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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 3rd 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Education, Neoliberalism, Sports, Minimum Wage, Feminism, Teen Novel, Pete Seeger


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the old mole variety hour featuring the music of Pete Seeger
  • Bill Resnick interviews Feminist blogger and writer Soraya Chemaly on football and the Super Bowl
  • Larry Bowlden reviews the teen novel Divergent by author Veronica Roth
  • Frann Michel discusses Education and Neoliberalism
  • Joe Clements interviews GEOFFREY MacDONALD about his his article 'Who Needs the Minimum Wage?' available on Counter Punch

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 27

Air date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Elections, comedy, class war and the national security state

Clayton Morgareidge hosts the show and we hear radical takes on how to run elections, a venue for leftist comedy at the Red & Black Cafe, the neoliberal soul, Richard Sherman's post-game rant, and class war and the security state.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20th

Air date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Movie Moles: Her, revolutionary reforms, Chinese Environmentalism, Public Utilities in Portland

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 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 December 23, 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Audio

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.
  • Length: 5:29 minutes (2.19 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

WRR: Hiroshima: Did the US win WWII by using nuclear weapons?

Categories:
program date: 
Tue, 08/11/2015

Tom Becker reads from Gar Alperovitz's article "The War Was Won Before Hiroshima—And the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It" from the Nation magazine: Why did the US really drop the bombs? And seventy years after the bombing, will Americans face the brutal truth?

images from Wikipedia

  • Artist: oldmole
  • Title: WRRHiroshima
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 7:19 minutes (3.35 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Schwartz on Sanders

program date: 
Mon, 08/10/2015

Bill Resnick talks with Joseph Schwartz, who expands upon his recent Jacobin Article about the Bernie Sanders campaign.  They discuss the need for mass social movements as well as access to state power.

image from Mashable via Jacobin

  • Artist: oldmole
  • Title: Bernie
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 15:22 minutes (7.04 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Psychoanalysis and Politics: The Stanford Prison Experiment

program date: 
Mon, 08/10/2015

Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss Phillip Zimbardo’s famous Stanford Prison Experiment, in which participants played the roles of guards and prisoners. The inspiration for several films, the study is usually remembered as showing that normal people can quickly become sadistic in contexts that invite such behavior. But Jan and Tod point out that this downplays evidence of prisoner resistance and ignores several features of the context of the study itself. images from imdb.com & memecollection.net

The Donald

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program date: 
Mon, 08/10/2015

Bill Resnick comments on Donald Trump, the candidate, a/k/a the “Donald,” a cartoon character, an ego expanding faster than the universe. But did he really attack U.S. "democracy," and the role of money in politics? The answer is yes. And is he, as most pundits keep saying, really bad for the Republican Party? We wish it were so. image from http://www.mexican-american.org/
  • Artist: oldmole
  • Title: TheDonald
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 7:28 minutes (3.42 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 10, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 08/10/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Mole featuring segments on Bernie Sanders, Psychoanalysis and Politics on the Stanford Prison Experiment, The Donald, and Hiroshima, as well as election-related songs.

Bill talks with political scientist Joseph Schwartz about the Sanders campaign

Jan and Tod discuss misconceptions about the Stanford Prison Experiment

Bill comments on the candidacy of Donald Trump

Tom Becker shares Gar Alperovitz's reflections on Hiroshima and the memory hole

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  • Title: OMVH10Aug2015.m4a
  • Length: 52:25 minutes (24 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch on Police Violence & Militarism

program date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Dan Handelman of Portland CopWatch. They consider two aspects of police conduct -- their use of violence and shooting, and their militarization -- and the extent to which the police have responded to criticism by community reform groups as well as local and federal investigations of their conduct. Dan suggests that although there is more public attention to police violence, it has neither increased nor diminished in recent years, and discusses the excessive weaponry and the role of various branches including the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Red Squad, and the Gang Enforcement Squad.

Image via Wikipedia

Operation Homestead: liberating housing in 1990s Seattle

program date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015
Desiree Hellegers interviews Seattle housing justice activists Ginger Segel and Bob Kubiniec about their work in the 1980s and 1990s with  Operation Homestead, breaking into and liberating abandoned or unused buildings for people to live in.

image by Dana Schuerholz via Radical Seattle Remembers


Portland Renters Assemble and Agitate

program date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015


Tom Becker reminds us that the ruling ideas are the ideas of the ruling class, but the dispossessed can generate alternative ideas. He reads an article from the Portland Tribune about the Portland Renters' Assembly and the radical vision of some of its organizers. The next Portland Renters Assembly will be at the Midland Library on August 26th from 5:30-7:30PM. There is also a rally and march planned for the following Friday (the 28th) starting at City Hall at 6:00PM. For more information go to www.portlandrentersassembly.info.


The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 3, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

Joe Clement hosts and we hear music from Anne Feeney, variations on the Old Mole theme song, and these segments:

Bill Resnick talks with Dan Handelman of Portland CopWatch about police violence and militarization.

Frann Michel and Hyung Nam discuss democracy and its contradictions in Greece.

Desiree Hellegers interviews Seattle housing justice activists about their 1990s work in Operation Homestead.

Tom reads an article about the Portland Renters' Assembly, and shares how to get involved.

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  • Title: aug3omvh2015
  • Length: 58:20 minutes (26.7 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

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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