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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If you want a clear explanation of what's going on between Russia and Georgia (and the US), listen to this conversation between Middle-Eastern expert Stephen Zunes and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick as they lay out the background and the probable outcome. See also his current article in the Huffington Post.
What is the importance for the Thai community in Los Angeles to have their neighborhood designated "Thai Town"? Chanchanit Martorell, excecutive director of the Thai Community Development Center in L.A., talks with the Old Mole's Sudarat Musikawong.
What is the cultural impact of illegally walking a wire strung between the two towers of the World Trade Center shortly after their completion in 1974? Our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss the current documentary Man on Wire.
Bill Resnick talks with urban naturalist Mike Houck of the Audubon Society and the Urban Greenspaces Institute. They discuss many of the issues around making Portland part of a natural, sustainable environment in this two-part interview. We hear Part 1 on this program; Part 2 will be aired next week.
Laurie Mercier explores how political discussions often fail to distinguish between lies that are trivial, like John Edwards's, and lies that have global, catastrophic consequences -- like those of the Bush administration.
Tom Becker conducts a lesson in labor history and reveals that the first labor union was formed in Philadelphia, and with it, the first labor oriented political party on August 11, 1828. Tom reads from Moral Visions and Material Ambitions: Philadelphia Struggles to Define the Republic by A. Kristen Foster. It was re-published in 2004 and is available at the Portland State Library.
Hosted by Tom Becker, this program discusses green and sustainable cities, J.M. Coetzee's South African boyhood, being distracted from important lies by trivial ones, and how the first labor party was born 180 years ago in Philadelphia. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear the pieces separately, follow their links below:
Has the surge really reduced the level of violence in Iraq? The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with policy analyst, author and activist Antonia Juhasz whose website The Bush Agenda contains a wealth of information and analysis. She is the author of The Bu$h Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time and the forthcoming The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry, and What We Must Do To Stop It.
Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the film How the Garcia Girls Spent the Summer , directed by Georgina Garcia Riedel. What does female desire look like? And how do self-inflicted limitations and social expectations shade and color it?