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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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/05/12

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Mon, 11/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Hurricane Sandy, Elections, review of a Howard Zinn biography, anarchist POV on electoral politics

 

Joe Clement hosts this pre-Election Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/29/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 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 10/29/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Zombies, capitalism, book-reviews, #n3

 On this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour, Iven Hale hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Leo Panich
  • Iven Hale reviews a book
  • Joe Clemen reads a piece about Zombie Capitalism
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left Press
  • Joe Clement also interviews Gina from the Portland Action Lab about November 3rd.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/22/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/22/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
An hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspective.

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interviews an activist or scholar working on the Left.
  • Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris, review Maquilapolis, a 2006 film about multnationally-owned factories employing cheap labor in Mexico.
  • Alan Wieder remembers Ruth First, an anti-apartheid activist who was assissinated 30 years ago.
  • Tom reads from the Left Press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/15/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/15/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Reducing prison time for low risk offenders; Have women won more clout in the world than men?

 

Jan Haaken hosts this edition of the Old Mole on which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/08/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/08/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Membership-Drive Special on DRUGS

 

Bill Resnick or Jan Haaken hosts this membership-drive special on DRUGS

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/01/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
NFL Lockout, Labor against War, Well Read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick discusses the NFL referee lockout. He considers their complaint over pensions, how unions promote high work standards, and why unions need to shed their bureacratic service-orientation for a rank-and-file solidarity-model.
  • Frann Michel, our Well Read Red, reads from the left press.
  • Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Zweig about building the labor movement back into a force against imperialist wars, particularly in light of Afganistan.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Leo Panitch, Searching for Sugar Man, against the work-ethic, reading from the left press

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Audio

Community Mental Health and Highly Volatile People

program date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014
Iven Hales recalls her experiences as a social worker with a disturbed woman, drawing out how our mental health and corrections systems fail to support volatile people, and all too often eject them back into the public.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Memorial Day Poem: "Sweet and Fitting..."

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Mon, 05/26/2014
"Sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country," wrote the Roman poet Horace.  World War I poet Wilfrid Owen overturns this sentiment in the light of his experiences of war in this poem read for us here by Tom Becker.  

Remembering Casualties of US Health Care

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Mon, 05/26/2014
On Memorial Day, we remember the dead, and in this two-part segment, Old Moles Frann Michele and Jan Haaken remember those who have died from the lack of adequate and timely health care in our profit-driven medical system.  First, as today's Well-read Red, Frann points out that over 500 people in Oregon alone have died from lack of medical insurance, and reminds of us the continuing battle for single-payer health care going on across the country.  (You can read Frann's comments on her blog.)  Then Frann and Jan discuss the current controversy about Veterans Administration hospitals, reminding us that in spite of recent problems, the public health care of veterans compares very favorably with the private care received by non-veterans.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 26, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 05/26/2014


Jan Haaken hosts this Memorial Day edition of the Mole in which we remember not only those who have fallen on battlefields, but those who have died from lack of access to medical care.  We also hear a conversation about how good our public schools are, giving the lie to those who run them down so they can privatize them.  All this, plus a commentary about how memories are made and remade.   

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1.  Author David Berliner talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the spurious attacks on public schools.

2.  Old Mole contributor Norm Diamond reflects on the making and remaking of historical memory.

3.  Tom Becker reads Wilfrid Owen's World War 1 poem "Sweet and Fitting".

4.  Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss the battle for single-payer health care and the casualties from the lack of universal health care.  

Myths About Public Schools

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Mon, 05/26/2014
In thrall to those who want to take public schools out of public hands and make a profit from them, the mass media is filled with claims that public schools and teachers are failing.  David Berliner talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick and makes it clear that public schools are actually doing much better than the critics claim, often outperforming private charter schools.  Berliner is a co- author of 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education.

Making Memories

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Mon, 05/26/2014
What do we remember of our collective history, and what do we teach those who follow us to remember?  On this Memorial Day, Norm Diamond reflects on the making and remaking of social memory in this commentary.  

Fight for 15 in Portland

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Mon, 05/19/2014
Bill Resnick talks with organizer Justin Norton-Kertson about the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. They discuss the benefits of raising the floor for all workers and preserving social welfare spending for those unable to work, as well as the origins of the movement in Chicago, its victories in SeaTac and Seattle, and the relation between the national and local campaigns, both of which have excellent websites (https://www.15now.org/ and http://www.15nowpdx.org/). They discuss recent actions in Portland and the kinds of solidarity workers can show without risk to their jobs. Bill and Justin  debunk the myth that raising the minimum wage would cost jobs and hurt the economy by noting that states that have raised their minimum wages have seen better economic growth. Finally, they discuss some of the international dimensions of the movement.

Economics Students revolt against neoclassical orthodoxy

program date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014
Tom Becker reads from Pete Dolack's article,"Challenging the Ruling Economic Orthodoxy: Economics Students Begin to Revolt,"  about the International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics, demanding that schools begin teaching alternatives to neoclassical economic theories.

Book Mole: Love and Horror in the American West

program date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014
Larry Bowlden reviews Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere by Poe Ballantine, which mixes personal memoir with the mystery of his neighbor's violent death in small-town Nebraska. Read with other recent writing about the American West, Ballantine's book reveals how, in Larry's words, "conventional morality so often teams up with economic exploitation to subjugate people and to strip the land."

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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