Old Mole Variety Hour
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Hosted by the intrepid Laurie Mercier, braving the biggest snow fall in 40 years to reach the KBOO studio, this program features Laurie's discussion with attorney Mike Snedeker of developments in the law this past year. We also hear how vampires are becoming more romantic and less dangerous than in years past as Frann Michel looks into the meaning of Twilight, the series of novels and the movie. Finally, Bill Resnick talks with Sarah Anderson about what the Obama administration may, and may not, bring in how the US acts around the world. Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual pieces by following the links below.
1. 2008 in the law.
Are vampires going mainstream? Frann Michel assesses the signicance of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series of young adult novels and the movie now playing.
You can read her remarks and find lots of interesting links here.
Workers at a door and window company in Chicago were recent victorious in a sit-down action. Old Mole Denise Morris reads from a piece by Christopher Phelps and Nelson Lichtenstein about the history of such actions. You can find the online version here.
Radical musicologist Brad Duncan explains the huge, world-wide significance of Hip Hop music and culture with special attention to Dead Prez in this conversation with Bill Resnick.
Bill Resnick hosts this program with a focus on movement struggles for the rights of workers and for a sane US foreign policy. The show also features the music (abbreviated for the web) of Dead Prez. To hear the whole show, go right to the arrow above. The hear individual pieces, jump on the links below:
Tim Shorrock, investigative journalist and labor activist who often writes for the Nation, talks with Bill Resnick about hopes and possibilities for a new foreign policy under the Obama administration. Bill follows up with his own list of what progressives should be working for.
Two organizers of the Chicago sit-in talk with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about their victory, what it means, and how the union works. They are Leah Fried, a field reppresentative for the United Electrical Workers; and Rickie Macklin, union member and worker at the factory.
Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss the new Gus VanSant movie Milk and the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk. You can find much more to read about Milk and the films about him here. Here's' Milk speaking Gay Freedom Day in 1978:
Many liberals are angry at the voters who passed the anti-gay marriage ammendment in California in November. In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge tries to probe the hearts and minds of those voters.
December 8 was the 28th anniversary of John Lennon's murder in New York. Dina Dickerson pays tribute to his music and politics in these segments from the Old Mole Variety Hour. Because of copyright restrictions only small parts of the songs are available here, but you can hear the last song discussed, Imagine, here.