current crisis, putting it all in the context of US labor history and industrial policy. Brenner is the director of Labor Notes. He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
Well-read Red Frann Michel reminds us of many things President Obama forgot to remember in the traditional Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and concludes with an anti-war poem by Adrienne Rich. You can read her comments, with links to her sources, here.
Book Mole Larry Bowlden explains why he thinks Richard Russo's latest novel Bridge of Sighs is his best.
Pediatrician Margaret Flowers was among those arrested for protesting the exclusion of single payer advocates at the recent Senate hearings on health reform. Here she talks with Bill Resnick about how for-profit health insurance led her to quit her practice and start organizing for a national health care program. For more information and opportunities to join this struggle, check out these links: Physicians for a National Healthcare Program, Health Care Now, Single Payer Action, and the local Jobs With Justice chapter.
Elizabeth Fehr, recently fired as she was trying to organize a union at Laurelhurst Village Nursing Home, and her co-worker Henry Olivera, discuss conditions there and why a union is needed.
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This show features the rabble-rousing music of Anne Feeney whose songs underscore the social justice issues discussed by the Moles. Appearing on the program, which is hosted by Old Mole Laurie Mercier, is Dr. Margaret Flower, arrested in D.C. for protesting at a Senate Hearing where no advocates of single payer were to be heard (but they were heard!). Bill Resnick interviews her. Jan Haaken interviews Professor Brooke Campbell about debates over "erotic services" offered on Craig's list -- where no sex workers are heard. Laurie talks with Jill Fuglister about getting economic and racial justice issues into discourse about the environment. And we hear from two workers at a Portland nursing home one of whom was fired after trying to organize a union. Laurie introduces the show with comments about movements underway towards fairer taxation here in Oregon and for a single payer health program nationwide. For more information on these, contact the Portland Chapter of Alliance for Democracy.
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What is the role of economic and racial justice when we consider a sustainable world? Jill Fuglister talks with Laurie Mercier about her work with the Coalition for a Livable Future and the Livability Summit held at Portland State University this week.