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Latest News from Wisconsin

program date: 
Mon, 07/18/2011

Bill Resnick talks with Andrew Sernatinger, a baker, activist, and labor-organizer in Madison, Wisconsin about the class struggle there.  What is left out of the mainstream conversations is progressive taxation, while Democrats appear on the side of unions mostly for their campaign contributions. Sernatinger has hopeful news about the multitude of radical progressive organizations who are keeping the focus on Wall Street and the role of tax breaks in the so-called budget crisis.  Following the interview, host Laurie Mercier provides even more  recent news from  Sernatinger about the changing political situation.  

17:03 minutes (9.76 MB)

The Tea Party in Decline?

program date: 
Mon, 07/18/2011

Richard D. Wolff, a radical economist who writes  and speaks frequently on the economic crisis, argues that the Left will soon have the opportunity to organize around popular dissatisfaction with the economy once the Tea Party loses support from the big business and the rich.  He explains why in this piece published in the Guardian and on his blog, and read here by today's Well-read Red Clayton Morgareidge.  

9:43 minutes (5.56 MB)

Sandy Pope and the Teamsters

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program date: 
Mon, 07/18/2011

Sandy Pope, a long-time member and leader of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), is  in a two-way race with James Hoffa for President of the Teamsters Union.  Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what she would do for the Teamsters and the  Labor Movement in American life.   

13:25 minutes (7.67 MB)

Working Class Missing on TV

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program date: 
Mon, 07/18/2011

 The working class  is missing from popular TV shows, as this analysis by Josh Eidelson shows.  Josh's funny and biting piece, published on the Dissent website and on his blog, is read here by the Old Mole's Joe Clement.  It's called "Welcome to TV-Ville, Population: Richer Than You."

6:57 minutes (3.98 MB)

July 18 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 07/18/2011

 

Laurie Mercier is our host today for this program about labor and politics. We hear about the continuing struggle of progressives in Wisconsin to resist attacks on labor by Republicans and to overcome the temerity of Democrats.  We hear from Sandy Pope running against James P. Hoffa Jr. for Teamsters President and how she would democratize the union.   We learn just how biased mainstream TV is against workers, and some hopeful  analysis suggesting the end of Tea Party power and more opportunities for the Left.

56:16 minutes (32.2 MB)

 

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