Old Mole Variety Hour
The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life. The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society. The Moles' perspective is democratic, broadly socialist, and feminist. (We count Karl Marx as a friend).
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Bill Resnick reads from and comments on Andrew Burgin's essay Why we must support a SYRIZA government in Greece on the likelihood that the Greek left will win the upcoming election there and ignite the movement to end Europe's austerity policy. [image from left unity]
Alan Wieder begins his monthly series on Studs Terkel, whose radio show, mostly interviews, mostly with working class folks, ran for 45 years on WFMT, Chicago. Alan recommends the audio resources at transom.org. [photo of Studs in public domain]
Frann Michel reviews the criticism explaining why Teach for America is bad for those who teach in it, bad for the students they teach, and bad for public education in the United States. You can find a longer version of her comments, with links to sources, here .
Clayton Morgareidge draws on the work of Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig in Dissent and b. traven at Crimethinc.com to argue that the role of police is to enforce laws that protect the people who own things, and that property destruction is an effective political tactic.
[photo by Liz Sullivan]
Bill Resnick talks with David Finkel about the Charlie Hebdo Massacre
Alan Wieder introduces his series on radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel.
Frann Michel reports on criticisms of Teach for America
Clayton Morgareidge discusses property, vandalism, and the police
Bill Resnick shares news about left resistance to austerity in Greece
Bill Resnick talks with David Finkel about the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the clash of barbarisms. They note that free speech is not a western value (as evidenced by the attacks on Julian Assange and James Risen); that the US has been complicit in journalists's deaths in Mexico, Indonesia and elsewhere; and that the US bears responsibility also for supporting Saudi Arabia, which supports and funds jihadists.
[image by Mpayot]
Frann Michel hosts the first Mole of the new year, which looks back to past activism and forward to new movements and continued struggle. To hear the whole show, click on the play button below. For individual segments, follow these links:
Bill Resnick talks with Alan Sears about the past and future of left activism in North America.
Jan Haaken talks with Bob Samuels about Naomi Klein's latest book and the Psychology of Climate Change.
Denise Morris reads about Rev. Edward Pinkney Imprisoned for Fighting Corporate Power.
Jan Haaken talks with Mimi Schippers about the gendered labor of football cheerleading.
Note: next week on January 12th the Old Mole Variety Hour will begin a monthly segment by Alan Wieder on legendary Chicago radio host and author Studs Terkel (1912-2008).
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- Title: OMVH5Jan2015
- Length: 55:46 minutes (25.53 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
- Title: Resnick & Sears
- Length: 21:41 minutes (9.93 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)