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 on 06/04/12

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Mon, 06/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Libertarians at work, the obesity panic.

Our host on this episode of the Mole is Frann Michel, and the show will include

  • What do libertarians really think about work and liberty? Joe Clement reads a commentary provoked by the coming take over of the libertarian Cato Institute by the Koch Brothers;
  • Well-read Red Frann Michel brings us critical commentary on the HBO series on obesity;
  • Bill Resnick will interview an incisive activist-scholar on the attack on public education or the crisis in Greece from the workers' point of view;
  • And more!

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/21/12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/21/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
City Repair, Crisis in Greece, Corporate Legislation

 

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show and the topics include--

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/14/12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/14/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
What industry, especially agriculture, puts into our air and water.

 

Bill Resnick hosts this Membership Drive Special edition of the Old Mole in which he talks with a biologist about what industry, especially agriculture, puts into the air and water we breathe and drink, and what we can do about it. Also on the show,

  • Clayton Morgareidge raises questions about "Tax the Rich" as a political demand;
  • Joe Clement discusses the politics of the blockbuster movie The Avengers;
  • Also from Joe, commentary on "cooperative consumption" -- from tool libraries to listener-sponsored radio.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/30/12

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Air date: 
Mon, 04/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
May Day in history and tomorrow in Portland

 

 

Norm Diamond hosts this Old Mole May Day Special program about working class struggles, then and now.  This is the 100 year anniversary of the big textile workers’ strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  We’ll report on the April 28 celebration in Lawrence and look ahead to May Day events here in Portland.  The show features and comments on music from the Lawrence strike and from contemporary labor protests.  

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/23/12

Air date: 
Mon, 04/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Against the War on Women; Bryant, Reed, and Russia 1917; and beyond Tax the Rich

 

Clayton Morgareidge will be our host on this edition of the Old Mole featuring --

  • A conversation with Portland activist Angela Zehava about the April 28 action by Unite Against the War On Women to oppose anti-women legislation coming out of Congress and State legislatures.
  • A Review of Warren Beatty's 1981 film about John Reed, Louise Bryant and the Russian Revolution.
  • A commentary on how to make "Tax the Rich" a radical demand.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/16/12

Air date: 
Mon, 04/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Inequality, Taxes, and Hunger Games

 

Tom Becker hosts this show which includes --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/26/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Students resist austerity in Greece, a satire about black revolution, and the bubble of ideology

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and it will include:

  • A report on student resistance to austerity measures in Greece;
  • A look back at "The Spook Who Sat At the Door," a 1973 satirical film about black revolution;
  • Commentary on the bourgeois bubble of ideology; and
  • A Bill Resnick interview: Andrew Riley of the center for Intercultural Organizing discusses what's ahead for health care reform: Obama Care, the Oregon Health Plan, and single payer.

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/19/12

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Air date: 
Mon, 03/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Military Psychology in Afghanistan; Oregon's new healthcare plan

 

Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which will include --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/12/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Lorax, "Stealing" an education, and the Occupy Movement

 Denise Morris will be your host and 

  • Movie Moles Joe Clement and Iven Hale review The Lorax, based on the Dr. Seuss book.
  • Well-read Red Frann Michel comments on the "theft" of education by parents enrolling their kids in the wrong schools.
  • Clayton Morgareidge discusses what's ahead for the Occupy movement.
  • Bill Resnick interviews Mark Cooper about how financial speculation by the 1% drives up the price of gas.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/05/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Splits in the GOP, Left and the Law, critique of business-unionism, movie-review: Tomboy

 

Joe Clement hosts the next Old Mole and we hear:

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Voter-Owned Elections

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program date: 
Mon, 10/18/2010

 Bill Resnick talks with Janice Thompson of Common Cause about publicly-financed politics and voter-owned elections, and specifically how Portland Ballot 26-108 ensures them.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 6:46 minutes (3.1 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Well Read Red: Mortgage Morass

program date: 
Mon, 10/18/2010

 Tom Becker reads from Paul Krugman's October 14th Op-Ed in the New York Times, "The Mortgage Morass," which reflects on a wave of potentially illegal home-seizures and how this takes us back to "the days when noblemen felt free to take whatever they wanted, knowing that peasants had no standing in the courts." 

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 5:24 minutes (2.47 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

McChesney on Finance Capital

program date: 
Mon, 10/11/2010

 Well-known scholar and critic of the media, author of several books on democracy and the media, Robert McChesney talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the root causes of the Great Recession which began in 2008.  He is the co-author, with John Bellamy Foster,  of a recent article in the Monthly Review on this topic.  

Doubts About Inclusion

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program date: 
Mon, 10/11/2010

 Yasmin Nair is an academic, a writer, and an activist who, along with others, questions the goals of equality and inclusion for gays and lesbians.   Along with Ryan Conrad, she has produced a book called Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage, and in this interview with the Old Mole's Denise Morris, she discusses the value and challenges of  books vis a vis electronic media.  

Nair is a member of Against Equality, an online archive, publishing, and arts collective focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. As queer thinkers, writers and artists, we are committed to dislodging the centrality of equality rhetoric and challenging the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage, the US military, and the prison industrial complex via hate crimes legislation.

Movie Moles: "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"

program date: 
Mon, 10/11/2010

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is Oliver Stone's  sequel to his 1987 Wall Street, and our reviewers, Jan Haaken and Joe Clement tell us how it stacks up against the original in terms of raising basic institutional questions. 

October 11 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 10/11/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program features an interview with well-known writer on the media Robert McChesney; a conversation with Chicago-based activist and writer Yasmin Nair about the politics of inclusion; and a review of the politics of Wall Street:  Money Never Sleeps,  Oliver Stone's new movie.

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Movie Moles: Restrepo

program date: 
Mon, 10/04/2010

Frann Michel and Wendy Webb discuss Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's 2010 war-documentary, shot in 2007-2008, "Restrepo."

Restrepo is an Army outpost in Afganistan, named after a First Class Private medic who died earlier in the campaign. Junger and Hetherington, on assignment for Vanity Fair, were there embeded Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (airborne) of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in the Korangal valley. Frann and Wendy consider the directors' claim to making an apolitical film about the war.

The Death and Life of the Great American School System

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program date: 
Mon, 10/04/2010

Bill Resnick interviews Diane Ravitch about the subject of her new book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System." Writing from decades of experience with testing- and market-oriented education policies --- originally as a proponent --- Ravitch argues that a dearth of evidence shows them to be abysmal failures that undermine the cooperation essential to a thriving education system. Perhaps more controversial is the critical lens she puts over charter schools, which in her assessment do not on the whole prove to be more effective than public-schools.

 

Diane Ravitch is a historian of education and former United States Assistant Secretary of Education, and is now a research professor at New York University.

  • Title: Resnick & Ravitch
  • Length: 16:08 minutes (9.23 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Alternative Mental Health

program date: 
Mon, 10/04/2010

 Jan Haaken talks with David Oaks about the Alternatives 2010 conference and peer-managed alternatives to traditional mental health.

  • Title: Part I
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:49 minutes (4.47 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour October 4th

program date: 
Mon, 10/04/2010

 Joe Clement hosts today's membership-drive episode. Between pitching segments are discussions of privatizing education, the war-documentary "Restrepo," and the alternative mental health movement. Below are links to individual segements:

Bill Resnick interviews Diane Ravitch, author of "The Death and Life of the Great American School System."

Frann Michel and Wendy Webb review "Restrepo."

Jan Haaken talks with David Oaks, Executive Director of MindFreedom International about mental health awareness.

  • Title: OMVHoct4
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 37:04 minutes (21.22 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

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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