Protest and action

Remembering Studs Terkel

program date: 
Tue, 11/11/2008

Studs Terkel, writer and radio personality, always in support of working people, died at the age of 96 last week.   Tom Becker reads tributes to him published in The Nation.  You can find the texts here and here.

5:42 minutes (3.27 MB)

Assessing Obama, Part 1

program date: 
Sun, 11/09/2008

The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Malik Miah, airline machinist and writer, about workers' responses to the Obama victory and what the next four years may hold for progressives.  Miah's work appears in Against the Current and  Green Left.

12:07 minutes (6.94 MB)

Hunger Strike for Oregon National Guard

Evening News
program date: 
Mon, 11/10/2008

Michele Darr is in the same spot she has been for the past eleven days; camping and on hunger strike at the steps of governor Ted Kulongoski’s office in salem.   She wants a meeting with the governor and a chance to dissuade him from sending oregon's National Guard to serve in Iraq.  Michele is dismayed with the deployment and with the Bush Administration's “Stop Loss” policy which involuntarily extends a service member's active duty.

1:08 minutes (1.04 MB)

National Rally Against Prop 8 Sat 11/15 in PDX

We're presented with a rare opportunity to be a positive force in the history of our country, to stand in solidarity with a minority group fighting for its civil rights.  On Saturday, November 15th, protestors will gather in cities across the country to speak out against the anti-gay politics and sentiment of our recent elections, including California's Prop 8.  Please check out the following link:
As a lesbian, I'm personally moved by the words of Joe Solmonese, President of Human Rights Campaign:

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/10/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Today the Moles  reflect  on the Obama victory: its impact on black folks and the left’s response: euphoria, high hopes, and the advice he’s  getting on health care,  unions, the environment, as well as worries about his first appointments.   We’ll also hear  a  tribute to the late Studs Terkel.

End of the Republican era

 The always-excellent Sidney Blumenthal, writing in the Guardian:

Today's election is poised to end the Republican era in American politics - an era that began in reaction to Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the Vietnam war and the civil rights revolution, was pioneered by Richard Nixon, consolidated by Ronald Reagan, and wrecked by George W Bush.

Almost every aspect of the Republican ascendancy has been discredited and lies in tatters - its policies, politics, and even its version of patriotism - down to the rock-bottom notion that progressive taxation itself, initiated by a Republican president, Theodore Roosevelt, who John McCain hails as his personal icon, is unpatriotic.


Now, certain factors that have dominated US politics for 40 years seem destined to recede to the far corners. In economics, supply-side panaceas and deregulation created the worst crisis since the Great Depression, requiring a conservative Republican administration to part-nationalise banks, something unimaginable under any Democratic administration. In foreign policy, neoconservatism led to the morass in Iraq and Afghanistan while undermining the western alliance. In social policy, the evangelical right battered science, the separation of church and state, and the right to privacy. Finally, the conservative principle of limited government has become a watchword for incompetence, cronyism, corruption, hypocrisy, and contempt for the rule of law.

Really, read the whole thing. It hits both the macro level of decades of history, and the micro level of the campaign itself.


Naomi Wolf Live: Give Me Liberty: A Handbook For American Revolutionaries, PT 2

program date: 
Wed, 10/29/2008

Naomi Wolf, author of Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries is interviewd for We The People by contributor Linda Olson-Osterlund.  She talks about what she calls a coup by the Bush administration.

In Part 2 she answers calls from Kboo listeners and talks about actins taht can be taken to restore democracy in the United States.

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29:23 minutes (26.91 MB)

Naomi Wolf Live: Give Me Liberty: A Handbook For American Revolutionaries, PT 1

program date: 
Wed, 10/29/2008

Author and Lecturer Naomi Wolf is interviewed  by We The People contributor Linda Olson-Osterlund and then opens up to listener calls. The dicussion includes her travels around the country warning of the rapidly closing democracy in the United States and what she believes has been a Coup by the Bush administration. She calls on the public to take immediate actions to fight for democracy.

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26:29 minutes (24.25 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/03/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am


Bill Resnick looks at the entrenched forces in the US policy making apparatus that will challenge the new President -- like the Federal Reserve,  the army, and the dominant role in Congress of conservative Democrats.  Denise Morris interviews an activist from Dicentra, a Portland  area collective that creates radical communities of care, networks of support, and  movements based on relationship building and collective narratives  from our lives. 

Teaching Rebellion

Buscando America
program date: 
Thu, 10/30/2008

Entrevista a Gustavo Vilchis y Melissa Mundt sobre el libro Teaching Rebellion: Stories from the Grassroots Mobilization in Oaxaca. Para aprender mas sobre este libro y el tour que estan llevando a cabo los autores por los Estados Unidos, pueden visitar su blog.


30:56 minutes (12.39 MB)
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