Old Mole Variety Hour
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Capitalism exploits our labor, but at least wage workers usually get paid for time on the job. But what happens when governments and other institutions offer prizes for a job done? Then many people labor, but only the winner wins. Joe Clement reads from Jodi Dean's blog on "Finding the One".
Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden comments on Danielle Evans's short stories Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. They are funny and often heartbreaking stories of young women, black, white and in between. More of Larry's reviews, including this one, are available here.
Denise Morris hosts this edition of the Old Mole celebrating Martin Luther King day in music and commentary.
Harold Pinter's play One For the Road is being performed at Blackfish Gallery (NW 9th & Flanders) by the Readers' Repertory Theater this weekend, January 14 and 15. Director David Berkson talks about the play with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken. The story of a master interrogator and his torture victims -- a husband, wife and their young son -- Pinter wrote One for the Road in response to torture in Turkish prisons during the 1980s, and the protection that Turkey received from the United States because of its strategic importance during the Cold War. For tickets, call 503 295-4997, or email Readers' Rep through their website.
Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Joe Clement discuss the Coen brothers version of True Grit. What is this film saying about the role of women in the American West? About commerce? About justice?
The threat of terrorist attacks in Europe from Islamists is not what we think. Dan Gardner argues that "in most of Europe, there was no terrorism. And where there was terrorism, the trend line pointed down." Tom Becker reads Gardner's piece "The Not-So-Great Islamist Menace," first published in the Ottawa Citizen.
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Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole where the topics include the Teamsters and democracy, a local production of Harold Pinter's play about torture, a review of the Coen Brothers film True Grit, and an op-ed debunking the "menace" of Islamist terrorism in Europe.
Peter Landon has had a long career as a truck driver and Teamster union activist with TDU (Teamsters for a Democratic Union). Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about union democracy and the campaign to replace James P. Hoffa with Sandy Pope as president of the Teamsters. More about Pope here.
On today's Old Mole, hosted by Joe Clement, we hear about net neutrality, Albert Einstein on socialism, the new movie Black Swann, and politically-charged 1990s hardcore-punk.
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As the Earth's climate becomes increasingly unstable, the US government is responding with measures that reward the profit-making corporations that caused the problem. Bill Resnick talks with Daphne Wysham from the Institute for Policy Studies about cap and trade and carbon offsets, and about what should be done instead. Wysham is founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, a project of IPS, and founder and co-host of Earthbeat Radio.