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 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

Movie Review: "Up In the Air"

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Mon, 12/28/2009

Brooke Jacobson comments on the current film about a high-flying guy who fires people for a living.  Some of the actors are real people recently laid off.  

About Police Violence

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Mon, 12/28/2009

 Why is violence such a feature of police work?  Kristian Williams is the author of two books on this topic, including Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America.  Williams examines the populations most often subjected to police abuse and the forms that abuse takes, delving into the role of police brutality in repressing political dissent and in preserving existing structures of inequality.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  On next week's Old Mole (Jan. 4), the conversation will continue, focusing on what police work would be like in a better world.  

Book Mole: "Middlesex"

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Mon, 12/28/2009

 Our book mole Larry Bowlden takes up Jeffrey Eugenides's Pulitzer Prize novel Middlesex.  It is about gender ambiguity, immigration, working in the auto industry in Detroit, and family history.  You can read more of Larry's reviews here.  

December 28 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2009

 Denise Morris hosts this show which features discussions of police brutality, the auto industry, Jeffrey Eugenides novel Middlesex, and the movie "Up In the Air."  

 

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1.  What explains the level of police violence?  Author Kristian Williams and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick explore the question.  

2.  Retired auto worker and activist Dianne Feeley talks with Denise Morris about the auto industry and its workers.  

3.  Brooke Jacobson reviews Up In the Air, a movie about a guy who fires people for a living.  

4.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews the Pulitzer Prize novel Middlesex -- a story of gender ambiguity, Detroit, immigration, and family  history.

 

The Healthcare Bill: Yes/No?

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Tue, 12/22/2009

 The Senate has just passed a healthcare bill.  Is it worth our support?  Dr. Paul Gorman, a physician at OHSU and member of  Physicians for a National Health Program talks with Laurie Mercier  about what's been lost in the legislative process, and what it will take to get back on the road to real universal coverage. 

Can Higher Taxes Help the Economy?

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Mon, 12/21/2009

Oregon Voters will be asked in January to decide whether to raise taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals. The opposition claims that taxing the rich hurts the economy, undermines small business, and costs jobs. But does that contention hold water? In this interview, the Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with economist and writer John Miller, a regular contributor to Dollars & Sense, about the impact of taxes on jobs and investment. 

The Politics of PTSD (Part 3)

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2009

 Continuing their discussion of how the military uses the label  "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome," attorney Mike Snedeker and the Old Mole's Jan Haaken discuss how it diverts attention from policies of militarism and  focuses instead on individuals.  

December 21 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2009

 This show, hosted by Tom Becker,  asks whether higher taxes in Oregon on corporations and wealth individuals would help the economy;  whether  the latest healthcare bill is worth supporting; and what  are the political impications of the military's use of the  label  "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder".

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can follow us on Twitter, and see us on Facebook.

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

1.   Economist John Miller, talking with the Old  Mole's Bill Resnick, about taxes and the economy.

2.  Dr. Paul Gorman assesses the Senate's healthcare bill, in this conversation with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier.  

3.  The Law and the Left: Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken look into the politics of the PTSD diagnosis.

Copenhagen and Beyond

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Mon, 12/14/2009

 What are the politics and the prospects for a serious approach to climate change at the Copenhagen Conference?  Brian Tokar, activist, organizer, and writer on environmental issues, talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  His books are The  Green Alternative and Earth for Sale:  Reclaiming Ecology in the Age of Corporate Greeenwash.  His work can also be found at ZNet and (most recently)  Counterpunch.  

Move Moles: "Invictus"

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Mon, 12/14/2009

 Sports, politics and race combine in the new Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.   Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken analyze the deep politics of this film.

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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