Vermont has become the first state to enact a law leading to a single payer health care system. Vermont activist Traven talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what the law says, what kind of organizing led to the success, and the obstacles that still remain.
In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge draws on Slavoj Žižek's book First as Tragedy, Then as Farce to argue that the Left must go further left: A liberalism tethered to capitalism is tied to a sinking ship that will take us all down.
Portland hosts the nations only Queer Documentary Film Festival, and it's coming to the Clinton Street Theater and neighborhood this coming Thursday, and runs through Sunday June 5. Jessica Lyness is a spokesperson for the Festival, and she talks here with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the films and the mission of the festival.
The Indigo Girls (Amy Ray and Emily Saliers) made their first album in 1989, and ever since they have been recording and touring, combining performance with political activism. In this segment, we hear excerpts of several songs and then our radical musicologist Brad Duncan, a long time fan of the Girls, discusses their music, their progressive politics, and the times in which they first emerged.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this episode of the Old Mole featuring the music of the Indigo Girls and discussions of the Vermont single payer health program just enacted, the troubles with liberalism, and the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival.