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.

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 for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

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:

Audio

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.  

Radical Jesus

program date: 
Mon, 11/18/2013
Paul Buhle has produced a graphic /comic book version of the Gospels and the impact of Jesus in the world.  It's called Radical Jesus.  Buhle talks here with Old Mole Bill Resnick about the continuing importance of Jesus's message in progressive politics.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 18, 2013

program date: 
Mon, 11/18/2013
Iven Hale is our host for this show, and here is what we hear:


1.      Brian Tokar, author of several books on climate activism, talks with Bill Resnick about strategies for the left on climate.  
2.      Alan Wieder reviews Eric Mann's Playbook for Progressives about theory and practice for activists.
3.      Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Joe Clement review the modern pirate film Captain Phillips.
4.      Paul Buhle talks with Bill Resnick about Buhle's new graphic novel Radical Jesus.
To hear these pieces, use the links above.  To hear the whole show with musical breaks, click on the play button below.  

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Jen Davis on The Yes Men Fix The World!

program date: 
Wed, 11/13/2013
Bill Resnick talks with KBOO Board Member Jen Davis about "The Yes Men Fix The World", playing Thursday the 14th at the Clinton Street Theater as part of the KBOO Monthly Movie Night. The Yes Men are an group of gonzo political activists who crash corporate events and pretend to represent corporations and other business officials, to expose their true motivations/impact in the world. They say "sometimes it takes a lie to expose the truth". They have roots in Portland and Jen disccuses her relationship with the Yes Men.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 5:00 minutes (4.57 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Goudarz Eghtedari on Iran

program date: 
Mon, 11/11/2013
Bill Resnick talks with former KBOO volunteer Goudarz Eghtedari (Voices of the Middle East) about American relations with Iran and the over all political situation there. They consider the broader background and specific issues, like nuclear power and the oil economy, but also how the US plays into regional relations (e.g. with Iraq and Isreal).  Goudarz is from Iran, moved to Portland, where he's been an advocate of peace politics, and is now back in Abu Dabi.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 22:33 minutes (20.65 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

There are 70 Sexual Assaults In The Military: a veterans day commentary

program date: 
Mon, 11/11/2013
Iven Hale offers a special Veteran days commentary. The conflicts of today are different from the wars of a hundred years ago, to which Veterans Day traces its origin. Women are now a significant portion of the armed forces, and while the abstract conflicts of today often tout the need to protect women from patriarchal foreigners, they are more likely to be raped/assaulted by fellow soliders (at a rate of 70 times a day, or 3 rapes an hour 24 hours a day) She offers stories of women's experience of sexual assault in the military. 
 
If you have been sexually assaulted in the Military or otherwise, you can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255. The Sexual Assault Resource Center has a 24-hour Line at 503-640-5311 or toll free 1-888-640-5311.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 8:40 minutes (7.93 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Global Capital's Assault on Democracy in the US and Europe

program date: 
Mon, 11/11/2013
Tom Becker reads George Monbiot's article, originally published in the Guardian, titled "A Full Frontal Assault on Democracy in Europe and the United States" Monbiot explores how international trade deals empower companies at the expense of laws, rights, and national sovereignty not only in "the developing world" but the supposedly free and developed world as well.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:25 minutes (6.8 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Well-read Red: PPS/PAT contracts talks, what they are and aren't about

program date: 
Mon, 11/11/2013
Frann Michel reports on Portland Public School and Portland Association of Teachers contract talks. Teachers are not fighting for wages, so much as work and ultimately learning conditions -- including class size, standardized testing, and prep-time during the day. She shares stories from teachers, students, and parents, exposing the District's false narrative of greedy teachers and austerity. She points out that the K-12 public school system, while not perfect, is not fundamentally broken as such and its problems cannot be traced to organized/unionized teachers, or else wealthier school districts and places like Finland would have comparably bad rates of success.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 8:23 minutes (7.68 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

"Deep Space Nine": The Labor Episode

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013
In the Star Trek series "Deep Space Nine" one episode is unique for dealing with the attempt to form a union.  It's called "Bar Association" (Season 4, Episode 16), in which workers at Quark's Bar on the space station go on strike to form a union.  You can watch it on line for free here, or get it through Netflix or your local branch of the Multnomah County Library.  In this conversation between the Old Mole's Joe Clement and Dave, a Portand labor activist and "nerd extraordinaire, " we hear how this episode reflects the contradictions between workers' solidarity and American individualism.  
The photo is of Quark, the bar's owner.  

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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