Prison issues

Troy Davis & Duane Buck

program date: 
Mon, 09/19/2011

In the Old Mole's regular feature "The Left and the Law," attorney Mike Snedeker and psychologist Jan Haaken discuss two current death penalty cases -- those of Duane Buck and  Troy Davis.   (Since this show aired, Davis has lost his bid for clemency and is scheduled for execution on Wednesday.)   Despite the ongoing legalized deaths in Texas and elsewhere, Snedeker argues that the future looks good for the abolition of capital punishment.  

13:57 minutes (7.99 MB)

Prison Pipeline 9/12/11 w/ Mark A hosted by Grace E. Reed

Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 09/12/2011

In this episode Grace interviews Mark A.,  musician,  father and member of various reform programs.  He shares his insights on sobriety programs,  prison reform and the importance of music and hope.

27:40 minutes (25.33 MB)

Left and the Law: West Memphis Three

program date: 
Mon, 09/05/2011

Mike Snedeker, who has written a book on the recurrance of "satanic ritual abuse" cases, talks with Jan Haaken and about the West Memphis Three was and the ways it exemplifies so much of what's broken in our judicial system: plea-bargins, hasty police invetigations and false confessions. They also spend some time talking about the phenomenon of popular hysteria around satanic ritual abuse of children and the  circumstances surrounding it.

14:26 minutes (9.91 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day 2011

program date: 
Mon, 09/05/2011

Joe Clement hosts this labor day special and we hear:


55:56 minutes (38.41 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/05/11

Air date: 
Mon, 09/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
working-class environmental movement, verizon strike, unpaid work & economic justice, Left & the Law

On this special Labor Day episode Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

UK Rising

program date: 
Wed, 08/17/2011
We talk with Zita Holburne from BARAC - Black Activists Rising Against Cuts - in the UK. You'll also hear from anti-fascist organizer Weymann Bennett and family members of people who have died in police custody in Britain, organizing for justice and police accountability.

videos from Riots, Recessions and Resistance here:

57:27 minutes (52.59 MB)

August 15 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Tue, 08/16/2011

 Denise Morris hosts this show featuring the music of rebellion.   Bill Resnick analyzes recent people's uprisings in Europe and Israel, and the Movie Moles review Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a film about an animal uprising against human masters.   And Bill talks with investigative journalist Lance Tapely about the the brutality of solitary confinement in prisons.  

59:27 minutes (34.02 MB)

Brutality of Solitary

program date: 
Mon, 08/15/2011

 Lance Tapely is an investigative journalist in Maine whose work has exposed the use  of  solitary confinement as a punishment in prisons and jails and led  to some reforms.  He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the destructive  effects of solitary on its victims, many of  whom are mentally ill.  The photo comes from a video.   Tapely writes,  "the prison tapes each extraction [removal of a prisoner from a cell] in order to prove, some people would say ironically, that the prisoner is not being mistreated."

19:08 minutes (10.95 MB)

Prison Pipeline 8/08/11 w/ Sgt. Shane Gardner Hosted by Grace E. Reed

Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 08/08/2011

Grace talks with Shane about how society needs more chances for better choices and so do inmates,  especially those coming out of prison on parole.  Drastic changes and getting to the source of prevention through treatment, enforcement and restoration are needed to reduce recisivm and increase opportunities for success.

27:01 minutes (24.73 MB)
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