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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/20/12

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Mon, 08/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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Mon, 08/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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Mon, 08/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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Mon, 07/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/23/12

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Mon, 07/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Just Banking, Queer Justice

Old Mole Variety Hour

Just Banking, Queer Justice

Bill Resnick talks with attorney, author, and president of the Public Banking Institute Ellen Brown about alternative public and community banking, radical banks devoted to investing in worker cooperatives, all to replace the predatory too big to fail financial system. Here's a recent essay by Ellen Brown: Cooperative Banking: The Exciting Wave of the Future.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/16/12

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Mon, 07/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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16 July MOLE: Green Germans, activist Bangladesh, military psychologists, coming-of-age-fiction

On Monday’s (July 16) Old Mole Variety Hour:

Bill Resnick speaks with Arne Jungjohan, a senior advisor for energy of the German Green Party and Director for the Environment and Global Dialogue Program of the Boell Foundation. They discuss the achievements of German community, green, and anti-nuke movements in reconstructing the energy system that has reduced greenhouse gases and created the possibilities of truly democratic local institutions with energy cooperatives in the lead. http://www.boell.org/web/138.html

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/02/12

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Mon, 07/02/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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July 2 Mole on healthcare

At 9am Monday, July 2, 2012 The Old Mole Variety Hour focuses on health and healthcare and features

Bill Resnick and health-policy analyst Chris Lowe on the recent SCOTUS decision

Jan Haaken on Pink Ribbons, Ink

Denise Morris on The Healthcare Movie

Frann Michel hosting and discussing healthism.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/11/12

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Mon, 06/11/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Tri-Met, Prometheus, and electoral politics

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old  Mole show which wil feature

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/04/12

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Mon, 06/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Libertarians at work, the obesity panic.

Our host on this episode of the Mole is Frann Michel, and the show will include

  • What do libertarians really think about work and liberty? Joe Clement reads a commentary provoked by the coming take over of the libertarian Cato Institute by the Koch Brothers;
  • Well-read Red Frann Michel brings us critical commentary on the HBO series on obesity;
  • Bill Resnick will interview an incisive activist-scholar on the attack on public education or the crisis in Greece from the workers' point of view;
  • And more!

Audio

Economic Town Hall

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Sun, 02/15/2009

Laurie King, one of the organizers of the recent Town Hall meeting on the economic crisis, talks with Bill Resnick about the follow-up scheduled for Wednesday, February 18 at the SEIU Local 49 auditorium on SE 26th about a block south of Powell.  Bill and Laurie discuss actions and campaigns that would unify the many constituencies that came to the Town Hall around a "recovery" program adressing both the short run pain and long term threats.  Video highlights of the January 29 meeting here

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 16, 2009

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Sun, 02/15/2009

Hosted by Jan Haaken, this show features a discussion of democracy and local energy production; the Mickey Rourke film The Wrestler, the 19th Annual  Cascade Festival  of African Films, and  a follow-up on the Economic Town Hall meeting held in Portland on January 29.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Democratic self-sufficient energy production, a conversation between David Morris and Bill Resnick.

2.  The Movie Moles take hold of The Wrestler.

3.   Following up on the Town Hall meeting about the economic crisis.

4.  Cascade Festival  of African Films

Democracy & Sustainable Energy

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Sun, 02/15/2009

The most sustainable energy is local energy.  David Morris of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about why this is so, and how it would generate not only power but participatory democracy. 

You can read Morris's report Energy Self-Reliant States: Homegrown Renewable Power

 

African Film Festival

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program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

The 19th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films is underway at PCC's Cascade campus.  P.C. Peri of the festival  talks with Jan Haaken about the films and the festival, which runs through March 7.  

For more information, go to the Festival website here.  

Racism and the Economic Crisis

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Mon, 02/09/2009

People of color and especially immigrants have faced attempts to blame them for the economic crisis and to shift even more of the suffering onto their backs. Well-read Red Frann Michel  exposes these attacks in this commentary.  You can read it and find many links to her sources here

Photo credit: "employment." Online Photograph.

Britannica Student Encyclopædia

. 10 Feb. 2009 

Urban Agriculture in Havana

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Sun, 02/08/2009

Cuba is now self-sufficient in vegetables and eating a healthier diet thanks to urban garden plots in all its cities.  Sinan Koont, who teaches economics at Dickenson College and has studied city agriculture in Cuba, talks with Bill Resnick.  Here is his article on the topic in Monthly Review

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 9, 2009

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Sun, 02/08/2009

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features Afrobeat music by Fela Kuti and a conversation about Kuti's life and work.  The show leads off with a critique of the economic stimulus plan: "insufficient, ineffective, ill-conceived" are the words of economist Michael Perlman.  Well-read Red Frann Michel reviews how people of color and immigrants are faring in, and even being blamed for, the economic crisis.  We hear from another economist about urban agriculture in Havana and other Cuban cities.  To hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  To hear individual pieces, and for more information and links, follow the links below.

1.  The understimulating economic stimulus.

2.  Well-read Red: Racism and the  Economic Crisis

3.  Growing Vegetables in Havana

4.  Fela Kuti: World musician and human rights activist.

 

The Music of Fela Kuti

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Sun, 02/08/2009

The originator of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti was a musician, composer, and human rights activist from Nigeria whose music and political work were highly influential. 

Bill Resnick talks with musicologist Brad Duncan about Fela Kuti's life and music.

The Understimulating Stimulus Package

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Sun, 02/08/2009

There is no way the stimulus package now being negotiated in congress is going to plug the leaks in the rapidly sinking economy.  Economist Michael Perlman explains why in this coversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. 

Perlman is the author of many books, most recently The Confiscation of American Prosperity: From Right-Wing Extremism and Economic Ideology to the Next Great Depression.  In their conversation, they refer to a recent New York Times article on what happened to Japan in the 1990s; you can find it here.

 

Seattle's General Strike, 1919

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Sun, 02/01/2009

 

This is the 90th Anniversary of the Seattle General Strike in which workers closed down the city -- except for essential services which they ran themselves with no help from management.  Labor Historians (and Old Moles)Laurie Mercier and Norm Diamond discuss those events and what can be learned from them for today's struggles over labor and the economic crisis.  This segment also includes music from the Rock Opera Seattle 1919 and a conversation between its composer Rob Rosenthal and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. 

The double album rock opera can be purchased from Fuse Music, 14 Red Glen Road, Middletown, CT 06459 (email: Rob Rosenthal rrosenthal@mail.wesleyan.edu). CDs are $12; tapes $10, vinyl $7.50

For much more about the Seattle Strike, tune into KBOO Thursday evening, Feb. 5 from 7-8 pm when the Labor Arts Collective will devote a whole hour to it.


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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