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.

For individual segments and information about episodes, click the "audio" tab.

You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/07/11

Air date: 
Mon, 11/07/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Deficit commission, Left & the Law:right to assembly, movie moles: They Live, mentally ill occupiers

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/31/11

Air date: 
Mon, 10/31/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
General Strike in Oakland, and where Halloween comes from

Tom Becker is our host, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/03/11

Air date: 
Mon, 10/03/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Occupy Portland, Union civil war, mental health reform, death row music

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/05/11

Air date: 
Mon, 09/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
working-class environmental movement, verizon strike, unpaid work & economic justice, Left & the Law

On this special Labor Day episode Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/15/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, riots in London and Israel, music of riots, prison reform

On the next Old Mole, Denise Morris hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interview Lance Tapley about prison reform
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Frann Michel, talk about Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Bill comments on the uprisings in Israel and England
  • Radical Musicologists, Josh Wise and Brad Duncan, discuss the music of and surrounding riots and uprisings, samples of which we'll hear through out the show

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/08/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/08/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
taxing wealth, book mole, movie moles review If A Tree Falls, left press

On the next Old Mole, Tom Becker hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks with Sam Pizzigati about how the rich do not invest like conservatives ideologues say that they will if only we give them tax breaks, and how we need to tax their wealth, not just their income.
  • Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Sheila Kohler's "Love Child."
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb, review If A Tree Falls, a documentary about the Earth Liberation Front, a group made notorious by their retaliation against polluters and environmental exploiters.
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left Press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/01/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
debt ceiling, economic democracy, austerity and music of the IWW

 

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick and Marty Hart Landsberg talk about the debt-ceiling and how it will affect working people.
  • Joe and Josh Eidelson talk about economic democracy
  • Frann Michel talks about austerity measures and Dennis Kucinich offers his own plan to avoid them and get out of debt.
  • Music of the Industrial Workers of the World

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/18/11

Air date: 
Mon, 07/18/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The latest from Wisconsin; Running for Teamster President; Future of the Tea Party

Laurie Mercier will host this show which includes these topics:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/04/11

Air date: 
Mon, 07/04/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
welfare & the working poor, cutting food-stamps, Church sex-abuse, the American Dream

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/27/11

Air date: 
Mon, 06/27/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
church sex-abuse, public not private goods, movie moles: tree of life, reading from the left press

 

On the next Old Mole, Tom Becker hosts and we hear:

Audio

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 6, 2015

program date: 
Thu, 04/09/2015


Tom Becker hosts this episode, which features discusssion of Iran, Climate Crisis, and Rosa Luxemburg

To hear the whole show, including the music, use the play button. To hear the separate segments, follow the links below. And to keep up with the Mole, check out our Facebook page.


Bill Resnick talks with Stephen Zunes about the Iran Negotiations

The Movie Moles discuss Rosa Luxemburg

Tom reads from World Leaders Lack Ambtion to Tackle Climate Crisis

Bill reads from Robert Parry on the Iran Deal as a Possible Crossroads to Peace
 
Tom reads from Beneath California Crops, Groundwater Crisis Grows
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Bill Resnick talks with Stephen Zunes about the Iran Negotiations

program date: 
Mon, 04/06/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Stephen Zunes about the Iran Negotiations, the history of western involvemnt in Iran since the 1953 CIA coup, the current political conflicts in the middle east as about resources and power rather than religious ideology, the strange bedfellows of Israel and Saudi Arabia, the prospects for peace.
 

Movie Moles on Rosa Luxemburg (1986)

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program date: 
Sun, 04/05/2015

The movie moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss the 1986 film Rosa Luxemburg, directed by Margarethe von Trotta.
You can find the film on YouTube.
You can find some of Luxemburg's writings online at the Rosa Luxemburg Internet Archive.
You can find evidence of her continuing influence in the work of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
Of note is her comment from 1917:
Old mole. History, you have done your work well! At this moment the slogan, the warning cry, such as can be raised only in the great period of global change, again resounds through the ... proletariat. That slogan is: Imperialism or Socialism! War or Revolution! There is no third way!

