Old Mole Variety Hour
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Bill Resnick talks with attorney Barbara Harvey about the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement. Barbara explains BDS is a nonviolent form of resistance to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, aiming to ensure not only the end to Israeli occupation, but also equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and recognition of Palestinians' right to return to their homes. The movement began in 2005 in a united call from almost all of Palestinian civil society, and seeks to place economic pressure not only on companies doing business with Israel, but also on all businesses that support the occupation directly or indirectly. Barbara and Bill discuss the roles of Caterpillar (which provides bulldozers for destroying Palestinian homes) and the French company Veolia, which provides light rail and buses in Israel (as well as water treatment processing and airport shuttles in the USA). Barbara describes the dangers of Israel's willingness to reserve democracy for the majority, and the risk of blowback for any group willing to dehumanize others.
Joe Clement talks with radical musicologist Brad Duncan about three songs he selected for the 9/23/13 Old Mole Variety Hour:
The Mekons' post-punk response to neoliberalism, TINA (There is no alternative)
James Talley's country plaint about economic hard times, Are they going to make us outlaws again?
and Garfunkel & Oates' satiric Occupy-era ditty Save the Rich
- Title: RadicalMusicology92313
- Length: 9:23 minutes (4.3 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Iven Hale hosts this show, which features
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- Title: OldMoleVarietyHour23Sept2013
- Length: 50:33 minutes (23.14 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
That the USA is and always has been a force for good in the world is part of what makes the nation unique -- an exception to the general rule of national self-interest followed by other countries. This is part of the myth of "American Exceptionalism" that passes for common sense among politicians and mainstream media figures. Steven M. Walt systematically exposes the falsehoods in the myth, point by point, in this piece read here by the Old Mole's Tom Becker. You can find the whole text here.
On the first anniversary of the start of the Occupy movement, and after much debate about the effectiveness of demands, the movement has announced one big demand: the end of capitalism. Here Joe Clement comments on how this demand comprehends all the issues the Occupy movement brought to our attention.
Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden review Tom McNeal's novel To Be Sung Underwater, an "exploration of marriage and the many ways in which marriages can go wrong." You can find an archive of Larry's reviews here.
How do we express our identity and our politics in what we wear? Paula Rabinowitz is a co-editor of Habits of Being, a four-volume collection of essays dealing with how our clothing and accessories express and shape the image and the politics of individuals. Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about all this and the extent to which clothing can be the vehicle for radical democratic politics. For more about Rabinowitz and this project, go here.
Tom Becker hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and we hear --
- Bill Resnick and Paula Rabinowitz discuss the personal, cultural, and political signficance of the clothing and accessories we wear;
- About Occupy's official one demand: an end to capitalism;
- A review of a novel about marriage and its discontents: "To Be Sung Underwater" by Tom McNeal;
- A critique of the Myth of American Exceptionalism
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- Title: Old Mole Sept.16'
- Length: 53:50 minutes (30.8 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)
Bill Resnick talks with Jim Wallis - a self styled evangelical, founder and editor of Sojourners, a very ecumenical and interfaith journal. He has written ten books and helped organize big religious coalitions on immigration and gay rights, and has been attacked by Glen Beck and others as a dangerous Marxist. They talk about (1) the Great Awakening in this country with people who identify as religious “progressive ” (19%) now coming close to drawing even with those who call themselves “religious conservative” (28%), (2) the role of religious social justice passion in transformitory movements, and (3) the environmental and democratic contents. He discusses how the religious are involved in the current immigration struggle, and we might play the interview before or right after the final vote on the immigration “reform” now being debated in Congress.
- Genre: Other
- Length: 18:57 minutes (17.34 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)