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 06/04/12

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Mon, 06/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Libertarians at work, the obesity panic.

Our host on this episode of the Mole is Frann Michel, and the show will include

  • What do libertarians really think about work and liberty? Joe Clement reads a commentary provoked by the coming take over of the libertarian Cato Institute by the Koch Brothers;
  • Well-read Red Frann Michel brings us critical commentary on the HBO series on obesity;
  • Bill Resnick will interview an incisive activist-scholar on the attack on public education or the crisis in Greece from the workers' point of view;
  • And more!

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/21/12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/21/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
City Repair, Crisis in Greece, Corporate Legislation

 

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show and the topics include--

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/14/12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/14/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
What industry, especially agriculture, puts into our air and water.

 

Bill Resnick hosts this Membership Drive Special edition of the Old Mole in which he talks with a biologist about what industry, especially agriculture, puts into the air and water we breathe and drink, and what we can do about it. Also on the show,

  • Clayton Morgareidge raises questions about "Tax the Rich" as a political demand;
  • Joe Clement discusses the politics of the blockbuster movie The Avengers;
  • Also from Joe, commentary on "cooperative consumption" -- from tool libraries to listener-sponsored radio.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/30/12

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Air date: 
Mon, 04/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
May Day in history and tomorrow in Portland

 

 

Norm Diamond hosts this Old Mole May Day Special program about working class struggles, then and now.  This is the 100 year anniversary of the big textile workers’ strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  We’ll report on the April 28 celebration in Lawrence and look ahead to May Day events here in Portland.  The show features and comments on music from the Lawrence strike and from contemporary labor protests.  

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/23/12

Air date: 
Mon, 04/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Against the War on Women; Bryant, Reed, and Russia 1917; and beyond Tax the Rich

 

Clayton Morgareidge will be our host on this edition of the Old Mole featuring --

  • A conversation with Portland activist Angela Zehava about the April 28 action by Unite Against the War On Women to oppose anti-women legislation coming out of Congress and State legislatures.
  • A Review of Warren Beatty's 1981 film about John Reed, Louise Bryant and the Russian Revolution.
  • A commentary on how to make "Tax the Rich" a radical demand.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/16/12

Air date: 
Mon, 04/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Inequality, Taxes, and Hunger Games

 

Tom Becker hosts this show which includes --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/26/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Students resist austerity in Greece, a satire about black revolution, and the bubble of ideology

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and it will include:

  • A report on student resistance to austerity measures in Greece;
  • A look back at "The Spook Who Sat At the Door," a 1973 satirical film about black revolution;
  • Commentary on the bourgeois bubble of ideology; and
  • A Bill Resnick interview: Andrew Riley of the center for Intercultural Organizing discusses what's ahead for health care reform: Obama Care, the Oregon Health Plan, and single payer.

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/19/12

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Air date: 
Mon, 03/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Military Psychology in Afghanistan; Oregon's new healthcare plan

 

Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which will include --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/12/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Lorax, "Stealing" an education, and the Occupy Movement

 Denise Morris will be your host and 

  • Movie Moles Joe Clement and Iven Hale review The Lorax, based on the Dr. Seuss book.
  • Well-read Red Frann Michel comments on the "theft" of education by parents enrolling their kids in the wrong schools.
  • Clayton Morgareidge discusses what's ahead for the Occupy movement.
  • Bill Resnick interviews Mark Cooper about how financial speculation by the 1% drives up the price of gas.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/05/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Splits in the GOP, Left and the Law, critique of business-unionism, movie-review: Tomboy

 

Joe Clement hosts the next Old Mole and we hear:

Audio

Socialism rising, Capitalism falling

program date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014
The election of a Sociaist to the Seattle City Council and Jesse Myerson's recent article in Rolling Stone is evidence that discontent with the morass of neo-liberal capitalism is giving new life to socialist alternatives.  In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge examines some of the conservative reaction to this news: is it a panic reaction to the crumbling of capitalist ideological hegemony?  

