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 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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Labor and the Healthcare Debate

program date: 
Sun, 08/16/2009

 

Mark Brenner, director of Labor Notes, talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the role of that publication in putting the movement back in the labor movement, and about the role of labor in the fight for healtcare reform.   

Prospects for Healthcare Reform

program date: 
Sun, 08/16/2009

 

What  is the minimum healtcare reform we need now, and what do we have to do to make it much better tomorrow?  Bill Resnick comments.  

The Incarcerated Society

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program date: 
Sun, 08/16/2009

  

The US is "the most incarcerated society on earth," according to Robert Perkinson, author of Texas Tough: The Rise of a Prison Empire.  The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Perkinson about how we got this way.  An excellent companion article in Dissident Voiceon this topic is here.

August 17 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Sun, 08/16/2009

 Denise Morris (pictured here) hosts this show focusing on prisons, healthcare reform, and labor issues;  and featuring music from Tom Waits's CD Blood Money.

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1.  Bill Resnick talks about our "incarcerated society" with author Robert Perkinson.

2.  Will the revival of the NLRB with new Obama appointments help the labor movement?  Tom Becker comments.

3.  Mark Brenner  of Labor Notes talks with Denise about labor's interest in healtcare reform and other labor issues.

4.  What can we still expect from healthcare reform, and what must we do in the future to make it work?  Bill Resnick comments.

Talking Back to Anti-Taxers

program date: 
Mon, 08/10/2009

 Drawing on David Sirota's article "The me-first, screw-everyone-else crowd" in Salon.com, Bill Resnick examines the reasons ordinary folk (those showing up to drown out meetings about healthcare reform) might have for hating taxes.  

The New Racism

program date: 
Sun, 08/09/2009

 What is keeping racial minorities down after the Civil Rights victories of the last century and in the administration of the first black President?  The Old Mole's  Bill Resnick talks with Tom Sugrue about the many forms of oppression and discrimination that remain with us.  Sugrue is the author of  Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North.  The book was reviewed in The Nation.

Battle for Seattle Ten Years On

program date: 
Sun, 08/09/2009

 Ten years after the Seattle anti-WTO protests, actions are being planned for this November and December.  Tom Becker reads David Korten's piece from Yes Magazine about the need for ongoing protests against Wall Street's strangle-hold on the Earth.  For more information on how to get involved, go here.   

Movie Moles: "Burning Our Future-Coal in America"

program date: 
Sun, 08/09/2009

 Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the documentary Burning Our Future: Coal in America, a film about fighting mountain-top removal mining in West Virginia.  It will be out soon on DVD from Iron Weed Films.  For more on these horrendous mining operations, go here, here, and here.  

August 10 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Sun, 08/09/2009

 

Tom Becker (pictured here) hosts this show dealing with racism, the WTO, anti-tax protests at healthcare reform meetings, and mountain top removal coal mining.   It features music from Woodstock as we approach the 40th anniversary of that historic festival.  

 

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To hear the whole show, use the play button above.  To hear individual pieces, follow the links below. 

1.  How and Why racism is still with us: Bill Resnick talks with author Tom Sugue.

2.  The Battle for  Seattle  Ten Years on: Tom reads from David Korten's article about the WTO.

3.  What to say to anti-tax protestors--and why they hate taxes.  Bill Resnick comments.

4.  The Movie Moles review a documentary film about the fight against mountain-top removal, Burning Our Future: Coal in America.

 

Negotiating Away Healthcare Reform

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program date: 
Sun, 08/02/2009

 "Are Liberal Netroots Groups Helping Obama Fail"-- by not demanding singlepayer health insurance?  This is  the question Jeff Cohen, founder of FAIR and director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, asks in a recent column.  He  expands on his views about the politics of healthcare reform in this wide-ranging interview with Bill Resnick.  Cohen recommends this website for more information and action opportunities.

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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