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 07/16/12

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Mon, 07/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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16 July MOLE: Green Germans, activist Bangladesh, military psychologists, coming-of-age-fiction

On Monday’s (July 16) Old Mole Variety Hour:

Bill Resnick speaks with Arne Jungjohan, a senior advisor for energy of the German Green Party and Director for the Environment and Global Dialogue Program of the Boell Foundation. They discuss the achievements of German community, green, and anti-nuke movements in reconstructing the energy system that has reduced greenhouse gases and created the possibilities of truly democratic local institutions with energy cooperatives in the lead. http://www.boell.org/web/138.html

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/02/12

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Mon, 07/02/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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July 2 Mole on healthcare

At 9am Monday, July 2, 2012 The Old Mole Variety Hour focuses on health and healthcare and features

Bill Resnick and health-policy analyst Chris Lowe on the recent SCOTUS decision

Jan Haaken on Pink Ribbons, Ink

Denise Morris on The Healthcare Movie

Frann Michel hosting and discussing healthism.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/11/12

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Mon, 06/11/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Tri-Met, Prometheus, and electoral politics

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old  Mole show which wil feature

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/04/12

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Mon, 06/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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Mon, 05/21/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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Mon, 05/14/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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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Mon, 04/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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Mon, 04/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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

 

Tom Becker hosts this show which includes --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/26/12

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Mon, 03/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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.

 

Audio

Who Needs the Minimum Wage?

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Mon, 02/03/2014
Joe Clement talks with Geoff McDonald and Peter Oxforn about the wage system. Geoff recently wrote an article for CounterPunch urging more critical questions about the wage system than exist in the minimum wage debate. This discussion builds on those arguments and takes issue with the "cynicism of public policy". Both he and Peter edit  Ruthless Criticism, an English-language site that helps to disseminate articles and points of view from a German political journal, GeganStandpunkt.

Bill Resnick on the late Pete Seeger

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Mon, 02/03/2014
Bill Resnick offers some brief comments about Pete Seeger, addressing his past involvement with the Communist Party, but also his break from it and other advocacy. He points in the direction of worthwhile reads that go into more detail.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 3:17 minutes (1.51 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Comedy Night at the Red and Black

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Mon, 01/27/2014
Joe Clement talks with Lif Bowers about an open-mic comedy night at the Red and Black Cafe (SE 12th and Oak) happening on Wednesday the 29th 7-10pm. Union members, workers at co-ops, and those with Food Cards can enjoy discounts on food and drink. 

It is taking the place of Music for the Working Class this month, but plans for repeats of the event have not been made. Joe and Lif talk about the event and why humor should be an important part of radical politics. 
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:39 minutes (3.06 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Wolf of Wall Street Syndrome, Neoliberalism & Toxic Individualism

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Mon, 01/27/2014
Clayton Morgareidge reads Chris Masiano's incisive take on the toxic individualism of neoliberalism and how it undermines our collective sensibilities. Published first in Jacobin as Chicken Soup for the Neoliberal Soul, then in Salon as Wolf of Wall Street Syndrome.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 6:29 minutes (2.6 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Richard Sherman and Solidarity in Sports

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Mon, 01/27/2014
Bill Resnick offers a commentary on Richard Sherman's boastful remarks after a monumental play in which he kept the other team from scoring a crucial touchdown. The remarks have been ill-recieved in a not so subtly racist vein, as evidenced by the tongue-in-cheek usage of "thug" to describe Sherman, but Bill focuses on the decline of civility in sports that he says Sherman's situation helps to illustrate. Rather than coming down on Sherman though, Bill reminds listeners of how it used to be that football players would immediately shake hands after their games to cool off, show respect, and diffuse the competative drives of the game. Moreover, he examines how this kind of comradely spirit was rebuked by owners and engendered the solidarity they would need over the years to fight for protections against injury and over-work. 
 
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 9:10 minutes (3.67 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Andrew Spencer from FairVote on truly democratic elections

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Mon, 01/27/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Andrew Spencher of FairVote about the politics of how our elections actually happen. Bill starts by pointing out that democracy is much more than elections, but that they are still relevant. Andrew talks about what FairVote is and is trying to do, fair elections and the recent president commission report, and new systems of voting (like instant Run Off Voting).
  • Title: FairVote
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 15:16 minutes (6.12 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

The NSA is an Apparatus of Class War

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Mon, 01/27/2014
Clayton Morgareidge reads three articles on the national security state. The first by Gleen Greenwald appears in Common Dreams. The second, by Tom Dispatch, appears in Portside. The final one by Noam Chomsky appears in Salon. The collectively make the point that the national security state is an apparatus of class power that cannot be meaningfully reformed. Here is an excellent excerpt from Greenwald's analysis of Obama's recent promise to "reform" the NSA.

Ultimately, the radical essence of the NSA – a system of suspicion-less spying aimed at hundreds of millions of people in the US and around the world – will fully endure even if all of Obama's proposals are adopted. That's because Obama never hid the real purpose of this process. It is, he and his officials repeatedly acknowledged, "to restore public confidence" in the NSA. In other words, the goal isn't to truly reform the agency; it is deceive people into believing it has been so that they no longer fear it or are angry about it.

  • Title: NSAClassWar
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 8:34 minutes (3.43 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour January 27 2014

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Mon, 01/27/2014
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole and we hear:


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Movie Moles: Her

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Tue, 01/21/2014

Denise Morris and Frann Michel review  Spike Jonze new  (quasi science fiction) romantic comedy "Her". Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore, an introverted man who goes through a divorce with his child-hood sweetheart, only to fall curiously in love with his new, hyperintelligent operating system, dubbed "Samantha", that is voiced by Scarlett Johansenn. Samantha isn't the only one of her kind either. The story moves beyond Theodore and Samantha to include other operating systems in love affairs with other people, and eventually goals of self-actualization on the part of the operating systems beyond these limited connections.

Frann and Denise basically like this film. They consider the way that it plays with the conventions of romantic comedies, satirizing relationship scripts; how the operating systems are really not that far-fetched of an idea given our technological development, making the story more vivid; and how the film encourages reflection on the yearning for connection. They also note how other very salient topics related to personal data and corporate surveillance, or material circumstances that usually at least lay in the background of emotional suffering, are completely absent. Over all, Frann says, it's kind of a warm cuddly rise of the machines. 
 

 

 

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 12:13 minutes (4.89 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Richard Smith on Chinese Environmentalism and Environmental Crises

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Mon, 01/20/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Richard Smith about the havoc that Chinese development has wreaked on the people and environment within Chinese borders, and what that means in the context of global capitalism and increasingly global ecological crises.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 18:35 minutes (7.44 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

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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