Peter Landon has had a long career as a truck driver and Teamster union activist with TDU (Teamsters for a Democratic Union). Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about union democracy and the campaign to replace James P. Hoffa with Sandy Pope as president of the Teamsters. More about Pope here.
Harold Pinter's play One For the Road is being performed at Blackfish Gallery (NW 9th & Flanders) by the Readers' Repertory Theater this weekend, January 14 and 15. Director David Berkson talks about the play with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken. The story of a master interrogator and his torture victims -- a husband, wife and their young son -- Pinter wrote One for the Road in response to torture in Turkish prisons during the 1980s, and the protection that Turkey received from the United States because of its strategic importance during the Cold War.
The threat of terrorist attacks
in Europe from Islamists is not what we think. Dan Gardner argues that "in most of Europe, there was no terrorism. And where there was terrorism, the trend line pointed down." Tom Becker reads Gardner's piece "The Not-So-Great Islamist Menace," first published in the Ottawa Citizen.
Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole where the topics include the Teamsters and democracy, a local production of Harold Pinter's play about torture, a review of the Coen Brothers film True Grit, and an op-ed debunking the "menace" of Islamist terrorism in Europe.