Old Mole Variety Hour

 

The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life.  The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society.  The Moles' perspective is democratic, broadly socialist, and feminist.  (We count Karl Marx as a friend).

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 Our theme "Mole in the Ground" is by Bascom Lamar Lunsford  (1924), somtimes blended with a newer versions, like the one  by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren.  It's on the album Special Gunpowder

Our graphic lettering is  by Charlie Ertola.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/03/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

 

Bill Resnick looks at the entrenched forces in the US policy making apparatus that will challenge the new President -- like the Federal Reserve,  the army, and the dominant role in Congress of conservative Democrats.  Denise Morris interviews an activist from Dicentra, a Portland  area collective that creates radical communities of care, networks of support, and  movements based on relationship building and collective narratives  from our lives. 


Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 10/27/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On this show, the Moles  consider the significance of nationalizing banks, as the US Government is now planning to do.  We also hear from  two Minnesota student  activists who locked themselves to the gate of a weapons  factory to stop arms shipments  to Iraq.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/20/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/20/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On today's Old Mole Variety Hour, Priya Kandaswamy, Professor of Women's Studies at Portland State University, explains  how so-called “welfare reform” has  made  it harder for poor women to escape from domestic violence.  We also get some historical context for bank nationalizations and who they benefit, and we hear about some labor struggles going on at Western Washington University  in Vancouver. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/13/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/13/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins from the Institute for Policy Studies about a real recovery plan that would revive the enconomy, support working people, and lead to new and green forms of production.   Jan Haaken interviews Megan Brooker,  an organizer of the Winter Soldier Conference, about the impact of war on mental health.  And Tom Becker explores the significance of Columbus Day.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/06/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/06/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Green Jobs for All as a response to two crises: climate and recession

After the bail-out: Supervising Paulson and the US Treasury; insuring the money is not wasted on the rich; preparing for upcoming financial dislocations and economic recession; and building strength in the new Congress and administration for a real recovery package, including Green Jobs for All.  
 
With Kate Gordon of the national organization Green Jobs For All, and local activist/leader Barbara Byrd of the Apollo Alliance.
 
Also on the Mole a review of the new film opening in Portland, "The Battle of Seattle." 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/29/08

Air date: 
Mon, 09/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Does the financial meltdown spell the end of conservative economics?

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, we ask whether the financial collapse and the government bailout spells the end of  conservative economics.  Bill Resnick talks with Mark Engler, author of How to Rule the World: The Battle For the Global Economy (available as a gift for calling in during the show with a KBOO membership pledge).  We’ll also hear from local organizers of the Oregon Fair Trade Coalition and the Cross Border Organizing Committee about the Rural Organizing Project’s effort to defeat the Sizemore anti-immigrant ballot initiative.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/22/08

Air date: 
Mon, 09/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Moles discuss the financial crisis and Sarah Palin and the Christian Right.

Get the Moles’ underground  analysis  of the current financial crisis as Bill Resnick  interviews John Miller from the Union of Radical Political Economists (URPE), and Tom Becker  reads from The  Nation’s William Greider.  Also on the show, Jan Haaken will be talking with Cynthia Burack about  Sarah Palin and the Christian Right.  Burack is the author  of Sin, Sex and Democracy: Anti-Gay Rhetoric and the Christian Right.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/15/08

Air date: 
Mon, 09/15/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Politics and Music of War and Peace

Listen to the Old Mole Variety hour Monday morning at 9:00 to hear the music of Victor Jara and learn about his life.  You’ll also find out what progressives can do to build popular support for a more peaceful foreign policy and why the Democrats are always playing defense against the Republican attack machine.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/08

Air date: 
Mon, 09/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Moles discuss immigration issues and saving the city and the planet one neighborhood at a time

Luz María Gordillo will be your host, interviewing Chicana Rusty Barceló of the University of Minnesota.  Denise Morris will be talking with Amelia Cates from the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee about strategies for defeating the anti immigration measure on the ballot this November.  And Bill Resnick talks with two local gardening experts about sustainable gardening that can make every neighborhood a park. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/08

Air date: 
Mon, 08/25/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Cuba: Interview, film review and commentary.

Bill Resnick will interview Cuba expert Sam Farber. They will discuss Cuba in transition and the possibilities for development, self-determination and Socialist democracy. Movie Moles will review the 1964 film Soy Cuba! made by Russian film makers interested in telling the story of the Cuban revolution. Soy Cuba! was a breakthrough in filmmaking.
 

Audio

Toward More Fair Elections

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program date: 
Mon, 10/20/2014

Bill Resnick talks with Drew Spencer of FairVote.org  about Measure 90, on the November 2014 ballot, that would undermine an already dysfunctional election system. They also discuss the changes required in election procedure-- rank choice voting and proportional representation-- that would democratize elections.

Ebola, Public Health, and Neoliberalism

program date: 
Mon, 10/20/2014
Bill Resnick reads from Horace Campbell in Counterpunch on "Ebola, the African Union, and Bioeconomic Warfare," and summarizes and comments on other accounts of the Ebola Crisis. He concentrates on the neo-liberal defunding of public health agencies and the exploitation of the Ebola crisis by the right wing that blames the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress for not properly responding. The right intends this attack on Obama to influence voters to vote Republican.

