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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).

Here is why we call this show "The Old Mole"

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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 July 21 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity, same sex intimate partner violence

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
Old Mole Variety Hour



Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews and news

Today on the Old Mole
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson on the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Larry Bowlden reviews a memoir entitled "Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile (gen TEAL ee), Director of Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 

Audio

The Politics of PTSD

program date: 
Mon, 11/23/2009

 Is PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) a useful concept  for thinking about how people deal with a society saturated in violence?   What is gained by using it to treat soldiers suffering from the results of battle mayhem?  Can it be extended  to understand women in abusive relationships, or children growing up in a police state?  Two mental health professionals discuss the history of the concept, its usefulness and its limits -- the Old Mole's  Jan Haaken and  Rebecca Hyman, a student of  trauma  theory.   

How About a Recovery with Jobs?

program date: 
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

program date: 
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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program date: 
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.  

Who Really Runs This Country?

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program date: 
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

program date: 
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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program date: 
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.  

Queer Activism in Maine

program date: 
Mon, 11/09/2009

 Voters in Maine just repealed a law that legalized gay marriage -- but is that the issue LGBT people should be organizing around?  Maine queer activist Ryan Conrad says the marriage equality campaign is a distraction from improving the lives of gay people.  He tells why in this this conversation with the Old Mole's Denise Morris.   Conrad writes a blog at  "The Naughty North," and recommends the website Against Equality.

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