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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You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour September 22 2014

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Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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People's Climate March report-back, public policy and climage change, NW People's Movement Assembly

Old Mole Variety Hour September 15 2014

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Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate change & Public health, Culinary Capitalism, book/movie reviews: "Bleeding Kansas" & "Reds"

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/14

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Mon, 09/08/2014 - 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 Labor Day 2014

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Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/14

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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 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 for August 18, 2014

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

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Mon, 08/11/2014 - 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 August 4 2014

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Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

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Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

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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June 14 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 06/21/2010

This edition of the Mole is hosted by Tom Becker, and its topics include the future of Social Security, Israel's  impunity from the law, problems of the prison system and what can be done about them, and the havoc wreaked upon the forests and the people by Texaco-Chevron in the Ecuadorian Amazon.  

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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:
 

 

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.   

 

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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