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 10/01/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
NFL Lockout, Labor against War, Well Read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick discusses the NFL referee lockout. He considers their complaint over pensions, how unions promote high work standards, and why unions need to shed their bureacratic service-orientation for a rank-and-file solidarity-model.
  • Frann Michel, our Well Read Red, reads from the left press.
  • Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Zweig about building the labor movement back into a force against imperialist wars, particularly in light of Afganistan.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Leo Panitch, Searching for Sugar Man, against the work-ethic, reading from the left press

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Working-class mobilization & resistance, Movie Moles on "American Dream", IWW & Paid Sick Days Now!

 

Laurie Mercier hosts this special Labor Day episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/20/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
history of German Social Democracy, Marley movie & reggae, Red and Black Collective

Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/13/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Arab Spring, Capitalist Realism, movie moles: the trotsky

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bil Resnick continues his conversation with Chris Toensing about the future of the Arab Springs
  • Movie Moles, Joe and Iven Hale, review The Trotsky, which is a farsical film about a young Quebecois man who believes he is Leon Trotsky incarnate and must relive his life, first trying to organize a union at his father's factory and then among students in his high school.
  • Frann Michel reviews "Capitalist Realism" by blogger K-Punk.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/06/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The meaning of the Arab Spring for Western leftists. Also: Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

Old Mole Variety Hour

Iven Hale hosts and we hear

Bill Resnick talking with Chris Toensing, executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project and editor of its quarterly magazine, Middle East Report; they discuss the Arab spring and its meaning for leftists in the West.

Movie Moles discuss Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? (and other recent documentaries about the economy).

And more!

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/30/12

Air date: 
Mon, 07/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
corporate Olympics, media narratives of mass shootings, The Dark Knight Rises

Old Mole Variety Hour

-> Jules Boykoff talks from London with Bill Resnick about the Olympics and the corporatization of sport.

-> The Left & The Law with Jan Haaken & Mike Snedeker discuss the latest shooting in Colorado and media narratives about such events.

-> Movie Moles Iven Hale and Joe Clement review The Dark Knight Rises.

Audio

What to Do About Unemployment?

program date: 
Mon, 01/18/2010

 What is the unemployment situation today, and what can and should be done about it?  Dedrick Muhammad, researcher and writer at the Institute for Policy Studies talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about jobs and the performance of the Obama adminstration  in creating them.  

Haiti: Disaster Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 01/18/2010

It's time to stop talking about charity for Haiti and start talking about justice--about recovery, responsibility and fairness.  Frann Michel puts the Hatian disaster in historical context and demonstrates how " Haiti was made poor--by France, the United States, Great Britain, other Western powers and by the IMF and the World Bank" (Richard Kim, The Nation).  You can read this piece here, where you'll find links to much more information.  

McChesney on Saving Journalism

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program date: 
Mon, 01/18/2010

 Media critic Robert McChesney was in town this week to talk about his new book, co-authored with John Nichols, Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy.  The Old Mole's Denise Morris talks with him about what independent journalism needs in order to survive.  McChesney is co-founder of  Freepress, and you can read an article  summing up his book here.   

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

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program date: 
Mon, 01/18/2010

 Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Portland writer Heidi V. Durrow's first novel The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.  It's about being neither black or white in a world  that thinks in black and white. 

An archive of Larry's reviews can be found  here.

January 18, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/18/2010

 Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features music of the Great Depression, a discussion of what Obama has and has not done to create jobs, putting Haitian poverty in historical context, a conversation about how to save journalism (and what it needs to be saved from); and a review of a novel about the confusions of bi-racial identity.  

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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.  Dedrick Muhammad talks with Bill about unemployment and what to do about it, and about Obama.

2.  Frann Michel, the Well-read Red, reviews the history of Haiti.

3.  Robert McChesney and Denise Morris discuss the future of journalism.

4.  Larry Bowlden reviews The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.

5.  Protest songs from the Great Depression, plus conversation with musicologist Brad Duncan.

Great Depression Protest Songs

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Mon, 01/18/2010

 In times like these -- times like the 1930s and 40s -- a tradition of protest music emerges that sings from the viewpoint of working people and people who can't find work.  Last week's show was about contemporary rap music.  This week, we feature music from the Great Depression by the likes of Pete Seeger and Josh White. These musicians consciously made music that touched on many aspects of the growing working class movement: unemployment, Jim Crow and lynching, union organizing, anti-fascism, etc. They wanted to bring a generalized pro-working class perspective to the popular arts.  Radical musicologist Brad Duncan is back to talk with with Bill Resnick about all this.  

Democratic Energy

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Mon, 01/11/2010

 Can electricity be produced locally where it can be controlled by local communities?  Yes, claims Judy Barnes of Oregonians For Renewable Energy Policy in this conversation with Bill Resnick.  She points to the example of Germany where  it is possible for  residents to sell back to the system the energy they produce themselves with solar panels or windmills -- or maybe even by riding their stationary bikes!  Barnes will be speaking at a Community Forum on Building a Green Oregon, Saturday, January 16 and the First Unitarian Church,  SW 12th and Salmon, starting at 10 am.  

  

Political Hip Hop

program date: 
Mon, 01/11/2010

Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about the political rap artists The Welfare Poets,  Chosan, and Black Skeptik.   We hear samples of their music followed by a discussion of  their music as the poetry and the politics of everyday life.  Here are links to videos of Black Skeptik, "Rent";  Chosan,  "This is My America;" and The Welfare Poets,  "Warn Them."

January 11, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/11/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this show discusses Oregon tax measures with Steve Novick; the blockbuster movie "Avatar," making the power grid democratic, and the latest in political rap music.  

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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.  Steve Novick talks about taxing wealthy Oregonians and corporations.

2.  Movie Moles  Frann Michel and Denise Morris have serious fun taking down Avatar.   

3.  Bringing electricty home: democratizing the grid -- Judy Barnes and Bill Resnick.   

4.   Rap music as the poetry and politics of everyday life -- Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick (includes music samples).

Taxes, with Steve Novick

program date: 
Mon, 01/11/2010

 Oregonians will be voting on two state tax measures that increase what corporations and wealthy individuals contribute to State government.  Steve Novick  from the Yes For Oregon campaign talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what the measures would do and the fallacies in the arguments of the opposition.  You can contact the campaign at  411 N.E. 19th Ave. Portland, OR 97232 | 503-234-0444 or through their  website.

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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