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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/12/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Well-known writer and activist Holly Sklar talks with Bill Resnick about the deep changes in the economy needed to solve the problem of poverty.  The Moles  also cover the war in Gaza, and the Movie Moles tell us why the original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is better than the new one now playing. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/05/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The housing crisis continues as more people become homeless  because of foreclosures.  On this program, Bill Resnick talks with Chester Hartman, Director of Research for the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, about  the problem and how it could be solved. The Movie Moles will  review Slumdog Millionaire, and Tom Becker will read from the Guardian on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

This program revolves  around the prospects for universal health care in the Obama years and beyond.   Can we have real universal coverage in a profit-driven insurance system?   Why are other nations better at this than the US?   And we hear a review of  Kaye Gibbons' novel Sights Unseen in which issues of mental health are raised.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on this edition of the Old Mole include:
•    How Obama’s foreign policy might affect the poorer nations of the world
•    the role of remorse in granting parole, with reference to Diane Downs
•    the dying death penalty; and
•    why Eric Holder is the only cabinet pick the  Republicans fear.
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on the Old Mole Variety Hour for December 8 include
•    the music of John Lennon,
•    Gus Van Sant’s movie Milk,
•    the hearts and minds of anti-gay marriage voters, and
•    the auto industry bailout. 
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/01/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's topics include creating an economy that works for peace, sustainable production, and compassionate human caring in the current crisis and a look at the roots of the Mumbai massacre.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/24/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, film theorist Robert Samuels talks with Jan Haaken about the politics of comedy and irony in entertainment, as for example in Madagascar 2, Tropic Thunder, Religulous, and W.  Bill Resnick and Economist Arthur McEwan discuss the spiraling economic crisis.  And Clayton Morgareidge looks at the situation in Afghanistan in light of President-elect Obama’s policy to ramp up the war there.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/17/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The Movie Moles discuss “Queen of Hearts,” a documentary about Darcelle’s – the nation’s oldest suriving Drag club right here in Portland.  We also hear from David Oaks who challenges the dominance of drugs and the medicalizing of madness in psychiatry.  He urges organizing psychiatric survivors around patients’ rights.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/10/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Today the Moles  reflect  on the Obama victory: its impact on black folks and the left’s response: euphoria, high hopes, and the advice he’s  getting on health care,  unions, the environment, as well as worries about his first appointments.   We’ll also hear  a  tribute to the late Studs Terkel.

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. 


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Old Mole Variety Hour for February 23, 2015

program date: 
Tue, 02/24/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

Iven Hale hosts this episode and plays music by Leslie and the LYs.

We also hear these segments:

Bill Resnick talks with Craig Morris about renewable energy in Germany

Joe Clement reads about seeking a green economy

Movie Moles review the vampire film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Iven talks about Not Killing Trans Women


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Craig Morris on Germany's Green Energy

program date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015

Bill Resnick talks with Craig Morris about Renewables International and the example of Germany. They discuss the Energiewende--Germany's aim to transition to a renewable energy economy and leave nuclear and fossil energy behind--as well as the problems of subsidies for large polluters and the successes of democratizing sustainable energy production.

Green Economy in a black and white world

program date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015

Joe Clement reads from Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy by Alison Hope Alkon, and plays a song from the Lorax.


Don't Kill a Trans Woman Week

program date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015

Iven Hale reads the names of the transwomen killed in the US so far this year, and calls attention to Worldwide Don't Kill a Trans Woman Week, which has a page on facebook.
See also
HRC report on AntiTransgender Violence

TransGriot on Anti-Trans Hate Speech

Planet TransGender on Can you stop killing us.

Movie Moles: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

program date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015

Denise Morris and Frann Michel touch on the history of the Oscars and critiques of the awards, before discussing the first feature written and directed by Iranian-American Ana Liliy Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, a Farsi-language black-and-white Vampire Western filmed outside Bakersfield, California, featuring a young female vampire who rides a skateboard, wears a chador, and kills sexist abusive men. They recommend a review by IMDB user mahdi-tourage, and mention Fatema Mernissi's essay Size Six: The Western Women's Harem and Lila Abu-Lughod's work on the diverse meanings of of veiling .

Climate Change and Social Dislocation

program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015

Christian Parenti talks with Bill Resnick about his latest book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.  It traces
·       the collapse of many countries under the pressures of neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism that extract resources and   keep the nations impoverished,
·       militarism and the prevalence of weapons and highly armed thuggery,
·       misrule by kleptocratic elites, and
·       climate change, that the Pentagon calls a "threat multiplier."

The whole ensemble combines to threaten civilization as we know it. Parenti outlines some policies that might work to avoid that fate.

Left & the Law: New Anti-Abortion Rehtoric

program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015
The Left and the Law today focuses on recent court decisions in Texas that restrict access to abortion, and a decision by a judge in the 5th Circuit court that threw out some of the claims about the risks of abortion. Psychologist Jan Haaken and attorney Mike Snedeker talk specifically about the tactical shift among anti-abortion forces to build a case for mental health risks, and their efforts to gain legitimacy for what they term "post-abortion trauma syndrome." 

A Techno-fix for Climate Change?

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015
Tom Becker reads from Zoë Carpenter's article in The Nation, "We Cannot Geoengineer Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis."

Carpenter argues that attempts by humans to change the climate (such as shooting a huge amount of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere to deflect sunlight) are so fraught with unpredictable consequences that it would be insane to make the attempt. Yet the attempt may become necessary if we don't reduce CO2 emissions.

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 16, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015

Tom Becker hosts this episode dealing with climate change, the movement for polyamory, and legal maneuvers by anti-abortionists.

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

1.Christian Parenti and Bill Resnick discuss Parenti's new book Tropic of Chaos and the New Geography of Chaos.

2.  Mimi Schippers and Jan Haaken talk about the movement for polyamorous relationships.

3.  Tom Becker reads a piece critical of repairing the climate with technological fixes.

4. The Left & the Law considers new moves in Texas to limit or abolish abortion rights.

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Beyond Monogamy to Polyamory

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015
As a special post-Valentine's Day segment, Jan Haaken talks with Mimi Schippers, associate professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Tulane University, about polyandrous sexual practices and the conservative side of monogamous pair bonding. Schippers has a forthcoming book, Polyqueer Sexualities:  Race, Gender, and Polyamorywhere she reflects on prefigurative politics, ethics, and sexual liberation.  

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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