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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/20/08

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Mon, 10/20/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On today's Old Mole Variety Hour, Priya Kandaswamy, Professor of Women's Studies at Portland State University, explains  how so-called “welfare reform” has  made  it harder for poor women to escape from domestic violence.  We also get some historical context for bank nationalizations and who they benefit, and we hear about some labor struggles going on at Western Washington University  in Vancouver. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/13/08

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Mon, 10/13/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins from the Institute for Policy Studies about a real recovery plan that would revive the enconomy, support working people, and lead to new and green forms of production.   Jan Haaken interviews Megan Brooker,  an organizer of the Winter Soldier Conference, about the impact of war on mental health.  And Tom Becker explores the significance of Columbus Day.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/06/08

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Mon, 10/06/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Green Jobs for All as a response to two crises: climate and recession

After the bail-out: Supervising Paulson and the US Treasury; insuring the money is not wasted on the rich; preparing for upcoming financial dislocations and economic recession; and building strength in the new Congress and administration for a real recovery package, including Green Jobs for All.  
 
With Kate Gordon of the national organization Green Jobs For All, and local activist/leader Barbara Byrd of the Apollo Alliance.
 
Also on the Mole a review of the new film opening in Portland, "The Battle of Seattle." 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/29/08

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Mon, 09/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Does the financial meltdown spell the end of conservative economics?

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, we ask whether the financial collapse and the government bailout spells the end of  conservative economics.  Bill Resnick talks with Mark Engler, author of How to Rule the World: The Battle For the Global Economy (available as a gift for calling in during the show with a KBOO membership pledge).  We’ll also hear from local organizers of the Oregon Fair Trade Coalition and the Cross Border Organizing Committee about the Rural Organizing Project’s effort to defeat the Sizemore anti-immigrant ballot initiative.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/22/08

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Mon, 09/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Moles discuss the financial crisis and Sarah Palin and the Christian Right.

Get the Moles’ underground  analysis  of the current financial crisis as Bill Resnick  interviews John Miller from the Union of Radical Political Economists (URPE), and Tom Becker  reads from The  Nation’s William Greider.  Also on the show, Jan Haaken will be talking with Cynthia Burack about  Sarah Palin and the Christian Right.  Burack is the author  of Sin, Sex and Democracy: Anti-Gay Rhetoric and the Christian Right.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/15/08

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Mon, 09/15/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Politics and Music of War and Peace

Listen to the Old Mole Variety hour Monday morning at 9:00 to hear the music of Victor Jara and learn about his life.  You’ll also find out what progressives can do to build popular support for a more peaceful foreign policy and why the Democrats are always playing defense against the Republican attack machine.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/08

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Mon, 09/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Moles discuss immigration issues and saving the city and the planet one neighborhood at a time

Luz María Gordillo will be your host, interviewing Chicana Rusty Barceló of the University of Minnesota.  Denise Morris will be talking with Amelia Cates from the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee about strategies for defeating the anti immigration measure on the ballot this November.  And Bill Resnick talks with two local gardening experts about sustainable gardening that can make every neighborhood a park. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/08

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Mon, 08/25/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Cuba: Interview, film review and commentary.

Bill Resnick will interview Cuba expert Sam Farber. They will discuss Cuba in transition and the possibilities for development, self-determination and Socialist democracy. Movie Moles will review the 1964 film Soy Cuba! made by Russian film makers interested in telling the story of the Cuban revolution. Soy Cuba! was a breakthrough in filmmaking.
 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/04/08

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Mon, 08/04/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Iraq: the current situation and how to get out

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this show will feature a discussion with middle-east expert Antonia Juhasz about the situation in Iraq and how the US can get out without further harm to the Iraqi people.   We will also hear How the Garcia Girls Spent the Summer (that is, a movie review), why “democratic capitalism” is an oxymoron, and all about an artists’ collective that makes social protest posters

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/28/08

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Mon, 07/28/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Old Mole Variety Hour -- interviews and reviews from an underground perspective

What happens to victims when their assailants are given  "guilty except for insanity" sentences, as in the Richard Gillmore case?  Portland Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with Jan Haaken.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden will discuss Elizabeth Berg’s novel  The Art of Mending.  And Bill Resnick interviews Guy Dauncey about the technologies apppropriate for a greener and more democratic earth.

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Rebels on the Air

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Mon, 10/05/2009

 Here is a history of alternative media like KBOO.  Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America, details the waxing and waning of radio experimentation and government regulation.  Author Jesse Walker talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier.   

