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 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/17/12

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Mon, 12/17/2012 - 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 on 12/10/12

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Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

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Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

Iven Hale hosts this next episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/26/12

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Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Wal-Mart Strikes, Movie Review: Argo

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Nelson Lichtenstein about the Black Friday strikes and growing resistance to Wal-Mart.
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, review Argo.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/19/12

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Mon, 11/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Israel's attack on Palestine, book review "10 Girls to Watch", rethinking Thanksgiving, strike-wave

Alan Wieder hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick will analyze Israel's attack on the Gaza strip.
  • Larry Bowlden is going to review Charity Shumway's Ten Girls to Watch.
  • Alan will explore rethinking Thanksgiving.
  • Updates on the strike-wave in Europe. 

 

Audio

July 5 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 07/05/2010

This show, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, responds to the  insane drive to cut social spending by governments at a time when people have been left high and dry, or homeless and hungry, by the absurd situation that capital has created: vast wealth that cannot be invested, millions of people with no jobs, and lots of work that needs to be done to keep our communities and our planet together.  We look at the shortfall in the Oregon state budget and the cuts that are coming, and what should be done instead.  We hear a lucid historical account of how the world has been led to this point by capitalist growth.  And we learn how to see Toy Story 3 as a depiction of depression and hope in these hard times.   

For more discussion of the recession from the Mole's point of view, see Marty Hart-Landsberg's blog.

Also on the show is music from hard times, past and present, selected for us by our radical musicologist Brad Duncan.  We hear parts of  Blind Alfred Reed's "How Can a Man Stand Such Times and Live;" "The Hustle is On" by T-Bone Walker; Young Jeezey singing "Circulate"; and "I'm Broke and Proud" by Rugged 'N Proud, featuring Hasan Salaam.  

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Privatizing the Post Office

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Mon, 06/28/2010

 Services that we used to count on from the US Postal Service have been increasingly taken over by private companies such as UPS and FedEx.  Jim Cook, a long time postal worker and President of the Portland branch of the Letter Carriers Union, discusses what we lose as a result (Saturday deliveries are on the chopping block!) and how the Postal Service could be brought into the age of electronic communication.  

Get involved:  There will be an informational picket on Thursday, July 1, from 2:30 to 6:30 pm in front of the main Post Office at NW Broadway and Hoyt.   

Imagining the End of Capitalism

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Mon, 06/28/2010

Is it easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism?  British blogger and theorist Mark Fisher explores this question in his book Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?  Old Mole blogger and theorist Frann Michel reviews and comments on his work in this commentary.  You can read the text of her remarks here.  

 

 

  The British blogger and theorist Mark Fisher recently published a slim little volume from Zer0 books titled Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? By "Capitalist Realism" he means, roughly, the notion that, as Margaret Thatcher famously asserted, there is no alternative to capitalism. But Fisher is also interested in questioning and exploring the implications of this view that, as it is sometimes put, it has become easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.

Book Mole: "Union Street"

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Mon, 06/28/2010

English novelist Pat Barker is known for several novels about World War I, but Book Mole Larry Bowlden has discovered her first two books, Union Street and Blow Your House Down.  They are about poor, working class, Northern English women and girls. Larry praises their articulate depth and insight.  

Community Energy

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Mon, 06/28/2010

 Zaratha Young is with Transition PDX organizing Portland neighborhood committees to reduce energy use and build an environmental ethic.  Bill Resnick talks with her about the work.  Read all about it at their website.  

June 28 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 06/28/2010

Denise Morris hosts this program about the future of the US Postal Service, whether capitalism has a future, building sustainable neighborhoods in Portland, and the lives of British working class women.  

Event:  Bushra Kaliq, General Secretary of the Pakistan Women's Workers Help Line, speaks on "War and Resistance in Pakistan" at PSU tonight (June 29).  Here is more info.  

 

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A Future for Social Security

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Mon, 06/21/2010

 There is no crisis for Social Security funding, in spite of what we hear from politicians and news media.  Nancy Altman of  Social Security Works explains why we keep hearing about this phony crisis in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Altman has been studying Social Security for thirty years and is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble.   

(The graph shows that by 2023, the Social Security surplus is estimated to grow to $4.3 trillion.)

 

Israel's Impunity from Law

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Mon, 06/21/2010

Both the attack on the flotilla and the siege of Gaza are illegal, argues George Bisharat in this succinct article from Counterpunch, read here by Old Mole Tom Becker.   

Prisons: Reform or Abolition?

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Mon, 06/21/2010

 In this conversation from their series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and psychologist Jan  Haaken explore the enormous economic and human costs of the prison system and some of the reasons why we continue to bear those costs.  Mike and Jan earlier discussed Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  To hear that discussion, click here.   

 

Ecuador v Chevron: in Court and on Screen

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Mon, 06/21/2010

 Investigative film maker Joe Berlinger talks with the Old Mole's Wendy Webb about his new film Crude. The film details the Amazon oil disaster that is the subject of the largest environmental law suit in history.  Berlinger has made many award-winning documentary films.  

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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