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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This week the Moles pay tribute to the momentous election of last Tuesday and assess what it might and might not mean. We also remember the late Studs Terkel. To hear the whole show, use the arrow above. For separate pieces, follow the links below:
Dicentra is a Portland, OR area collective actively engaged in creating radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building. Two of its members, Amelia Cates and Claire Berrera, talk with Denise Morris about the project. Berrera is editor of the zine When Language Runs Dry, dealing with the experience of chronic pain.
Hosted by Denise Morris, this election-eve show discusses the prospects for an Obama presidency, a couple of Oregon ballot measures impacting unions, and a new program to enhance caring for people in chronic pain and suffering with mental illness. Hear the whole show by clicking the arrow button above, or separate pieces by following their links below:
What are the challenges the new President will face? How much can a president do to put the nation on a different course? Ezra Klein, a policy analyst who writes for The American Prospect and many other publications, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
Philosopher David Schweickart is the author of After Capitalism, a book which puts forward a practical vision of a kind of economic democracy, a form of market socialism, that seems ideally suited for the current economic crisis. Clayton Morgareidge reads edited exerpts from his essay "Bailout! A Case for Economic Democracy And Clearing the Path to Socialism."
Teacher and writer Dan La Botz writes on economic topics in the Monthly Review. He talks with Bill Resnick about the close relationship between banking and government, about when and where banks have been nationalized before, and the prospects for state ownership of banks in the future. Two of his articles on the current economic crisis are here and here.
Two students from Macalester College in Minnesota, Sophie Smith and Hadley Pope, who locked themselves down in front of a weapons manufacturer talk with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about their experiences and the significance of their actions. You can find extensive coverage of the event here.