Iven Hale hosts this episode of the Old Mole, with segments on Greek elections, the campaign for single-payer health care in Oregon, anarchist poetry, and challenging state legal preemptions of local attempts to raise the minimum wage or demand affordable housing in new developments. To listen to the whole show, use the play button below; for individual segments use the links. 64:27 minutes (59.01 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Leo Panitch about the electoral victory in Greece of the anti-austerity party Syriza. Although they will likely fulfill their promises to restore health care, to reinstate collective bargaining and workers’ basic rights, to raise the minimum wage, and to reconnect people to the electricity grid, more thorough resistance to the Eurozone is uncertain. Still, their victory provides a model for organizing for the long haul and testament to the need to take state power.
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Joe Clement and Iven Hale review Selma, the widely acclaimed biopic about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Selma to Montgomery marches he helped organize in 1965, which aimed to draw attention to racial domination still alive after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King in a screenplay written and directed by Ava Duvernay. The movie moles consider the film's merits and question the limits its story-telling place on MLK's legacy and intersectional point of view when it came to fighting racism, materialism, and militarism.
This is the second installment* in Alan Weider's ongoing project to remember and revive the work of Studs Turkel. In March of 1965, Studs went to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama. There he would talk with locals about their personal feelings and what they hear others saying about the Civil Rights movement---and the Selma to Montgomery marches in particular. In addition to hearing from locals, Studs talks with Martin Luther King Jr. and at one point records himself waxing nervously about FBI surveillance.