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Audio by title omvh_april_2_2012

Old Mole Variety Hour April 2nd

program date: 
Mon, 04/02/2012

           Joe Clement hosts today's Old Mole. We hear about the Treyvon Martin case, Adrienne Rich's work on motherhood, a poem by Adrienne Rich, a movie review about revolutionary black workers, and a radical musicology segment about Alix Dobkins, who we hear throughout the show.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  To hear individual segments, follow these links:

57:30 minutes (52.65 MB)

Kristian Williams on Treyvon Martin, Capitalism and the Culture of Fear

program date: 
Mon, 04/02/2012

Bill Resnick talks with Kristian Williams, Portland-resident and renknown scholar of policing and police history, about the murder of Treyvon Martin. Kristian re-caps the case and those like it, but also comments on the nature of the "stand your ground" laws that have been invoked to shield George Zimmerman. He contends that simply attacking those laws misses deeper problems, namely how these laws arise out of already racialized understandings of crime, law and order. They end on a note about this culture of fear, which Kristian thinks we can overcome if we see that people's needs are met, so they don't feel there are "others" out there trying to take them.

18:18 minutes (16.75 MB)

Adrienne Rich, psychoanalytic feminism and motherhood

program date: 
Mon, 04/02/2012

Joe Clement talks with fellow Mole Jan Haaken about the significance of Adrienne Rich's prose writing about motherhood for the feminist movement in the 1970s.

6:23 minutes (5.85 MB)

Movie Moles: Finally Got The News

program date: 
Mon, 04/02/2012

 Laurie Mercier and Denise Morris talk about the 1970 documentary "Finally Got The News" (re-released and available to view for free online HERE), produced in association with the League for Revolutionary Black Workers. The League was wary of the film at first, worried it would compromise their organizing efforts in Detroit, but the film-makers promised to make it education and not journalistic. It directs its marxist message to black workers and not white college kids, and to that end focuses on the role and power of the black worker in the American economy.

12:19 minutes (11.27 MB)

Radical Musicology: Alix Dobkin

program date: 
Mon, 04/02/2012

Tom Becker talks with our radical musicologist, Brad Duncan, about Alix Dobkin. They reflect on her "red-diaper" up-bringing, her recent autobiography "My Red Blood: A Memoir of Growing Up Communist, Coming Onto the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, and Coming Out in the Feminist Movement", and her impact on feminism and women's music through her politically infused folk-music.

The following links are to music of hers we heard on the show:

9:02 minutes (8.27 MB)


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