Activism has consequences. The peace and anti-nukes movements of the '50s and beyond were the major reason nuclear weapons were never used in war after 1945, according to historian Lawrence Wittner. In this interview, he talks with Clayton Morgareidge about his research showing the surprising influence of peace activism on governments.
In our continuing series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken ask why many are so surprised by this new round of sexual abuse cases when it's no longer news that it's people with moral authority, like priests and boy scout leaders, who abuse children.
Educator and activist Stan Karp talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the administration’s education policies are, in spite of Obama’s campaign promises, just a continuation of worst parts of the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind program -- a program of test and punish. Karp writes frequently for Rethinking Schools as their expert on federal education policy.
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Throws Like a Girl by Jean Thompson. It's a great collection of stories about urban characters who sometimes feel "as if there were a pinhole at the bottom of the world and all the best things were leaking out of it."