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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People of color and especially immigrants have faced attempts to blame them for the economic crisis and to shift even more of the suffering onto their backs. Well-read Red Frann Michel exposes these attacks in this commentary. You can read it and find many links to her sources here.
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. 10 Feb. 2009
Cuba is now self-sufficient in vegetables and eating a healthier diet thanks to urban garden plots in all its cities. Sinan Koont, who teaches economics at Dickenson College and has studied city agriculture in Cuba, talks with Bill Resnick. Here is his article on the topic in Monthly Review.
Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features Afrobeat music by Fela Kuti and a conversation about Kuti's life and work. The show leads off with a critique of the economic stimulus plan: "insufficient, ineffective, ill-conceived" are the words of economist Michael Perlman. Well-read Red Frann Michel reviews how people of color and immigrants are faring in, and even being blamed for, the economic crisis. We hear from another economist about urban agriculture in Havana and other Cuban cities. To hear the whole show, use the arrow above. To hear individual pieces, and for more information and links, follow the links below.
4. Fela Kuti: World musician and human rights activist.
The originator of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti was a musician, composer, and human rights activist from Nigeria whose music and political work were highly influential.
Bill Resnick talks with musicologist Brad Duncan about Fela Kuti's life and music.
There is no way the stimulus package now being negotiated in congress is going to plug the leaks in the rapidly sinking economy. Economist Michael Perlman explains why in this coversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
Perlman is the author of many books, most recently The Confiscation of American Prosperity: From Right-Wing Extremism and Economic Ideology to the Next Great Depression. In their conversation, they refer to a recent New York Times article on what happened to Japan in the 1990s; you can find it here.
This is the 90th Anniversary of the Seattle General Strike in which workers closed down the city -- except for essential services which they ran themselves with no help from management. Labor Historians (and Old Moles)Laurie Mercier and Norm Diamond discuss those events and what can be learned from them for today's struggles over labor and the economic crisis. This segment also includes music from the Rock Opera Seattle 1919 and a conversation between its composer Rob Rosenthal and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
The double album rock opera can be purchased from Fuse Music, 14 Red Glen Road, Middletown, CT 06459 (email: Rob Rosenthal email@example.com). CDs are $12; tapes $10, vinyl $7.50
For much more about the Seattle Strike, tune into KBOO Thursday evening, Feb. 5 from 7-8 pm when the Labor Arts Collective will devote a whole hour to it.
What happens when someone goes through gender transition in their own community? How do co-workers, family, and friends make the switch from seeing one of their own as a man instead of a woman, or vice-versa? Movie Moles Denise Morris and Chris Land discuss the Portland-made film "Switch: A Community in Transition".
Hosted by labor historians Laurie Mercier and Norm Diamond, this Old Mole show focuses on the great Seattle General Strike of 1919. Norm and Laurie discuss this model of workers power, not just to shut a city down, but to run it without bosses. Bill Resnick talks with Rob Rosenthal about Rosenthal's rock opera Seattle 1919. Also on this program, we hear a review by Denise Morris and Chris Land of a locally made film about gender transition, Switch: A Community in Transition. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear the pieces separately, and to learn more about the topics, follow the links below.
Getting the best progressive ideas in front of the Obama team: that's the purpose of the book Mandate for Change, edited by Chester Hartman. Hartman talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about many of the book's proposals for changing and saving our nation.
"This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land!"
Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen sang this song, which included some rarely heard verses, in front of Obama and the nation at the Inauguration celebration, January 19. Here is one of those verses as sung by its composer, Woody Guthrie himself, in 1944 together with some commentary by Clayton Morgareidge.