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).
Our graphic lettering is by Charlie Ertola.
You can leave comments for the Moles at email@example.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.
Jan Haaken talks with Sophie Smith of People Helping People about their work with No More Deaths providing aid to migrants near the Us-Mexico border, and monitoring US Border Patrol Interior Checkpoints. They discuss the militarization of the border through the 1990s Operation Gatekeeper, Operation Hold the Line , and Operation Safeguard "prevention through deterrence" policies, as well as the post-9/11 increase in surveillance that affects citizens as well as migrants. And they look ahead to upcoming actions.
Here are some additional links for information on recent events in Iraq, from Portside, Socialist Worker, Jadaliyya, Worker's Action, Counterpunch, Kasama Project.
They discuss the value of arts education in schools, the importance of physical movement to learning, the connections between embodied movement and history, and the possibilities for fostering better communication and connections between African-American youth and immigrant African communities.
Tickets for the performance at 7:30 Friday 20 June at PSU's Lincoln Hall are available on line.
Bill Resnick hosts this show about the tensions between possible futures--either ruled by military and corporate power or else organized as cooperative community. We hear these segments:
Joseph DeFilipppis: Beyond Marriage Equality
Checking in on Border Checkpoints
Bill Resnick offers a Primer on Iraq
The Village: West African Rhythm and Dance Collective
Click above to hear individual pieces, or below for the whole show. Send comments, suggestions, questions to oldmolevarietyhour gmail.com. Follow or friend us on Facebook
- Title: OldMole16June2014
- Length: 56:03 minutes (25.66 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary on the "left" and the limits and failures of Capitalism, drawing on work by Marta Harnecker, Thomas Piketty, Slavoj Zizek, and John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff in Monthly Review.
Left and the Law: Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss the torture of solitary confinement, the ongoing struggle of prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison in California, the recent federal ruling that granted inmates at Pelican Bay class action status in their legal fight to establish solitary confinement as inhumane, and the ongoing work around the issue of mass incarceration.
Frann Michel hosts this episode, with music from The Clash, and discussions of military violence, economic stagnation, racism and classism in housing, and the struggle for the rights of the incarcerated.
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and U.S. Militarism
Clayton Morgareidge comments on the meaning of the left and the limits of capitalism
Joe Clement talks with Karen Gibson of PSU's Urban Studies Program about racist housing segregation in Portland
Left and the Law: Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss solitary confinement
Use the links above to hear individual segments, or click below for the whole show. Email us at oldmolevarietyhour<a>gmail.com with comments; friend or follow us on Facebook.