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 on 07/21/08

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Socialism for the rich, the state of the economy, and political art and theater

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, we will hear what’s ahead for the declining US economy, and how the welfare state for the rich socializes risks and privatizes profits: When corporations win, they win; when they lose, we all pay. The Moles will also talk with members of the Just Seeds Art Collective and review the play "Man to Man" about a German woman who switched identities to survive the Nazis.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/14/08

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's guests include MICHELLE HABELL-PALLAN, an associate professor of women’s studies at
University of Washington and author of
Loca
Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture.
She’ll talk about the profound influence of Latinos in American popular music. And local activist Maika Yeigh of the Lewis and Clark School of education, discusses the very
expensive "drill and kill" corporately- developed early reading
program pushed by the Bush Administration and purchased by Portland. 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/07/08

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music and interviews focusing on LGBTQ rights.

Today’s program  features Kate Reid, a charming and in-your-face songwriter whose music is full of great story-telling, humor, and political commentary.  Luz María Gordillo will interview  her.  Luz María will also talk with Adelina Anthony a Xicana-Indígena lesbian multi-disciplinary artist, originally from San Antonio, Texas. Her work addresses many issues affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities.  The movie moles will  review a Lesbian spy spoof/satire called "D.E.B.S."   All this plus a Bill Resnick interview with professor of women's history and feminist studies Etstelle Freedman. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Political repression in the US and Participator Democracy in Venezuela

Does  the political repression of the 1950s (McCarthyism) live on today in FISA and the Patriot Act?  Ellen Schrecker, who has written widely on the politics of the '50s, will talk with host  Laurie Mercier.   Can grassroots communities govern themselves?  What is “participatory budgeting?”  Radical economist Robin Hahnel and the Old  Mole's Bill Resnick discuss.  That's all on The Old Mole Variety Hour today, along with commentary by Thabiti Lewis and a film review from Denise Morris.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/23/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Old Mole Variety Hour does news, views, reviews, interviews and music.

Today’s show is hosted by Tom Becker and features the music of the late Utah Phillips.  How do people parent their children differently in the US and Europe?  Bill Resnick’s guest will explain.  Frann Michel will review a new collecton of feminist science fiction. Tom will report on a debate about global  warming.  And we’ll hear from Brian Johnson on the  upcoming Portland Bike Tour. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/16/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/16/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Old Mole Variety Hour does news, views, reviews, interviews and music.

The Old Mole today, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, features the music of local avant-pop band Iretsu and an interview with its members (Ryan Cross, Glen Schiedt and Joel Holly).  Bill Resnick  will interview radical economist Arthur MacEwan about McCain, Obama, and the economy.  Larry Bowlden will reflect on on religious fundamentalism and Jon Krakauer's  book Under The Banner of Heaven.  All this plus the Movie Moles' take on a movie classic now out on DVD.   Killer of Sheep

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/09/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Bill Resnick explores rising food prices and world hunger and what the UN and the major countries are (not) doing.
He also looks at climate change and Congress with a critique of
the very inadequate, indeed, counterproductive response. The bill being discussed subsidizes nuclear energy. Luz Maria Gordillo reviews Sex and the City, the movie. Frann Michel hosts a segment of the Well-Read Red on solidarities between LGBTQ and immigrant activism.  And we'll hear more music by Pink Martini and an exploration of their politics.

 
 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/02/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Bill Resnick interviews Michael Klare whose latest book is Blood for Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Oil; Denise Morris interviews Tamara Wallace, co founder of Theater for change; Larry Bowlden  reviews Alice Munro'sHateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” and the movie moles review “Sex and t

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/05/08

Air date: 
Mon, 05/05/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

On today's show, Bill Resnick will interview a scholar or activist  on a hot current topic.  We'll hear from the Movie Moles about a  film currently playing in town. And there will be provocative commentaries from  Tabithi Lewis and Clayton Morgareidge.

Audio

Juan Cole on Gaza

program date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014

Laurie Mercier talks with historian and Middle-East specialist Juan Cole about current events in Gaza. They discuss Israel's motives in launching its attack, and the history of Israel's occupation of Palestine, attacks on Hamas, and expansion of settlements in the West Bank. In addition, Laurie and Professor Cole discuss the role of the US: the failure of much of the US mainstream media to report adequately on events in Palestine; the US support for Israel; the impact of financial contributions on corrupt US legislators; and the possibility that the US could make all the difference by withholding its veto of UN security-council measures censuring Israel. The discussion also addresses the Boycott-Divest-Sanctions movement and various boycott targets, and the surge in global support for Palestinians prompted by the use of photography and video to expose Israel's actions in killing non-combatants, especially young people who comprise the majority of the population in Gaza.
You can read more on Juan Cole's blog, Informed Comment.

