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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Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this is the first Old Mole show of the Obama administration, so the Mole talks about the progressive agenda the new team needs to hear. There is also music in the New Deal spirit of overcoming economic crisis by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. To hear the whole show, including the music, click on the arrow above. Or you can hear individual pieces by following the links below. This is also Winter Pledge Drive, so please support the Moles' work by clicking on the JOIN NOW button at the top of this page! Thank you!
On this program, the Moles look forward to the Obama presidency, back to the messages of Martin Luther King Jr., and to how the Nixon presidency is selectively remembered in the film Frost / Nixon. Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual segments by following their links below where you can find more information about each piece:
"What Would King Tell Obama?" In this article by Michael Honey, read here by Tom Becker, we are reminded that Dr. King's message of non-violence applies to the violence of poverty and economic inequality, and to military interventions. Honey's piece appreared on the website of The Progressive.
What does the Obama presidency mean, symbolically and politically, for issues of race and class? Malik Miah comments in this article from Against the Current. The Old Mole's Jan Haaken reads it for us.
Will the US ramp up the war in Afghanistan? If so, a major, but often overlooked, part of Martin Luther King's message will be scorned -- his rejection of militarism and hyper-nationalism. This article by Robert Griffin appeared in Common Dreams, and is read here by Tom Becker.
From the streets of Washington, D.C. on the eve of the Inauguration, John Nichols, a correspondent for The Nation Magazine, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about Barack Obama and how history may drive him into more progressive action than he has foreseen.
Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Laurie Mercier review and fact-check the current film Frost/Nixon. They review the real history of the famous interviews, and ask whether getting public officials to confess their crimes is as important as seeing what's wrong with the structures that give them their power.
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The Old Mole's Jan Haaken interviews Portland Peace activists from Americans United for Palestinian Rights and Portland Peaceful Response. They take down the Israeli arguments for the attacks piece by piece. For more about boycotting local supporters of the destruction, contact pdxboycottisrael [at] riseup [dot] net.
Raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2010! That's the proposal of well-known author and activist Holly Sklar and Let Justice Roll. Holly talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the gap between the minimum wage and a living wage, and why raising the minimum is good for the economy and good for business.
The Earth Stood Still back in 1951 -- a different world and yet very much the same. Our Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris tell us why the old movie has more to say about war and peace than the version currently playing in theaters. Here's another review comparing the new (2008) and the old versions. Here's the 1951 screenplay by Edmund North, the earlier short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates, and a treatment for a proposed sequel by Ray Bradbury.