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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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.

Audio

Militarized Police

program date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014

Frann Michel shares selections from left commentary on the militarization of policing in light of the police killing of the unarmed young African-American Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the ensuing protests and police riots. A version of her comments, with links to sources, can be found here.

Movie Moles on Omar (2013)

program date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014
Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar, about life on both sides of the occupation wall. They note the film's exploration of the intimate power relations of occupied and occupier, the initial optimism of its title character, the complexities of trust and betrayal both personal and political, and the temptations of the promise of a sweet life.

Sisters of the Road: nourishing community

program date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014

Jan Haaken talks with volunteer and board member Robert Adams and co-manager Kris Soebroto of the non-profit Sisters of the Road Cafe in Old Town, which for nearly 35 years has been serving immediate needs and seeking systemic change. The Cafe offers hot meals in exchange for $1.50 cash, for work barter, or for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Work credits earned at Sisters can also be used at Portland Farmers' Markets, and field trips from Sisters introduce the farmer-vendors and explain how to use the foods they offer. Sisters also partners with the Sauvie Island Organics farm Food Works program, which teaches teenagers about farming. Jan, Robert, and Kris also discuss the central role of volunteers at Sisters of the Road: the organization recognizes that nourishment is about not just food but also community, and provides opportunities for people to come together.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 18 August 2014

program date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode, with segments on police violence in Honduras, Ferguson, and Palestine, and on a local non-profit nourishing bodies and communities in Portland. Musical selections: Sound of da Police by KRS One; Call the Cops by Rob Hustle ft. Liv; Tired of Being Stepped On by the Click; and Revolution by Nina Simone.

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To hear the whole show (including the music), use the play button below.  To hear individual pieces, follow these links:

Bill Resnick talks with Dana Frank about Honduras

Frann Michel shares left commentary on the militarizing of policing

Joe Clement and Jan Haaken review the Palestinian film Omar

Jan talks with Kris Soebroto and Robert Adams about Sisters of the Road Cafe

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Musician's Union Goes Solar

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program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014
The Musicians' Union has installed solar panels on its building, and to celebrate, they are throwing a party with music, food, and drink this Sunday, August 17, 3-7 pm, 325 NE 20th Ave.  We hear Bill Resnick talking with Pat Oherron, a Portland surgeon and emergency room physician who did much of the organizing and planning to get the solar panels installed.  For more information, click here.  

Six Thousand Years of Solar Energy

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program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014
Solar energy goes back a long ways.  In this conversation with physicist John Perlin and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, we learn just how far back -- to the ancient Chinese and the Romans.  With today's technology, solar power is ready to generate nearly all of our electricity.  John Perlin is the author, most recently, of Let It Shine: The Six-Thousand Year Story of Solar Energy.

Dying By Two Degrees

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program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014
Writing in News Junkie Post, Dady Chery lays out the consequences for the planet of continuing on the energy path we are now on.  Tom Becker reads.  

Book Mole: "Orphan Train"

program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014
As late as1939, orphans from eastern cities were taken west by train to be offered up for adoption to farmer and others, and often they were abused.  Christina Baker Kline's new novel, The Orphan Train is about the friendship that develops between two such orphans, one in her late teens, the other in her nineties.  Larry Bowlden gives us his take on it.  
You can read more reviews from Larry here

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 11, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014

Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole as we explore climate change, solar energy, rape and the criminal justice system, and a novel about orphans being sent west to work.  We also hear fine, politically intelligent music from local singer - songwriter Dave Rovics.  
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1.  Bill Resnick talks with Pat Oherron about the solar panels on the Musicians Union Hall and the party this Sunday to celebrate.  

2.  Physicist John Perlin talks with Bill about the long history and the promising future of solar energy.

3.  Tom Becker reads Dady Chery's article on where current energy production is taking us.  

4.  The Left and the Law takes up "rape kits" as a tool for convicting the real perpetrator of rape.  

5.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Orphan Train, a new novel based on history, by Christina Baker Kline.  


Book Talk: Player Piano, by Kurt Vonnegut

program date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014
Joe Clement and Peter Frase talk about Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, Player Piano, originally published in 1952. The story of Player Piano is set not too long after WWII, and is about social anxieties and alienation in class society in the shadow of the machines that replaced much human labor in the United States during the war. It focuses on a soul-searching engineer, Paul Proteus, and his clandestine recruitment into a revolution against the machines. Joe and Peter discuss the novel's economic vision, how it reflects anxieties of its time and how they might still resonate today, the crisis for patriarchy technology creates and the patriarchal bias Vonnegut still has beneath his satire, the politics of sabotage and direct action in the economy, and more.

The originally aired interview was 10 minutes long. This version adds 15 minutes of conversation.

Peter Frase is a co-editor of Jacobin Magazine, has been on the Old Mole before to talk about the politics of work, and is currently working on a book that expands on his Four Futures article for Jacobin
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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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