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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Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
- Bill Resnick talk with Phyllis Bennis about US Foreign Policy, both criticizing the Obama administration's two-faced approach and offering a Do No Harm alternative.
- Iven Hale offers a commentary by way of personal story about community mental health, the challenges of helping highly volatile people, and how our mental health and correctional systems fail them.
- Joe talks with Hart Noecker and Nick Caleb about a Pedalpalooza ride Hart is leading on June 9th that tours sites of gentrification around Portland. They consider gentrification, profit-driven development, the idea of a "right to the city", which was a pillar of Caleb's campaign that drew almost 18,000 votes in the recent election.
- Laurie Mercier talks with Eric de Place of the Sightline Institute in Seattle about the proposed oil depot terminals in the Port of Vancouver, and the catastrophic environmental & economic consequences to the region if these are rammed through. They also touch on resistance in Vancouver by both environmentalists and the those worried about local business.
- Title: OMVH6022014
- Length: 58:04 minutes (53.16 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Jan Haaken hosts this Memorial Day edition of the Mole in which we remember not only those who have fallen on battlefields, but those who have died from lack of access to medical care. We also hear a conversation about how good our public schools are, giving the lie to those who run them down so they can privatize them. All this, plus a commentary about how memories are made and remade.
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1. Author David Berliner talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the spurious attacks on public schools.
2. Old Mole contributor Norm Diamond reflects on the making and remaking of historical memory.
3. Tom Becker reads Wilfrid Owen's World War 1 poem "Sweet and Fitting".
4. Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss the battle for single-payer health care and the casualties from the lack of universal health care.
Tom Becker hosts this episode, which includes a discussion of the fight for the $15/hour minimum wage in Portland and beyond, a report on economics students around the world demanding alternatives to failed neoclassical orthodoxies, a review of a memoir of life in the West, and a discussion of the use of Title IX to address sexual violence on college campuses.
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Norton-Kertson about the Portland campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour
Tom Becker reads "Challenging the Ruling Economic Orthodoxy: Economics Students Begin to Revolt"
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile about using Title IX to address sexual violence on campus
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- Title: 19May14OldMole.m4a
- Length: 53:12 minutes (24.35 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)