The Fight for Fifteen in Portland

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program date: 
Mon, 10/20/2014
Joe Clement and Jamie Partridge discuss the campaign to set $15 as the minimum wage for Portland contract workers.

Gone Girl controversy with Mimi Schippers

program date: 
Mon, 10/20/2014

Movie Mole Jan Haaken talks with Mimi Schippers about feminist controversies over the film Gone Girl, a thriller directed by David Fincher and based on the global bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, who also adapted the story for the screen. Mimi teaches sociology at Tulane University, writes about gender and popular culture, and is a regular blogger. For other interesting feminist criticism and dialogue, check out her blog site at http://www.marxindrag.com/Marxindrag/Blog/Blog.html

Left and the Law: racism, perceptions of crime, and the punitive state

program date: 
Mon, 10/13/2014
On their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss a recent research report by The Sentencing Project, titled "Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Polices."  The report describes how deeply embedded racism is in the criminal justice system, and how implicit or unconscious racism among white Americans props up this destructive system. Jan and Mike talk about key reforms described in the report, and ways of challenging racist rhetoric on crime and punishment.  
  • Length: 15:38 minutes (14.32 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour for October 13, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 10/13/2014
Joe Clement hosts this episode about public health and our vulnerability to epidemics like Ebola, gentrification as colonialist legacy, and racial perceptions of crime. Musical selections from Hazel Dickens, Leon Rosselson, James Talley, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy.
Click the above links for individual segments or the play button below to listen to the whole show including music clips. You can follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get updates about the show or email us at oldmolevarietyhour>>at<<gmail<<dot>>com with comments, questions, suggestions, or your interest in becoming part of or occasionally contributing to the Old Mole collective.
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  • Length: 58:59 minutes (54.01 MB)
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Public Health and Social Spending

program date: 
Mon, 10/13/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Dr. Walter Tsou about the importance of public health. They consider  how our social spending priorities, over determined by war and market competition, and in that vein the private medical insurance regime, undermine our public health and leave us vulnerable to epidemics like Ebola.

Dr. Walter Tsou is a past president of the American Public Health Association and former health commissioner of Philadelphia. He is a founding member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners and a board adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program.  Dr. Tsou is also the president of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility.
  • Length: 14:51 minutes (13.59 MB)
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Well-read Red: Gentrification, Class Domination, and Racism

program date: 
Mon, 10/13/2014
Frann Michel reads from an essay by Gavin Mueller in Jacobin, as well as from other sources, to argue that gentrification is not simply a cultural change in a neighborhood, but instead is driven by economic forces and backed by state power.   But those forces can be collectively opposed, and alternatives proposed, as evidenced in the global--and local--Right to the City movement. You can also read Frann's commentary.
  • Length: 8:54 minutes (8.15 MB)
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Dispatches Against Displacement: understanding and resisting gentrification

program date: 
Mon, 10/13/2014
Joe Clement talks with James Tracy, author of "Dispatches Against Displacement: field notes from San Francisco's housing war". They consider what gentrification is as an economic and by extension racialized form of domination, how different cities experience gentrification differently, and real world strategies for fighting back and protecting housing from market forces. James will be speaking at Reading Frenzy books off of N Beech and Mississippi at 6pm on Sunday the 19th, where there'll be a community discussion about fighting displacement.

James Tracy is a Bay Area native and a community organizer. He is co-founder of the San Francisco Community Land Trust (which uses public and private money to buy up housing stock and take it out of the real estate market), as well as a poet and co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power, which he's been interviewed about on KBOO before.

  • Length: 8:44 minutes (7.99 MB)
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Movie Moles: Heaven Adores You, Elliott Smith

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program date: 
Mon, 10/06/2014

Movie Moles Frann Michel and Iven Hale discuss Heaven Adores You, the new film about Portland singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, which opens the NW Film Center's Reel Music Festival. The film is a straightforward tale of the tragic impact of fame on a sensitive artistic genius, but offers previously unheard music and new interviews with his friends and fellow musicians, beautiful footage of Portland, and clips from the KBOO archives.

Comments

Avatar's Jake Sully is ---- Tarzan - - -

 

A great review I've seen on Avatar (and how the soldier will save the people):

http://www.progressive.org/mp/danto010510.html

There is a link from there that exposes Cameron's plot as a mirror of Pocahontas, amazing parallel!      http://failblog.org/2010/01/10/avatar-plot-fail/

 

Since watching Avatar, I have viewed older videos on DVD and would rate that ahead of Avatar.

 

mel

 

 

 

commentary transcripts

It's convenient to have the Old Mole audio files available.
Even more useful for some of us would be transcripts of the commentaries (Clayton Morgareidge). Written material allows a person a chance to review, consider, digest and refer to mentioned references & thinkers. The "Well Read Red" commentary from 4 Aug 08 is a good example of a piece I'd like to read at my own pace.

transcripts

We will see to it that this happens whenever there is a prepared text. Thanks for the suggestion. Clayton Morgareidge The Old Mole Variety Hour

These folks are so profound

These folks are so profound and fascinating, especially the Resnick guy. Wow!

 

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