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).

Here is why we call this show "The Old Mole"

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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 05/20/13

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Mon, 05/20/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate change activism, the Rivonia Raid, beauty and politics

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/29/13

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Mon, 04/29/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Consumerism, Labor History, Syria, Guns, and Freedom

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Clayton Morgareidge hosts this action packed show covering the situation in Syria, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Conference coming up in Portland, getting over and beyond consumerism as the basis for social life, and gun violence and gun legislation.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/22/13

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Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Green Syndicalism, Steady State Economics, A Practical Utopians Guide, Food-Stamps for All

Joe Clement hosts this special Earth Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/15/13

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Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles: 42, WRR: Chris Hani, Left and the Law on punitive laws, attacks on social security

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Movie Moles review the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. For those too young to remember, Robinson was a pioneering black baseball player for the Dogers, a member of the Republican Party, and collaborater with HUAC in the 1950s.
  • Well-read Red, Alan Wieder commerates the 20th Anniversiary of the assassination of South African freedom fighter and communist Chris Hani.
  • The Left and the Law discuss Oregon prisons and punitive laws in response to budget crises.
  • Bill Resnick talks about attacks on social security.

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January 18, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/18/2010

 Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features music of the Great Depression, a discussion of what Obama has and has not done to create jobs, putting Haitian poverty in historical context, a conversation about how to save journalism (and what it needs to be saved from); and a review of a novel about the confusions of bi-racial identity.  

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1.  Dedrick Muhammad talks with Bill about unemployment and what to do about it, and about Obama.

2.  Frann Michel, the Well-read Red, reviews the history of Haiti.

3.  Robert McChesney and Denise Morris discuss the future of journalism.

4.  Larry Bowlden reviews The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.

5.  Protest songs from the Great Depression, plus conversation with musicologist Brad Duncan.

Great Depression Protest Songs

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Mon, 01/18/2010

 In times like these -- times like the 1930s and 40s -- a tradition of protest music emerges that sings from the viewpoint of working people and people who can't find work.  Last week's show was about contemporary rap music.  This week, we feature music from the Great Depression by the likes of Pete Seeger and Josh White. These musicians consciously made music that touched on many aspects of the growing working class movement: unemployment, Jim Crow and lynching, union organizing, anti-fascism, etc. They wanted to bring a generalized pro-working class perspective to the popular arts.  Radical musicologist Brad Duncan is back to talk with with Bill Resnick about all this.  

Taxes, with Steve Novick

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Mon, 01/11/2010

 Oregonians will be voting on two state tax measures that increase what corporations and wealthy individuals contribute to State government.  Steve Novick  from the Yes For Oregon campaign talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what the measures would do and the fallacies in the arguments of the opposition.  You can contact the campaign at  411 N.E. 19th Ave. Portland, OR 97232 | 503-234-0444 or through their  website.

Movie Moles: "Avatar"

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Mon, 01/11/2010

 James Cameron's new blockbuster movie Avatar has been widely debated: what is it really saying about people with disabilities, the environment, racism, colonialism, and other important social questions?   Our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris have a rousing good time taking down the pretensions of this huge  movie phenomenon.   Their blog has lots of quotes from and citations of the ongoing discussion of the film.   

Democratic Energy

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Mon, 01/11/2010

 Can electricity be produced locally where it can be controlled by local communities?  Yes, claims Judy Barnes of Oregonians For Renewable Energy Policy in this conversation with Bill Resnick.  She points to the example of Germany where  it is possible for  residents to sell back to the system the energy they produce themselves with solar panels or windmills -- or maybe even by riding their stationary bikes!  Barnes will be speaking at a Community Forum on Building a Green Oregon, Saturday, January 16 and the First Unitarian Church,  SW 12th and Salmon, starting at 10 am.  

  

Political Hip Hop

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Mon, 01/11/2010

Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about the political rap artists The Welfare Poets,  Chosan, and Black Skeptik.   We hear samples of their music followed by a discussion of  their music as the poetry and the politics of everyday life.  Here are links to videos of Black Skeptik, "Rent";  Chosan,  "This is My America;" and The Welfare Poets,  "Warn Them."

January 11, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 01/11/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this show discusses Oregon tax measures with Steve Novick; the blockbuster movie "Avatar," making the power grid democratic, and the latest in political rap music.  

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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.  Steve Novick talks about taxing wealthy Oregonians and corporations.

2.  Movie Moles  Frann Michel and Denise Morris have serious fun taking down Avatar.   

3.  Bringing electricty home: democratizing the grid -- Judy Barnes and Bill Resnick.   

4.   Rap music as the poetry and politics of everyday life -- Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick (includes music samples).

Badiou's Communist Hypothesis

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Mon, 01/04/2010

 Alain Badiou enunciates the communist hypothesis:  The subordination of labor to a dominant class, (whether it be a class of capitalists or a class of party bureaucrats)  is not inevitable.  If so, then the existence of a coercive state, with the violent policing we heard about at the beginning of this show, is not inevitable either.  Here is the Old Mole’s Frann Michel making the case for this hypothesis, and for the courage to weather the hard times of struggle.  You can read the text and find her sources here.  

January 4, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/04/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this first show of 2010 proposes that another, better world is possible.  Portland writer Kristian Williams tells Bill Resnick what it would take to provide domestic security without violent policing.  Clayton reflects on the recent terrorist attempt on an airliner to find connections between terrorism and the frustration of social connection.  Psychologist Felix Warneken describes experiments showing that toddlers want to help others -- indicating that humanity is capable of living cooperatively.  And Frann Michel explains Alain Badiou's "communist hypothesis": that the subordination of labor to a dominant class is not inevitable.  

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 (and how all the pieces hang together and support each other), use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.   Part 2 of Kristian Williams and Bill Resnick on policing.  This time they discuss the road to non-violent policing.

2.  Clayton Morgareidge on terrorism, motives and solidarity.

3.  Felix Warneken and Bill Resnick discuss the desire to cooperate in toddlers.

4.   Badiou's "communist hypothesis" -- commentary by Frann Michel.

Cooperating Toddlers

program date: 
Mon, 01/04/2010

 Are human beings capable  of  living in a better society in which cooperation predominates over competition?  Harvard psychologist Felix Warneken discusses experiments showing that kids of 18 months have a spontaneous impulse to help others in need.  More about this here.

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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