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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Where do John McCain and Barack Obama stand on issues affecting jobs, health care, and income inequality? Economist Arthur MacEwan talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what's wrong with the economy, what needs to be done, and how likely the main presidential contenders are to do the right things. MacEwan contributes to Dollars & Sense as "Dr. Dollar" and is the author of NEOLIBERALISM OR DEMOCRACY?
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.
The U.S. Senate has just rejected an ineffective climate-change bill--for the wrong reasons. What kind of legislation would really deal with the issue, and what would it take to make it happen? Brian Tokar of the Institute for Social Ecology lays out the problems and possible solutions in this discussion with Bill Resnick.
Tokar has just published an article "Toward a Movement for Peace and Climate Justice" in which he expands on what he says in this interview.
Bill Resnick finds the implicit, yet deep, politics in the music of Pink Martini--a politics of moods and values rather than of words and ideology.
Today's show features, for the second time, the music of Portland band Pink Martini and concludes with a discussion of the implicit politics of their work. Also discussed on the show are world hunger and the cost of food, the relations between being queer and being an immigrant, "Sex and the City," and what Congress is and is not doing about climate change.
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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.