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 for February 1

Air date: 
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
ISIS and Syria, a novel of slave times, snow and socialism, loggers and unions
Norm Diamond is our special host for this episode of the Mole, featuring the music of a new Eugene group, appropriately called Monday Morning Denial. On the show we will hear these pieces:
  • Bill Resnick and Dave Finkle will discuss the origins of ISIS, the situation in Syria, and what diplomacy may or may not be able to do to end the fighting.
  • Larry Bowlden will review Tara Conklin’s The House Girl, about a trove of paintings attributed to a south

Old Mole Variety Hour January 25th 2016

Air date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
pollution, water, tenants rights, collective action, Mining, Cowlitz Tribe


Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for January 18, 2016

Air date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Abortion politics, religion and revolution

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/04/16

Air date: 
Mon, 01/04/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 28, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Plans; Generosity; Mad men with guns?



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Frann Michel hosts this episode, which includes these pieces:

Bill Resnick interviews Mike Houck and Kaitlin Lovell about Portland's latest Climate Action Plan. Mike Houck has been a member of the Planning and Sustainability Commission, and is director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute. Kaitlin Lovell is Manager of the Science, Fish and Wildlife Division for the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services. This is the first of a two-part conversation.

Old Mole Variety Hour December 21st 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Change, TPP, Race, Consumerism, workers revolution, Women's Movement, child rearing, class


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 7, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Paris talks on climate change; immigrant bashing & Islamophobia; militarization and the rush to war

Bill Resnick hosts this show, and here is what's on tap:

This week's Paris climate change talks are headed toward an international agreement that will be very weak and unenforceable at that. The Mole discusses the next steps for the climate action movements to save the planet.

Also today on the Mole, immigrant bashing and Islamophobia, and what can be done to counter and defeat the forces of scapegoating, militarization, and the rush to war.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/30/15

Air date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

http://kboo.fm/sites/default/files/episode_audio/kboo_episode.2.151130.0900.2640.mp3

Old Mole Variety Hour November 23rd 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Middle East, Syria, ISIS, Barbarisms, Paris attacks, Xenophobia, islamophobia, Bernie Sanders, Socia


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 16, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 11/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Old Mole Variety Hou
On the Old Mole today at 9:00, it’s the hundredth centennial of the
great Wobbly, Joe Hill, his assassination by the state of Utah. Portland will
have several tributes to Joe Hill this Thursday and Friday.

Audio

The American Dream: Worth Saving?

program date: 
Mon, 03/14/2011

 Well-read Red Frann Michel reflects on "The American Dream" which progressives are being asked to rally around, in opposition to the attack on the working class coming from the right these days.  But what do we dream when we dream The American Dream?  Is it a way of evading the hard reality that the wealthy classes would like us to dream that we can all be like them -- and that that would make us happy?

Read Frann's remarks here.  

Movie Moles: "The Adjustment Bureau"

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 03/14/2011

 Movie Moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the new film starring Matt Damon, The Adjustment Bureau, based (very loosely) on a short story by Philip K. Dick.  What is this satirical movie really satirizing, and what Hollywood movie assumptions does it leave solidly in place?

Wisconsin: What's Ahead?

program date: 
Mon, 03/14/2011

 Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss organizing efforts in Wisconsin and other states where masses of people have turned out in opposition to drastic budgit cuts.  What has to happen if this energy is to lead to a real challenge to the power of the moneyed elites?   Norm Diamond is a labor historian with many years of experience as an activist on labor issues.  He was the President of the Northwest Labor College, and co-author of The Power In Our Hands: A Curriculum on the History of Work and Workers in the United States.  

March 14 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 03/14/2011

 Denise Morris hosts this show featuring a review of the Matt Damon movie (based on a Philip K. Dick story) The Adjustment Bureau; a discussion of the ideological ambiguities thrown up by the struggle for the recognition of domestic violence; some questions and about the meaning and value of The American Dream; and an analysis of the possibilities and limits of the democratic movements going on in Wisconsin and elsewhere.  


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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Mike Snedeker  talks with Jan Haaken about her new book Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Story Telling

2.  Well-read Red Frann Michel asks whether "The American Dream" is what we should be rallying for.

3.  Movie Moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken critically review The Adjustment Bureau.

4.  Labor Historian Norm Diamond talks with Bill Resnick about what's next for the democratic energies unleashed in Wisconsin and around the nation and the world.  

How Organizing Teachers Is Essential to Education Reform

program date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

Bill and Gwen talk about the business model that groups like Stand up for Children are pushing as educational reform, and how teachers unions are under attack because of their resistance.

Gwen Sullivan is the vice-president of the Portland Teachers Association and an elementary school teacher herself.

  • Length: 16:06 minutes (14.74 MB)
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Hallelujah I'm a Wobbly

program date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

The song Utah Phillips is singing here is "Hallelujah I'm a Bum," probably written by a Wobbly (a member of the Industrial Workers of the World) in the early 20th Century. Joe reads the preamble to the IWW constitution.

  • Length: 4:34 minutes (4.18 MB)
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Neoliberalism and the War on Women

program date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

Frann Michel reviews recent attacks on reproductive rights considers how "the neoconservative movement to enforce gender conformity and women's subordination dovetails with the neoliberal agenda of cutting social programs." The full-text version with media-links can be found HERE.

Bring Single Payer Healthcare to Oregon!

program date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

Peter talks about Single Payer, which is being proposed to the House Healthcare Committee March the 11th in Salem: how it improves access, creates medical jobs, saves everyone $4 billion in overhead, and saves lives by making preventative care available. Experts from around the country will be coming to vouch for the demonstrated benefits of single Payer. If you are interested in bringing single payer to Oregon or participating in the hearing, go to www.singlepayeroregon.org

A technical difficulty made Bill absent for the first couple minutes of this interview.

 

  • Length: 11:08 minutes (10.2 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour March 7th

program date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

Today's show, hosted by Joe Clement, features interviews about teachers struggling against the businessizing of education, single-payer healthcare in Oregon, neoliberalism and gay marriage, and a Well Read Red about  the connection between the war against women and labor struggles nation-wide. The show is also peppered with music by Utah Phillips and a reading from the Industrial Workers of the World's constitution.

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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1. Bill talks with Gwen Sullivan about the role teachers unions have in fighting for better schools.

2. After an couple minutes of utah Phillips singing Joe reads the preamble to the constitution of the Industrial Workers of the World.

3. Well Read Red, Frann Michel, reads the attacks against reproductive care against a background of labor-struggle and neoliberalization.

4. Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair about what Neoliberalism has to do with the fight for gay-marriage.

5. Bill talks with Peter Shapiro about Single Payer healthcare in Oregon.

  • Title: OMVH_March_7th
  • Length: 57:43 minutes (26.42 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Marriage Equality as Neoliberal Project

program date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

Denise and Yasmin connect the struggle for LBGT rights with struggles against privatization and criticize how marriage equality obfuscates the fact that essential services like healthcare are not available to all, or in the case of education are under attack.

Yasmin Nair is a writer and activist in Chicago. Her work focuses on queer activism and struggles. She also writes for Against Equality, an online archive, publishing, and arts collecive dedicated to challenging the rhetoric and politics of inclusion.

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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