Meeting to Support Portland Workers

program date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014
Aggressive Portland employers are pushing several local unions toward a strike in the coming weeks. This is no accident. Unions nationwide are facing Wisconsin-style attacks targeting public employees, teachers, students and everyone who benefits from public services. Join us for a community discussion about how we can work together and take common action for the common good.

Click the play button to hear a brief announcement by Megan Hise about a meeting this Thursday to learn more.  More info is here.

Kshama Sawant

program date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014
Kshama Sawant has just been inaugurated as Seattle's first socialist city council member in a century.  This is her inauguration speech.  

Book Mole: "The Enchanted"

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Mon, 01/13/2014
Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden previews a soon-to-be-published novel by Portland writer Rene Denfeld.  It's called The Enchanted, and it takes place on death row.  It's a sad, yet courageous book, full of superb writing.  

More of Larry's reviews are here.  

Snowden and the Law

program date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014
What is the problem with the national security state and its secret surveillance of everyone?  Is it that it is unconstitutional?  Or illegal?  What if the courts declare it legal?  In this essay published in Jacobin Magaze, read here by Clayton Morgareidge, Chase Madar argues for political and moral objections to injustice.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 13, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this episode of the Mole dealing with Detroit, the increasing respect for socialism in the US, why Portland public workers may strike, a new novel about death row, and why appealing to the constitution is not the way to support whistle blowers like Edward Snowden. 

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  The hear individual segments, follow these links. 
  1. Bill Resnick talks with Dianne Feeley about how Detroit became "blighted" and what could fix it.
  2. Conservative reaction to Rolling Stone's article on socialism.
  3. Kshama Savant's inauguration speech as Seattle's newly elected socialist City Council member.
  4. Announcement of meeting to support Portland public service workers.
  5. Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews a forthcoming prison novel "The Enchanted"
  6. Clayton Morgareidge reads a piece about why the law is not enough to protect Snowden and others.  

Howie Hawkins on Class Struggle in Labor and Party Politics

program date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Howie Hawkins, labor activist and former Green Party candidate in New York state. They discuss labor conditions at UPS and the speed-up tactics there, the Teamsters and Teamsters for a Democratic Union, capital mobility and so-called free trade.

Basic Income: curious utopia

program date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014
Joe Clement reads from a Jacobin magazine article about basic income, nonreformist reforms, and utopian thinking on the capitalist road to communism.

Old Mole Variety Hour 6 January 2014

program date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014
Old Mole Variety Hour
The first Old Mole Variety Hour of 2014 looks back at histories of struggle and forward to the end of alienation. Joe Clement hosts, and we hear segments on class struggle in labor and party politics, anti-capitalist activism in Mexico and globally, the revolutionary reform of guaranteed basic income, and the liabilities of hate crimes law. 

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To hear individual segments, follow these links:

Bill Resnick talks with Howie Hawkins about class struggle in labor and party politics

Well-read red Frann Michel on Zapatista resistance to neoliberalism

Joe Clement and Jacobin on basic income

Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair about hate-crimes laws

To hear the whole show with musical breaks, press play below.
  • Title: OMVH 2014.01.06.m4a
  • Length: 58:03 minutes (26.58 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Yasmin Nair on the Trouble with Hate Crimes Law

program date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014


Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair of Against Equality about the ten years since the murder of Brandon Teena, and about how hate crimes legislation can result in increased surveillance and punishment of the very marginlized communities it is ostensibly meant to protect.

See also Nair's article on Why Hate Crimes Legislation is a Bad Idea; her review of a recent book on Matthew Shepard, and these other articles on the issues:

Kay Whitlock, We Need to Dream a Bolder Dream: The Politics of Fear and Queer Struggles for Safe Communities
Lisa Duggan, Crossing the Line: The Brandon Teena Case and the Social Psychology of Working-Class Resentment
Against Equality, Various articles on Hate Crimes Law and the Prison Industrial System


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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