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 on 04/01/13

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Mon, 04/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Labor Law for the Rank and filer, high-stakes testing, "The End of San Francisco" author-interview

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/25/13

Air date: 
Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Capitalism, democracy and the internet; hunger; and music.

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Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/18/13

Air date: 
Mon, 03/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Federal Budget, drone commentary, Noam Chomsky

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks about the dueling federal budget proposals.
  • Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary about drones and the government targetting of its own citizens
  • Tom Becker reads an essay by Noam Chomsky.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/11/13

Air date: 
Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
What's next for Venezuelans, republican critique of wage-slavery, Movie Review: Snitch, left press

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/18/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Soccer and Israeli bigotry, Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Big Pharma, and rethinking psychiatry films

 

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/11/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 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 01/21/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Air date: 
Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Audio

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

 

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.  

Movie Moles: "Public Enemies"

program date: 
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

program date: 
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)

The New Sexual Politics: Equality or Conformity?

program date: 
Sun, 06/28/2009

 Is the fight for gay marriage the path to a queer conservatism?  The Old Mole's Frann Michel makes the case for the revolutionary program of the LGBT movement: to get beyond "the laws and the ideologically dominant conventions around sexuality and family relations" (i.e. marriage).   Frann's commentary draws on many sources, and you can find them, as well as her text, right here.    

(Gay Liberation Front sticker, 1970. From the William Canfield papers.)

  • Title: WRR
  • Album: June 29, 2009
  • Length: 9:54 minutes (5.67 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Revolutionary Iranian Women

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program date: 
Sun, 06/28/2009

 Catherine Sameh is studying women in Iran, resistance movements and feminism, and she has an eye-opening account of the condition and role of women in Iran before and after the Revolution of 1979 and what it means for Iranian women today.   She is interviewed here by the Old Mole's  Denise Morris.  For more depth analysis of this topic, click herehere, here, and 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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