Old Mole Variety Hour
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"What Would King Tell Obama?" In this article by Michael Honey, read here by Tom Becker, we are reminded that Dr. King's message of non-violence applies to the violence of poverty and economic inequality, and to military interventions. Honey's piece appreared on the website of The Progressive.
What does the Obama presidency mean, symbolically and politically, for issues of race and class? Malik Miah comments in this article from Against the Current. The Old Mole's Jan Haaken reads it for us.
Will the US ramp up the war in Afghanistan? If so, a major, but often overlooked, part of Martin Luther King's message will be scorned -- his rejection of militarism and hyper-nationalism. This article by Robert Griffin appeared in Common Dreams, and is read here by Tom Becker.
On this program, the Moles look forward to the Obama presidency, back to the messages of Martin Luther King Jr., and to how the Nixon presidency is selectively remembered in the film Frost / Nixon. Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual segments by following their links below where you can find more information about each piece:
From the streets of Washington, D.C. on the eve of the Inauguration, John Nichols, a correspondent for The Nation Magazine, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about Barack Obama and how history may drive him into more progressive action than he has foreseen.
Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Laurie Mercier review and fact-check the current film Frost/Nixon. They review the real history of the famous interviews, and ask whether getting public officials to confess their crimes is as important as seeing what's wrong with the structures that give them their power.
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Raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2010! That's the proposal of well-known author and activist Holly Sklar and Let Justice Roll. Holly talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the gap between the minimum wage and a living wage, and why raising the minimum is good for the economy and good for business.
The Earth Stood Still back in 1951 -- a different world and yet very much the same. Our Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris tell us why the old movie has more to say about war and peace than the version currently playing in theaters. Here's another review comparing the new (2008) and the old versions. Here's the 1951 screenplay by Edmund North, the earlier short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates, and a treatment for a proposed sequel by Ray Bradbury.
Bill Resnick hosts this edition of the show which deals with the crisis in Gaza, a 1951 Sci-Fi movie about war and peace, and why the minimum wage needs raising in the current economic crisis. Resnick also plays music by Palestinian and Israeli musican exiles from the album Exile, a fusion of jazz and Middle Eastern music. Quoting from a review at KlezmerShack, "It is also disquieting, and will be especially disquieting to many given the current situation in Israel. To realize that the quiet, moving ballad, "Jenin" is a transposition of a Yiddish folk song about a Russian town in which a pogrom was carried about is not a quiet thing, especially in the light of recent history of Jenin (and myths about same)."
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Uri Avineri, former Israeli Cabinet member and Israeli peace activist, argues against the current attacks on Gaza in this piece called "Molten Lead," read here by Jan Haaken. The printed text is here.