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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Bill Resnick and musicologist Brad Duncan remember the life, personality, politics, and music of the great folk singer and labor activist.
To comply with the "No Child Left Behind" program, Portland Schools have adopted a corporate produced one-size-fits-all, lockstep reading program called "Reading Street." Education professor Maika Yeigh talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what's wrong with it and what kids need to make them life-long readers.
Laurie Mercier talks with Michelle Habell-Pallan about how Latina and Chicana music has influenced Rock 'n Roll and other popular music, not only in the US but in Europe. Habell-Pallan is the author of "Loca Motion: The Travels of Latina Popular Culture." We hear a segment on "Women with Attitude", part of American Sabor, a series produced by KEXP in Seattle and narrated by Michelle.
Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this program plays and discusses music demonstrating the influence of chicana and latina music on popular music. We also hear about the very expensive "drill and kill" corporate-developed reading program pushed by the Bush Administration and purchased by Portland; and a review of Wall-E.
How should we assess the Sexual Revolution? Has it been a good thing? For whom? In what ways? Just what were the changes that happened in sexual morality and practices starting in the 1960s? Stanford University historian Estelle Freedman talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Freedman is the author of Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, and many others works.
Adelina Anthony is a Xicana-Indigena lesbian multi-disciplinary artist who has won many awards for her work addressing colonization, feminism, trauma, memory, gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, in/migration, health, land/environment, and other issues affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communites. Luz María Gordillo talks with her about her work and her humor.
Kate Reid is a lesbian singer-song writer and story-teller from Canada. In this segment we hear several of her songs and she talks with Luz María Gordillo and with today's other artist-guest Adelina Anthony.
Hosted by Luz María Gordillo, this show is about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) life and culture. Bill Resnick inteviews historian Estelle Freedman about the meaning of the sexual revolution. The Movie Moles review D.E.B.S., a lesbian-spy spoof. Luz María talks with multidisciplnary artist, writer and performer Adelina Anthony. The featured music is by Kate Reid, and who is also interviewed. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. The hear individual segments, follow the links below:
4. Music and conversation with Kate Reid-- and Adelina Anthony. (This segment brings together 4 interludes of music and conversation from througout the show).