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).

Here is why we call this show "The Old Mole"

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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, 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. 


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.

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SYRIZA resistance to Greek Austerity

program date: 
Wed, 01/14/2015

Bill Resnick reads from and comments on Andrew Burgin's essay Why we must support a SYRIZA government in Greece on the likelihood that the Greek left will win the upcoming election there and ignite the movement to end Europe's austerity policy. [image from left unity]

Alan Wieder Introducing Studs Terkel: Mostly Conversation

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015

Alan Wieder begins his monthly series on Studs Terkel, whose radio show, mostly interviews, mostly with working class folks, ran for 45 years on WFMT, Chicago. Alan recommends the audio resources at transom.org. [photo of Studs in public domain]

Don't Teach for America

program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015

Frann Michel reviews the criticism explaining why Teach for America is bad for those who teach in it, bad for the students they teach, and bad for public education in the United States. You can find a longer version of her comments, with links to sources, here .

Vandalism and the Police Protection of Property

program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015

Clayton Morgareidge draws on the work of Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig in Dissent and b. traven at Crimethinc.com to argue that the role of police is to enforce laws that protect the people who own things, and that property destruction is an effective political tactic.
[photo by Liz Sullivan]

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 12, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour
Bill Resnick hosts this episode, with the music of Phil Ochs, and segments on Charlie Hebdo, the Greek left, Teach for America, Studs Terkel, Property and the police state.  Find us on Facebook or Twitter, and friend or follow us for updates and other stuff we like to share. Send us comments, suggestions, questions, or your ideas for contributions you'd like to make at oldmolevarietyhour-at--gmail-dot-com. To hear the whole show, click on the play button below. For individual segments, follow these links:

Bill Resnick talks with David Finkel about the Charlie Hebdo Massacre
 
Alan Wieder introduces his series on radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel.
 
Frann Michel reports on criticisms of Teach for America
 
Clayton Morgareidge discusses property, vandalism, and the police
 
Bill Resnick shares news about left resistance to austerity in Greece
 
 
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Charlie Hebdo and the Clash of Barbarisms

program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015

Bill Resnick talks with David Finkel about the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the clash of barbarisms. They note that free speech is not a western value (as evidenced by the attacks on Julian Assange and James Risen); that the US has been complicit in journalists's deaths in Mexico, Indonesia and elsewhere; and that the US bears responsibility also for supporting Saudi Arabia, which supports and funds jihadists.
[image by Mpayot]

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 5, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 01/05/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts the first Mole of the new year, which looks back to past activism and forward to new movements and continued struggle.  To hear the whole show, click on the play button below. For individual segments, follow these links:
 
 
Bill Resnick talks with Alan Sears about the past and future of left activism in North America.
 
Jan Haaken talks with Bob Samuels about Naomi Klein's latest book and the Psychology of Climate Change.
 
Denise Morris reads about Rev. Edward Pinkney Imprisoned for Fighting Corporate Power.

Jan Haaken talks with Mimi Schippers about the gendered labor of football cheerleading.

Note: next week on January 12th the Old Mole Variety Hour will begin a monthly segment by Alan Wieder on legendary Chicago radio host and author Studs Terkel (1912-2008).

Click the links above for individual segments or the play button below for the whole show as a single file. Find us on Facebook or Twitter, and friend or follow us for updates and other stuff we like to share. Send us comments, suggestions, questions, or your ideas for contributions you'd like to make at oldmolevarietyhour-at--gmail-dot-com.
 
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Bob Samuels on the Psychology of Climate Change

program date: 
Mon, 01/05/2015
Jan Haaken talks with Bob Samuels, a former psychoanalyst who now teaches in the English Dept. at UC Santa Barbara and is President of the UC-American Federation of Teachers, and who blogs at Changing Universities. They discuss Naomi Klein's recent book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, and the psychology of climate change. Bob suggests that although Klein argues that climate crisis will help overcome the narcissism of single-issue politics, she doesn't go far enough in envisioning an end to nationalism.

Alan Sears on the (Next) New Left

program date: 
Mon, 01/05/2015
Bill Resnick talks with sociologist and activist Alan Sears, author of The Next New Left: The History of the Future.  They discuss the 60-70s uprisings and the culture of radicalism, and speculate about the possibility that today's movements and struggles that could well give birth to the next new left.

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Mimi Schippers on the Work of Football Cheerleaders

program date: 
Mon, 01/05/2015
Jan Haaken talks (again) with Mimi Schippers about feminism and football. This time, they discuss cheerleaders, the role of female cheerleaders as heterosexualizing the sport, and the labor suits professional cheerleaders have filed against teams and the NFL. Mimi is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Tulane University. Her work focuses on gender, sexuality, and culture, and she blogs at Marx in Drag.

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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