John Lewis is a congressman, writer, activist and one of "Big Six" in the civil rights movement. He has just written, with two co-authors, a graphic novel called "March". It is the first in a trilogy that looks back at his career in an effort to present the past to young people as a way to preserve it. Don Merrill talked with US House of Representatives member John Lewis at the Hotel Deluxe in Portland while he was here on his book tour.
The first Old Mole Variety Hour of 2014 looks back at histories of struggle and forward to the end of alienation. Joe Clement hosts, and we hear segments on class struggle in labor and party politics, anti-capitalist activism in Mexico and globally, the revolutionary reform of guaranteed basic income, and the liabilities of hate crimes law.
Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair of Against Equality about the ten years since the murder of Brandon Teena, and about how hate crimes legislation can result in increased surveillance and punishment of the very marginlized communities it is ostensibly meant to protect.
Wanda Sykes is a comedian, but so much more. As an actor, she has had two shows on Fox. She's also been in the hits, "Curb your Enthusiasm" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine". And her voice has been in several animated hits such as "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and "Over the Hedge". Plus, she's been in films like "Monster-in-Law" and "Evan Almighty". But she's more than that, being a spokesperson for GLAAD and PETA. Don Merrill talks with Wanda Sykes and runs out of time way too soon.
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Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole full of ideas that rock the dominant paradigm: climate insurgency, decentralized and democratic energy, a critique of femmephobia, and the end of work and capitalism.
To hear the whole show with musical breaks, use the play button. For individual segments, follow these links: 54:23 minutes (31.12 MB)
In a recent blog post, Franvarian explores the stereotypes within the LGBT community that lead to misplaced and oppressive assumptions about femmes and to "femmephobia". Old Mole Iven Hale reads it for us.
Photo credit: http://geeksdreamgirl.com/ 8:46 minutes (5.02 MB)