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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The history of community radio in the US has a long history going back to the late 1940s, and is woven into the political context of its changing times -- from the Cold War and McCarthyism to Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the anti-nuke movement of the 1970s and the Occupy Movement of 2011-12 -- and more. Paul Roland uses archival material to tell some of this story which includes the origins and history of KBOO's political activism.
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Opening and closing song: Fishbone, "Modern Industry"
"KPFA On the Air" documentary produced by independent filmmaker
Veronica Selver and Sharon Wood, 2000. Available through
www.selverproductions.com. Information about the film also available
at California Newsreel ("Film and Video for Social Change since 1968")
Information on the history of Pacifica available at kpfa.org.
Molly Stentz, WORT news facilitator, spoke at the National Conference
on Media Reform in Boston in 2011. More about the conference at
Iven Hale hosts this episode of the Mole, dealing with the upcoming US sponsored Israeli-Palistinian talks, what's happening in Portland to confront "the new Jim Crow," and some history of community radio including KBOO.
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Chris Toensing of the Middle East Report talks with Bill Resnick about the recent overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood government elected a year ago in Egypt. Arguing that Morsi's government continued a number of Mubarak's neoliberal economic policies that are repressive to labor, and that it failed to provide needed order and services, Toensing suggests understanding Morsi's ouster as a kind of democratically-popular coup, and a continuation of the popular calls that began three years ago for bread, freedom, and social justice. But for the US government to recognize the events as a coup would entail a change of US policy toward Egypt.
After the interview, we hear a clip of electro-cha3bi music from the Cairo Liberation Front.
Joe Clement discusses a movie mole review of the documentary Shift Change on worker-owned cooperatives, and talks with Adam and Daisy about their plans for a collectively-owned and -run pub in Portland.
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Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Susanna Moore's novel The Life of Objects. It's about WWII seen through the eyes of a poor young Irish woman who is invited to the home of a wealthy German family to make lace. It begins in 1938. The family (though previously politically influential) retreats from Nazi politics, and in fact, retreats to a country estate where most of the book takes place. Having refused a foreign ambassador position under the Nazi's, the male landowner is under increasing scrutiny. Larry finds it to be a wonderful novel about how German resisters lived through the war and how they were treated as Russian and American forces entered Germany. A sad and lovely story about the loyalty she comes to feel for this family and their attempts to protect her in what becomes a hostile country.
Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and its limits. They discuss changes in the current version of the law and its assumptions about the innate nature of sexual identity and the kinds of trans* presentation it would protect. Nair observes that while the Act would have symbolic importance and legal usefulness, real change cannot rely only on the courts. Though advocates of ENDA point out that it is legal to fire someone for being gay or trans in 34 states, Nair points out that it is legal to fire someone for no reason in 49 states where at-will employment law prevails.
After their talk, we hear a clip from the JbDubs' "I Hate My Boss."
Hosted by Frann Michel, this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour features Bill Resnick interviewing Chris Toensing about the ouster of the Morsi government in Egypt; Joe Clement talking with Adam and Daisy about starting a workers' cooperative pub in Portland; Larry Bowlden reviewing a recent novel by Susanna Moore; and Denise Morris talking with author and activist Yasmin Nair about the limitations of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the discussion around it.
This episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour has been supported by KBOO members, by the Clinton Street Theater, and by Friends of KBOO (503-788-2533).
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- Title: 22julypart
- Length: 54:13 minutes (24.82 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Frann Michel and Jan Haaken reviews Augustine, a new film written and directed by Alice Winocour. The film tells the semi-historical story of Augustine, a 19th Century French maid, who is struck with a neurological condition that gives her seizures, and how she is received by famous neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot for study and ostensibly for care. Frann points out that the story largely focuses on a "Freudian reading" of the idea that hysteria is a symptom of sexual repression, which is a rather narrow perspective on the phenomena . Jan argues that the genuine good that Charcot contributed toward in his rigorous studies of neurological disorders, and how they helped to make women's suffering more visible and de-gendering hysteria, is not done justice.
- Genre: Other
- Length: 13:10 minutes (12.05 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Bill Resnick talks with Bruce Gagnon about nuclear and other weapons in space, as well as the dangerous accumulation of "space junk". Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of The Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. They also talk about the formation of the Network, the history of US space military-development, and other high-tech dimensions of contemporary conflict. Gagnon argues that we are addicted to military production, which is driving climate change and other forms of ecological degradation, and that climate change activists need to challenge the military-industrial complex
Tom Becker reads Dave Lindorf's His 'Crime' is Patriotism, not Betrayal: Like Hale's Philip Nolan, Snowden has Become a 'Man Without a Country'. It describes how Edward Snowden was drawn in by War on Terror propaganda, how he awakened to the propaganda and hacked into NSA computers to leak evidence of State wrong-doing, and why his actions are patriotic rather than traitorous as the Obama administration likes to portray it.