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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On a planet where two billion people are already hungry, an additional 100 million will be plunged into poverty because of the world-wide food crisis. Deborah James, Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research, talks with Bill Resnick about the reasons for this and what needs to be done. She recommmends the Oakland Insitute's website as good place to get more information on these issues.
Thomas Lauderdale, co-founder of the internationally known Portland band Pink Martini, talks with Bill Resnick about the implicit politics in the band's music.
Well-known author and scholar Michael Klare talks with Bill Resnick about Oil: scarcity, increasing demand, and the arms race developing around competition for it. Michael T. Klare is a Five Colleges professor of Peace and World Security Studies, whose department is located at Hampshire College, defense correspondent of The Nation magazine, and author of Resource Wars and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency (Metropolitan). Klare also teaches at Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Denise Morris interviews Tamara Wallace of Teatro Cambio (Theater for Change) and Emilia Katz of Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC). They discuss how theater can be used in political action, especially in opposition to anti-immigration legislation.
This program, hosted by Denise Morris, has musical breaks from Pink Martini and features a discussion with Thomas Lauderdale, the band's co-founder. We also hear from widely-published writer Michael T. Klare about oil and its potential to provoke wars in the future; a review of an Alice Munro story collection; and a discussion of theater and politics. You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or listen to individual segments by clicking on the links below.
Movie Mole Brooke Jacobson uncovers what's missing in the new Erol Morris documentary about the Abu Ghraib photos, "Standard Operating Procedure."
Thabiti Lewis shines a light on several varieties of implicit racism in the Presidential campaign, coming from some of the candidates and all of the mass media.
Laurie Mercier talks with Olga Bonfiglio, from Kalamazoo, MI, about how ordinary citizens in Kalamazoo have persisted in their resistance to war. Bonfiglio is the author of Heroes of a Different Stripe: How One Town Responded to the War in Iraq.
Throughout this show there are selections from songs by the late great Phil Ochs, born in 1940, and who died in 1976 still youthful but leaving an incredible legacy of music protesting war and promoting social justice. Bill Resnick talks about his life and music. Phil Och was witty, poetic, and a humanist and activist, with deep thoughtful lyrics and a haunting voice.