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 February 8th 2016

Air date: 
Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Liberation Psychology, US-Mexico, Socialism, Bernie Sanders, sex work, Michigan, water pollution


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 1

Air date: 
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
ISIS and Syria, a novel of slave times, snow and socialism, loggers and unions
Norm Diamond is our special host for this episode of the Mole, featuring the music of a new Eugene group, appropriately called Monday Morning Denial. On the show we will hear these pieces:
  • Bill Resnick and Dave Finkle will discuss the origins of ISIS, the situation in Syria, and what diplomacy may or may not be able to do to end the fighting.
  • Larry Bowlden will review Tara Conklin’s The House Girl, about a trove of paintings attributed to a south

Old Mole Variety Hour January 25th 2016

Air date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
pollution, water, tenants rights, collective action, Mining, Cowlitz Tribe


Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for January 18, 2016

Air date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Abortion politics, religion and revolution

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/04/16

Air date: 
Mon, 01/04/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 28, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Plans; Generosity; Mad men with guns?



Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts this episode, which includes these pieces:

Bill Resnick interviews Mike Houck and Kaitlin Lovell about Portland's latest Climate Action Plan. Mike Houck has been a member of the Planning and Sustainability Commission, and is director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute. Kaitlin Lovell is Manager of the Science, Fish and Wildlife Division for the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services. This is the first of a two-part conversation.

Old Mole Variety Hour December 21st 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Change, TPP, Race, Consumerism, workers revolution, Women's Movement, child rearing, class


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 7, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Paris talks on climate change; immigrant bashing & Islamophobia; militarization and the rush to war

Bill Resnick hosts this show, and here is what's on tap:

This week's Paris climate change talks are headed toward an international agreement that will be very weak and unenforceable at that. The Mole discusses the next steps for the climate action movements to save the planet.

Also today on the Mole, immigrant bashing and Islamophobia, and what can be done to counter and defeat the forces of scapegoating, militarization, and the rush to war.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/30/15

Air date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

http://kboo.fm/sites/default/files/episode_audio/kboo_episode.2.151130.0900.2640.mp3

Old Mole Variety Hour November 23rd 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Middle East, Syria, ISIS, Barbarisms, Paris attacks, Xenophobia, islamophobia, Bernie Sanders, Socia


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Audio

Book Mole: The Bad Girl

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 06/20/2011

Larry Bowlden reviews The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa 

A young Peruvian, Ricardo, falls in love with Lily on the basis of lies about her wealthy background. Her lies come to light and they part. When Ricardo moves to Europe to realize his dream to be a Parisian, he encounters her again over the course of 40 years, each time with a new alibi. This personal story of desire is interwoven with the historical background of leftist movements around the world in the latter third of the 20th century.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:59 minutes (3.2 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: The Beginners

program date: 
Mon, 06/20/2011

In The Beginners Oliver's (Ewan McGregor) father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), has died. Before that Hal came out as gay after his wife of 46 years dies. Through flashbacks we also learn about Oliver's 1950s childhood and his view of his parents' marriage.

 
Jan and Frann talk about gay families as part of the domestic history of the United States. They question how the film portrays the easiness of coming out today as well as the seeming impossibility of coming out in the 1950s. In particular how Hal's coming out seems so easy precisely because it wasn't impossible for generations before to do it. They also touch on how the film handles the yearning for community in culture of atomic individualism and dealing with death.
 
 
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 11:50 minutes (4.74 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Radical Musicology: Ewan McColl

program date: 
Mon, 06/20/2011

 Bill and Brad discuss Ewan McColl, the radical folk-singer/song-writer from England and the impact of his ballads on raising political awareness around the world. Before that, Brad reflects on the last three years he's been doing these segments with the Old Mole and the importance of KBOO in general.

Heard on the show were these songs:

  1. Dirty Old Town (McColl)
  2. Brother Did You Weep (McColl)
  3. Ballad of Sharpsville (McColl & Seeger)
  4. Ballad of Accounting (McColl & Seeger)
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 12:08 minutes (4.86 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour June 20th

program date: 
Mon, 06/20/2011

Laurie Mercier hosts today's Old Mole Variety Hour, and we hear:

 

 

  1. Bill and Brian Terrell talk about drone warfare.
  2. Larry Bowlden reviews "The Bad Girl" by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa
  3. Jan and Frann talk about the film, "The Beginners"
  4. Bill talks with our Radical Musicologist about Ewan McColl (with music links)
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  • Title: OMVH_June_20
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 56:18 minutes (22.55 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Violent Policing in Portland

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program date: 
Mon, 06/13/2011

 From police-citizen confrontations on the streets of Portland to the nation-wide prison industrial complex, JoAnn Bowman and Bill Resnick discuss the violent realities of the criminal justice system.  JoAnn Bowman has been a long-time KBOO programmer (hear her now on Voices from the Edge), a state legislator, and director of  Oregon Action where she advocates for the poor and the black communities, especially around economic and criminal justice issues.  

Beyond Food for Profit

program date: 
Mon, 06/13/2011

 Half the world is hungry because they are too poor to buy increasingly expensive food, while agro-business corporations rake in profits  -- a worsening crisis capitalism cannot solve.  Clayton Morgareidge reads an edited excerpt from a recent book, From Food Crisis to Food Sovereignty: The Challenge of Social Movements by Fred Magdoff and Brian Tokar.  This excerpt, published on Alternet, can be found here.  

Movie Moles: "My Perestroika"

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program date: 
Mon, 06/13/2011

My Perestroika is a documentary film about how the end of the Soviet Union was experienced by several Russians during their teens.  Our Movie Moles Joe Clement and Wendy Webb discuss several issues the film raises, including the sense of social solidarity that was lost with the advent of materialism and individualism.  

World Food Crisis

program date: 
Mon, 06/13/2011

 Old Mole Bill Resnick surveys the several causes of the world food crisis and some of the possible solutions to it.  

June 13 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 06/13/2011

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole on which -- 

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Old Mole Variety Hour June 6th

program date: 
Mon, 06/06/2011

Today show, hosted by Joe Clement, features discussions about the war on drugs, medicare for all, a tribute to Helen Keller, a commentary on animal resistance and a piece imploring that the Obama administration denounce its commitment to carbon fuels.

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1. Bill Resnick and Sanho Tree on the War on Drugs.

2. Laurie and Dr. Garrett Adams talk about Medicare can and needs to be fixed and expanded for all.

3. Joe reads a tribute to Helen Keller's radicalism

4. Frann Michel defends animal resistance.

5. Tom Becker reads about the Obama administration's carbon score-card.

  • Title: OMVH_June_6
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 56:49 minutes (52.03 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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