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 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

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

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)

Green Strategies

program date: 
Mon, 11/18/2013
What is the best path towards climate justice?  Will market solutions work?  Can global warming be effectively halted as long as capital rules the world?  Author and environmental activist Brian Tokar talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about these issues.  
Brian Tokar is currently the director of the Institute for Social Ecology and an instructor in environmental studies at the University of Vermont. He has been a key coordinator of resistance against biotechnology and genetic engineering in New England, and he founded the ISE's Climate Justice Project in 2006.

Brian Tokar is the author of "The Green Alternative" and "Earth for Sale," editor of two books on the politics of biotechnology, "Redesigning Life?" and "Gene Traders," and lectures widely on a variety of environmental and political topics. His latest book is "Toward Climate Justice".

How To Be a Progressive Activist

Categories:
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.  

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.
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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)

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)

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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