Old Mole Variety Hour
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Hosted by labor historians Laurie Mercier and Norm Diamond, this Old Mole show focuses on the great Seattle General Strike of 1919. Norm and Laurie discuss this model of workers power, not just to shut a city down, but to run it without bosses. Bill Resnick talks with Rob Rosenthal about Rosenthal's rock opera Seattle 1919. Also on this program, we hear a review by Denise Morris and Chris Land of a locally made film about gender transition, Switch: A Community in Transition. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear the pieces separately, and to learn more about the topics, follow the links below.
This is the 90th Anniversary of the Seattle General Strike in which workers closed down the city -- except for essential services which they ran themselves with no help from management. Labor Historians (and Old Moles)Laurie Mercier and Norm Diamond discuss those events and what can be learned from them for today's struggles over labor and the economic crisis. This segment also includes music from the Rock Opera Seattle 1919 and a conversation between its composer Rob Rosenthal and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
The double album rock opera can be purchased from Fuse Music, 14 Red Glen Road, Middletown, CT 06459 (email: Rob Rosenthal email@example.com). CDs are $12; tapes $10, vinyl $7.50
For much more about the Seattle Strike, tune into KBOO Thursday evening, Feb. 5 from 7-8 pm when the Labor Arts Collective will devote a whole hour to it.
Getting the best progressive ideas in front of the Obama team: that's the purpose of the book Mandate for Change, edited by Chester Hartman. Hartman talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about many of the book's proposals for changing and saving our nation.
"This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land!"
Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen sang this song, which included some rarely heard verses, in front of Obama and the nation at the Inauguration celebration, January 19. Here is one of those verses as sung by its composer, Woody Guthrie himself, in 1944 together with some commentary by Clayton Morgareidge.
Diane Feeley is a retired auto worker who writes about the labor and the industry for Against the Current. Here she talks with Clayton Morgareidge about how the industry could best be restructured to provide more and better jobs -- but fewer cars! Feeley is also part the of Auto Worker Caravan, a project aimed at bringing these ideas to the attention of Congress and the public.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this is the first Old Mole show of the Obama administration, so the Mole talks about the progressive agenda the new team needs to hear. There is also music in the New Deal spirit of overcoming economic crisis by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. To hear the whole show, including the music, click on the arrow above. Or you can hear individual pieces by following the links below. This is also Winter Pledge Drive, so please support the Moles' work by clicking on the JOIN NOW button at the top of this page! Thank you!
"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: