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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Why this financial crisis? Is it real? Mark Engler is a financial analyst with Foreign Policy in Focus and frequent contributor to several publications. He talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about where things stand and how they got there. Engler is the author of HOW TO RULE THE WORLD: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy.
This program has a current take on the financial bailout, a conversation about the positive vision of Fair Trade, and a visit with local activists campaigning against regressive anti-immigrant ballot measures. The whole show is available by clicking on the arrow above (though it has a few gaps in continuity where pleas for your membership were omitted). Or hear the individual segments by following their links below. AND DON'T FORGET TO BECOME A MEMBER OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP WHILE YOU'RE HERE!! Thank you!
Two regressive ballot measures will be voted on in November, measures that target immigrants. The Rural Organizing Project is working to defeat them. Marci Westerling talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris. See their website for all the details.
Economist John Miller, who writes for Dollars & Sense and teaches at Wheaton College, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the current financial crisis, where it's heading, and what progressives should be demanding.
Larry Bowlden discusses Kate Christensen's novel The Great Man, demonstrating the gap between the image a successful man projects to his public and in his biography, and what the women in his life know about him. Winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award. You can find more reviews by Larry on line.
Are people in the US losing their patience with the wars their country gets into? How can the anti-war movement reach and energize them, transforming their passive discontent into a powerful voice for peace? Paul Joseph, author of Are Americans Becoming More Peaceful, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
An introduction to the life and music of the Chilean revolutionary singer-songwriter Victor Jara, murdered in 1973 by the right-wing coup against the democratic socialist government of Salvador Allende. This segment includes an interview with writer and film maker Saul Landau, and several tracks of Jara's great voice singing his songs. They include "El Derecho de Vivir in Paz," "B.R.P.," "Vamos Por Ancho Camino," "Casitas del Barrio Alto," and "Plegaria a un Labrador."
At the rhetorical level, there is quite a difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. Clayton Morgareidge tries to describe that difference and what it says about the nation's political psychology. You can read this piece here.