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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Drawing on quotations posted on the website of The International Endowment for Democracy ("Supporting democracy in the country that needs it most--the USA"), Clayton Morgareidge weaves an argument that there can be no such thing as democratic capitalism.
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Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the role of crime victims in the trials, sentencing, and paroling of violent offenders, especially rapists.
Viable options for saving the planet and making life better; a novel about mending family ties; The New Yorker's Obama cartoon cover; and the history of victims' rights -- all these are discussed by the Old Moles on this show hosted by Tom Becker, who plays some of Billy Bragg's versions of Woody Guthrie songs. Hear the whole show by clicking the arrow above. Hear individual segments by following their links below:
4. Victims' Rights: a conversation with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken.
Dr. Dollar, aka economist Arthur McEwan, talks with Bill Resnick about the current economic crisis, how bad it might be, and how it should be resolved in the interests of working people. McKewan writes for Dollars & Sense, and his latest book is Neoliberalism or Democracy?
Theater Moles Denise Morris and Tamara Wallace describe "Man to Man," a play by German playwright Manfred Karge:
An old man retells his life: from carefree girl to crane operator, from young bride to soldier, from femme fatale to farm lad; Man to Man is an epic story of identity-switching in the fight for survival. Inanimate objects from the sparse set take on purpose as chairs become the bones of a finished meal or body of a dean man and lamps transform into other characters. This one-woman show that spans 50 years and includes a cast of more than 20, aged 8 to 80, is an adventure in the power of story and personal transformation.
The play runs through August 31 at Hipbone Studio.
Bill Resnick and musicologist Brad Duncan remember the life, personality, politics, and music of the great folk singer and labor activist.