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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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/10/12

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Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

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Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

Iven Hale hosts this next episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/26/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Wal-Mart Strikes, Movie Review: Argo

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Nelson Lichtenstein about the Black Friday strikes and growing resistance to Wal-Mart.
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, review Argo.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/19/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Israel's attack on Palestine, book review "10 Girls to Watch", rethinking Thanksgiving, strike-wave

Alan Wieder hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick will analyze Israel's attack on the Gaza strip.
  • Larry Bowlden is going to review Charity Shumway's Ten Girls to Watch.
  • Alan will explore rethinking Thanksgiving.
  • Updates on the strike-wave in Europe. 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/12/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Post-Election strategy, Left and the Law: solitary confinement, Movie Moles: Detropia, Well-read red

On this episode of the Old Mole, Bill Resnick hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/05/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Hurricane Sandy, Elections, review of a Howard Zinn biography, anarchist POV on electoral politics

 

Joe Clement hosts this pre-Election Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/29/12

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Mon, 10/29/2012 - 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 10/29/12

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Mon, 10/29/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Zombies, capitalism, book-reviews, #n3

 On this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour, Iven Hale hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Leo Panich
  • Iven Hale reviews a book
  • Joe Clemen reads a piece about Zombie Capitalism
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left Press
  • Joe Clement also interviews Gina from the Portland Action Lab about November 3rd.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/22/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/22/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
An hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspective.

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interviews an activist or scholar working on the Left.
  • Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris, review Maquilapolis, a 2006 film about multnationally-owned factories employing cheap labor in Mexico.
  • Alan Wieder remembers Ruth First, an anti-apartheid activist who was assissinated 30 years ago.
  • Tom reads from the Left Press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/15/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/15/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Reducing prison time for low risk offenders; Have women won more clout in the world than men?

 

Jan Haaken hosts this edition of the Old Mole on which

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After the Cuckoo's Nest: OR State Hospital Now

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Mon, 04/05/2010

 Psychologist, Film Maker, and Old Mole Jan Haaken talks with Tom Becker about the Oregon State Hospital where she has been making a film, "Guilty Except for Insanity".  How has the institution changed since "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed there?  Who winds up confined there, what is its mission, and what needs to be done to make it better?  

For information on how you can see the movie this Sunday, April 11, in Salem, click here.   

April 5 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 04/05/2010

 What should policies and goals should replace the test-and-punish approach of "No Child Left Behind"?  How can academic freedom in the University be defended from what threatens it today?  What does the story of Easter mean for the US at war in the Middle East?  What's going on at the Oregon State Hospital nowadays?  Tom Becker hosts the moles as they discuss these questions.  

 

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1.  Educator Stan Karp talks with Bill Resnick about real school reform.

2.  A minister talks about the anti-war message of Easter.

3.  The President of the American Association of University Professors discusses current threats to academic freedom with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier.

4.  Jan Haaken describes the situation at the Oregon State Hospital in conversation with Tom Becker.   

 

 

Book Mole: "Throws Like a Girl"

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Mon, 03/29/2010

 Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Throws Like a Girl by Jean Thompson.   It's a great collection of stories about urban characters who sometimes feel "as if there were a pinhole at the bottom of the world and all the best things were leaking out of it."

For more of Larry's reviews, click here.  

Power of the Peace Movement

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Mon, 03/29/2010

Activism has consequences.  The peace and anti-nukes movements of the '50s and beyond were the major reason nuclear weapons were never used in war after  1945, according to historian Lawrence Wittner.  In this interview, he talks with Clayton Morgareidge about his research showing the surprising influence of peace activism on governments.  

Wittner, a long time peace activist and historian based in Albany, New York, will speak this Friday, April 2, 3 p.m. at Portland State University in Smith Memorial Union Multicultural Center on "How the grassroots disarmament movements saved us from nuclear war."  His new book Confronting the Bomb A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement will be available.

The piece concludes with "Peace is a'Come" by Don Eaton, performed by Satori

March 29 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 03/29/2010

 

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program deals with the role of the peace movement in preventing nuclear war, the new wave of sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church, the Obama administration's version of No Child Left Behind; and Jean Thompson's short story collection Throws Like a Girl.

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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:

1.  Historian and peace activist Lawrence Wittner talks with Clayton about the power of the peace movement.

2.  The Left and the Law continues with a discussion of sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church and why they affect people as they do.  

3.   Educator Stan Karp talks with Bill Resnick about the disappointments in Obama's  education policy.

4.   Larry Bowlden reviews Throws Like a Girl, short stories by Jean Thompson.

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Sex Abuse and the Church

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Mon, 03/29/2010

In our continuing series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken ask why many are so surprised by this new round of sexual abuse cases when it's no longer news that it's people  with moral authority, like priests and boy scout leaders, who abuse children.  

Obama's Disappointing Education Policy

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Mon, 03/29/2010

Educator and activist Stan Karp talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the administration’s education policies are, in spite of Obama’s campaign promises, just a continuation of worst parts of the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind program -- a program of test and punish.  Karp writes frequently for Rethinking Schools as their expert on federal education policy.

Creating Democacy, US Social Forum

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Mon, 03/22/2010

 The People's Movement Assembly is coming to Portland on May 8, leading up to the June US Social Forum in Detroit.  The theme: Another Better World is Possible.  The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with organizer Chris Borte about the many things that go on at these events and how you can get involved.  Visit their website for more information.  

Mobilizing for Community Health, Well-Being and Equity

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Mon, 03/22/2010

 An major conference at Washington State University in Vancouver on Saturday, March 27 will feature speakers and panels about inequities in health connected with class, race, imprisonment, and many other issues.  The title is Mobilizing for Community Health, Well-Being and Equity.   Here the Old Mole's Frann Michel talks with organizer Desiree Hellegers about the many issues under discussion, and how you can attend.  See their website for more info.

The Story of Stuff

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Mon, 03/22/2010

 Annie Leonard is the author of The Story of Stuff (the book) and the animated video, and she runs  the on-line Story of Stuff Project.  Here she talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about our surplus stuff and how we could make what we really need with less waste and destruction.   

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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