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 on 07/14/08

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's guests include MICHELLE HABELL-PALLAN, an associate professor of women’s studies at
University of Washington and author of
Loca
Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture.
She’ll talk about the profound influence of Latinos in American popular music. And local activist Maika Yeigh of the Lewis and Clark School of education, discusses the very
expensive "drill and kill" corporately- developed early reading
program pushed by the Bush Administration and purchased by Portland. 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/07/08

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music and interviews focusing on LGBTQ rights.

Today’s program  features Kate Reid, a charming and in-your-face songwriter whose music is full of great story-telling, humor, and political commentary.  Luz María Gordillo will interview  her.  Luz María will also talk with Adelina Anthony a Xicana-Indígena lesbian multi-disciplinary artist, originally from San Antonio, Texas. Her work addresses many issues affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities.  The movie moles will  review a Lesbian spy spoof/satire called "D.E.B.S."   All this plus a Bill Resnick interview with professor of women's history and feminist studies Etstelle Freedman. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Political repression in the US and Participator Democracy in Venezuela

Does  the political repression of the 1950s (McCarthyism) live on today in FISA and the Patriot Act?  Ellen Schrecker, who has written widely on the politics of the '50s, will talk with host  Laurie Mercier.   Can grassroots communities govern themselves?  What is “participatory budgeting?”  Radical economist Robin Hahnel and the Old  Mole's Bill Resnick discuss.  That's all on The Old Mole Variety Hour today, along with commentary by Thabiti Lewis and a film review from Denise Morris.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/23/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Old Mole Variety Hour does news, views, reviews, interviews and music.

Today’s show is hosted by Tom Becker and features the music of the late Utah Phillips.  How do people parent their children differently in the US and Europe?  Bill Resnick’s guest will explain.  Frann Michel will review a new collecton of feminist science fiction. Tom will report on a debate about global  warming.  And we’ll hear from Brian Johnson on the  upcoming Portland Bike Tour. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/16/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/16/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Old Mole Variety Hour does news, views, reviews, interviews and music.

The Old Mole today, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, features the music of local avant-pop band Iretsu and an interview with its members (Ryan Cross, Glen Schiedt and Joel Holly).  Bill Resnick  will interview radical economist Arthur MacEwan about McCain, Obama, and the economy.  Larry Bowlden will reflect on on religious fundamentalism and Jon Krakauer's  book Under The Banner of Heaven.  All this plus the Movie Moles' take on a movie classic now out on DVD.   Killer of Sheep

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/09/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Bill Resnick explores rising food prices and world hunger and what the UN and the major countries are (not) doing.
He also looks at climate change and Congress with a critique of
the very inadequate, indeed, counterproductive response. The bill being discussed subsidizes nuclear energy. Luz Maria Gordillo reviews Sex and the City, the movie. Frann Michel hosts a segment of the Well-Read Red on solidarities between LGBTQ and immigrant activism.  And we'll hear more music by Pink Martini and an exploration of their politics.

 
 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/02/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Bill Resnick interviews Michael Klare whose latest book is Blood for Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Oil; Denise Morris interviews Tamara Wallace, co founder of Theater for change; Larry Bowlden  reviews Alice Munro'sHateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” and the movie moles review “Sex and t

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/05/08

Air date: 
Mon, 05/05/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

On today's show, Bill Resnick will interview a scholar or activist  on a hot current topic.  We'll hear from the Movie Moles about a  film currently playing in town. And there will be provocative commentaries from  Tabithi Lewis and Clayton Morgareidge.

Audio

Policing Gender Boundaries

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2009

 What qualifies an athlete to compete as a woman or a man?  What makes any of us a man or a woman?  It's not as obvious as you might have thought, as the Old Mole's Frann Michel argues in this commentary, which begins with the case of runner Caster Semenya.  You can read Frann's remarks here, where you will also find links to many further discussions of the issue.  

Cooperating Co-ops in Cleveland

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2009

 Building on the model of the Mondragón region of Spain, a movement for  a system of worker-owned co-ops is growing in Cleveland, Ohio.  Ted Howard, director of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the democratic potential of this movement.  Read more about this work in this article from Yes Magazine. (Image from Equal Exchange)

Music of Guardabarranco

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program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2009

 The duo Guardabarranco, consisting of sister and brother Katia Cardenal  and Salvador Cardenal Barquero, emerged with the Sandanista revolution in Nicraguq.  Norm Diamond plays part of "Casa Abierta" ("Open House") and translates its message hope, peace and justice.  They take their name from the national bird of Nicaragua.

Medicalizing Unhappiness

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program date: 
Sun, 08/23/2009

  How therapists and drug companies take our ways of being unhappy -- worry, anxiety, depression, grief, impotence, self-criticism, frustration, anger, forbidden hungers – and turn them into illnesses and syndromes for which they can sell us expensive treatments.  Bill Resnick talks with anthropologist Eugenia Tsao, who has published on this topic in Counterpunch.  

Bombing Civilians: The Interview

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program date: 
Sun, 08/23/2009

 Following up on Jay Thiemeyer's review of Bombing Civilians, the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with one of the book's editors Marilyn Young, Professor of History at New York University.   They discuss the origins of this strategy as well as its ongoing use in Afghanistan and elsewhere.  You can read an excerpt from her book here.     

Bombing Civilians: The Book

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program date: 
Sun, 08/23/2009

 How and why has the aerial bombing of civilian populations become standard military procedure?  Jay Thiemeyer reviews a new book  of essays on the history and problems raised by wars waged, not just against opposing armies, against peoples.   The book is Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth Century History, edited by Yuki Tanaka and Marilyn Young.   For a slideshow history of aerial bombing, go here.  You can also hear Marilyn Young following up on this review in a conversation with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier -- click here.   

Realistic Hopes for Healthcare Reform

program date: 
Sun, 08/23/2009

 Bill Resnick examines the good things that could come out of the current healthcare debate short of the public option, and what we need to do to push matters in the direction of our ultimate goal -- single payer health care.  

 

(Image from Raising Women's Voices 08)

Getting Over Death

program date: 
Sun, 08/23/2009

 Why are we so afraid of death, and how does that fear affect us, individually and collectively?   How can we get beyond that fear?   Clayton Morgareidge comments.  You can read the text of this commentary here.

August 24 Old Mole Variety Hour

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program date: 
Sun, 08/23/2009

 

 As always, the Moles dig where few others dare to tread, this week taking on the commercialization of unhappiness, the American  tradition of bombing civilians, and our common fear of death.  Clayton Morgareidge (pictured here) is your host.

 

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

1.  Turning ordinary unhappiness into diseases in order to sell us cures: Bill Resnick talks with Eugenia Tsao  

2.  Bombing Civilians: Jay Thiemeyer reviews the book.

3.   Bombing Civilians:  Laurie Mercier interviews the editor, Marilyn Young.

4.   What we can really hope for healthcare reform -- and what we have to do to get there.  Bill Resnick comments.   

5.  Getting Over the Fear of Death.  Commentary from Clayton Morgareidge

Reviving the NLRB

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program date: 
Sun, 08/16/2009

 The National Labor Relations Board, charged with mediating labor disputes, became moribund during the Bush administration, but the Obama administration is trying to revive it by appointing new members.  The Old Mole's Tom Becker looks at an article by Dave Lindorff in Counterpunch that examines what this might mean for labor struggles in the US.   

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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