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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What is keeping racial minorities down after the Civil Rights victories of the last century and in the administration of the first black President? The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Tom Sugrue about the many forms of oppression and discrimination that remain with us. Sugrue is the author of Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North. The book was reviewed in The Nation.
Ten years after the Seattle anti-WTO protests, actions are being planned for this November and December. Tom Becker reads David Korten's piece from Yes Magazine about the need for ongoing protests against Wall Street's strangle-hold on the Earth. For more information on how to get involved, go here.
"Are Liberal Netroots Groups Helping Obama Fail"-- by not demanding singlepayer health insurance? This is the question Jeff Cohen, founder of FAIR and director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, asks in a recent column. He expands on his views about the politics of healthcare reform in this wide-ranging interview with Bill Resnick. Cohen recommends this website for more information and action opportunities.
The famous African-American women's singing ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock is featured on this show, and in this segment Bill Resnick talks with radical musicologist Brad Duncan about their roots in the civil rights struggles of the 60s and other liberation movements around the world.
Hosted by Bill Resnick (pictured here), this program deals with the coup in Honduras, healthcare reform, and the music of Sweet Honey in the Rock.
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What is going on in Honduras, following the ouster of its democratically elected President? How are the US and other Latin American governments reacting? The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Lynn Holland, who teaches at the University of Denver and writes for Foreign Policy in Focus.
The terms of debate over healthcare reform have been badly distorted by the media. Anthony Dimaggio clarifies the issues in a recent piece in Counterpunch, "Health Care, Media and the Case for Socialized Medicine." Tom Becker summarizes and reads excerpts from the article.
Oren Langelle, co-director of the Global Justice Ecology Project, attended an international conference in Bonn that is preparing for later meetings on a new, post-Kyoto, treaty on combatting climate change. Unfortunately all the usual suspects were in charge. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how corporations are hijacking the process. For more about resistance, visit Mobilization for Climate Justice.
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Nina de Gramont's collection of short stories that, in spite of the title, are really about women, men, and cats, in that order.
The Old Mole's Denise Morris talks with two leading lights of Bitch Magazine -- Julie Falk, executive director, and Andi Zeisler, co-founder and editor. Bitch is "a feminist response to pop culture"-- both critical and appreciative. They discuss the history and the role of the magazine in these difficult times for print media. You can learn about theories of cultural critique here.