Denise Morris and Frann Michel review Spike Jonze new (quasi science fiction) romantic comedy "Her". Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore, an introverted man who goes through a divorce with his child-hood sweetheart, only to fall curiously in love with his new, hyperintelligent operating system, dubbed "Samantha", that is voiced by Scarlett Johansenn. Samantha isn't the only one of her kind either. The story moves beyond Theodore and Samantha to include other operating systems in love affairs with other people, and eventually goals of self-actualization on the part of the operating systems beyond these limited connections.
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.
Well-Read Red Frann Michel considers the twenty years of NAFTA and of Zapatista resistance to NAFTA and neoliberalism. You can read a longer version of this piece, with links to sources, here on her blog.
7:54 minutes (3.62 MB)
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.
14:52 minutes (13.61 MB)