Old Mole Variety Hour
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Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this show features the music of Phil Ochs. We hear a conversation about Village Building Convergence, the movement to create community spaces in cities; a review of the Erol Morris documentary about the Abu Ghraib photos "Standard Operating Procedure;" a commentary about racism in the primaries; an interview about peace activists in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and a discussion of the life and music of Phil Ochs.
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Thabiti Lewis shines a light on several varieties of implicit racism in the Presidential campaign, coming from some of the candidates and all of the mass media.
Laurie Mercier talks with Olga Bonfiglio, from Kalamazoo, MI, about how ordinary citizens in Kalamazoo have persisted in their resistance to war. Bonfiglio is the author of Heroes of a Different Stripe: How One Town Responded to the War in Iraq.
Throughout this show there are selections from songs by the late great Phil Ochs, born in 1940, and who died in 1976 still youthful but leaving an incredible legacy of music protesting war and promoting social justice. Bill Resnick talks about his life and music. Phil Och was witty, poetic, and a humanist and activist, with deep thoughtful lyrics and a haunting voice.
Commenting on the music heard throughout today's show, Bill Resnick mixes music and history in his account of the Buena Vista Social Club's political context.
What are the underlying reasons for the upsurge in food prices around the world? What can be done about it? The Executive Director of Food First, Eric Holt-Gimenez, lays it out for us in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Holt-Gimenez is also the author of Campesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America’s Farmer to Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture, published by Food First.
Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken review the action/comic book movie "Iron Man" and give it thumbs down for its repetition of stereotypes about about race, gender, militarism and capitalism.
The racism that the Obama campaign is revealing among voters and in the media demands a strong reaction. Clayton Morgareidge comments, drawing in part on an article by David Sirota on the In These Times Website.
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.
This program includes a Movie Mole review of "Iron Man," a commentary on Racism in the Presidential campaign, a first-person report on May Day in Havana, music and the history of the Buena Vista Social Club, and a discussion of the crisis in food prices. Clayton Morgareidge hosts.
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