Clayton Morgareidge hosts this episode of the Old Mole featuring the music of the Indigo Girls and discussions of the Vermont single payer health program just enacted, the troubles with liberalism, and the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival.
The Indigo Girls (Amy Ray and Emily Saliers) made their first album in 1989, and ever since they have been recording and touring, combining performance with political activism. In this segment, we hear excerpts of several songs and then our radical musicologist Brad Duncan, a long time fan of the Girls, discusses their music, their progressive politics, and the times in which they first emerged.
In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge draws on Slavoj Žižek's book First as Tragedy, Then as Farce to argue that the Left must go further left: A liberalism tethered to capitalism is tied to a sinking ship that will take us all down.
Vermont has become the first state to enact a law leading to a single payer health care system. Vermont activist Traven talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what the law says, what kind of organizing led to the success, and the obstacles that still remain.
Both Air Cascadia and Locus Focus are off for the holiday.
Instead we'll hear a special program from the Pacifica Radio Archives celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides that began in May of 1961. This program features the 1961 interview with James Farmer, co-founder of the Congress On Racial Equality C.O.R.E. and Mathew Jones a field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.
Tonight Circle A Radio is showcasing peer education media pieces produced by the Guerilla Theatre youth group from Outside In. We'll talk about HIV and STI transmition, how to make informed choices, and the importance of communication and peer education.