Old Mole Variety Hour
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Labor Historian Harvey Schwartz talks about his new book Solidarity Stories: An Oral History of the ILWU with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier. They trace the origins and growth of the International Longshoremen Workers Union on the West Coast, including the organizing of workers at Powell's Books. Schwartz reads from his book this evening (June 15) at 6:30 at Laughing Horse Books. Schwartz is an oral historian at the Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University, and curator of the Oral History Collection, ILWU Library.
Book Mole Larry Bowlden shows how detective fiction can carry powerful political messages, as he comments on two novels by Carolyn Heilbrun who writes as Amanda Cross. Two novels, Honest Doubt and Puzzled Heart, expose discrimination in academia against women and fat people, as well as the way the tenure system works to privilege old male professors.
Koko Taylor, "Queen of the Blues," died last week at the age of 80. Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about her life and her impact on the blues.
The Economic Stimulus Package passed at the beginning of the Obama administration gets a mixed review by Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute in this interview with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Listen for the full picture. You can read Shierholz's report on jobs here.
In this edition of The Well-read Red, Frann Michel presents an uncompromising defense of the right to an abortion. To read her piece, go to Frann's blog where you'll find links to her sources and more information.
The Old Mole's Clayton Morgareidge considers who's really blocking the progressive agenda in Washington. (Hint: it's not Rush or the GOP.) This commentary draws on Christopher Hayes's recent article in the Nation, "Naming the Enemy."
Bill Resnick reviews President Obama's speech in Cairo addressed to the Muslim world, drawing on Stephen Weissman's article in Truthout.
Featuring the music of the late blues singer Koko Taylor, this program evaluates the Stimulus Package, argues for full abortion rights for women, identifies the obstacles to progressive legislation, and reviews Obama's Middle East speech in Cairo. Your host is Bill Resnick, pictured here. (Due to a technical glitch, Bill's opening remarks are omitted.) Note that we are using new music for our theme. From the original version of "I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground" by Bascom Lamar Lunsford, we morph into a version by dj/rupture and sung by Sindhu Zagoren.
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With two new administrations in Israel and the US, what are the chances for change in the direction of less conflict in the Middle East? The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, where you can find many articles by her.