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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"Columbus Day" has been recalled -- renamed "International Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People." Clayton Morgareidge reviews the resistance to the colonialism that started with Columbus and the continuing blindness to it, drawing on an article by Indigenous activist Harsha Walia.
Indigenous people are organizing around environmental issues. Here Andrea Carmen from the International Indian Treaty Council, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the summit of Indigenous People on Climate Change held recently in Anchorage.
Here is a history of alternative media like KBOO. Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America, details the waxing and waning of radio experimentation and government regulation. Author Jesse Walker talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier.
Robert McChesney and Jon Nichols have a new book, to be published in December, on how what needs to be done to save American journalism and investigative reporting from the corporate drift towards empty entertainment. It's called The Death and Life of American Journalism: the Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again. McChesney talks with Bill Resnick about their radical, yet realistic, proposal for treating journalism as a public good necessary for a democratic society. For a preview of the book, go here.
Michael Moore's new movie Capitalism: A Love Story is now out, and our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Laurie Mercier give us their take on it. What is its critique of capitalism? What does Moore offer as an alternative?
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On this program, Bill talks with well-known media critic Robert McChesney about his latest book (co-authored with Jon Nichols) and about how to save investigative journalism. Laurie Mercier interviews Jesse Walker about the history of experimentation and regulation of the air waves, and Move Moles Frann Michel and Laurie discuss the new Michael Moore film "Capitalism: A Love Story".
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In his new book Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, Max Blumenthal reports on and analyzes the pathological culture of the Christian Right and how they have taken over the party. Here he talks with Bill Resnick about what he discovered and what it might mean for progressive politics. Blumenthal will be speaking at Powell's on Burnside at 7:30 tonight (9/28/09).
Luz María Gordillo presents another in her series of short stories about the Mexican immigrant experience -- this one about a photographer living in Spanish Harlem.
While protesters on the streets outside were being gassed by police, what were the world leaders doing inside? Lots of pious promises to help the poor, but any action? Bill Resnick talks with Arthur Stamoulis, Director of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign who has followed the talks. They also discuss the E-Convergence Conference, featuring Noam Chomsky and many others, coming up later this week here in Portland. For details, go here.
A wide-ranging discussion of healthcare and health insurance issues by seven participants in a course called "Humanity in Perspective." The course was offered free at Willamette University and at Reed College to adults who are economically and/or educationally disadvantaged. In this conversation, moderated and edited by Professor Ivan Welty of Willamette University, the students speak from personal experience with the difficulties of the current healthcare system.