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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Police Conduct, Liberating Unused Housing, Democracy & Greece, Portland Renters Assembly
 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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reviews, interviews, commentaries



Bill Resnick interviews Frederic Mousseau, policy  director at the Oakland Institute where he coordinates the institute's research on food security and agroeclology.

Larry Bowlden reviews a book of short stories entitled  "China Dog and Other Stories from a Chinese Cafe" by Judy Fong Bates. The stories deal with her dual identity as a Chinese-Canadian.  

Clayton Morgareidge reads from an article from Jacobin magazine entitled "Will Socialism by Boring" by Danny Katch.

Old Mole Variety HourJuly 20th 2015

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Mon, 07/20/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Teachers, Portland Public Schools, Tenants Rights, Prison Reform, alienation, class society


Denise Morris Hosts this Episode of The Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 07/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews, commentaries and reviews

Bill Resnick interviews Gordon Lafer of the Univ of Oregon who argues that education cannot end poverty.
Jan Haaken remembers Hugo Du Courday (also known as Hugu Maynard) an outstanding educator and activist.
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss a new report concerning the American Psychological Association and their involvement with the CIA in torture during the Bush administration. 

The Old Mole Variety Hour for July 6, 2015

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Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Live leftist music, Commemorating "Bloody Wednesday", community syndicalism, one big union

Old Mole Variety Hour June 29th 2015

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Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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criminal justice system, Marriage Equality, Women in Prison, Quinault Nation


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 22, 2015

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Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate, Border Patrol, Inmates & Prison Staff, Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts the June 22, 2015 episode, which includes these segments:

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Commentary and reviews


Bill Resnick interviews Leo Panitich on Greece, the EU and austerity. 

Larry Boulden reviews a novel that asks deep philosophical questions about the objectivity of science entitled "Euphoria" by Lily King.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 8

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Mon, 06/08/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Child poverty in Oregon, a movie about MOVE, and some bad ideas about climate change
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole. Here is what's on tap:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 1, 2015

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Mon, 06/01/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Hour of social & political commentary from a radically socialist, feminist, ecological point of view

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear...

The Old Mole Variety Hour for May 25, 2015

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Mon, 05/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Memorial day, Troublemaking labor activism, and more!
The Old Mole Variety Hour
for Monday May 25, 2015

 
Bill Resnick talks with activist teacher Jesse Hagopian of Seattle about developments in labor organizing and the upcoming Labor Notes Troublemakers School on May 30, for which Jesse will be keynote speaker.

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Music from the local IWW

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program date: 
Mon, 12/27/2010

 Noah, Daisey, and Adam from the local IWW (International Workers of the World) appear with host Laurie Mercier in the KBOO studio to sing and talk about the union and about Labor Folk Night this Wednesday, December 29, at the Red and Black Cafe, 7 pm, 400 SW 12th Avenue.

December 27 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/27/2010

 Laurie Mercier hosts this show featuring live music from Wobble Wobble, singers of labor songs.  Also on the program,  Bill Resnick talks with climate expert Daphne Wysham about responses to climate change that enrich the poluters and Frann Michel explores the ups and downs of academic studies of happiness.  

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  1. Responding to climate change with schemes to enrich corporations or with public investment in ways to save energy?  Daphne Wysham from the Institute for Policy Studies talks with Bill Renick.  
  2. How can happiness be measured?  What makes people happy?  Frann Michel looks critically at some ways of answering these questions.  
  3. Labor songs and reviving the labor movement: music and an invitation to Labor Folk Night at the Red and Black Cafe.  Laurie Mercier talks with IWW folks Noah, Daisy, and Adam.

Nuclear Weapons Today

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Mon, 12/20/2010

 How has President Obama advanced the control of nuclear weapons after the Bush administration's failures to act?   David Krieger is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the author of numerous books on nuclear weapons.  He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  

Movie Moles: "The Most Dangerous Man in America"

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Mon, 12/20/2010

The Most Dangerous Man in America is a documentary directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith.  It explains what the Pentagon Papers were, traces how Daniel Ellsberg came to release them, and considers some of the consequences. The story resonates with the current Wikileaks story, as Ellsberg has noted in his statements of support for Julian Assange and Bradley Manning or whoever the whistleblower was.  Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss the film and the story it tells.  For more information, click here.   

The Impending Police State

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Mon, 12/20/2010

How does the State create the fear needed to justify its extreme security measures, and what does it cost us? Clayton Morgareidge comments on and reads from Tom Engelhardt's piece "The National Security State Cops a Feel" from the website of the American Empire Project.  You can read this piece here, where you will find many links to related material.  

 

 

 

Book Mole: "Double Vision"

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program date: 
Mon, 12/20/2010

 What it means to be a war reporter is one central theme in Pat Barker's  2003 novel Double Vision, reviewed here by Larry Bowlden.  More of  Larry's reviews can be found here.  

December 20 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/20/2010

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole episode centering around war, weapons of war, threats of war, and the national security state.  We hear from David Krieger, an expert on nuclear weapons and their abolition; from the Movie Moles about Daniel Ellsberg and the parallels with Julian Assange; from Larry Bowlden about a novel raising questions about war reporting; and, in a piece presented by Clayton, from Tom Engelhardt on the growth of the national security state.


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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Bill Resnick talks with David Krieger about Bush, Obama, and their (minimal) differences on nuclear weapons.

2.  The Most Dangerous Man in America: Frann Michel and Denise Morris review the movie about Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.

3.  Clayton Morgareidge read introduces and reads from Tom Engelhardt's article on the national security state.

4.  Pat Barker's novel Double Vision is reviewed by Larry Bowlden.

Andrew Fieldhouse on Obama's Tax Deal

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Mon, 12/13/2010

Bill talks with Andrew about Obama's "tax-deal" and its real and imagined potential for getting the economy moving again. Andrew Fieldhouse is a Policy Analyst and Fellow Economic Policy Institute. Prior to joining EPI, he worked as a research assistant and assistant budget analyst at the House Budget Committee.

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Left and the Law: The FBI and Mohamed Mohamud

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Mon, 12/13/2010

 Jan and Mike talk about Mohamed Mohamud, accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. They consider the tactics used by the FBI to create the criminal scenario, whether Mohamed was really a sleeping terrorist and how entrapment fators into any of it.

 
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Radical Musicology and Popular Music

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Mon, 12/13/2010

Today's show featured excerpts from the songs listed and linked below. Bill talks with Brad Duncan about how these songs relate the experience of everyday peoples' struggles with economic forces.

Mighty Sparrow "Capitalism Gone Mad", 1983

Hoyt Axton "Boney Fingers", 1974

Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five "The Message", 1982

The Clash "Career Opportunities", 1977

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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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