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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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/02/09

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Mon, 02/02/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Norm Diamond and Clayton Morgareidge co-host. They focus on the 1919 Seattle General Strike anniversary--and feature an  interview with Rob Rosenthal, who with the Fuse produced the rock opera "Seattle 1919" http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/strike/music.shtml.  They'll also discuss the meaning and significance of the strike today.

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 01/12/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Well-known writer and activist Holly Sklar talks with Bill Resnick about the deep changes in the economy needed to solve the problem of poverty.  The Moles  also cover the war in Gaza, and the Movie Moles tell us why the original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is better than the new one now playing. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 01/05/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The housing crisis continues as more people become homeless  because of foreclosures.  On this program, Bill Resnick talks with Chester Hartman, Director of Research for the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, about  the problem and how it could be solved. The Movie Moles will  review Slumdog Millionaire, and Tom Becker will read from the Guardian on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

This program revolves  around the prospects for universal health care in the Obama years and beyond.   Can we have real universal coverage in a profit-driven insurance system?   Why are other nations better at this than the US?   And we hear a review of  Kaye Gibbons' novel Sights Unseen in which issues of mental health are raised.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on this edition of the Old Mole include:
•    How Obama’s foreign policy might affect the poorer nations of the world
•    the role of remorse in granting parole, with reference to Diane Downs
•    the dying death penalty; and
•    why Eric Holder is the only cabinet pick the  Republicans fear.
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on the Old Mole Variety Hour for December 8 include
•    the music of John Lennon,
•    Gus Van Sant’s movie Milk,
•    the hearts and minds of anti-gay marriage voters, and
•    the auto industry bailout. 
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/01/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's topics include creating an economy that works for peace, sustainable production, and compassionate human caring in the current crisis and a look at the roots of the Mumbai massacre.

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 11/24/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, film theorist Robert Samuels talks with Jan Haaken about the politics of comedy and irony in entertainment, as for example in Madagascar 2, Tropic Thunder, Religulous, and W.  Bill Resnick and Economist Arthur McEwan discuss the spiraling economic crisis.  And Clayton Morgareidge looks at the situation in Afghanistan in light of President-elect Obama’s policy to ramp up the war there.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/17/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The Movie Moles discuss “Queen of Hearts,” a documentary about Darcelle’s – the nation’s oldest suriving Drag club right here in Portland.  We also hear from David Oaks who challenges the dominance of drugs and the medicalizing of madness in psychiatry.  He urges organizing psychiatric survivors around patients’ rights.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/10/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Today the Moles  reflect  on the Obama victory: its impact on black folks and the left’s response: euphoria, high hopes, and the advice he’s  getting on health care,  unions, the environment, as well as worries about his first appointments.   We’ll also hear  a  tribute to the late Studs Terkel.

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About Police Violence

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Mon, 12/28/2009

 Why is violence such a feature of police work?  Kristian Williams is the author of two books on this topic, including Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America.  Williams examines the populations most often subjected to police abuse and the forms that abuse takes, delving into the role of police brutality in repressing political dissent and in preserving existing structures of inequality.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  On next week's Old Mole (Jan. 4), the conversation will continue, focusing on what police work would be like in a better world.  

The Healthcare Bill: Yes/No?

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Tue, 12/22/2009

 The Senate has just passed a healthcare bill.  Is it worth our support?  Dr. Paul Gorman, a physician at OHSU and member of  Physicians for a National Health Program talks with Laurie Mercier  about what's been lost in the legislative process, and what it will take to get back on the road to real universal coverage. 

Can Higher Taxes Help the Economy?

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Mon, 12/21/2009

Oregon Voters will be asked in January to decide whether to raise taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals. The opposition claims that taxing the rich hurts the economy, undermines small business, and costs jobs. But does that contention hold water? In this interview, the Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with economist and writer John Miller, a regular contributor to Dollars & Sense, about the impact of taxes on jobs and investment. 

The Politics of PTSD (Part 3)

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Mon, 12/21/2009

 Continuing their discussion of how the military uses the label  "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome," attorney Mike Snedeker and the Old Mole's Jan Haaken discuss how it diverts attention from policies of militarism and  focuses instead on individuals.  

December 21 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/21/2009

 This show, hosted by Tom Becker,  asks whether higher taxes in Oregon on corporations and wealth individuals would help the economy;  whether  the latest healthcare bill is worth supporting; and what  are the political impications of the military's use of the  label  "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder".

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1.   Economist John Miller, talking with the Old  Mole's Bill Resnick, about taxes and the economy.

2.  Dr. Paul Gorman assesses the Senate's healthcare bill, in this conversation with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier.  

3.  The Law and the Left: Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken look into the politics of the PTSD diagnosis.

Copenhagen and Beyond

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Mon, 12/14/2009

 What are the politics and the prospects for a serious approach to climate change at the Copenhagen Conference?  Brian Tokar, activist, organizer, and writer on environmental issues, talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  His books are The  Green Alternative and Earth for Sale:  Reclaiming Ecology in the Age of Corporate Greeenwash.  His work can also be found at ZNet and (most recently)  Counterpunch.  

Move Moles: "Invictus"

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Mon, 12/14/2009

 Sports, politics and race combine in the new Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.   Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken analyze the deep politics of this film.

Children's Books for Progressive Families

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Mon, 12/14/2009

 Portland's  independent women's bookstore In Other Words is expanding its selection of books for children, selecting those that convey progressive values of  equality, diversity,  peace, and democracy.   Amber Roland from In Other Words talks with Bill Resnick about some of these  books.  In Other Words is located at 8B N.E. Killlingsworth.  

Book Mole: "Unaccustomed Earth"

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Mon, 12/14/2009

 "A writer who seems to paint pictures without leaving brush strokes."  That's how the Old Mole's Larry Bowlden describes the work of Jhumpa Lahiri in her collection of stories Unaccustomed Earth.  You can find an archive of Larry's past reviews here.   

Floyd Red Crow Westerman

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2009

 Floyd Red Crow Westerman was a Native American singer, songwriter, actor, and activist who joined the causes of native peoples to contemporary folk music.  Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about Red Crow's life, music and legacy.   

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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