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

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Audio

Old Mole Variety Hour February 7th

program date: 
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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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.

  • Title: OMVH_Feb_7
  • Length: 56:56 minutes (26.07 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Rosetta Reitz and the lost Women of Blues

program date: 
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

program date: 
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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  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 20:30 minutes (9.39 MB)
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Why Fear the Arab Revolutionary Spirit?

program date: 
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.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 5:40 minutes (2.6 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

In Other Words in Portlandia

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program date: 
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.

 

What's Happening in Egypt?

program date: 
Mon, 01/31/2011

 What's happening in Egypt these days -- and in Tunisia -- is huge.  What are the forces that are rising up, and what kind of new government will emerge?  Palestinian scholar Bashir Abu-Manneh of Barnard College, who has written on Middle Eastern issues in Z-Space and elsewhere, clarifies matters in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.

Festival of African Films

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program date: 
Mon, 01/31/2011

 The 21st Annual Festival of African Films begins this Friday and continues for a month at several venues in Portland.  P.C. Peri of the program committee, in conversation with Jan Haaken,  previews the festival, which is free to everyone.  

January 31 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/31/2011

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Membership Drive episode of the Old Mole which includes discussions of what's ahead for the revolutionary events in Egypt; how Portland's feminist bookstore In Other Words featured in the TV series Portlandia; and the coming Festival of  African Films.  

Thanks to the many who called during the show to support the Mole.  If you didn't, it's not too late: click on the tip jar at the top right of this page.  

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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.  Jan Haaken talks with Nora Barnett from In Other Words about being in Portlandia.

2.  In depth discussion of the events in Egypt with Bashir Abu-Mennah and Bill Resnick.  

3.  All about the coming Festival of African Films: P.C. Peri with Jan Haaken.

Why is the US Condemning Chinese Human Rights?

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program date: 
Mon, 01/24/2011

 Bill and David Gespass talk about the hypocrisy of the Obama Administration condemning Chinese human-rights violations when doing so obfuscates US complicity (on structural-economic and militant-political levels) in those violations. They also consider the United States' own anti-democratic tendencies on the electoral level.

David is  President of the National Lawyer's Guild. The guild was formed in 1937 and fights for human rights in the US. 

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 18:44 minutes (8.57 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: Marwencol

program date: 
Mon, 01/24/2011

 Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss the documentary Marwencol, directed by Jeff Malmberg. Unable to afford therapy after a near-death assault, Mark Hogancamp devotes himself to building a 1/6th-scale World War II era Belgian village that he populates with dolls and props. He calls the town "Marwencol." He takes photographs of his creations, which when discovered thrust him into uncertain limelight.

Frann and Jan consider how the film expresses - visually as well as narratively - a too uncommon respect for the mentally disturbed; how his creations allow him to work through or in some way deal with his trauma; and how his relationship to these dolls, including barbies, ties him to a caring community, and while fetishistic is not merely consumerist.

  • Title: Marwencol
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 13:56 minutes (6.38 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

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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