Old Mole Variety Hour 28 July 2014

program date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014
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This episode of the Old Mole is hosted by Frann Michel, and features discussions of uses and misuses of media representations--of Gaza (including failures of the mainstream media and the power of visual images), of public education (including misleading stories about charter schools and what makes learning possible) , and of science-fictional futures.  The episode includes musical clips from M1 All Stars, Barbara Dane, and Michael Franti & Spearhead:

Laurie Mercier interviews Juan Cole about Gaza

Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Gwen Sullivan and Elizabeth Thiel of the Portland Association of Teachers

Joe Clement and Frann Michel discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (this version of review with bonus web content)

To hear the whole show, click below; to hear individual segments (and for prequels, follow-ups, and more links), follow the links above.

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Portland Teachers Improving Education

program date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014

Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Gwen Sullivan and Elizabeth Thiel of the Portland Association of Teachers. They discuss the importance of teachers' academic freedom to design classes tailored to the needs of their diverse students, as well as the importance of making sure that funding allocated to education is actually spent on classroom learning. They dispel common misconceptions about charter schools and public schools, and describe what professional development should mean, and what it often means in practice. The discussion concludes with the recognition that to improve education we need to end poverty and inequality, and that this will entail teachers coordinating with other unions and other movements.

You can listen here to part one of this discussion, broadcast 7/21/14.

  • Title: Gwen & Eliz Part2
  • Length: 17:47 minutes (8.14 MB)
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movie moles on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

program date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014

Movie Moles Joe Clement and Frann Michel discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). They consider the film's representations of war and peace, human nature and technology, gender and race, and offer some contrasts with the earlier series of Planet of the Apes films. They also comment on Dr. Susan Block's critique of the film on counterpunch. The first part of this discussion was broadcast on the Old Mole Variety Hour on 7/28/14; the second part is web-only content.

A Win for Portland Teachers and Students

program date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014
Portland's teachers recently won a contract with the School Board enabling them to turn more of their attention to their work.  Two leaders of the Portland Association of Teachers  Gwen Sullivan and Elizabeth Thiel talk with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how this came about with help from students and their families.  Part 2 of this interview, in which Gwen and Elizabeth discuss how Portland's teachers will be able to use their improved position to better educate children, will be aired on next week's Old Mole.  

The Free Store

program date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014

Could there be a store where everything is free?  Why must every exchange be a commercial one?  To question the idea that you never get anything for nothing,  The Portland Free Store has been established.  Its founder Karen Carr talks here with the Old Mole's Joe Clement about how it works.   This is an extended web-only version of the interview in which Karen and Joe discuss the larger political questions the store hopes to raise.  

The next Free Store will be held this coming Saturday, July 26, from 1 to 3 pm, at the Community  Supported Everything Building at 1626 NE Alberta.

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Left and The Law: Death Penalty

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program date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014
The Old Mole's Left and the Law team of Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss the recent court ruling that California's death penalty is unconstitutional.  They look at the grounds for the decision, how widely it might apply, and what it means for the future of the anti-capital punishment movement.  

Summer Camp on Reproductive Justice

program date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014
Reproductive Justice was the theme of a summer youth camp held here in Portland by Momentum Allliance.  Jan Haaken talks here with Carla Castañeda and Perla Álvarez, who participated in the camp, about what they learned.  

(Photo taken in the KBOO studio during this discussion.)

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 21, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014

Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Mole, and we hear --

1.  Bill Resnick talks with two members of PAT (the Portland Association of Teachers) about their recent victory in contract talks and how it will help teachers do a better job.  

2. Joe Clement and Karen Carr explain how there can really be a store where everything is free.

3.  The Left and the Law discusses the recent court decision finding capital punishment unconstitutional in California.  

4.  Jan Haaken talks with two participants in a recent summer youth camp on reproductive justice.  

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Worker Cooperatives: Left Perspectives from Norm Diamond and Bill Resnick

program date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014


Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left. Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants? Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?

Norm Diamond is an organizer and sometime Old Mole, as well as co-author of The Power in Our Hands.
After the interview, we hear some of the song that provides that book's title, "Solidarity Forever," performed by Emcee Lynx.



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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