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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Hosted by Frann Michel, this show features a film review of Che, a conversation about what's wrong with merit pay for teachers, a commentary about the political opening for the left created by the AIG bonus scandal, and a short story about international family ties by Luz María Gordillo.
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Today's Well-read Red, Laurie Mercier, says, "Thanks to the outrage over the AIG bailouts and bonuses, it is no longer cool to be rich. There is a new populist resentment brewing, and the left must seize the opportunity to build movements to constructively direct that anger into building a new system that provides for all, not the rich few." More on this here, here, here, and here.
Luz María Gordillo is back with another of her short stories about the Mexican immigrant experience. This one, "The Twins," is about the importance of family ties across borders.
Just as bonuses for corporate CEOs leads to corruption, so "merit" pay for teachers leads to corrupt teaching practices. Bill Resnick talks with Fred McKissack of Rethinking Schools about what's wrong with this way of motivating people. (Illustration: Richard Downs)
Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss XXY, an Argentine film about a young girl, her family and friends dealing with the fact of her ambiguous sexual organs.
Hosted by Denise Morris, this program features discussions of single payer health insurance, a strike against a hedge-fund owned cookie company in Brooklyn, a movie about ambiguous gender, and a psychological investigation of political apathy. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow at the top of this page. For individual segments, follow the links below:
Supported by neighbors and by other unions, the small work force at Stella d'Oro, a cookie maker in Brooklyn now controlled by a private equity company, is on strike against outrageous management demands.
Hear all about it and how you can help in this Bill Resnick interview with community activist Michael Landau. See the strike committee's great website here.
Political activists are often discouraged by public "apathy" about big problems like the environmental crisis. But what lies behind apathy? Psychologists Jan Haaken and Renee Lertzman discuss how activists can relieve the sense of powerlessness that underlies what looks like apathy.
Photo Credit: www.beyondrobson.com
Why we need single-payer health insurance and how to get it.
Russell Mokhiber, ace crime reporter for Multinational Monitor talks about the crimes of the private insurance companies and how a new activist organization, Single Payer Action, is going to get Single Payer recognized as a serious option in the planning for universal coverage going on in Washington.
Peggy Seeger was the first folk musician to sing from a feminist political perspective. Bill Resnick talks with musicologist Brad Duncan about her life and times.