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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Is the Obama campaign part of a progressive politics? Clayton Morgareidge quotes and sums up pieces from three writers taking very different positions: Steven Rosenfled, writing on AlterNet; Adoph Reed in the Black Agenda Report; and Bill Fletcher Jr. writing in The Black Commentator.
The Moles celebrate Labor Day by burrowing into issues surrounding several kinds of labor. Labor Historian Nathan Lichtenstein talks labor movement strategy and the SEIU with Bill Resnick. Mike Snedker and Jan Haaken consider the plight of sex workers in Portland. Frann Michel analyzes controversies about women's labor and women's sexuality. And Clayton Morgareidge reviews progressive takes on Barack Obama. Hear the whole show by hitting the arrow above, or separate pieces by following the links below:
Old Mole Frann Michel draws on Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale to focus on the exploitation and coercion of of women's reproductive labor. More specifically, she examines recent political battles over access to abortion, contraception, and sex education, and the need for women to be free to choose when and whether to bear and raise children. You can read her piece with many links to follow up on right here.
Frann Michel and Denise Morris review the 1964 film Soy Cuba! made by Russian film makers in support of the Revolution. It's known now as much for its revolutionary film-making as its revolutionary politics.
Samuel Farber is a long-time socialist born and raised in Cuba. He is the author of numerous works on that country including The Origin of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered published by University of North Carolina Press. The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with him about life in Cuba today as it makes the transition to the post-Fidel era, and about various scenarios for its future. You can read his thoughts on these issues here and here.
Guided by Denise Morris, the Moles vistit Cuba today. Bill Resnick talks with Cuba expert Sam Farber about Cuba in transition and the possibilities for self-determination and socialist democracy. The Movie Moles review the 1964 film Soy Cuba! made by Russian film makers in support of the Revolution. And we hear Luz María Gordillo’s account of her trip to Cuba last May. Here the whole show by clicking the arrow above, or individual pieces by following their links below:
The Old Mole's Luz María Gordillo was in Havana's Revolution Plaza for the May Day march. Here are her impressions and her reflections on what Cuba means in this colorful report. (Repeat) And here are 3 photos she took that day:
If you want a clear explanation of what's going on between Russia and Georgia (and the US), listen to this conversation between Middle-Eastern expert Stephen Zunes and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick as they lay out the background and the probable outcome. See also his current article in the Huffington Post.
What is the importance for the Thai community in Los Angeles to have their neighborhood designated "Thai Town"? Chanchanit Martorell, excecutive director of the Thai Community Development Center in L.A., talks with the Old Mole's Sudarat Musikawong.
What is the cultural impact of illegally walking a wire strung between the two towers of the World Trade Center shortly after their completion in 1974? Our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss the current documentary Man on Wire.