Social Security, the life line of support for millions, is under attack these days, even from Democrats. Eric Laursen is the author of The People's Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan. He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about why the Right Wing is so opposed to Social Security -- and has been against it since the days of the New Deal.
A recent article in Willamette Week praises the Oregon prison system, claiming the system is one of the best in the nation. Attorney Mike Snedeker debunks this claim as part of the lobbying effort of the prison-industrial complex to keep prisons funded in the face of declining crime rates. He talks here with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.
Well-read Red Alan Wieder introduces and reads from Jay Naidoo's article about South African anti-apartheid activist Chris Hani. After helping win the battle against apartheid, Hani called for a "culture of service."
"42" is the number Jackie Robinson wore playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first African-American major league baseball player. And it's the name of the biopic movie now playing. Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss what the film reveals and doesn't reveal about the racism of the day (1947). Their thumbs are up for this one.
Iven Hale hosts this edition of the Old Mole which discusses the political threats to Social Security, the Oregon prison system, a South African fighter against apartheid, and a new film about Jackie Robinson. Below are links to individual segments of the show. Or use the playbutton to hear the whole show including music.
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