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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Well-known author and global warming activist, Bill McKibben, founder of the 350 movement, sits down with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick for this special 30-minute interview about the state of the Earth and what humanity (that is, you and me) will have to do to survive on a changed planet. McKibben is the author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, which Resnick calls "a powerful, stunning book with staggering implications."
April 20, or 4/20, is the day when protests against punitive marijuana laws will take place around the country. Bill Piper is director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance Network, and makes this plea to everyone, smoker or not, to get involved in repealing these laws. Tom Becker reads from this piece which can be found here.
Our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb discuss the sexual politics of the new Swedish film Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The film deals with sexual violence, revenge, and the decadence of upper-class Swedish society.
Physicist and environmental activist Chris Williams talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the disasters that await our planet if nothing is done to stop global warming. He also has good news: the technology already exists to solve the problem. Williams is the author of a forthcoming book, Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis.
Jobs are not coming back with the so-called "economic recovery" -- and will be a long time coming. If there's not encough work, why not spread it around? Clayton Morgareidge looks at some ways to do this.
You can read his remarks here.
Jeanette Walls' novel Half-Broke Horses is the story of a frontier woman, “a spirited heroine, fiercely outspoken against hypocrisy and prejudice, a rodeo rider and fearless breaker of horses, and a ruthless poker player.” Larry Bowlden reviews this "true-life novel". You can read more of Larry's reviews here.
Three crises of capitalism:
- energy and climate change,
- economic inequality and our tax system,
- the ten-million job deficit for our work force.
and a review of a novel about a spirited frontier woman, a breaker of horses.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show.
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There is much to criticize in the Bush administration's education program "No Child Left Behind," a program what has been continued under Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. But what would a truly progressive education policy be like? What would be the goals and values of a school system that met the needs of students and their communties? Stan Karp talks on these matters with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Karp writes frequently for Rethinking Schools as their expert on federal education policy. Part One of this interview -- an examination of what's wrong with current policies -- can be found by clicking here. Karp has also appeared Fairness and Accuracy in Media.
What's wrong with Easter as celebrated in the US? "Easter… for most Christians, is about individual salvation not interpersonal solidarity. It is about personal resurrection from the dead not community restoration for the living. It is about an “open” tomb that is restricted. It is for believers only not justice for all. It is about eternity not ethics, about right belief not just behavior. It is about the resurrection of the dead not the living." But Easter should be about the resurrection of the living, and that means learning to live in peace and abstaining from war. Thus argues the Reverend William E. Alberts in this piece from Counterpunch read here by Old Mole Tom Becker.
What undermines academic freedom and intellectual inquiry in the University today and what can be done to defend them? Professor Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors, talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about untenured faculty afraid for their jobs and neo-liberal demands that education serve the economy. Nelson has laid out these concerns in a new book, No University is an Island.