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 for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

Old Mole Variety Hour January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

Audio

Left and the Law: fighting junk science in court

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014
Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker bring another installment of the Left and the Law. Today they focus on legislation in Texas that allows innocent people to get their convictions overturned. In particular, drawing on a case of purported child-abuse, it allows defendants to challenge junk science pushed by experts with new research. For example, much research has not been done on the inner anatomy of young girls' vaginas, and new research suggests that the hitherto unappreciated variability of some of these features (e.g. the hymen) can be mistakenly attributed to abuse. Mike explains how in cases of abuse or murder, where closure is a priority for plantiffs, junk science that condemns a defendant can unreasonably carry a court decision. They wrap up talking about the National Center for Reason and Justice, of which Mike Snedecker is the President.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 16:07 minutes (14.76 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Stagnant Wages, Rising Productivity, and Unemployment as Ideological Problem

program date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014
Tom Becker reads a CounterPunch article by Geoffrey MacDonald, "The Revolving Door of Unemployment". MacDonald argues against the fallicious logic that tries to solve problems created by economic growth, like stagnating wages and unemployment, with MORE economic growth.

Geoffrey has been on the Old Mole before and is an editor at Ruthless Criticism.


 

High Stakes Testing As Class War Strategy

program date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014
Bill Resnick talks with local education activist Hyung Nam about high stakes testing in US schools. Hyung talks about how he was threatened with firing from Wilson High School for asking critical questions about high stakes testing, but also for raising other critical questions about teacher's academic freedom. Hyung explains how business interests are driving "education reform" to turn education into a business. This is happening, he says, in the broader context of capitalism's perpetual crisis (stagnating wages, recessions, collapsing tax bases, etc.), which is transfered to the sphere of education in terms of greedy or lazy teachers. He also argues high stakes and standardized testing are used to reproduce class society and a kind of competition that is tearing American society apart. He mentions Rethinking Schools, Portland Social Equality Educators and wraps up talking about what the alternative to corporate education reform, what real teaching looks like.

Bill Resnick on making sense of the crisis in Ukraine

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program date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014
Bill Resnick offers a news analysis on the political crisis in the Ukraine and its reverberation in world politics.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 5:16 minutes (4.83 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Mark Weisbrot on Venezuela

program date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Mark Weisbrot about recent upheavals in Ukraine and especially in Venezuela, where the right-wing protesters lack the leverage to oust the recently elected government.   Mark Weisbrot is co-director of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research in Washington DC, president of Just Foreign Policy, and a columnist for The Guardian.

Movie Moles on Orgasm, Inc

program date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014
Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss the 2009 documentary Orgasm, Inc, on attempts to medicalize women's sexuality. The film is available at the Multnomah County Library. More information here.

Mom Baby God

program date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014
Jan Haaken talks with Madeline Burrows about her one-woman performance coming to Portland March 5 & 6. The product of two years of immersive research, MOM BABY GOD follows Jessica Beth Giffords, a peppy, Justin Bieber-obsessed 15-year-old and zealous anti-abortion video blogger, as she navigates the political terrain at the Students for Life of America Conference. Through Jessica’s eyes, MOM BABY GOD explores the ways girls navigate their sexuality amidst a sexually repressive—and sexist—attack on reproductive rights.

Old Mole Variety Hour 3 March 2014

program date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear about recent events in Venezuela, a 2009 documentary about pharmeceutical profits and female sexual dissatisfaction, a discussion of the meanings of work beyond waged labor, and an upcoming performance about young women negotiating sexuality amid right-wing discourse.

Bill Resnick talks with Mark Weisbrot about Venezuela

Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss Orgasm, Inc

Joe Clement talks with Peter Frase of Jacobin about Redefining Work

Jan Haaken talks with Madeleine Burrows about her performance Mom Baby God, coming to Portland March 5 & 6

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Peter Frase on Redefining Work

program date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014
Joe Clement talks with Peter Frase of Jacobin magazine about his recent article on Redefining Work, on the desirability of eliminating waged work.  This version contains additional discussion not included in the broadcast for reasons of time.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 21:52 minutes (20.03 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Elizabeth Thiel, PPS Teacher and Parent, on PAT/PPS contract struggle

program date: 
Mon, 02/24/2014

Bill Resnick talks with Elizabeth Thiel, a Portland Public School teacher and parent, about recent contract struggles. They talk about why they wanted to go on strike. She says teachers want to maintain and increase their ability to their job well. This means smaller classes, reduced workload, no more wasting money on consultants, more wrap-around services for creating education equity, challenging the standardized testing paradigm that subverts the teacher autonomy.

Elizabeth recently wrote an article for Labor Notes on this too.

 
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 18:04 minutes (12.4 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 96Kbps (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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