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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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity, same sex intimate partner violence

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
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Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews and news

Today on the Old Mole
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson on the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Larry Bowlden reviews a memoir entitled "Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile (gen TEAL ee), Director of Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 

Audio

January 4, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/04/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this first show of 2010 proposes that another, better world is possible.  Portland writer Kristian Williams tells Bill Resnick what it would take to provide domestic security without violent policing.  Clayton reflects on the recent terrorist attempt on an airliner to find connections between terrorism and the frustration of social connection.  Psychologist Felix Warneken describes experiments showing that toddlers want to help others -- indicating that humanity is capable of living cooperatively.  And Frann Michel explains Alain Badiou's "communist hypothesis": that the subordination of labor to a dominant class is not inevitable.  

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To hear the whole show (and how all the pieces hang together and support each other), use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.   Part 2 of Kristian Williams and Bill Resnick on policing.  This time they discuss the road to non-violent policing.

2.  Clayton Morgareidge on terrorism, motives and solidarity.

3.  Felix Warneken and Bill Resnick discuss the desire to cooperate in toddlers.

4.   Badiou's "communist hypothesis" -- commentary by Frann Michel.

Cooperating Toddlers

program date: 
Mon, 01/04/2010

 Are human beings capable  of  living in a better society in which cooperation predominates over competition?  Harvard psychologist Felix Warneken discusses experiments showing that kids of 18 months have a spontaneous impulse to help others in need.  More about this here.

What's Ahead for Auto Workers?

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program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2009

 Dianne Feeley is a retired auto worker who writes about the industry and the United Auto Workers Union. She talks with Denise Morris about the future of the industry and the situation of the workers today.  You can read an essay of hers here.  

Movie Review: "Up In the Air"

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program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2009

Brooke Jacobson comments on the current film about a high-flying guy who fires people for a living.  Some of the actors are real people recently laid off.  

About Police Violence

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program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2009

 Why is violence such a feature of police work?  Kristian Williams is the author of two books on this topic, including Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America.  Williams examines the populations most often subjected to police abuse and the forms that abuse takes, delving into the role of police brutality in repressing political dissent and in preserving existing structures of inequality.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  On next week's Old Mole (Jan. 4), the conversation will continue, focusing on what police work would be like in a better world.  

Book Mole: "Middlesex"

program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2009

 Our book mole Larry Bowlden takes up Jeffrey Eugenides's Pulitzer Prize novel Middlesex.  It is about gender ambiguity, immigration, working in the auto industry in Detroit, and family history.  You can read more of Larry's reviews here.  

December 28 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2009

 Denise Morris hosts this show which features discussions of police brutality, the auto industry, Jeffrey Eugenides novel Middlesex, and the movie "Up In the Air."  

 

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

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

1.  What explains the level of police violence?  Author Kristian Williams and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick explore the question.  

2.  Retired auto worker and activist Dianne Feeley talks with Denise Morris about the auto industry and its workers.  

3.  Brooke Jacobson reviews Up In the Air, a movie about a guy who fires people for a living.  

4.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews the Pulitzer Prize novel Middlesex -- a story of gender ambiguity, Detroit, immigration, and family  history.

 

The Healthcare Bill: Yes/No?

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program date: 
Tue, 12/22/2009

 The Senate has just passed a healthcare bill.  Is it worth our support?  Dr. Paul Gorman, a physician at OHSU and member of  Physicians for a National Health Program talks with Laurie Mercier  about what's been lost in the legislative process, and what it will take to get back on the road to real universal coverage. 

Can Higher Taxes Help the Economy?

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2009

Oregon Voters will be asked in January to decide whether to raise taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals. The opposition claims that taxing the rich hurts the economy, undermines small business, and costs jobs. But does that contention hold water? In this interview, the Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with economist and writer John Miller, a regular contributor to Dollars & Sense, about the impact of taxes on jobs and investment. 

The Politics of PTSD (Part 3)

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2009

 Continuing their discussion of how the military uses the label  "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome," attorney Mike Snedeker and the Old Mole's Jan Haaken discuss how it diverts attention from policies of militarism and  focuses instead on individuals.  

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