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 for April 28

Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Women's prisons in Oregon, wrongful convictions, working class poets, and progressive politics in CA

Tom Becker hosts this show, and this is what we will hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21

Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this special EARTH DAY show, and we will hear

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

Audio

Well Read Red: American Exceptionalism Revisited

program date: 
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."

 

  • Title: WRRDec13
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 6:25 minutes (5.88 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour December 13th

program date: 
Mon, 12/13/2010

 Bill Resnick hosts today's show, which features music selected by our radical musicologist, Brad Duncan. Between songs, we hear another Left and the Law installment about the FBI's role in arresting Mohamed Mohamud for attempting to use a fake bomb they supplied him with. Bill Resnick talks with policy analyst Andrew Fieldhouse about Obama's "tax-deal." Well Read Red, Tom Becker, reads a CounterPunch article about American Exceptionalism. And at the end of the show, Bill talks with Brad about the music featured throughout the show that expresses popular reactions to economic woes.

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can also follow us on Facebook.

Below are links to individual segments.

Bill Resnick talks with Andrew Fieldhouse about extending the Bush Tax Cuts.

Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker talk about entrapment and the Portland Bomb Plot.

Tom Becker reads an article by Don Monkerud called American Exceptionalism Revisited

Bill talks with radical musicologist, Brad Duncan, about today's music.

  • Title: OMVH_Dec_13
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 59:13 minutes (54.22 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Andrew Fieldhouse on Obama's Tax Deal

program date: 
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.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 17:38 minutes (16.15 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Issues with Charter Schools

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program date: 
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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program date: 
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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program date: 
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

program date: 
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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program date: 
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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program date: 
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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program date: 
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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