Politics in Italy has always been entertaining, with its frequently falling governments. In the most recent elections there, a real entertainer named Beppe Grillo ("Joe Cricket"), leading a new party with a rhetoric combining progressive and reactionary positions, leaped into the fray with surprising success. Steve Hellmen is a an expert on Italian politics, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about Grillo and the Five Star Movement he leads.
Justice Anthony Scalia has compared civil rights-era voting legislation to welfare entitlements, as if protecting the right to vote were a "government handout". Well Read Red Frann Michel looks into the challenge to this legislation that has now reached the Supreme Court.
Radical LGBT activists see the fight for gay marriage as a distraction from the more important struggle for economic justice. Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis is one such activist -- a writer for A New Queer Agenda. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about how LGBT people are affected by economic injustice.
Hosted by Joe Clement, this show covers recent developments in Italian politics, experiences in public healthcare, challenges to voting rights laws in the Supreme Court, and why economic justice is an issue for LGBT activists.