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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Economist John Miller, who writes for Dollars & Sense and teaches at Wheaton College, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the current financial crisis, where it's heading, and what progressives should be demanding.
At the rhetorical level, there is quite a difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. Clayton Morgareidge tries to describe that difference and what it says about the nation's political psychology. You can read this piece here.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program features the life and music of Victor Jara, the legendary singer-songwriter who helped elect the democratic-socialist President of Chile Salvador Allende, and was murdered by the Pinochet coup supported by the US in 1973. His music lives on, as we hear today. Also on the show, Bill Resnick talks with Paul Joseph about the possibility that Americans are becoming more peaceful -- or at least less patient with war, and how that might lead to a more potent peace movement. The Well-read Red, Frann Michel, takes on Sarah Palin, and Clayton Morgareidge analyzes the political rhetoric of the two major parties. To hear the whole show, hit the arrow above. For individual segments, go to the links below:
Frann Michel, today's Red, reads today from several satirical takes on the Sarah Palin persona and political phenomenon. You can read this piece here, where you will also find links to the orginal sources.
Are people in the US losing their patience with the wars their country gets into? How can the anti-war movement reach and energize them, transforming their passive discontent into a powerful voice for peace? Paul Joseph, author of Are Americans Becoming More Peaceful, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
An introduction to the life and music of the Chilean revolutionary singer-songwriter Victor Jara, murdered in 1973 by the right-wing coup against the democratic socialist government of Salvador Allende. This segment includes an interview with writer and film maker Saul Landau, and several tracks of Jara's great voice singing his songs. They include "El Derecho de Vivir in Paz," "B.R.P.," "Vamos Por Ancho Camino," "Casitas del Barrio Alto," and "Plegaria a un Labrador."
Dr. Rusty Barceló is the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota and a nationally-recognized leader in the field, with more than 30 years of experience in equity and diversity in higher education. She is also a Chicana with deep roots in the Mexican-American community, and a singer-songwriter. Luz María Gordillo talks with her about her life, her community, her music, and her educational philosopy, and we hear several of her songs.
How can our gardens contribute to saving the planet? One neighborhood at a time! Alissa Hartman and Dreya Mancini offer tutorials on sustainable landscaping, and they talk with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about their work.
Community Organizing is going on around immigration issues in the Willamette Valley; two such activists are Amelia Cates and Amy Dudley. They talk with Old Mole Denise Morris about their work with PCASC (Portland Central American Steering Committee), PACT (Portland Allies Coming Together), and the Rural Organizing Project. Of immediate concern are two Sizemore ballot measures aimed against immigrants.