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 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
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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

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



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Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

Audio

A Profound and Jarring Disconnect

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Mon, 01/24/2011

Tom reads Dave Lindorff's "A Profound and Jarring Disconnect." This article documents the disconnect between what the American people want in terms of spending-cuts, program priorities and tax increases and what the Obama administration continues to do, in their name and otherwise.

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  • Length: 5:52 minutes (2.68 MB)
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Climate Justice and the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee

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Mon, 01/24/2011

Carrie talks to Bill after returning from Cancun where she attended the International Climate Change Conference as a representative of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee. She relates her experience caravaning across Mexico to the conference. She emphasizes climate change and social justice as twin issues, and speaks of climate justice, especially in movements to localize food and energy systems.

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  • Length: 10:20 minutes (4.73 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour January 24th

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Mon, 01/24/2011

Tom Becker hosts today's Old Mole, which features: US and Chinese Human Rights; a review of the film Marwencol; a profound and jarring disconnect between the will of the American people and their administration; and climate justice.

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  • Length: 54:11 minutes (24.81 MB)
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How Will the World's Poor Eat?

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Mon, 01/17/2011

 The price of food is going up.  Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starving and many other works, talks with Bill Resnick about how weather, farming, and food distribution combine to make food harder to get for many millions around the world.  Among other positions, Patel  is a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First.  More information at their website.  

The Radical Martin Luther King

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Mon, 01/17/2011

 Today it seems that mainstream and right-wing pundits prefer their heroes dead, the better to bowlderize their words and twist their messages.  Well-read Red Frann Michel draws on many sources to remind  us of the radical dimensions of Martin Luther King's legacy. You can read her remarks and find links to her sources here.  

Working for the Prize

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Mon, 01/17/2011

 Capitalism exploits our labor, but at least wage workers usually get paid for time on the job.  But what happens when governments and other institutions offer prizes for a job done?  Then many people labor, but only the winner wins.  Joe Clement reads from Jodi Dean's blog on "Finding the One".

"Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self"

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Mon, 01/17/2011

 Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden comments on Danielle Evans's short stories Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self.  They are funny and often heartbreaking stories of young women, black, white and in between.  More of Larry's reviews, including this one,  are available here.   

January 17 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 01/17/2011

 Denise Morris hosts this edition of the Old Mole celebrating Martin Luther King day in music and commentary.   

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Harold Pinter in Portland

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Mon, 01/10/2011

 Harold Pinter's play One For the Road is being performed at Blackfish Gallery (NW 9th & Flanders) by the Readers' Repertory Theater this weekend, January 14 and 15.  Director David Berkson talks about the play with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.  The story of a master interrogator and his torture victims -- a husband, wife and their young son -- Pinter wrote One for the Road in response to torture in Turkish prisons during the 1980s, and the protection that Turkey received from the United States because of its strategic importance during the Cold War.  For tickets, call 503 295-4997, or email Readers' Rep through their website.

Movie Moles: "True Grit"

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Mon, 01/10/2011

 Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Joe Clement  discuss the Coen brothers version of True Grit.  What is this film saying about the role of women in the American West?  About commerce?  About justice?

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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