The day after Barack Obama's historic inauguration as president of the United States we'll look at how much has changed in the United States and what still needs to change in the days, months and years ahead.
On this program, the Moles look forward to the Obama presidency, back to the messages of Martin Luther King Jr., and to how the Nixon presidency is selectively remembered in the film Frost / Nixon. Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual segments by following their links below where you can find more information about each piece:
Will the US ramp up the war in Afghanistan? If so, a major, but often overlooked, part of Martin Luther King's message will be scorned -- his rejection of militarism and hyper-nationalism. This article by Robert Griffin appeared in Common Dreams, and is read here by Tom Becker.
Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Laurie Mercier review and fact-check the current film Frost/Nixon. They review the real history of the famous interviews, and ask whether getting public officials to confess their crimes is as important as seeing what's wrong with the structures that give them their power.
To hear the real deal (the Nixon tapes), try the following sites:
"What Would King Tell Obama?" In this article by Michael Honey, read here by Tom Becker, we are reminded that Dr. King's message of non-violence applies to the violence of poverty and economic inequality, and to military interventions. Honey's piece appreared on the website of The Progressive.
"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" tells the amazing and inspiring story of Liberian women who helped stop the Civil War in Liberia. We speak to Director Gini Reticker who has chronicled the stories of heroic women, not only in Liberia, but also Ghana, Rwanda and Morrocco. Learn more at: www.Praythedevilbacktohell.com
A total of 45 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in Gaza on Friday; bringing the number of Palestinians killed in the ongoing Israeli offensive to one thousand, one hundred sixty seven, including three hundred seventy children and eighty five women.
At least 5200, including 1745 children, have been wounded.
13 Israelis have been killed in the 20 days of Israeli attacks, nine of whom were soldiers.
Four of those killed on Friday were identified as resistance fighters. The four were killed in two separate airstrikes in Gaza City and Rafah.