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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How progressive is the Obama budget? Republicans call it socialist, among other things. Sam Pizzigati, a labor journalist and analyst with the Institute for Policy Studies, says it's the most radical presidential program in generations. Bill Resnick talks with him about what it all means and its prospects for becoming reality.
Do the progressive sentiments coming out of the Obama administration appeal to a part of our nature that's embedded in ourbrains? Clayton Morgareidge explores the possibility and what it might mean politically.
You can read this commentary here.
To save the planet, what do we have to do and how soon do we have to do it? What can citiizens do to keep the CO2 levels in the atmosphere below the tipping point -- where it might be too late? Enviornmental Law Professor Mary Wood says we must all act now. She talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about specific actions we can (and must) take. Wood is the author of Nature's Trust: A Legal Paradigm for Protecting Land and Natural Resources for Future Generations; and The Dawn of Planetary Patriotism: A Citizens' Call to Climate Defense, co-authored with Heather A. Brinton.
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Tom Becker hosts this program about human costs and human needs in these tough economic times. How can essential public services be funded in Oregon? How can immigrant workers be protected from draconian laws enforced by states like Arizona? And how can home foreclosures be stopped? Tom takes on the idea that we are becoming a socialist nation. To hear the whole show, use the arrow at the top of this page. To hear individual pieces, follow their links below:
How can Oregon protect its neediest citizens as unemployment and home foreclosures increase and tax revenues fall?
Michael Leachman of the Oregon Center for Public Policy talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the state government can prevent drastic cuts in services.
The notorious humiliation of immigrant workers by Sherrif Joe Apaio in Arizona's Maricopa County is only part of the story of how local law enforcement is being given increased power to enforce federal immigration law. The Old Mole's Denise Morris tallks with Elena Machuca of Jobs With Justice about these issues and about organizing for immigrant rights. For more about the issues go here and here.
A recent Newsweek article claims that the economic crisis is forcing the nation into socialism. But do the authors really know what socialism is? Or are they confused? Tom Becker explains.
How can we organize against foreclosures in Oregon? What can you do if your in danger of losing your home because of an unpayable mortgage?
Amy Olin of ACORN talks with Bill Resnick about what is to be done.
Our Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Denise Morris, find metaphors for working class life in the drama of wrestling as portrayed in The Wrestler.
Laurie King, one of the organizers of the recent Town Hall meeting on the economic crisis, talks with Bill Resnick about the follow-up scheduled for Wednesday, February 18 at the SEIU Local 49 auditorium on SE 26th about a block south of Powell. Bill and Laurie discuss actions and campaigns that would unify the many constituencies that came to the Town Hall around a "recovery" program adressing both the short run pain and long term threats. Video highlights of the January 29 meeting here.