The Economic Stimulus Package passed at the beginning of the Obama administration gets a mixed review by Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute in this interview with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Listen for the full picture. You can read Shierholz's report on jobs here.
In this edition of The Well-read Red, Frann Michel presents an uncompromising defense of the right to an abortion. To read her piece, go to Frann's blog where you'll find links to her sources and more information.
The Old Mole's Clayton Morgareidge considers who's really blocking the progressive agenda in Washington. (Hint: it's not Rush or the GOP.) This commentary draws on Christopher Hayes's recent article in the Nation, "Naming the Enemy."
Featuring the music of the late blues singer Koko Taylor, this program evaluates the Stimulus Package, argues for full abortion rights for women, identifies the obstacles to progressive legislation, and reviews Obama's Middle East speech in Cairo. Your host is Bill Resnick, pictured here. (Due to a technical glitch, Bill's opening remarks are omitted.) Note that we are using new music for our theme.
Joanne Landy, a long time campaigner for single payer health care, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how and why the insurance companies stand in the way of the only health care reform that can work. Joanne Landy is co-director of the New York-based Campaign for Peace and Democracy, and a member of the editorial board of New Politics. She is also a former activist with Physicians for a National Health Care Program.
Book Mole Larry Bowlden shows how detective fiction can carry powerful political messages, as he comments on two novels by Carolyn Heilbrun who writes as Amanda Cross. Two novels, Honest Doubt and Puzzled Heart, expose discrimination in academia against women and fat people, as well as the way the tenure system works to privilege old male professors.