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?



Old Mole Variety Hour

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

Future of the Egyptian Revolution

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program date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

 Can the Egyptian people who toppled Mubarak and who are demanding democracy keep up their momentum to achieve their goals?  Chris Toensing edits Middle East Report, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the obstacles that lie ahead.  

Protesting for What?

program date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

 Exciting protests are going on in Wisconsin and other states against cuts to public sector jobs and social services.  But when will the Left begin to protest the system that empowers the super rich and disempowers the rest of us?  Clayton Morgareidge comments, drawing on Slavoj Žižek's recent book First as Tragedy, Then As Farce.

Movie Moles: "The Company Men"

program date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

 What happens when Hollywood takes on the trauma of unemployment in the economic meltdown?  Our Movie Moles, Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken review the star-studded film The Company Men.  

"Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It"

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program date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

 Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It is Maile Meloy's book of short stories about difficult choices.  Larry Bowlden finds a lot to like this set of spare, realistic, and emotionally intelligent stories.   More of Larry's reviews are here.

February 28 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show dealing with revolution and democracy in Egypt, the future of the Left in the context of the Wisconsin protests, a movie about being fired, and a fine book of short stories.  

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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.  Chris Toensing of Middle East Reports talks with Bill Resnick about the road ahead for Egypt.

2.  Clayton asks what the protests against public sector cutbacks are really for -- reform or systemic change.

3.  Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken review The Company Men.

4.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Maile Meloy's short story collection Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It.

Brad Duncan on Egyptian Liberation Music

program date: 
Mon, 02/21/2011

We heard rap and hip-hop inspired by events in Egypt and around the Middle East on today's show. Brad gives us a little more perspective on the music and where it's come from, and speaks to listener concerns about vulgarity.

 

1. Back Down Mubarak

2. Jan 25 Egypt

3. Lions on Parade

4. Not Your Prisoner

And the documentary Brad mentioned Sling-shot Hip-Hop

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Old Mole Variety Hour February 21st

program date: 
Mon, 02/21/2011

 Today's Old Mole, hosted by  Tom Becker on left, features interviews about the protests in Wisconsin, the complexity of deficits, the experience of race through sports culture and liberation rap growing out of the Egyptian revolution.

 

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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 Bob Peterson, A teacher in Milwaukee Wisconsin, about the protests

2. Bill talks with Ethan Pollack about how deficits develop and what we can do about them.

3. Jan Haaken talks with Tabhiti Lewis about his new book, "Ballers of the New School."

4. Tom and Brad talk about the liberation-rap on the show today.

 

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Resnick and Bob Peterson on Growing Protests

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Mon, 02/21/2011

 In addition to being a teacher, Bob is one of the founders and editors of Rethinking Schools. They talk about the basic hows, whys and what's at stake in the protests in Wisconsin surrounding unions. 

 
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Žižek on Egypt and Democracy

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Mon, 02/14/2011

 Philosopher and social critic Slavoj Žižek has been following events in Egypt with an eye to their historical signficance.  In this commentary, read by the Old Mole's Joe Clement, Žižek analyzes the Egyptian revolution's commitment to universal democratic values and social justice.

Stephen Zunes on Egypt

program date: 
Mon, 02/14/2011

What are the prospects for realizing the goals of the Egyptian revolutionaries as the military takes over?  What will the people need to do to make sure the old order is not re-established with only cosmetic changes?   Stephen Zunes has published widely on the Middle East, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about Egypt's future.   

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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