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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Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood
 

Episode Archive

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.

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.

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Movie Moles: "The Garden" (revisited)

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program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014
To illustrate the kind of community work outside the system of wage labor and capital, we revisit the scene of "the garden" in a movie reviewed in 2011 by our Movie Moles.  A 14 acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles, established after the riots of 1992, under threat from developers: that's the situation described in the documentary film The Garden, reviewed here by Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014


Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show dealing with an effort to (sort of ) rewrite Marx's Capital for the 21st Century; the illusion that the American Dream can be restored to "the middle class"; the latest science on climate change and what it demands of us; and community gardening as an illustrationof a path beyond capitalism.  

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  To hear individual pieces, follow the numbered links below.  Comments are welcome.  If you are on Facebook, we urge you to like us there.  

1.  Economist Robin Hahnel talks with Bill Resnick about the latest IPCC report on climate change and what can and must be done.  

2.  Well-read Red Frann Michel discusses a new book about capitalism and inequality that takes Marx seriously.

3.  Clayton Morgareidge analyzes ideological illusions about middle class life and the American Dream.  

4.  Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken review a documentary about a community garden and the struggle to keep it.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014


Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show dealing with an effort to (sort of ) rewrite Marx's Capital for the 21st Century; the illusion that the American Dream can be restored to "the middle class"; the latest science on climate change and what it demands of us; and community gardening as an illustrationof a path beyond capitalism.  

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  To hear individual pieces, follow the numbered links below.  Comments are welcome.  If you are on Facebook, we urge you to like us there.  

1.  Economist Robin Hahnel talks with Bill Resnick about the latest IPCC report on climate change and what can and must be done.  

2.  Well-read Red Frann Michel discusses a new book about capitalism and inequality that takes Marx seriously.

3.  Clayton Morgareidge analyzes ideological illusions about middle class life and the American Dream.  

4.  Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken review a documentary about a community garden and the struggle to keep it.

Patricia Schechter on Possible PSU Faculty Strike

program date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014
Bill Resnick talks with History Professor Patricia Schechter of Portland State University's faculty union, the American Association of University Professors, about why faculty are ready to strike after 10 months of bargaining. They discuss faculty stability, pay equity, and educator-led education and the importance of broad and lifelong learning and the liberal arts, as against administration focus on the needs of short-term business profit. Both students and faculty are in economically untenable positions, with mounting pressures and mounting debt. But students and faculty are in solidarity in supporting each other and the need for lifelong learning.

On Wage Work and Wanting Less of It

program date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014
Joe Clement talks with Peter Frase about the desirability of working less, the possibility of the shorter work week, and the nature of wage and other labor. They discuss the productivity and problems of wage labor and the value of what is known as "free time"; the varied possible meanings of "full employment"; and the need for collective struggles to change the balance of power in the labor market. They touch on Kathi Weeks' book on The Problem with Work, and the importance of unwaged and immaterial labor. Joe mentions his interview last week with Anna Coote, available here: https://kboo.fm/content/towarda30hourworkweek. Frase is an editor at Jacobin Magazine and a graduate student in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center.


Book Mole: Lively Memoir

program date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014
Larry Bowlden reviews Penelope Lively's not-quite-memoir Dancing Fish and Ammonites, dispatches from Old Age, which, unlike much writing on later life, focuses on what is left rather than what is lost with age. Larry surveys a number of works from Lively's prizewinning literary career, which, like this new volume, has focused on memory and history, writing and reading.


Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival

program date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014

Jan Haaken talks with Grace Silvia about the Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival.  The organization Rethinking Psychiatry is an activist organization trying to shift away from pathologizing and toward recognizing a variety of ways of being in the world, toward recognizing that psychological suffering is often a result of problems in society or a consequence of trauma, and toward countering the pharmaceutical industry's model of easy cures for the spiritual or medical ailments of modern life. The first night's videos April 2nd explore the Soteria model of being with people going through psychotic breaks with no or minimal medication. The festival schedule was planned collaboratively and continues through April, ending with a screening of Guilty Except for Insanity. The films play on Wednesdays or Fridays through April with a suggested donation of $5-$15 .

Old Mole Variety Hour 31 March 2014

program date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014
Old Mole Variety Hour
Hosted as well as engineered by Joe Clement, this episode features discussions of Education, Labor, Aging, Reading, Psychiatry and Cinema:  Bill Resnick talks with Portland State University Professor Patricia Schechter about faculty labor struggles and neoliberal education; Joe talks with Peter Frase of Jacobin Magazine about rethinking work; Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews new nonfiction form Penelope Lively, and Jan Haaken talks with Grace Silvia about the upcoming Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival.

Bill Resnick and Patricia Schechter on a possible PSU faculty strike

Joe Clement and Peter Frase on working less and living more

Larry Bowlden on Penelope Lively's Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Jan Haaken and Grace Silvia on the Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival

Use the links above to listen to individual segments, or click below to hear the whole show, including music from the diggers and a science news announcement.

You can visit our main show page for more information, friend or follow us on Facebook, or contact us with comments, suggestions, and solidarity at oldmolevarietyhour <a> gmail dot com.
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Bob Peterson on rethinking schools, debunking the privatizing agenda, and fighting for education

program date: 
Mon, 03/24/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Bob Peterson of Rethinking Schools. They discuss the capitalist agenda to remake education into a business and why it isn't working. They consider ways that teaching has to connect to children's real lives, which standardized testing makes impossible and real teachers employ at the risk of retaliation.

Bob Peterson is a founding editor of Rethinking Schools and is the president of the Milwaukiee Teachers' Education Association.
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Inside the Oregon State Hospital: a history of tragedy and triumph

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Mon, 03/24/2014
Jan Haaken talks with Oregon author and historian, Diane Goeres-Gardner about her new book "Inside the Oregon State Hospital: a history of tragedy and triumph". They delve into the ideas and motivations behind the book, some of the cases of hospitalized people she looks at, and changing views toward treating mental illness in Oregon over the generations. They consider women and madness, how different powerful actors resolve the ambivalences around whether the Oregon State Hospital is indeed a hospital or prison, and briefly and finally the eugenics movement in State hospitals.
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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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