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 September 15 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change & Public health, Culinary Capitalism, book/movie reviews: "Bleeding Kansas" & "Reds"

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/14

Air date: 
Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/14

Air date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 18, 2014

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

Air date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



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Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
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?
 

Audio

Liberal Anxieties

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program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015
The modern bureaucratic state was built during the New Deal and World War II by liberals who had doubts about a big state with a big bureaucracy. Anne Kornhauser tells the story in her book Debating the American State: Liberal Anxieties and the New Leviathan, 1930-1970. Here she talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about how efforts to reduce and control bureaucracy differed on the right and the left, and about how to democratize the state.

Does Too Much Choice Paralyze Us?

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program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan examine psychologist Barry Schwartz' thesis in The Paradox of Choice - that having so many choices in consumer society makes us miserable.  They offer more compelling angles on the psychology of choice and economic behavior drawing on Marx and Marcuse.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 31, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015
Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole, and we hear:

1. Bill Resnick talks with historian Anne Kornhauser about left and right takes on bureacracy at the time of the New Deal.

2.  Tom Becker reads from Colin Todhunter's piece in Counterpunch about capitalism and the addiction to consumer goods.

3.  Psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan offer a critique of Barry Schwartz's claim that too many choices make us miserable.

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Climate Insurgency

program date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Jeremy Brecher, author of Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival. They discuss the limits of the Obama clean energy plan and the opportunites it offers to push for global actions that will actually help salvage a humanly liveable climate; the need for a grassroots movement to push for a democratic strategy for climate protection; and the special roles of workers and unions because of their potential as whistleblowers and capacity to exert direct pressure on carbon producers.

The Cost of Low Wages

program date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015

Tom Becker reads Pete Dolack's Low Wages Don't Come Cheap, about wage suppression and the use of public funds to subsidize the profits of the corporate elite.

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Radical Reconstruction

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Mon, 08/24/2015

Clayton Morgareidge reads from a piece by Alex Gourevitch in the current issue of Jacobin "Our Forgotten Labor Revolution" arguing that the Reconstruction of the South following the Civil War was ended because its promise of freedom was threatening to go beyond the abolition of chattel slavery to challenge wage slavery. 

[public domain image of Knights of Labor Seal via wikipedia]

The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 24, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015
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Tom Becker hosts this episode with segments featuring Jeremy Brecher on Climate Insurgency, Denise & Joe on Housing Justice, and readings on the cost of low wages and the radical promise of Reconstruction.

Bill talks with Jeremy Brecher about Climate Insurgency.

Tom reads from Pete Dolack on the cost of Low Wages

Denise and Joe discuss housing justice and upcoming actions

Clayton reads from Jacobin about Revolutionary labor after the US Civil War

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  • Title: OMVH24Aug2015
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 54:27 minutes (24.93 MB)
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Housing Justice in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015

Denise Morris and Joe Clement discuss housing as a human right, the broad impact of rising housing costs, the Portland history of racism that has contributed to the current housing crunch, the struggle for sustainable solutions that go beyond isolated nuclear family homes, and the process of working together for a variety of remedies, including public housing, tenants unions, community land trusts, and more. In the end, Joe plays a "right to the city" rendition of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land".

They also discuss upcoming events including the next Portland Renters' Assembly at the Midland Library, 805 NE 122nd Ave Portland OR, August 26th @ 5:30pm, and the Rally and March for Housing Rights for All Starting at 6pm August 28th at City Hall on SW 4th Street, followed by a 6:30pm march across the Hawthorne bridge to the Multnomah County building.

A People Curriculum for the Earth

program date: 
Mon, 08/17/2015
Bill Resnick interviews Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart on their new book *A People's Curriculum for the Earth*—a project focused on teaching students about the environmental crisis and climate justice.

This edited volume features some of the best articles from *Rethinking Schools* magazine, alongside classroom-friendly readings on climate change, energy, water, food, and pollution—as well as on people who are working to make things better.

Book Mole: Balls

program date: 
Mon, 08/17/2015
Larry Bowlden reviews a 1998 novel by Nancy Kincaid titled "Balls."  The novel takes a look at college football, its excesses and corruption, as seen through the eyes of sixteen women, all of whom are either married to coaches or raising sons who are prospective football players.
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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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