Joe Clement talks with Brad Duncan about Pete Seeger's life growing up as a "red diaper baby", his own communist politics, and vision of a liberatory praxis driven by music. This online version of their conversation contains extra material not aired live because of time constraints. It turns to questions about Seeger's anti-war and pro-war stances earlier in his career, but also the politics of the banjo itself. 24:08 minutes (22.1 MB)
Larry Bowlden surveys the many great works of English novelist, Anita Brookner (available at your public library). Most of her main characters are intellectual middle-class women who are isolated on account of failed love, but she eschews being called a feminist. He praises Brookner for her "total command of the language", verbose but "liquid and flowing". He describes her as sympathetic to French existentialism and unable to bring herself to believe in God - though she wants to believe in "hope for deliverance" from loneliness. This existentialist theme tends toward nihilism, at least in earlier novels, than affirmation of freedom and change. 9:01 minutes (6.2 MB)
Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear a double report from Portland Public School teachers and student activists, a review of the fiction of Anita Brookner, as well as a discussion about the politics of Pete Seeger and his music.
55:05 minutes (37.82 MB)