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

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Commentary and reviews


Bill Resnick interviews Leo Panitich on Greece, the EU and austerity. 

Larry Boulden reviews a novel that asks deep philosophical questions about the objectivity of science entitled "Euphoria" by Lily King.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 8

Air date: 
Mon, 06/08/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Child poverty in Oregon, a movie about MOVE, and some bad ideas about climate change
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole. Here is what's on tap:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 1, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Hour of social & political commentary from a radically socialist, feminist, ecological point of view

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear...

The Old Mole Variety Hour for May 25, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Memorial day, Troublemaking labor activism, and more!
The Old Mole Variety Hour
for Monday May 25, 2015

 
Bill Resnick talks with activist teacher Jesse Hagopian of Seattle about developments in labor organizing and the upcoming Labor Notes Troublemakers School on May 30, for which Jesse will be keynote speaker.

Old Mole Variety HourMay 18th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Bernie Sanders, Anti-Police acttivism, Psychology and climate change, Class, capitalism

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 11, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Black Lives Matter movement, $15/hr minimum wage, and Everyday Rebellion

Bill Resnick will host this show, and we hear about the Black Lives Matter movement and its future, the Oregon fight for a $15/hour minimum wage,  and Everyday Rebellion-- the movie and the website.

Old Mole Variety Hour May 4th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Middle east, War, ISIS, Ethnic cleansing, Death Penalty, Lethal drugs,

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

Bill Resnick Interviews Dave Finkel. They Discuss the wars in the middle-east and the alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia to destroy Iran and its allies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Barhrain to make life safe for colonialist, ethnic cleansing and the conservative Saudi monarchy. 

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Fay Weldon's 2010 novel, Chilcot Crescent in which Weldon sums up the last half century and predicticts the next few decades.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for April 27, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate, Psychology, May Day, and More; Alan hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Alan Wieder hosts this episode, which features these segments:

Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss the psychological factors that distort thinking about wealth, poverty, and economic inequality. 

Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Michael Armstrong, the city's lead sustainability planner in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability regarding the recently released draft of the Portland/Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan.

Clayton Morgareidge comments on slavery and capitalism

Frann Michel talks with Hyung Nam about May Day history and May Day to come

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"

Audio

Book Review: "Vanishing"

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program date: 
Mon, 12/06/2010

 Deborah Willis's stories are quirky, edgy, and sometimes sinister stories.   Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden tells us why this new author's first book Vanishing is so wonderful.

You can find more of Larry's reviews here

December 6 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 12/06/2010

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show which deals with privatization of our schools through charter schools, massive protests in Europe against government austerity measures, a tragi-comedy about terrorists, and a new book of short stories.  

 

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Protesting Austerity Over There (but not over here)

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program date: 
Mon, 12/06/2010

Largely ignored in the US press, massive protests against austerity measures -- increased tuition for students and cutbacks in social services-- have spread to virtually every European nation.  In this piece, Clayton Morgareidge reviews some of the activists accounts of their protests and raises questions about why it's not happening here.   

For the text with links to sources, go here.  

Manufacturing Terrorism?

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program date: 
Mon, 11/29/2010

 Discussing the case of the "Christmas Tree Bomber," local scholar and activist Michael Munk and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick show howit is being used to glorify the FBI and the National Police State.  Munk is a political scientist and radical historian who produced Portland's Red Guide, connecting readers with Portland's radical tradition not just through stories, names and dates, but with reference to specific places in Portland that you can visit today.  

Resnick on Korea and Palestine

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program date: 
Mon, 11/29/2010

 In this commentary, the Old Mole's Bill Resnick reflects on US policy and actions in response to the tension and violence between North and South Korea and the message it seems to be sending to and about Iran.  

Time For a Real Mutiny

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program date: 
Mon, 11/29/2010

 Tom Becker reads Alexander Coburn's "Time  for a Real Mutiny,"  which first appeared in Counterpunch.  "Enough of dreary predictability. Let’s have a real mutiny against Obamian rightward drift. The time is not six months or a year down the road. The time is now."

Movie Moles: "Boxing Gym"

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program date: 
Mon, 11/29/2010

Famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman's new film Boxing Gym explores the community that revolves around Lord's Gym in Austin, Texas.   Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Denise Morris find much to like about it.   It's playing now at the Hollywood Theater here in Portland.   

November 29 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 11/29/2010

 Joe Clement hosts this show in which we see more  efforts to sell us on policies born of fear: the sting operation resulting in the arrest in Portland of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the so-called "Christmas Tree Bomber"; stripping us of our dignity in airports with scanners and gropes; and hard-line messages to Iran sent by way of Korea.   Tom Becker shares an Alexander Coburn piece calling for "real mutiny."  And on a happier note, our Movie Moles find joy in a boxing gym through the lens of documentarian Frederick Wiseman.   

 

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Gropings and Nude Images: Your TSA in Action

program date: 
Mon, 11/29/2010

 Drawing on sources from the Left Press, Well-read Red Frann Michel analyzes the weird convergence of political  opposition to "enhanced screening" procedures being instituted at airports, and shows how the understandings of Left and Right differ.   The text of Frann's piece is here.  For more of her work, go here.   

Digital Sampling and the Contradictions of Intellectual Property Rights

program date: 
Thu, 11/25/2010

Nate Harrison narrates an impressive history of the use and dissemination of the "Amen Break," a 6-second drum solo in the middle of the Winston's 1969 hit, "Amen Brother." As the Amen Break became re-appropriated through eletronic sampling, its story stands as a testement to the limitlessness of digitally mediated expression and way intellectual property rights stifle.

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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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