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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
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
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

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, same sex intimate partner violence

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 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 June 23 2014

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

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Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
Old Mole Variety Hour



Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Audio

Movie Moles: "The Hurt Locker"

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Sun, 07/12/2009

 The Hurt Locker follows a US military bomb squad in Iraq as they face harrowing situations.  Our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss how the film works to position its viewers on the side of the US occupation, and they ask Can there really be an anti-war film?  The Hurt Locker will be shown at the Hollwood Theater in Portland on Monday, July 20  followed by a discussion with the director Kathryn Bigelow. This is a benefit for the Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival.  More information here. You will want to listen to the Moles' review  first.  

The July 13 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Sun, 07/12/2009

 

Hosted by Laurie Mercier (pictured here) and featuring music by activist folk-singer Anne Feeney, this program discusses what Obama's experience as a community organizer  might mean for him as President; the role of science in the law; Hurt Locker, the movie about defusing bombs in Iraq; and the bad job  the mainstream press is doing on the military coup in Honduras.  

Anne Feeney will be here in Portland on Saturday, July 18 with her Sing Out for Single Payer Road Show. For details go here.

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page, where you'll also find links to our Facebook page and our Twitter account.  

To hear this program in its entirety, use the play button above.  To hear individual pieces and for more information about the issues, follow the links below:

1.  Bill Resnick and Geoffrey Kurtz discuss Obama as community organizer.

2.  How  bad science leads to injustice in court: Mike Snedeker, our Legal Mole, talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.

3.  Move Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss The Hurt Locker.

4.  Laurie exposes the mainstream press's bad reporting on the Honduras coup.

 

Bad Press on the Honduras Coup

program date: 
Sun, 07/12/2009

 The Old Mole's  Laurie Mercier exposes the lies and half-truths that have been passing for news coverage on the military coup in Honduras.  She cites this article by Stephen Zunes, as well as this report by Sandra Cuffe, the website of School of the Americas Watch, and reports from PCASC (Portland Central America Solidarity Committee).

Bad Science, Bad Law

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program date: 
Sun, 07/12/2009

 What is the role of science in sending people to prison?  What if the science is bunk? Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about how science can lead to justice and injustice in the wake of the recent Supreme Court Decision calling for the cross-examination of scientific experts, as well as a case currently under review in Oregon

 

Movie Moles: "Public Enemies"

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Sun, 07/05/2009

 

1930s era gangster John Dillinger (pictured here) is played by Johnny Depp in the new film Public Enemies.  Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel give us their nuanced review of the political and moral issues this blockbuster raises.  

July 4: A Celebration of Agitation

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Sun, 07/05/2009

 Tom Becker reads a recent piece by Jim Hightower on the occasion of our national holiday that commemorates the agitators that founded the nation.   It can be found at Alternet.

Failings of the Energy Bill

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program date: 
Sun, 07/05/2009

 

 

The energy bill just passed by the House of Representatives puts the future energy policy of the US in exactly the wrong hands.  Bill Resnick explains why.  

Gangs in History and Film

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Sun, 07/05/2009

 

Tom Becker (pictured here) is our host as we hear about the history of gangs, the movie version of John Dillinger (Public Enemies), the political agitation that founded the US of A,  and the power grab built into the House-passed energy bill.  Tom also plays selections from Bob Dylan's new blues album as a follow-up on the KBOO-sponsored Portland Blues Festival.  

To hear the whole show, use the play button above.  To hear individual pieces, follow the links below.

1.  Gangs through history and around the world in this discussion between Bill Resnick and researcher John Hagedorn.

2.  Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken take on the Public Enemy played by Johnny Depp in the current film. 

3.  For Independence Day Tom reads from Jim Hightower about the agitating founders.

4.  The Energy Bill and who gains power from it: a Bill Resnick commentary.

(Our new graphic lettering is by Charlie Ertola)

A History of Gangs

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Sun, 07/05/2009

 The origins and development of gangs is more complex than the stereotypes of them.  John Hagedorn has studied and hung out with gangs all over the world and written several books about them.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about why there are gangs and how they sometimes morph into very different forms.  Hagedorn's work with gangs can be seen on his website GangResearch.net where you can find links to YouTube videos, podcasts, and Hagedorn's writings.  

Private v. Public Health Insurance

program date: 
Sun, 06/28/2009

 Health, Money and Fear is the name of a video by Dr. Paul Hochfeld, an ER physician in Corvallis and a member of Physicians for a National Health Care Program (PHNP).   In this interview with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier, he discusses the human and economic costs of our  "2.5 Trillion Dollar Health Care Factory."  You can learn more from his website 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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