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

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/29/12

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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:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Working-class mobilization & resistance, Movie Moles on "American Dream", IWW & Paid Sick Days Now!

 

Laurie Mercier hosts this special Labor Day episode and we hear:

Audio

"Deep Space Nine": The Labor Episode

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program date: 
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.  

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.

Trisha Kahle, revolutionary socialist union organizer, talks about the Fight for $15

program date: 
Mon, 10/28/2013
Bill Resnick talks with Fight for $15 labor activist, Trisha Kahle, about the movement and its political contexts. She is an SEIU union organizer and works at Whole Foods. She is also the author of a recent Jacobin Magazine article about why the Left shouldn't downplay organizing low-wage workers. They talk about the campaign, the re-mobilization of the working-class, Trisha's personal experience working in different kinds of low-wage industries and what she's learned about how workers gain consciousness of their power. Bill waxes earnestly about the democratic tendency mutually defining the Old Mole and the Fight for Fifteen's rank-and-file organizing model. 
 
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  • Length: 18:07 minutes (10.37 MB)
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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.. 
 
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Book Mole: Eight Girls Taking Pictures

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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. 
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  • Length: 7:54 minutes (4.52 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour October 28 2013

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Mon, 10/28/2013

Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:
 
 
 
 
 
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  • Length: 56:16 minutes (32.2 MB)
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Public Enemy: Bill Ayers on his critics, the sectarian left, and his new memoir

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Mon, 10/28/2013
Jan Haaken talks with education activist, Bill Ayers, about his recent memoir "Public Enemy: confessions of an American dissident". The book responds in part to critics who used Bill's controversial history as a founding member of the The Weather Underground (radical left revolutionaries who employed sometimes destructive tactics) to smear Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

Bill's explains how critics constructed a narative of guilt by association with not only him, but several other firebrand individuals Obama knew (e.g. Jerimiah Wright). Moreover, he reminds us that this particular narative to do with him, while seemingly a right-wing echo chamber fixation, actually originates with Hillary Clinton when her campaign folded in 2008. Jan and Bill unpack the hypocrisy of the demand for him to "confess" to the error of his past and renounce violence, seeing how much of the Congress and the president himself are implicated in continued State violence. Responding to a question about the "criticisms from the left" about his Weather Underground activities, Bill says the greatest sin of the time was sectarianism, dogmatism, and mistaking friends for enemies.

Climate Report: Hot!

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Mon, 10/21/2013
In Part One of the Old Mole two-hour special on confronting climate change, Bill Resnick talks with Mark Hertsgaard about the latest scientific findings about how and why the climate is changing and what the consequences will likely be. Hertsgaard is a journalist who has been writing about climate change for twenty years. His recent book is "Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years."

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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