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.

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Episode Archive

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

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Audio

Social Worker Burn Out

program date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013
Can social workers help folks in need when they themselves are in need -- poorly paid and over-worked?   Old Mole Iven Hale draws on her own experiences as a social worker to illuminate what social workers are up against and their need for a union to improve their work.  

Poverty and Life Choices

program date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013
Poor people are often blamed for causing their own poverty by making bad choices.  Well-read Red Frann Michel draws on writings by poor and formerly poor people to show that what look like poor decisions to those who are not poor often look very different to those who are.  And she reminds us that poverty is not caused by poor people, it is caused by capitalist exploitation of the working class.  To read her text with links to her sources, click here.  

More (Social) Security, Less War

program date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013
Although we hear a great deal about the supposed need to cut Social Security and Medicare, support is high among the people for increasing those essential supports.  Tom Becker reads from Dave Lindorff's piece on Counterpunch, "Shifting from Defense to Offense"  reporting on the growing movement to improve, instead of cutting, those programs.  He explains how reducing military spending and eliminating the cap on Social Security taxes would more than pay for these incrases.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 2, 2013

program date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013

Joe Clement hosts the show today featuring several takes on poverty in the US and an illuminating discussion of the prospects for war or peace in the Middle East.  To hear individual segments, follow these links. To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  
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  1. Middle East scholar Saeed Rahnema talks with Bill Resnick about the US, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other players in the region.
  2. Well-read Red Frann Michel discusses differing perceptions of choices made by poor people.
  3. Iven Hale reflects on her experience as an underpaid, overworked social worker and what it shows about the conditions of such work.  
  4. Tom Becker reads from Dave Lindorff's article arguing for increasing Social Security and Medicare.

Update on PPS-PAT Contract Talks with PAT President, Gwen Sullivan

program date: 
Mon, 11/25/2013
Bill Resnick talks to Gwen Sullivan, President of the Portland Association of Teachers. They bring an update on the contract talks between the Portland Association of Teachers and the Portland Public School district board, the possibility of a strike, and the fight for quality public education in the age of neoliberalism.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 18:33 minutes (16.98 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Climate Summit Corruption at the COP-19

program date: 
Mon, 11/25/2013
Tom Becker reads from an article about the corrupt failure of the United Nations COP-19 Climate Summit, where industry interests controlled the conference and civil society groups hassled. It is titled "The Government Scandal That Shows The People Have to Take Radical Action to Prevent Climate Change: the corrupt failure of the COP-19 make revolt irresistable", by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:03 minutes (6.45 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage"

program date: 
Mon, 11/25/2013
Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Denise Morris, review Ingmar Bergman's 1973 "Scenes from a Marriage", a film after which saw divorce rates jump when released in Bergman's native Sweden. Picking up somewhat on a theme opened up in their review of "Hope Springs", they interrogate the pitfalls and promises of modern relationships, particularly marriage, and their portrayal in film.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 13:15 minutes (12.13 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Mental Health, Disabilities and the Affordable Care Act

program date: 
Mon, 11/25/2013
Jan Haaken talks with Bob Joondepth, Director of Disabilities Rights Oregon, about the promises and pitfalls of the Affordable Care Act for those with mental health needs. They talk about the nuts and bolts of services people may receive, but also raise political questions about the definition of disability in civil society and mental health services.
  • Title: MentalHealthACA
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 12:12 minutes (11.17 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

How To Be a Progressive Activist

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program date: 
Mon, 11/18/2013
In his Playbook for Progressives, Eric Mann combines theory and action, with biography and autobiography, to bring alive, through real lives, what radical organizing means in the struggle against racism and class disparity in the United States and throughout the world. Here the Old Mole's Alan Wieder reviews this important and useful book.  

Eric Mann one of the founders the Labor/Community Strategy Center (LCSC) in 1989, has been the organization's Director since its inception.  His earlier political work included being a Field Secretary for The Congress of Racial Equality, an above ground member of Weatherman, and a radical, activist/organizer in automobile and airplane production plants throughout the country.

Move Moles: "Captain Phillips"

program date: 
Mon, 11/18/2013
Captain Phillips tells the story of the attempt by Somali pirates to hijack a freighter, an attempt thwarted by the brave captain's heroic efforts and the timely arrival of the Navy Seals.  Movie Moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken question some of the film's veracity, and ask whether it tries to make the case that military force is necessary around the world to control driven and desperate men.  

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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