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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Tom Becker conducts a lesson in labor history and reveals that the first labor union was formed in Philadelphia, and with it, the first labor oriented political party on August 11, 1828. Tom reads from Moral Visions and Material Ambitions: Philadelphia Struggles to Define the Republic by A. Kristen Foster. It was re-published in 2004 and is available at the Portland State Library.
Hosted by Tom Becker, this program discusses green and sustainable cities, J.M. Coetzee's South African boyhood, being distracted from important lies by trivial ones, and how the first labor party was born 180 years ago in Philadelphia. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear the pieces separately, follow their links below:
Has the surge really reduced the level of violence in Iraq? The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with policy analyst, author and activist Antonia Juhasz whose website The Bush Agenda contains a wealth of information and analysis. She is the author of The Bu$h Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time and the forthcoming The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry, and What We Must Do To Stop It.
Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the film How the Garcia Girls Spent the Summer , directed by Georgina Garcia Riedel. What does female desire look like? And how do self-inflicted limitations and social expectations shade and color it?
Drawing on quotations posted on the website of The International Endowment for Democracy ("Supporting democracy in the country that needs it most--the USA"), Clayton Morgareidge weaves an argument that there can be no such thing as democratic capitalism.
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Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the role of crime victims in the trials, sentencing, and paroling of violent offenders, especially rapists.
Viable options for saving the planet and making life better; a novel about mending family ties; The New Yorker's Obama cartoon cover; and the history of victims' rights -- all these are discussed by the Old Moles on this show hosted by Tom Becker, who plays some of Billy Bragg's versions of Woody Guthrie songs. Hear the whole show by clicking the arrow above. Hear individual segments by following their links below:
4. Victims' Rights: a conversation with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken.