Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with journalist Russ Baker, author of "Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, The Powerful Forces that Put it in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America." With the recent publication of his memoir, former President George W. Bush is very much in the news and the media. This is a good time to get another perspective on the man and his family.
With corporate money at the wheel, whither then for the progressive?
As the populist wave that swept President Obama into office gives way to Business as Usual, Americans are waking up to the realities of life in a plutocracy. Both Frank Rich in the New York Times and Chris Hedges on Alternet reflect on this point in grand fashion. Rich, in a column titled "Who Will Stand Up to the Superrich?" writes that the issue is "issue is whether the country can afford the systemic damage being done by the ever-growing income inequality between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, whether poor, middle class or even rich."
A celebration of civil rights: Susan Banyas and The Hillsboro Story
Two months after the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision legally ending school segregation, the county engineer of Hillsboro, Ohio - a white man determined to force integration in the segregated town - set fire to Lincoln School, the town's "colored" elementary school. The two-year protest lead by five African American mothers to carry forward the struggle sparked by that fire drew the NAACP's Thurgood Marshall and led to Clemons v. Board of Education the first test case for Brown in the North.
Bill interviews Paul Kantor, They talk about how threats of businesses leaving town shape urban-development and the challenge for would-be progressive politicians trying to operate in the world of capitalist realism.
Well Read Red Frann Michel reflects on the recent elections, voters' motivations, and surveys the broad response by progressives and leftists in the media. Read her essay HERE, which is chock-full of links.
Today's Old Mole, hosted by Bill Resnick, is almost all about the elections. It features interviews about election psychology, organizing for a free society, and how competition ties the hands of progressive city politics. We also hear two commentaries about the elections.