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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/20/12

Air date: 
Mon, 02/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Demonizing Iran, electoral illusions, and African Films

Tom Becker will host this episode featuring

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/13/12

Air date: 
Mon, 02/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The spread of democratic institutions vs increasing privatization

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show, which includes --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/30/12

Air date: 
Mon, 01/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Confronting climate change at the local level; the movie "Capitalism is the Crisis"

 

Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this episode features

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/23/12

Air date: 
Mon, 01/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Freedom Riders, the anti-abortion movement, and psychiatric fads

Denise Morris hosts the show today, featuring

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/09/12

Air date: 
Mon, 01/09/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
instant runoff-voting, don't-ask-don't-tell, war with Iran, left press

Denise Morris host and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/19/11

Air date: 
Mon, 12/19/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Report on the Occupy Movement; Myths and Realities of the Food Industry

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, on which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/05/11

Air date: 
Mon, 12/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
international climate change, occupy production, homeless women & Occupy, capitalism w/o capitalists

 

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/28/11

Air date: 
Mon, 11/28/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Occupational democracy, corporate personhood, and J. Edgar

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this episode of the Mole in which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/07/11

Air date: 
Mon, 11/07/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Deficit commission, Left & the Law:right to assembly, movie moles: They Live, mentally ill occupiers

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/31/11

Air date: 
Mon, 10/31/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
General Strike in Oakland, and where Halloween comes from

Tom Becker is our host, and we will hear

Audio

There are 70 Sexual Assaults In The Military: a veterans day commentary

program date: 
Mon, 11/11/2013
Iven Hale offers a special Veteran days commentary. The conflicts of today are different from the wars of a hundred years ago, to which Veterans Day traces its origin. Women are now a significant portion of the armed forces, and while the abstract conflicts of today often tout the need to protect women from patriarchal foreigners, they are more likely to be raped/assaulted by fellow soliders (at a rate of 70 times a day, or 3 rapes an hour 24 hours a day) She offers stories of women's experience of sexual assault in the military. 
 
If you have been sexually assaulted in the Military or otherwise, you can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255. The Sexual Assault Resource Center has a 24-hour Line at 503-640-5311 or toll free 1-888-640-5311.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 8:40 minutes (7.93 MB)
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Global Capital's Assault on Democracy in the US and Europe

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Mon, 11/11/2013
Tom Becker reads George Monbiot's article, originally published in the Guardian, titled "A Full Frontal Assault on Democracy in Europe and the United States" Monbiot explores how international trade deals empower companies at the expense of laws, rights, and national sovereignty not only in "the developing world" but the supposedly free and developed world as well.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:25 minutes (6.8 MB)
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Well-read Red: PPS/PAT contracts talks, what they are and aren't about

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Mon, 11/11/2013
Frann Michel reports on Portland Public School and Portland Association of Teachers contract talks. Teachers are not fighting for wages, so much as work and ultimately learning conditions -- including class size, standardized testing, and prep-time during the day. She shares stories from teachers, students, and parents, exposing the District's false narrative of greedy teachers and austerity. She points out that the K-12 public school system, while not perfect, is not fundamentally broken as such and its problems cannot be traced to organized/unionized teachers, or else wealthier school districts and places like Finland would have comparably bad rates of success.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 8:23 minutes (7.68 MB)
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The Global/US National Security State

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Mon, 11/04/2013
We are being reminded daily these days of the size and scope of US power around the world: seven or eight hundred military bases, surveillance of everyone everywhere, and air strikes anywhere from drones in the sky.  Here Bill Resnick and Bill Smalldone discuss the continuing growth of the national security state.  Bill Smalldone teaches history at Willamette University and is the author of several books.  He recommends this piece by Tom Englehardt, and books by Chalmers Johnson.

Left & The Law: Prison Hunger Strike Success

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Mon, 11/04/2013
Inmates in California's high security prisons went on a well-organized hunger strike last summer to protest the massive use of solitary confinement, as The Left & the Law reported in July.  Today Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss the several positive outcomes of that strike in terms of demands met by the authorities.  Photo by Cinabrio Blog.

"Deep Space Nine": The Labor Episode

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Mon, 11/04/2013
In the Star Trek series "Deep Space Nine" one episode is unique for dealing with the attempt to form a union.  It's called "Bar Association" (Season 4, Episode 16), in which workers at Quark's Bar on the space station go on strike to form a union.  You can watch it on line for free here, or get it through Netflix or your local branch of the Multnomah County Library.  In this conversation between the Old Mole's Joe Clement and Dave, a Portand labor activist and "nerd extraordinaire, " we hear how this episode reflects the contradictions between workers' solidarity and American individualism.  
The photo is of Quark, the bar's owner.  

Movie Moles: "Hope Springs"

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Mon, 11/04/2013
Hope Springs is a 2012 movie starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones about a couple with 30 years of marriage going to a marriage counselor to renew their faded passion.  Our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Denise Morris give us a critical and yet very appreciative review of the film.  

Monopoly, Neoliberalism and the Economic Game

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Mon, 10/28/2013
Well-read Red Clayton Morgaredige contrasts the boardgame monopoly and the game of really existing American capitalism. There are a couple of ways Monopology is not like capitalism: everyone starts out with the same resources and success is largely determined by strategy. Moreover, there is no labor to speak of and therein lies the rub. Clayton considers how the game Monopoloy is a pretty good approximation of the neoliberal fantasy of property-driven capitalism.. 
 
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 6:56 minutes (3.97 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Book Mole: Eight Girls Taking Pictures

program date: 
Mon, 10/28/2013
Larry Bowlden reviews Portland-area author Whitney Otto's "Eight Girls Taking Pictures", a collection of short-stories about real life women photographers. Their lives span the 20th Century and repeat a motif of challenging sexism in the world of photography. 
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:54 minutes (4.52 MB)
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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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