This edition of the Old Mole is hosted by Tom Becker (pictured here), and its topics include the global politics of climate change, the history and role of Bitch Magazine, the right to be irate when being arrested, healthcare workers' fight for their own union, and a set of short stories about women, men, and cats.
The Old Mole's Denise Morris talks with two leading lights of Bitch Magazine -- Julie Falk, executive director, and Andi Zeisler, co-founder and editor. Bitch is "a feminist response to pop culture"-- both critical and appreciative. They discuss the history and the role of the magazine in these difficult times for print media. You can learn about theories of cultural critique here.
When owners threatened to sell Seattle's women's professional (WNBA) basektball team to Oklahoma, fans rallied to keep the team. Former season ticket holder, now new owner, Dawn Trudeau shares how a community saved the Seattle Storm, the remaining women's pro-basektball team in the Pacific Northwest.
Seven months into a new administration and the nation still finds itself embroiled in two Asian wars. Many Americans would have difficulty explaining how the Obama administration's conduct of these wars differs from the last administration's. They're certainly not being helped by policymakers and pundits who are working overtime to marginalize arguments for American withdrawal from the region. With the economy now people's foremost concern, how does the peace movement change the national conversation about war and peace?
Seattle fans save pro-women's team; Player sues U-Penn coach who banned lesbians
Super women in sports and their fans: We'll hear of an athlete who challenged a university's 15+-year policy of barring lesbians from the basketball team. From Seattle: the story of the fans who rallied to save the Pacific Northwest's only WNBA team, the Seattle Storm, from being sold to Oklahoma. And in Portland: organizers team up to host a 1st-ever all women's basketball tournament and HRC fundraiser slated for this Saturday, Irving Park.
You’ll hear Making Contact explore a controversial vaccine at the intersection of immigrant rights and reproductive justice organizing. The HPV vaccine is mandatory for permanent resident status, and advocates say it follows a history of controlling the bodies of women of color.
What's the future of community media? A discussion with Erik Mollberg and Phil Busse
As recent events in Iran have shown, technology has given ordinary people the power to inform neighbors down the street and strangers halfway around the world about important events regardless of government censorship or corporate media indifference. "Community media" - citizen-operated print, broadcast and digital technologies - is filling the information needs of a growing number of Americans.
This morning on Locus Focus, guest host Trillium Shannon speaks with members of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC), about the history of solidarity work, current events and trends in Latin America, and how local communities are responding.