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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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 13th, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change & extinction, crappy jobs or basic income, Studs Turkel, psychology o police violence

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News, interviews, commenataries,


Bill Resnick interviews Stephen Zunes--a Middle East scholar--an the recent negotiation with Iran

Movies Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the film "Rosa Luxemburg"

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30

Air date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Building democracy, Renters' Assemblies in PDX, Uber, and "Old Filth"
Bill Resnick is our host as the Mole take up these topics:

Reports from the Kurds in Syria and the Zapatistas in Mexico, how they achieved considerable autonomy from their government and are building societies that are bottom up democratic, gender equal, ecologically sustainable, but have a ways to go.

Renters fight back and the renter’s assemblies here in Portland.

How how movements to stop the rich from taking everything can win. 
 
How the sharing economy like Uber are bad for working people.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/23/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour March 16th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
warfare, ISIS. Sex and Politics, Racism, power, popular culture

Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Low-Carbon Cities, the Well-read Red, Studs Turkel, feminist film

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/02/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/23/15

Air date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour February 9th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Jubilee Network USA, Global debt, social welfare, child rearing, racism, feminism, Drone strikes


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 2, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Living paycheck to paycheck, Studs Turkel civil rights documentary, Movie Moles review Selma

Audio

Understanding the Great Recession

program date: 
Mon, 07/05/2010

 What are the most fundamental causes of the current economic crisis?  Radical anthropologist David Harvey provides a lucid account of how this crisis and others are the result of  capitalism’s inevitable compulsion to expand itself into a state of collapse, and argues that the only sane thing to do is to join an anti-capitalist movement.   In this piece, Joe Clement introduces and presents parts of a lecture of Harvey's that explains in Marxist terms how we got into the mess we're in now.  

Check out the animated video that accompanies the lecture on Harvey's website, where you can also find a whole course devoted to Marx's Capital.    

David Harvey is a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY), Director of The Center for Place, Culture and Politics, and author of numerous books. He has been teaching Karl Marx's Capital for nearly 40 years.

 

Movie Moles: "Toy Story 3"

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program date: 
Mon, 07/05/2010

 Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken give you the real and radical viewing of Toy Story 3: it's about the great recession, the fear of unemployment, and the fear of being tossed in the dump when you're no longer new.  It even shows the way forward towards a world of cooperation and solidarity.

Read Frann's blog with links to similar readings of the film.

July 5 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 07/05/2010

This show, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, responds to the  insane drive to cut social spending by governments at a time when people have been left high and dry, or homeless and hungry, by the absurd situation that capital has created: vast wealth that cannot be invested, millions of people with no jobs, and lots of work that needs to be done to keep our communities and our planet together.  We look at the shortfall in the Oregon state budget and the cuts that are coming, and what should be done instead.  We hear a lucid historical account of how the world has been led to this point by capitalist growth.  And we learn how to see Toy Story 3 as a depiction of depression and hope in these hard times.   

For more discussion of the recession from the Mole's point of view, see Marty Hart-Landsberg's blog.

Also on the show is music from hard times, past and present, selected for us by our radical musicologist Brad Duncan.  We hear parts of  Blind Alfred Reed's "How Can a Man Stand Such Times and Live;" "The Hustle is On" by T-Bone Walker; Young Jeezey singing "Circulate"; and "I'm Broke and Proud" by Rugged 'N Proud, featuring Hasan Salaam.  

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The Great Recession in Oregon

program date: 
Mon, 07/05/2010

Bill Resick talks with Chuck Sheketoff of the Oregon Center for Public Policy about the great recession in Oregon and the looming cuts in social services.  What can and should be done?  Sheketoff is one of the founders of the OCPP where you can keep up with state issues from a progressive angle.  

Privatizing the Post Office

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program date: 
Mon, 06/28/2010

 Services that we used to count on from the US Postal Service have been increasingly taken over by private companies such as UPS and FedEx.  Jim Cook, a long time postal worker and President of the Portland branch of the Letter Carriers Union, discusses what we lose as a result (Saturday deliveries are on the chopping block!) and how the Postal Service could be brought into the age of electronic communication.  

Get involved:  There will be an informational picket on Thursday, July 1, from 2:30 to 6:30 pm in front of the main Post Office at NW Broadway and Hoyt.   

Imagining the End of Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 06/28/2010

Is it easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism?  British blogger and theorist Mark Fisher explores this question in his book Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?  Old Mole blogger and theorist Frann Michel reviews and comments on his work in this commentary.  You can read the text of her remarks here.  

 

 

  The British blogger and theorist Mark Fisher recently published a slim little volume from Zer0 books titled Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? By "Capitalist Realism" he means, roughly, the notion that, as Margaret Thatcher famously asserted, there is no alternative to capitalism. But Fisher is also interested in questioning and exploring the implications of this view that, as it is sometimes put, it has become easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.

Book Mole: "Union Street"

program date: 
Mon, 06/28/2010

English novelist Pat Barker is known for several novels about World War I, but Book Mole Larry Bowlden has discovered her first two books, Union Street and Blow Your House Down.  They are about poor, working class, Northern English women and girls. Larry praises their articulate depth and insight.  

Community Energy

program date: 
Mon, 06/28/2010

 Zaratha Young is with Transition PDX organizing Portland neighborhood committees to reduce energy use and build an environmental ethic.  Bill Resnick talks with her about the work.  Read all about it at their website.  

June 28 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 06/28/2010

Denise Morris hosts this program about the future of the US Postal Service, whether capitalism has a future, building sustainable neighborhoods in Portland, and the lives of British working class women.  

Event:  Bushra Kaliq, General Secretary of the Pakistan Women's Workers Help Line, speaks on "War and Resistance in Pakistan" at PSU tonight (June 29).  Here is more info.  

 

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A Future for Social Security

program date: 
Mon, 06/21/2010

 There is no crisis for Social Security funding, in spite of what we hear from politicians and news media.  Nancy Altman of  Social Security Works explains why we keep hearing about this phony crisis in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Altman has been studying Social Security for thirty years and is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble.   

(The graph shows that by 2023, the Social Security surplus is estimated to grow to $4.3 trillion.)

 

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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