Historian James Livingston has recently argued that the left has actually won a great deal in the US. He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the many ways in which the US can be regarded as "socialist".
Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Alice Munro's latest collection of short stories Dear Life about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Munro, Larry says, is not merely the greatest living author of short stories, but simply the best living writer. More of Larry's reviews can be found here.
Joe Clement hosts this last show closing out 2012. We hear an upbeat assessment of socialism's unheralded (by the left) successes over the long haul; a review of the great short story writer Alice Munro's latest collection; and a discussion of two movies about fracking, one by local film maker Gus Van Sant. Following Bill Resnick's and James Livingston's conversation about socialism, Joe Clement reads a passage from Marx and Engels's Communist Manifesto discussing types of socialism, and you can read it here.