McChesney's Media Revolution

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Mon, 10/05/2009

  Robert McChesney and Jon Nichols have a new book, to be published in December, on how what needs to be done to save American journalism and investigative reporting from the corporate drift towards empty entertainment.  It's called The Death and Life of American Journalism: the Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again.  McChesney talks with Bill Resnick about their radical, yet realistic, proposal for treating journalism as a public good necessary for a democratic society.  For a preview of the book, go here.

Move Moles: Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story"

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Mon, 10/05/2009

 Michael Moore's new movie Capitalism: A Love Story is now out, and our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Laurie Mercier give us their take on it.  What is its critique of capitalism?   What does Moore offer as an alternative?

October 5 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 10/05/2009

 

 Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show is part of  KBOO's Fall Pledge Drive, giving you the opportunity to support the Old Mole and this great radio station.  You can act now by clicking on the Donate Today jar on the upper right side of this page!

On this program, Bill talks with well-known media critic Robert McChesney about his latest book (co-authored with Jon Nichols) and about how to save investigative journalism.  Laurie Mercier interviews Jesse Walker about the history of experimentation and regulation of the air waves, and Move Moles Frann Michel and Laurie discuss the new Michael Moore film "Capitalism: A Love Story".  

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can follow us on Twitter, and see us on Facebook.

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

1.  An alternative history of radio and its regulation: Laurie Mercier and Jesse Walker.

2.  The Death and Life of American Journalism: Bill Resnick and Robert McChesney.

3.  Michael Moore's  new movie about capitalism: Frann Michel and Laurie Mercier.

Republican Gomorrah

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Mon, 09/28/2009

 

In his new book Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, Max Blumenthal reports on and analyzes the pathological culture of the Christian Right and how they have taken over the party.  Here he talks with Bill Resnick about what he discovered and what it might mean for progressive politics.  Blumenthal will be speaking at Powell's on Burnside at 7:30 tonight (9/28/09).

Short Story: "The Photographer"

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Mon, 09/28/2009

 

Luz María Gordillo presents another in her series of short stories about the Mexican immigrant experience -- this one about a photographer living in Spanish Harlem. 

Economic Policy in Pittsburgh

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Mon, 09/28/2009

While protesters on the streets outside were being gassed by police, what were the world leaders doing inside?  Lots of pious promises to help the poor, but any action?  Bill Resnick talks with Arthur Stamoulis, Director of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign who has followed the talks.  They also discuss the E-Convergence Conference, featuring Noam Chomsky and many others, coming up later this week here in Portland.  For details, go here.    

Stories from the Healthcare Frontlines

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Mon, 09/28/2009

 A wide-ranging discussion of healthcare and health insurance issues by seven participants in a course called  "Humanity in Perspective."  The course was offered free at Willamette University and at Reed College to  adults who are economically and/or educationally disadvantaged.  In this conversation, moderated and edited by Professor Ivan Welty of Willamette University, the students speak from personal experience with the difficulties of the current healthcare system.     

September 28 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 09/28/2009

 

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features a conversation among seven people about their experiences with the healthcare system.  Nationally known author Max Blumenthal talks with Bill about his new book Republican Gomorrah -- the crashing and burning of the party at the hands of the Christian Right.  Luz María  Gordillo reads her story "The Photographer,"  and  Arthur Stamoulis reviews the promises and likely performance of the  the  G-20 world leaders in Pittsburgh.  

 

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can follow us on Twitter, and see us on Facebook. 

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

1.  Max Blumenthal on Republican Gomorrah:  Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party.

2.  Luz María Gordillo's story about a  photographer in Spanish Harlem.

3.   Report from Pittsburgh and the G-20.

4.   Stories from the frontlines of healthcare.

 

September 21 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 09/21/2009

 

This program is hosted by Clayton Morgareidge (pictured here) and deals with several areas of popular resistance to domination -- in political uprisings around the world, in courtrooms demanding restitution for medical errors, in demands for healthcare for immigrants,  and in against the invasion of our culture by the military.  

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can follow us on Twitter, and see us on Facebook.

 

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

1.  Daniel Drache talks with Bill Resnick about Defiant Publics.

2.   Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken deflate right-wing myths about tort reform and malpractice suits.

3.   Tom Becker makes the case for  including all immigrants  in healthcare reform.

4.  Clayton Morgareidge reports on the invasion of schools and movie  previews by the military.

5.  Bill Resnick reviews Obama's week and what we the people need to do.

 

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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