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 11/05/12

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Mon, 11/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Hurricane Sandy, Elections, review of a Howard Zinn biography, anarchist POV on electoral politics

 

Joe Clement hosts this pre-Election Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/29/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/29/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Zombies, capitalism, book-reviews, #n3

 On this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour, Iven Hale hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Leo Panich
  • Iven Hale reviews a book
  • Joe Clemen reads a piece about Zombie Capitalism
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left Press
  • Joe Clement also interviews Gina from the Portland Action Lab about November 3rd.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/22/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/22/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
An hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspective.

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interviews an activist or scholar working on the Left.
  • Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris, review Maquilapolis, a 2006 film about multnationally-owned factories employing cheap labor in Mexico.
  • Alan Wieder remembers Ruth First, an anti-apartheid activist who was assissinated 30 years ago.
  • Tom reads from the Left Press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/15/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/15/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Reducing prison time for low risk offenders; Have women won more clout in the world than men?

 

Jan Haaken hosts this edition of the Old Mole on which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/08/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/08/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Membership-Drive Special on DRUGS

 

Bill Resnick or Jan Haaken hosts this membership-drive special on DRUGS

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/01/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
NFL Lockout, Labor against War, Well Read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick discusses the NFL referee lockout. He considers their complaint over pensions, how unions promote high work standards, and why unions need to shed their bureacratic service-orientation for a rank-and-file solidarity-model.
  • Frann Michel, our Well Read Red, reads from the left press.
  • Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Zweig about building the labor movement back into a force against imperialist wars, particularly in light of Afganistan.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Leo Panitch, Searching for Sugar Man, against the work-ethic, reading from the left press

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Audio

Taxes and Jobs

program date: 
Mon, 11/23/2009

 Do higher taxes on businesses and wealthy individuals drive down investment and cost us jobs?  Not at all, according to Karen Kraut of United for a Fair Economy in this wide-ranging discussion with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  In fact, higher taxes keep surplus wealth out of the finance casino and puts it to work in the real economy.  The conversation is specific to Oregon where the modest tax increases on the rich and on comporations will be up for voter approval in January.  Kraut also recommends this website relating to Oregon.  See also The Green CPA, the source of this image.

How About a Recovery with Jobs?

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Mon, 11/16/2009

 The economy is recovering -- but without jobs.  Heidi Schierholz of the Economic Policy Institute talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what can and should be done right away to create enough jobs for everyone.  Schierholz is one of the author's of  the annual report The State of Working America.

Moving to the Beat: Hip Hop from PDX to Sierra Leone

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Mon, 11/16/2009

Bridging the gap between the US and Africa with Hip Hop youth culture -- that's one of the aims of the new film Moving 2 the Beat, produced here in Portland and in Sierra Leone.  Abdul Fofanah, co-director of the film and a Sierra Leonean -American, talks about the film here with Tom Becker.   

Book Mole: "Olive Kitteridge"

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program date: 
Mon, 11/16/2009

 Elizabeth Strout's book Olive Kitteridge is a set of short stories revolving around a central character, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2009.  Our reviewer Larry Bowlden tells us what's great about it.  You can find more of Larry's reviews here.  

Psychiatry and the Military at Fort Hood

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Mon, 11/16/2009

 Reponding to the recent shootings at Fort Hood, Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Maureen Katz talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about how the military uses psychiatry, and how the media portray PTSD and mental illness among  soldiers and mental health workers.   Who carries the trauma and the guilt produced by wars set in motion by the State?   Katz is the author of an article on these matters: "Prisoners of Azkaban: Understanding Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma Due to War and State Terror (With Help from Harry Potter)."

November 16 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 11/16/2009

 This show is hosted by Tom Becker (pictured here), and covers this variety of topics:  What has to happen to include jobs in the economic recovery (it's not happening now); a new film about Hip Hop culture spanning the distance between Portland and Sierra Leone;  how stories about PTSD and psychiatry are being used to protect the planners of war from the guilt and trauma of war; and Elizabeth Strout's pulitzer prize book of fiction Olive Kitteridge.

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1.  Economist Heidi Schierholz talks with Bill Resnick about what needs to be done to get jobs into the economic recovery.

2.  Co-director of the cross-cultural  HipHop film Moving 2 the Beat Abdul Fofanah describes the film and its origins in this conversation with Tom Becker.

3.  Book Mole  Larry Bowlden reviews Pulitzer  Prize winner Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.

4.  Psychiatrist  Maureen Katz talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about how to think about what happened at Fort Hood.  

November 9 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 11/09/2009

 

This Old Mole episode is hosted by Denise Morris (pictured here), and features discussions of how the system limits the actions of Presidents; two movies about mothers and sons; whether "Hell is other people" (as a  line in Sartre's play No Exit has it); and whether the right to marry is what LGBT people should be fighting for.

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1.  Investigative journalist Russ Baker talks with Bill Resnick about the system of power that ties the hands of polititicians.

2.  The Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken review Antichrist and Where the Wild Things Are.

3.  Clayton Morgareidge asks whether Hell is, or has to be, other people.

4.  Maine queer activist Ryan Conrad and Denise  Morris discuss the irrelevance of the gay marriage issue to the lives of most queer folk.

Who Really Runs This Country?

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Mon, 11/09/2009

What keeps us at war -- and without universal healthcare -- is not the moral  failings of politicians but the system within which politicians -- including presidents -- are forced to act.  That's the argument of  investigative journalist Russ Baker in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   Baker is the author of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces that Put it in the White House,  and What Their Influence Means for America.   He's also the the founder of the new website  WhoWhatWhy.com where you can find more of his work.   

Antichrist & Wild Things

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Mon, 11/09/2009

 Our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken give their psychoanalytic take on two current  films dealing with the  theme of mothers and sons: Antichrist, by the Danish director Lars von Trier; and Where the Wild Things  Are, directed by Spike Jonze.  Find out here which one they think you should see!

Is Hell Other People?

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Mon, 11/09/2009

Jean-Paul Sartre's play "No Exit" is playing at Imago Theater, across the street  from KBOO, through November 15.  Here are Clayton Morgareidge's thoughts about what we can learn from it and it's famous line, "Hell is other people."  You can read the text of this  commentary here.  

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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