Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/20/12
Frann Michel hosts and we hear:
-> Bill Resnick talks with historian Bill Smaldone about the rise through the late 19th and early 20th centuries of German Social Democracy, the most radical mass movement towards radically democratic socialism, including the goal of worker ownership and control of industry and the liberation of women; in the breakdown of Germany after World War I they took power in the form of radical city councils, but then were defeated by a coalition of left reformist and conservative forces and the reconstituting army and police. Bill Smaldone teaches at Willamette University, served as a Green on the Salem City Council, and has written a great deal including the books Confronting Hitler: German Social Democrats in Defense of the Weimar Republic, 1929-1933 and Rudolf Hilferding: The Tragedy of a German Social Democrat. First of a two-part interview.
-> Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss Marley, the authoritative 144-minute documentary biopic made with the collaboration of Bob Marley's estate and full access to images and songs. Directed by Kevin MacDonald, produced by Ziggy Marley and Chris Blackwell, among others.
-> Joe Clement interviews a member of the Red and Black collective . They will talk about worker-owned cooperatives and the Red & Black's collective structure, the kind of community organizing and events that they've facilitated and hope to grow, an update about their financial struggles, and perhaps some commentary about fair trade.