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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Doctors and hospitals make mistakes: how do patients get compensated? In their ongoing series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and Old Mole Jan Haaken puncture the myths about tort reform and malpractice suits that Republicans claim are driving up medical costs and driving good doctors out of business.
Mexican immigrants, whether documented or not, contribute mightily to the North American economy. So why don't they deserve healthcare like anyone else? Tom Becker makes the case, with help from an editorial by Alvaro Huerta published in CounterPunch: In Defense of the Undocumented.
Military recruiters invading the lives of high school students; the glorification of war on our movie screens -- Clayton Morgareidge reviews some of the ways war is being given a safer image, drawing on articles by Danny Weil in CounterPunch, David Goodman in Mother Jones, and David Sirota on AlterNet.
Hosted by Tom Becker, this show deals with the connection between healthcare and democracy,zombie Nazis in the snow, and the massacre of miners Pennsylvania back in 1897.
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Bill Resnick explains why democracy is at the heart of every progressive reform, and how the right reform of healthcare would increase democratic possibilities everywhere.
- Title: Democracy & Health Care
- Length: 7:07 minutes (4.08 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)
Dr. Mary O'Brien is co-editor of Ten Excellent Reasons for National Health Care. Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what's wrong, from a doctor's point of view, with our current system of private, for-profit medicine and insurance, and how a good healthcare system would focus on health instead of intervention for illness.
Zombie Nazis! How much more evil can you imagine in one movie? Our Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris tell us what there is to like in this beautiful, bloody, comedic slasher movie, "Dead Snow," now playing at the Hollywood Theater in Portland.
Tom Becker reviews the Lattimer Massacre of 1897 in which 25 striking miners were killed by a sherrif’s posse, and reflects on what it means today for the labor movement.
What qualifies an athlete to compete as a woman or a man? What makes any of us a man or a woman? It's not as obvious as you might have thought, as the Old Mole's Frann Michel argues in this commentary, which begins with the case of runner Caster Semenya. You can read Frann's remarks here, where you will also find links to many further discussions of the issue.