Beyond Middle Class Protests

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Can movements against economic inequality and dictatorships arising from the middle class effect real social change? Prabhat Patnaik argues that they cannot because they lack an economic agenda, in this artlcle from the Monthly Review Zine read here by Clayton Morgareidge.

The "Sharing" Economy: Not Really Sharing

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
They call Airbnb and Uber parts of the "Sharing Economy", but they are only devices for the well-off to get cheap convenient work out of the economically desperate. What is real sharing? This article by Sam Bliss on the Grist.org website, read here by Patricia Kuhlberg, makes it clear.  
Photo Credit: Grist/Amelia Bates

Book Mole: "Old Filth"

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program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Literary Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Jane Gardam's trilogy Old Filth. Although Jane Gardam was not published until she was in her 40s, she has published twenty-five books in the past thirty years, and has won many prizes for both children's literature and adult fiction. Larry focuses in on her famous trilogy,Old Filth; filth is an acronym for 'Failed in London? Try Hong Kong', and is about so-called Raj orphans who return to work in Hong Kong in their adult lives. Surprisingly, all three volumes of the trilogy cover the same time period, and essentially the same characters, but more detail is included in each, and the lives of minor characters are stitched into the story as previously told.

You can read more of Larry's reviews here.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Mole and features suppressed radical versions of songs that have been turned into patriotic hymns by the mainstream: Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA," "America the Beautiful," and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."  
To hear the whole show, including the music, use the play button. To hear the separate segments, follow the links below. And to keep up with the Mole, check out our Facebook page

1.  Democratic communities developing in Mexico and among Kurds in the Middle East: Bill Resnick talks with Charlotte María Saenz.

2.  Joe Clement reports on Renters' Assemblies held in Portland: issues and action.

3.  Why middle class protest movements can go nowhere without the working class and an economic analysis.

4.  Why the Uber Economy is not really a sharing economy.

5.  Our Book Mole introduces us to English author Jane Gardam and her trilogy "Old Filth".


 

Renters' Assemblies in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Joe Clement reports back on his attendance at the First Portland Renters Assembly(1), noting the interest among renters to both legally constrain landlord powers and challenge the political realities of housing under capitalism. His piece opens recalling Frann Michel's Well-read Red from March 9th about the contradictions of affordable housing.(2) He then reads from the SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition's March Newsletter(3), which offers its own description of the Renters Assemblies, and then shares his own perspective. Finally, the dates, times and locations of the next assemblies are discussed. They will be held at the downtown Central Library on April 21st from 5:30-7:45 PM and the North Portland Library on April 26th from 1:00-3:00PM. Check into the Renters Assembly website(4) for more updates.

(1) http://kboo.fm/aniandlyntalkwt
(2) http://kboo.fm/wellreadredthecontradictionsofhousingund
(3) http://www.seuplift.org/category/newsletter/
(4) www.portlandrentersassembly.wordpress.com
  

Democratic Movements in Mexico and Syria

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Radically democratic, anti-capitalist, and women-friendly movements have taken shape in parts of Mexico where the Zapatistas rule, and in the Kurdish region of the Middle East. Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with Charlotte María Saenz of Other Worlds. Her article on this topic appears on the Other Worlds website
Pictured is the "Office of Women for Dignity" at the Zapatista Autonomous Municipality "Caracol de Oventic," Chiapas, Mexico

Renters' Assemblies in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Joe Clement reports on the issues Portland renters face and the Renters' Assemblies that have been held recently to discuss how to deal with them. He also lets us know about the next Assemblies: Tuesday, April 21 at the Central Library at 5:45; and Sunday, April 26, at the North Portland Branch of the Multnomah County Library at 1 PM.

  

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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