Old Mole Variety Hour
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- In addition to music and spoken word pieces, Jan Haaken comments on the relationship between Kwanzaa's values and socialist struggle in Africa
- Bill Resnick talks Karen Connelly and Terra O'Neill about the progressive case for charter schools
- Iven Hale reads a commentary critical of gay marriage's conservative cultural effects by Yasmin Nair
- Joe Clement reads a review of Sleep Dealer by Jason Read, who connects the sci-fi dystopia to elements of capitalist exploitation today.
- The Left and the Law review the 1961 film, Judgement at Nuremberg, in light of recent revelations about CIA torture.
Joe Clement reads from Jason Read's review of Sleep Dealer, which he wrote for The Portland Phoenix. Sleep Dealer is a recent sci-fi dystopia in Spanish about a near future where robots are operated from afar by desperate Mexican workers. Jason writes about how he got to talk with the film's director, Alex Rivera, about the changing nature of work and the lived reality of exploitation in late capitalism. You can find Sleep Dealer at the Multnomah County Library. The song we hear afterward is the title track from the Paquet Courts' new album Content Nausea.
Smith works with People Helping People, formed in 2012 by a core group of Arivaca residents involved in providing humanitarian aid on the US/Mexico border.
With the recent Senate report on the use of torture by the CIA and today's New York Times editorial calling for the prosecution of "anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects," there is no longer any way to believe that the US uses torture only to protect Americans. Here our Left and the Law crew, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker, discuss the case for pursing criminal charges against the Bush administration under international human rights laws. They start with the criminal complaints filed this past week with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and take up some of the political history of these prosecutions under international law.
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1. Walmart worker and organizer Martha Sellers talks with Bill Resnick about living with Walmart labor policies.
2. Sophie Smith and Old Mole Jan Haaken discuss the impact of border control check points miles north of the border.
3. Alan Wieder recalls Nelson Mandela's appearance at a town meeting in the US just after his release from prison.
4. On the Left and the Law, Mike and Jan discuss the growing case for prosecuting members of the Bush team for torture.
On January 12th the Old Mole Variety Hour will begin a monthly segment by Alan Wieder on legendary Chicago radio host and author Studs Terkel. Terkel was born in 1912 and died in 2008. He was on the air in Chicago for 45 years, wrote 17 books starting when he was in his late fifties, and lent his voice and his actions to political and social justice his entire life. He supported third party candidates beginning as a twelve year old in 1924, was black listed by McCarthy, and continued to speak publicly at union and political rallies till just a few weeks before he died. Our series will be thematic and will review his life and his work, a personification of progressive ideas and actions, and correspondingly, his facilitation of the voices of the underdog, or as he put it at different times, the uncelebrated, non-celebrated, or etcetera’s.
Starting January 12, this series will be aired on the second Monday of each month on the Old Mole Variety Hour.
Denise Morris hosts this episode and we hear:
- Bill Resnick interviews Tom Athanasiou following his recent trip to Lima for the international climate change conference
- Tom Becker reads an article on neoliberal economics.
- Joe Clement and Frann Michel review a tragic-comic cop film from 1994, The Glass Shield directed by Charles Burnett
- Bill returns to talk with Todd Sloan about commodity culture
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Tod Sloan teaches at Lewis and Clark College, and is author of the book called "Damaged Life: the crisis of the modern psyche".