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 06/30/14

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 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 June 23 2014

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

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Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
Old Mole Variety Hour



Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

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Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

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Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews and news

Today on the Old Mole
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson on the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Larry Bowlden reviews a memoir entitled "Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile (gen TEAL ee), Director of Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12

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Mon, 05/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"Strike!" and today's mini-revolts; a corporate take-over of our water; "After the Revolution"

Bill Resnick hosts this show and we hear--

Old Mole Variety Hour May 5 2014

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Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Walmart Working Class, Well-read Red, Socialism From Below, remembering Paul Robeson Sr. & Jr.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 28

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Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Women's prisons in Oregon, wrongful convictions, working class poets, and progressive politics in CA

Tom Becker hosts this show, and this is what we will hear:

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

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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  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 20:30 minutes (9.39 MB)
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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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  • Length: 5:40 minutes (2.6 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

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.

 

What's Happening in Egypt?

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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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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

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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.  

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can also follow 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.  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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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

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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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