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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

The Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/29/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Reviews, commentaries, current events

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/15/14

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Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/15/14

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Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/15/14

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Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/15/14

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Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour December 15, 2014

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Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am
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Climate Change, Racism, police corruption, consumerism, psychology

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:

The Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News, interviews, commenataries,

Bill Resnick interviews Steve Early, an activist with the Richmond Progressive Alliance regarding their successful work to reform Richmaond Police.

Clayton Morgareidge discusses and reads from a Nation article entitled "The Civil Rights Movement Came Out of A Moment Like This One," by Dani McClain referring to the recent killings of unarmed black children and men.  

Larry Bowlden reviews Ellen Meloy's new book, Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild. Meloy is a well-known nature writer. 

Ivan Hale shares an article about queer femme invisibility or how feminine lesbians often go unrecognized.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 1, 2014

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Mon, 12/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Surveillance, Snowden, Documentary, Policing, Capitalism, Marx, Immigration, Farmworkers, PCUN
Old Mole Variety Hour
Denise Morris Hosts this week's episode of The Old Mole Variety Hour which includes these segments:

• Bill Resnick interviews Larry Kleinman. Kleiman is co-founder of the Oregon Farm Workers union PCUN and is now working nationally on the immigrants rights struggle and preparing for changes in the law. They talk about Obama's recent very controversial Executive Order as well as the future of immigrant politics in this country.

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 24

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Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Drug Wars in Latin America, the 8-hour work-day, football and feminism
Tom Becker hosts this episode featuring --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/17/14

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Mon, 11/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

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Egypt's Army Consolidating Its Power

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Mon, 02/14/2011

 Further analysis of the role of the Egyptian Army in the ongoing revolutionary changes in Egypt, from the blog Lenin's Tomb, read here by Joe Clement.  

Single Payer Health Plan

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Mon, 02/14/2011

 Four hundred people attended the first ever Oregon Single Payer Conference last Saturday.   Dr. Margaret Flowers from PNHP was one of the keynote speakers.  Here is the audio from an interview with her at the conference.  You can see it here.   

Single Payer for Oregon

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Mon, 02/14/2011

 Oregonians, like some folks in Califonia, are planning to go beyond the limited healthcare reform passed last year by Congress -- all the way to a single payer plan for our state.  Bill Resnick talks with Peter Shapiro of the Oregon Single Payer Campaign about the campaign.   

Movie Moles: "The Garden"

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Mon, 02/14/2011

A 14 acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles, established after the riots of 1992, under threat from developers: that's the situation described in the documentary film The Garden, reviewed here by Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken.   

 

February 14 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 02/14/2011

 

The Moles continue to follow the Egyptian revolution on this show, hosted by Bill Resnick.  Bill talks with  Middle-Eastern expert Prof. Stephen Zunes about the prospects for democratic change, and Joe Clement reads two pieces about the significance of events in Egypt.  The Movie Moles review a movie about the struggle to save a community garden from developers.  And we hear from two activists keeping up the fight for single payer health insurance.  

To hear the music from Tahrir Square featured on the show, go here.  

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1.  Joe Clement reads Slavoj Žižek's reflections on the universal human values driving the Egyptian protesters.

2.  Stephen Zunes talks with Bill Resnick about democratic prospects in Egypt.

3.  Single Payer activist Dr. Margaret Flowers explains the continuing need to fight for single payer insurance.

4.  Peter Shapiro talks with Bill about the campaign for a single payer plan in Oregon.

5.  Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken review The  Garden, a documentary about South Central L.A.  

6.  Commentary about the Egyptian Army from the blog Lenin's Tomb, read by Joe Clement.

Old Mole Variety Hour February 7th

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Mon, 02/07/2011

  Today's Old Mole, hosted by Joe Clement shown to the left, features an ongoing discussion about the Egyptian revolution, a review of the film Biutiful, an article about the revolutionary arab spirit, and the almost forgotten women of blues and the jazz historian who rescued them.

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

1. Bill Resnick continues his talk from last week with Bashir Abu-Manneh about Egypt

2. Jan Haaken and Denise Morris review "Biutiful"

3. Joe reads an article addressing the revolutionary democratic spirit of the Egyptian uprising

*4. Joe talks with Brad Duncan about Rosetta Reitz (includes links to music featured in the show)

* An accident caused us to lose Brad's connection in the last minute of the interview.

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Rosetta Reitz and the lost Women of Blues

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Mon, 02/07/2011

 The women we heard on the show and linked below were all but lost until Rosetta Reitz, a feminist and jazz historian, started the record-label Rosetta Records. Brad talks about how the self-image of Blues as a male-dominated genre was shook up in 1979 when Rosetta re-released many of these women for the first time after having been lost in record collections and the public domain. Rosetta died in 2008. However, an unfortunate accident caused us to lose Brad's connection in the last minute of the interview.

 

1. Blue Lu Parker - "Don't You Feel My Leg"

2. Ida Cox - "Four Day Creep"

3. Mammie Smith - "Crazy Blues"

4. Sippie Wallace - "Bedroom Blues"

Bill Resnick and Bashir Abu-Manneh on Egypt

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Mon, 02/07/2011

 Bill and Bashir pick up from last week's discussion and talk about how the surrounding region and global community is reacting to the Egyptian uprising.

Bashir Abu-Manneh is an Assistant Professor of English at Barnard College. He focuses on global literature, Palastinian and Israeli and African studies.

 

 

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Why Fear the Arab Revolutionary Spirit?

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Mon, 02/07/2011

After the uprisings in Tunis and then Egypt, many commentators were hesitant to embrace the as democratic. In The Guardian, Slavoj Zizek calls out this hesitation and the sometimes racist rationale that backs it up as hypocrisy. What's going on in Egypt IS democracy, as as Zizek puts it in an interview on Al Jazeera "universalism at work," but there is nothing to fear unless you are part of the power elite.

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In Other Words in Portlandia

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Mon, 01/31/2011

In Other Words is the only surviving non-profit feminist bookstore in the US, and it was recently featured in the IFC TV series Portlandia.  Here the Old Mole's Jan Haaken talks with Nora Barnett, a member of the In Other Words Board about how the store was portrayed and its expanding role in the community.

 

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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