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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

For individual segments and information about episodes, click the "audio" tab.

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 on 08/31/15

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Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News, interviews, commentary and critique.



Bill Resnick interviews Jeremy Beclher, author of "Strike" on his latest book "Climate Insurgency: A Battle for Survival." 
Clayton Morgareidge shares an article by Alex Gourevitch entitled "Our Forgotten Labor Revolution."  
Joe Clement and Denis Morris continue their discussion of housing justice.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/17/15

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Mon, 08/17/2015 - 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 August 10, 2015

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Mon, 08/10/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Left takes on Bernie Sanders, Zimbardo on prisons, and the "Donald"

Bill Resnick will host this episode of the Mole and we will hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 3, 2015

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Mon, 08/03/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Police Conduct, Liberating Unused Housing, Democracy & Greece, Portland Renters Assembly

Old Mole Variety Hour

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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

Audio

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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Well Read Red: American Exceptionalism Revisited

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Mon, 12/13/2010

 Well Read Red, Tom Becker, reads an op-ed piece by Don Monkerud, "American Exceptionalism Revisited." Tom and Don's concern is that:

"Flag-waving politicians like Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Mike Pence, and Newt Gingrich use the concept of "exceptionalism" to prove how much they love America. Such hyper-nationalism, usually tied to a Christian God, denies our common humanity with the rest of the world, undercuts international cooperation, and promotes an arrogant disregard for world opinion."

 

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  • Length: 6:25 minutes (5.88 MB)
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Issues with Charter Schools

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Mon, 12/06/2010

Stan Karp has written some of the finest education policy articles that have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine, and he is regarded as a national expert on No Child Left Behind and Obama's Race to the Top initiative.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the limitations and problems of charter schools.  

Karp will be speaking on "Not Waiting for Superman: Who's Bashing Teachers and Public Schools -- and What Can We Do about It?" this Friday, December 10, 4-6 pm at the Jefferson High School cafeteria.

Movie Moles: "Four Lions"

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Mon, 12/06/2010

 What can be said about the politics of a movie -- Four Lions -- about clutzy British, radical, Islamist, would-be terrorists who screw up at every turn?  Our Moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken have very different reactions to this unusual British film.

Book Review: "Vanishing"

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Mon, 12/06/2010

 Deborah Willis's stories are quirky, edgy, and sometimes sinister stories.   Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden tells us why this new author's first book Vanishing is so wonderful.

You can find more of Larry's reviews here

December 6 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/06/2010

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show which deals with privatization of our schools through charter schools, massive protests in Europe against government austerity measures, a tragi-comedy about terrorists, and a new book of short stories.  

 

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Protesting Austerity Over There (but not over here)

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Mon, 12/06/2010

Largely ignored in the US press, massive protests against austerity measures -- increased tuition for students and cutbacks in social services-- have spread to virtually every European nation.  In this piece, Clayton Morgareidge reviews some of the activists accounts of their protests and raises questions about why it's not happening here.   

For the text with links to sources, go here.  

Manufacturing Terrorism?

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Mon, 11/29/2010

 Discussing the case of the "Christmas Tree Bomber," local scholar and activist Michael Munk and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick show howit is being used to glorify the FBI and the National Police State.  Munk is a political scientist and radical historian who produced Portland's Red Guide, connecting readers with Portland's radical tradition not just through stories, names and dates, but with reference to specific places in Portland that you can visit today.  

Resnick on Korea and Palestine

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Mon, 11/29/2010

 In this commentary, the Old Mole's Bill Resnick reflects on US policy and actions in response to the tension and violence between North and South Korea and the message it seems to be sending to and about Iran.  

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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