Old Mole Variety Hour
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Tom Becker hosts today's show which looks at legal complicity in the drug-war, de-centralized energy production, why the rich are faring so well during the crisis, and the new Michael Cera film, "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World." Below are links to individual segments (forthcoming):
- Title: OMVH_Sept_13
- Length: 57:58 minutes (26.54 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Steven Hill, in a conversation with Bill Resnick, demolishes the myth of Europe as sclerotic and failing; it is a dynamic society responding better than the US to global warming and challenging economic times. It's social welfare programs are not alternatives to work, but support the lives of productive workers. Hill is the author of the new book Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age.
The "Dream Act" is a bill that would offer undocumented youth a path to citizenship based on two years of college or two years of military service. In this conversation with the Old Mole's Denise Morris, Brian Galaviz, a Chicago organizer, explains why the current proposal really amounts to nothing more than a recruiting tool for the military. He is one of the authors of a petition opposing the military option in the act, which you can sign here. For more on this issue, see
Is the ongoing crisis in the economy offering us an opportunity to reverse the capitalist reconstruction of our souls? Clayton Morgareidge reads from a piece by French writers Pierre Bardot and Christian Laval.
Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day show and features labor songs from the past and present. Also on the program, a discussion of the European response to environmental and economic crisis, the military targeting of Latino youth through the "Dream Act," and the opportunity offered by the economic crisis to challenge the shaping our our souls by capitalism.
- Title: OMV 9_6_2010
- Length: 56:18 minutes (32.22 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)
How does music work as a form of organizing? What's the difference between protest songs sung by a musician from the stage and a song everyone sings together? Josh Wise, director of the Twin Cities Labor Chorus, discusses the music heard on this program (all of which is collected in this audio segment) and which he selected. Host Joe Clement conducts the interview.
Work done cooperatively and among equals gets better results than what comes out of a top-down, hierarchical organization. According to Dr. Robert Reid, this is demonstrated by the medical care provided by Group Health Cooperative, a consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system that coordinates care and coverage in Washington and Idaho. Here Reid talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about this kind of medicine.
Denise Morris and Wendy Webb find a lot to discuss in Todd Solondz’s new film Life During Wartime, which follows up on his earlier film Happiness. This latest movie "pokes fun at the hypocrisy around American notions of freedom and democracy."
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program looks at how medical care is improved when delivered by people who are cooperating rather than being managed from the top; whether charity keeps us from dealing with the real probems; the new Todd Solandz movie Life During Wartime; and music that keeps lost causes from being forgotten so that they may rise again and succeed.
Wealthy people often give large amounts to charity, and everyone is encouraged to contribute to charities. But does charity, besides whatever good it does in the world, distract us from solving the real problems that charity so inadequately deals with? Joe Clement draws on Slavoj Žižek and Oscar Wilde to illuminate these questions. For an animated version of Žižek's remarks, go here. For a fuller version, go here. And to read Oscar Wilde's "Soul of Man Under Socialism," click here.