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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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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Are "green shoots" sprouting in the rubble of our economy? Economist Gerald Friedman talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the underlying problems with the US economy and the radical measures needed to fix it. Friedman teaches at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst (hotbed of radical political economy) and writes frequently for Dollars & Sense.
Bill Resnick reviews and comments on the crisis in Iran brought on by the election, and assesses the response of the international community including the Obama administration.
Hosted by Frann Michel, and featuring several versions of our theme song "I wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," this program discusses how our broken economy needs to be fixed if it is to work for all of us; the recent Supreme Court refusal to grant convicted inmates the right to review in the light of DNA evidence; the new documentary film about the food we eat, Food, Inc., and a commentary about the crisis over the election in Iran.
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"Food, Inc. is one of the most riveting films to be released this year," says Movie Mole Brooke Jacobson in this full discussion, with Jan Haaken, of the virtues and limitations of this exposé of our industrial food production. The film is directed by Robert Kenner and it draws on the work of Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto)
By a split decision, the US Supreme Court has ruled that there is no constitutional right to have a conviction reviewed on the basis of DNA evidence. Civil Rights attorney Mike Snedeker explains the impact of the decision in this conversation with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.
Book Mole Larry Bowlden shows how detective fiction can carry powerful political messages, as he comments on two novels by Carolyn Heilbrun who writes as Amanda Cross. Two novels, Honest Doubt and Puzzled Heart, expose discrimination in academia against women and fat people, as well as the way the tenure system works to privilege old male professors.
Clayton Morgareidge argues that the politics of hatred can be partly explained by the principle of exclusion that is basic in a society of having and not-having. You can read this commentary here.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge (pictured here) and featuring union songs sung by Pete Seeger, this show covers the battle to get single payer health insurance on the table, the history of the International Longshore Workers Union, the Iranian elections, the detective novels of Amanda Cross, and how the politics of hatred is related to our social fabric.
Our new Mole in the Ground theme is a medley of an old (1924) version by Bascom Lamar Lunsford and a new one by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren, who is an academic researching anticapitalist struggle & media, and an activist with the People's Channel public access tv in North Carolina. It's on the album Special Gunpowder.
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