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 April 13th, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change & extinction, crappy jobs or basic income, Studs Turkel, psychology o police violence

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News, interviews, commenataries,


Bill Resnick interviews Stephen Zunes--a Middle East scholar--an the recent negotiation with Iran

Movies Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the film "Rosa Luxemburg"

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30

Air date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Building democracy, Renters' Assemblies in PDX, Uber, and "Old Filth"
Bill Resnick is our host as the Mole take up these topics:

Reports from the Kurds in Syria and the Zapatistas in Mexico, how they achieved considerable autonomy from their government and are building societies that are bottom up democratic, gender equal, ecologically sustainable, but have a ways to go.

Renters fight back and the renter’s assemblies here in Portland.

How how movements to stop the rich from taking everything can win. 
 
How the sharing economy like Uber are bad for working people.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/23/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour March 16th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
warfare, ISIS. Sex and Politics, Racism, power, popular culture

Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Low-Carbon Cities, the Well-read Red, Studs Turkel, feminist film

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/02/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/23/15

Air date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour February 9th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Jubilee Network USA, Global debt, social welfare, child rearing, racism, feminism, Drone strikes


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

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 2, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Living paycheck to paycheck, Studs Turkel civil rights documentary, Movie Moles review Selma

Audio

June 14 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
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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Organizing Labor for the Work We Need

program date: 
Mon, 06/14/2010

Laurie outlines recent challenges to the labor movement, including unresponsive politicians and attacks to the Employee Free-Choice Act, which would shield employees from employer intimidation if they tried to unionize. Returning to an interview in May with Les Leopold, Laurie also suggests how to turn the economy into one with jobs for all.

  • Length: 9:06 minutes (8.33 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Janitors for Justice

program date: 
Mon, 06/14/2010

Bill talks with Maggie Long, Director of Property Services with SEIU Local 49, about Metro's decision to switch to non-union janitors, and the Justice for Janitors march happening on Tuesday the 15th.

Click here for more information about Justice for Janitors.

  • Length: 8:48 minutes (8.05 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Does the Ruling-Class Really Want to Commit Suicide?

program date: 
Mon, 06/14/2010

Tom Becker reads from "A Hell of Their Own Creation: Does the Ruling Class Really Want to Commit Suicide," by Charles M. Young. Young's essay that pursues just that question, and goes a step further with a murder-suicide analogy drawn from the Godfather II. The ruling-class, in a decadent downward spiral, lash out at their creations, including wage-slaves and nature, which only reflect their impotence. Young also imagines a Second Coming of Christ that they - sadly - aren't teaching in most Sunday Schools. Charles M. Young is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper: This Can't Be Happening

  • Length: 7:13 minutes (6.61 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

June 14th Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 06/14/2010

Today's show, hosted by Laurie Mercier, focuses on the challenges to organized labor; the need for and possibility of a new, cooperative world order; and a special piece that asks the question "does the ruling class really want to commit suicide?" There are also two brief musical interludes: Casey Neill's "Dancing on the Ruins (of multi-national corporations" and David Kearney's "Please Mr. President."

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1. Bill Resnick talks with Weisbrot talk about his recent op-ed, "A New World Order is Possible and Needed."

2. Laurie Mercier comments on challenges to the labor movement and how to turn the economy into one with jobs for all.

3. Bill interviews Maggie Long of SEIU Local 49 about Janitors for Justice.

4. Tom Becker reads from Charles M. Young's "A Hell of Their Own Creation: Does the Ruling Class Really Want to Commit Suicide?"

A New World Order is Possible and Needed.

program date: 
Mon, 06/14/2010

Bill talks with Mark Weisbrot about his recent op-ed, "A New World Order is Possible and Needed." Specifically, Mark explores the rising affluence of middle-powers in Latin America, and how their engagement in world politics goes beyond narrowly defined self-interests.

Mark Weisbrot is the co-director for the Center for Economic and Policy Research; author of many articles through the Guardian; and co-author with Dean Baker of "Social Security: The Phony Crisis." He is also president of the group, "Just Foreign Policy."

  • Length: 20:57 minutes (19.17 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

June 7 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Thu, 06/10/2010

Hosted by new Mole Joe Clement (pictured here), this  show is part of  KBOO's special all-day programing about the Gulf oil disaster.   We hear from Michael Klare, author of Blood and Oil, who argues that deep water oil drilling is just one of the many "extreme" technologies that enrich big corporations while impoverishing our lives and environment.  Film director Sandy Cioffi talks about her new documentary about the continuing oil disaster in the Niger Delta of Africa.  Clayton Morgareidge reflects on the kind of progressive narrative that would enable us to see more immediately why oil is part of a way of life we must leave behind.  Music on the show is by Texas and Gulf Region artists singing about oil drilling in the mid 20th Century, and the program concludes with a conversation about this music with radical musicologist Brad Duncan.

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1.   Michael Klare talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the reasons for reckless oil drilling.

2.  Old Mole Wendy Webb interviews Sandy Cioffi, director of Sweet Crude.

3.  Clayton Morgareidge comments on the place of the oil disaster in ideologies right and left.

4.   Brad Duncan talks with Clayton about the music of the oil fields.

Deep Water Drilling: Motives and Dangers

program date: 
Mon, 06/07/2010

 Michael Klare, writer for the Nation and author of several books, including Blood and Oil, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about deep water oil drilling as just one of the many "extreme" technologies that enrich the oil companies while endangering our lives and environment.

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), a position he has held since 1985. Before assuming his present post, he served as Director of the Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. (1977-84)  His book, Blood and Oil, has been made into a movie.

 

Oil Disaster in the Niger Delta

program date: 
Mon, 06/07/2010

 Sweet Crude is a new film about  the struggle between the people of the Niger River Delta and the Shell oil-megacorporation, and its director Sandy Cioffi talks here with the Old Mole's Wendy Webb about the film and the people's resistance to the ongoing desctruction of their land.  Sandy Cioffi is a Seattle based film and video artist who has produced and/or directed several films including the critically acclaimed Crocodile Tears, Terminal 187, and Just Us.

 

 

Oil in the Progressive Narrative

program date: 
Mon, 06/07/2010

 Clayton Morgareidge discusses what kind of new left narrative might counter the right wing "free-enterprise" story and show up the gulf oil disaster as a crime.  You can read this commentary and find links to sources here.  

  • Length: 8:15 minutes (7.56 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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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