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 for November 16, 2015

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Mon, 11/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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.

Old Mole Variety Hour November 2nd 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, Saudi Arabia, Prison reform, Mass Incarceration, capitalism, socialism, Bernie Sanders


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/26/15

Air date: 
Mon, 10/26/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/19/15

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Mon, 10/19/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 5, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Labor and climate change; capital punishment; stopping gun violence

Bill Resnick will be our host and we will hear -- 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews, reviews and current events from left perspective


Bill Resnick interviews Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, a middle-east expert.

Movie Moles review the new documentary "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Filmmakers Barbara Bernstein and  Elaine Velazquez discuss their documentary film, "Gaining Ground," about growing food in ways that support  their communities. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 21, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Republican presidential candidates, Seattle teachers' strike, love, and the US Postal Service
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Mole and we hear, 
  • Psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan reflect on the Republican debates and how GOP candidates push a world view their party has constructed and nourished over the years, pandering to fear and scapegoating Muslims and immigrants. Jan and Tod don’t let the Democrats off the hook either.
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about the recent teachers strike in Seattle and how it built on the precedent of the strikes by Chicago and Portland teachers to build a new unionism.
  • Clayton Morgareidge asks, What kind of love could save the world?

Old Mole Variety Hour September 14th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Social Security, economy, capitalism, sex work, abortion, history,

Denise Morris hosts this Episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for Labor Day 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Scaling Up Renewables

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:
 
  • Bill Resnick talks with Mark Jacobson about scaling up renewable forms of energy production to meet existing demand.
  • A Movie Mole double-feature! Denise Morris and Frann Michel review two documentary films about women musicians: "Amy" (about Amy Winehouse) and "What Happened, Miss Simone?" about Nina Simone.
  • Joe offers a commentary on the use and abuse of labor.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/31/15

Air date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Audio

Wasserman: From Fukushima to Solartopia

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Mon, 03/21/2011

 Longtime anti nuclear activist and journalist Harvey Wasserman joins the Old Mole's Bill Resnick for a conversation about the dangers and costs of nuclear energy and the immediate promise of available alternative technologies for generating and conserving energy.  Wasserman is the author of Nukefree and the author of Solartopia, the story of a post-nuclear world.   At Solartopia, you can listen to the Solartopia song played in this segment and to Pete Seeger leading another song about this brilliant new world.  

Taking the Whole Planet With Us

program date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011

 Chris Hedges has written a dark and powerful prognosis about the future of our civilization, and Tom Becker reads an edited version of  it for us here.  It's title is This Time We're Taking the Whole Planet With Us.  

Why Jobs Are Not a Priority

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Mon, 03/21/2011

 There are many ways government could create jobs, and yet with almost 16% real unemployment, very little is being done.  Clayton Morgareidge draws on an insightful article from 70 years ago by Michal Kalecki, recently republished in the Monthly Review, to explain why.  

March 21 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show which features anti-nuke activist Harvey Wasserman, a movie about Palestinian immigrants, a dark vision of our civilization's decline, and a discussion of why our current economic system cares little about creating jobs.  

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1.  Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with Harvey Wasserman about the nuclear disaster in Japan, about nuclear power, and the ready availability of alternatives.

2.  Tom Becker reads from Chris Hedges piece "This Time We're Taking the Whole Planet With Us."

3.  Well-read Red Clayton Morgareidge draws on Michal Kalecki to explain why our government will not do what it could to create enough jobs.

4.  Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken discuss the politics of Amreeka.

Against Domestic Violence: The Movement

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Mon, 03/14/2011

 In another of their series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker talks with pyschologist Jan Haaken about her new book Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Story Telling.  They discuss some of the misleading dichotomies that have grown up in the struggle to get funding for programs to fight domestic violence.  

The American Dream: Worth Saving?

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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"

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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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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

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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.

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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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