Old Mole Variety Hour
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For those of us who support the Libyan rebels as part of the broader uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East there are problems both in uncritically opposing or embracing US intervention in Gaddafi's massacre. David talks about what's at stake and what's motivating those who are for and against the intervention. Bill asks: what are the next steps? David tries to answer this question too.
Co-written and directed by Zach Snyder, known for 300 and Watchmen, Sucker Punch follows girl wrongfully committed to an asyllum with four other girls seeking freeom and blurs the violence of sexual oppression with its violent resistance. Joe Clement and Wendy Webb discuss this and other issues.
Mildred Pierce was a 1941 novel by James M Cain set in 1930 America and follows Mildred Pierce's struggle to support her family when she kicks out her cheating, unemployed husband. The 1945 movie-version adds a noir murder-mystery to the story, while this newer one, directed by Todd Hains, goes back to the novel, eliminating the noir elements and emphasizes the Great Depression setting.
Larry describes a father's tumultous inner-life hiding in the slow story-telling of "Out Stealing Horses," written by Norweigan author Per Petterson.
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Today's Old Mole, hosted by Bill Resnick, looks at the politics of energy, worker activism in Wisconsin, Christy Moore's music and a book-review of "Out Stealing Horses."
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Longtime anti nuclear activist and journalist Harvey Wasserman joins the Old Mole's Bill Resnick for a conversation about the dangers and costs of nuclear energy and the immediate promise of available alternative technologies for generating and conserving energy. Wasserman is the author of Nukefree and the author of Solartopia, the story of a post-nuclear world. At Solartopia, you can listen to the Solartopia song played in this segment and to Pete Seeger leading another song about this brilliant new world.
Chris Hedges has written a dark and powerful prognosis about the future of our civilization, and Tom Becker reads an edited version of it for us here. It's title is This Time We're Taking the Whole Planet With Us.
There are many ways government could create jobs, and yet with almost 16% real unemployment, very little is being done. Clayton Morgareidge draws on an insightful article from 70 years ago by Michal Kalecki, recently republished in the Monthly Review, to explain why.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show which features anti-nuke activist Harvey Wasserman, a movie about Palestinian immigrants, a dark vision of our civilization's decline, and a discussion of why our current economic system cares little about creating jobs.
In another of their series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker talks with pyschologist Jan Haaken about her new book Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Story Telling. They discuss some of the misleading dichotomies that have grown up in the struggle to get funding for programs to fight domestic violence.