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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Stan Karp has written some of the finest education policy articles that have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine, and he is regarded as a national expert on No Child Left Behind and Obama's Race to the Top initiative. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the limitations and problems of charter schools.
Karp will be speaking on "Not Waiting for Superman: Who's Bashing Teachers and Public Schools -- and What Can We Do about It?" this Friday, December 10, 4-6 pm at the Jefferson High School cafeteria.
What can be said about the politics of a movie -- Four Lions -- about clutzy British, radical, Islamist, would-be terrorists who screw up at every turn? Our Moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken have very different reactions to this unusual British film.
Deborah Willis's stories are quirky, edgy, and sometimes sinister stories. Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden tells us why this new author's first book Vanishing is so wonderful.
You can find more of Larry's reviews here.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show which deals with privatization of our schools through charter schools, massive protests in Europe against government austerity measures, a tragi-comedy about terrorists, and a new book of short stories.
Largely ignored in the US press, massive protests against austerity measures -- increased tuition for students and cutbacks in social services-- have spread to virtually every European nation. In this piece, Clayton Morgareidge reviews some of the activists accounts of their protests and raises questions about why it's not happening here.
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Discussing the case of the "Christmas Tree Bomber," local scholar and activist Michael Munk and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick show howit is being used to glorify the FBI and the National Police State. Munk is a political scientist and radical historian who produced Portland's Red Guide, connecting readers with Portland's radical tradition not just through stories, names and dates, but with reference to specific places in Portland that you can visit today.
In this commentary, the Old Mole's Bill Resnick reflects on US policy and actions in response to the tension and violence between North and South Korea and the message it seems to be sending to and about Iran.
Tom Becker reads Alexander Coburn's "Time for a Real Mutiny," which first appeared in Counterpunch. "Enough of dreary predictability. Let’s have a real mutiny against Obamian rightward drift. The time is not six months or a year down the road. The time is now."
Famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman's new film Boxing Gym explores the community that revolves around Lord's Gym in Austin, Texas. Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Denise Morris find much to like about it. It's playing now at the Hollywood Theater here in Portland.
Joe Clement hosts this show in which we see more efforts to sell us on policies born of fear: the sting operation resulting in the arrest in Portland of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the so-called "Christmas Tree Bomber"; stripping us of our dignity in airports with scanners and gropes; and hard-line messages to Iran sent by way of Korea. Tom Becker shares an Alexander Coburn piece calling for "real mutiny." And on a happier note, our Movie Moles find joy in a boxing gym through the lens of documentarian Frederick Wiseman.