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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"Food, Inc. is one of the most riveting films to be released this year," says Movie Mole Brooke Jacobson in this full discussion, with Jan Haaken, of the virtues and limitations of this exposé of our industrial food production. The film is directed by Robert Kenner and it draws on the work of Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto)
By a split decision, the US Supreme Court has ruled that there is no constitutional right to have a conviction reviewed on the basis of DNA evidence. Civil Rights attorney Mike Snedeker explains the impact of the decision in this conversation with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.
Joanne Landy, a long time campaigner for single payer health care, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how and why the insurance companies stand in the way of the only health care reform that can work. Joanne Landy is co-director of the New York-based Campaign for Peace and Democracy, and a member of the editorial board of New Politics. She is also a former activist with Physicians for a National Health Care Program.
Labor Historian Harvey Schwartz talks about his new book Solidarity Stories: An Oral History of the ILWU with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier. They trace the origins and growth of the International Longshoremen Workers Union on the West Coast, including the organizing of workers at Powell's Books. Schwartz reads from his book this evening (June 15) at 6:30 at Laughing Horse Books. Schwartz is an oral historian at the Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University, and curator of the Oral History Collection, ILWU Library.
Book Mole Larry Bowlden shows how detective fiction can carry powerful political messages, as he comments on two novels by Carolyn Heilbrun who writes as Amanda Cross. Two novels, Honest Doubt and Puzzled Heart, expose discrimination in academia against women and fat people, as well as the way the tenure system works to privilege old male professors.
Clayton Morgareidge argues that the politics of hatred can be partly explained by the principle of exclusion that is basic in a society of having and not-having. You can read this commentary here.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge (pictured here) and featuring union songs sung by Pete Seeger, this show covers the battle to get single payer health insurance on the table, the history of the International Longshore Workers Union, the Iranian elections, the detective novels of Amanda Cross, and how the politics of hatred is related to our social fabric.
Our new Mole in the Ground theme is a medley of an old (1924) version by Bascom Lamar Lunsford and a new one by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren, who is an academic researching anticapitalist struggle & media, and an activist with the People's Channel public access tv in North Carolina. It's on the album Special Gunpowder.
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Koko Taylor, "Queen of the Blues," died last week at the age of 80. Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about her life and her impact on the blues.
The Economic Stimulus Package passed at the beginning of the Obama administration gets a mixed review by Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute in this interview with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Listen for the full picture. You can read Shierholz's report on jobs here.