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 for November 16, 2015

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Mon, 11/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Old Mole Variety Hou
On the Old Mole today at 9:00, it’s the hundredth centennial of the
great Wobbly, Joe Hill, his assassination by the state of Utah. Portland will
have several tributes to Joe Hill this Thursday and Friday.

Old Mole Variety Hour November 2nd 2015

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Mon, 11/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Syria, Saudi Arabia, Prison reform, Mass Incarceration, capitalism, socialism, Bernie Sanders


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/26/15

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Mon, 10/26/2015 - 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 10/19/15

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Mon, 10/19/2015 - 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 October 5, 2015

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Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Labor and climate change; capital punishment; stopping gun violence

Bill Resnick will be our host and we will hear -- 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews, reviews and current events from left perspective


Bill Resnick interviews Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, a middle-east expert.

Movie Moles review the new documentary "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Filmmakers Barbara Bernstein and  Elaine Velazquez discuss their documentary film, "Gaining Ground," about growing food in ways that support  their communities. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 21, 2015

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Mon, 09/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Republican presidential candidates, Seattle teachers' strike, love, and the US Postal Service
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Mole and we hear, 
  • Psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan reflect on the Republican debates and how GOP candidates push a world view their party has constructed and nourished over the years, pandering to fear and scapegoating Muslims and immigrants. Jan and Tod don’t let the Democrats off the hook either.
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about the recent teachers strike in Seattle and how it built on the precedent of the strikes by Chicago and Portland teachers to build a new unionism.
  • Clayton Morgareidge asks, What kind of love could save the world?

Old Mole Variety Hour September 14th 2015

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Mon, 09/14/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Social Security, economy, capitalism, sex work, abortion, history,

Denise Morris hosts this Episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for Labor Day 2015

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Mon, 09/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Scaling Up Renewables

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:
 
  • Bill Resnick talks with Mark Jacobson about scaling up renewable forms of energy production to meet existing demand.
  • A Movie Mole double-feature! Denise Morris and Frann Michel review two documentary films about women musicians: "Amy" (about Amy Winehouse) and "What Happened, Miss Simone?" about Nina Simone.
  • Joe offers a commentary on the use and abuse of labor.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/31/15

Air date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

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Is there really an Islamist menace?

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Mon, 01/10/2011

 The threat of terrorist attacks  in Europe from Islamists  is not what we think.  Dan Gardner argues that "in most of Europe, there was no terrorism. And where there was terrorism, the trend line pointed down."  Tom Becker reads Gardner's piece "The Not-So-Great Islamist Menace," first published in the Ottawa Citizen.

Photograph by: Saeed Khan, AFP/Getty Images

 

January 10 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 01/10/2011

 Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole where the topics include the Teamsters and democracy, a local production of Harold Pinter's play about torture, a review of the Coen Brothers film True Grit, and an op-ed debunking the "menace" of Islamist terrorism in Europe.

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1.  Bill Resnick talks with labor activists Peter Landon about the Teamsters and democracy.

2. Jan Haaken interviews David Berkson, director of a production of Harold Pinter's One for the Road.

3. Movie Moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the implicit politics of True Grit.

4.  Tom reads Dan Gardner's piece "The Not-So-Great Islamist Menace"

 

Democratic Teamsters

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Mon, 01/10/2011

 Peter Landon has had a long career as a truck driver and Teamster union activist with TDU (Teamsters for a Democratic Union).  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about union democracy and the campaign to replace James P. Hoffa with Sandy Pope as president of the Teamsters.   More about Pope here.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 3rd

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Mon, 01/03/2011

On today's Old Mole, hosted by Joe Clement, we hear about net neutrality, Albert Einstein on socialism, the new movie Black Swann, and politically-charged 1990s hardcore-punk.

 

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Profits and Climate: Rewarding the culprits or Saving the Planet

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Mon, 12/27/2010

 As the Earth's climate becomes increasingly unstable, the US government is responding with measures that reward the profit-making corporations that caused the problem.  Bill Resnick talks with Daphne Wysham from the Institute for Policy Studies about cap and trade and carbon offsets, and about what should be done instead. Wysham is founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, a project of IPS, and founder and co-host of Earthbeat Radio.   

 

Revolutionary Happiness

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Mon, 12/27/2010

In this commentary, Frann Michel takes up what's wrong with happiness, happiness studies, and the pursuit of happiness and ends with some tips on being happy, because we all like a happy ending.   You can read this piece and find links to her sources here.   

Image: “Misery Loves Company” by Open, N.Y.

Music from the local IWW

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Mon, 12/27/2010

 Noah, Daisey, and Adam from the local IWW (International Workers of the World) appear with host Laurie Mercier in the KBOO studio to sing and talk about the union and about Labor Folk Night this Wednesday, December 29, at the Red and Black Cafe, 7 pm, 400 SW 12th Avenue.

December 27 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/27/2010

 Laurie Mercier hosts this show featuring live music from Wobble Wobble, singers of labor songs.  Also on the program,  Bill Resnick talks with climate expert Daphne Wysham about responses to climate change that enrich the poluters and Frann Michel explores the ups and downs of academic studies of happiness.  

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  1. Responding to climate change with schemes to enrich corporations or with public investment in ways to save energy?  Daphne Wysham from the Institute for Policy Studies talks with Bill Renick.  
  2. How can happiness be measured?  What makes people happy?  Frann Michel looks critically at some ways of answering these questions.  
  3. Labor songs and reviving the labor movement: music and an invitation to Labor Folk Night at the Red and Black Cafe.  Laurie Mercier talks with IWW folks Noah, Daisy, and Adam.

Nuclear Weapons Today

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Mon, 12/20/2010

 How has President Obama advanced the control of nuclear weapons after the Bush administration's failures to act?   David Krieger is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the author of numerous books on nuclear weapons.  He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  

Movie Moles: "The Most Dangerous Man in America"

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Mon, 12/20/2010

The Most Dangerous Man in America is a documentary directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith.  It explains what the Pentagon Papers were, traces how Daniel Ellsberg came to release them, and considers some of the consequences. The story resonates with the current Wikileaks story, as Ellsberg has noted in his statements of support for Julian Assange and Bradley Manning or whoever the whistleblower was.  Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss the film and the story it tells.  For more information, 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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