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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Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood
 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/29/09

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Mon, 06/29/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view

Host Denise Morris talks  with Catherine Sameh about the resistance of women in Iran.   Laurie Mercier reviews the history of health care reform, and Bill Resnick interviews Robin Hahnel, professor of economics at Portland State University, about the economics of the environmental crisis.   

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/22/09

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Mon, 06/22/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On this program, hosted by Frann Michel, the Moles discuss

  •  The Supreme Court ruling that convicted inmates have no right to an appeal based on DNA tests.
  • The new movie about the food we eat,  Food, Inc.
  • Is  economic recovery underway?
     

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/20/09

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Mon, 04/20/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Laurie Mercier hosts on this Monday after tax day. The moles discuss who controls the wealth and how it can be redistributed more fairly to insure participatory democracy and social justice.  Along with reviews and commentaries they’ll speak with Jo Comerford, Executive Director of the National Priorities Project (NPP).  The NPP analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent, and Comerford will help us understand how 40% of tax revenue that currently supports military spending could be redirected to more critical and productive needs.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/02/09

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Mon, 02/02/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Norm Diamond and Clayton Morgareidge co-host. They focus on the 1919 Seattle General Strike anniversary--and feature an  interview with Rob Rosenthal, who with the Fuse produced the rock opera "Seattle 1919" http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/strike/music.shtml.  They'll also discuss the meaning and significance of the strike today.

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 01/12/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Well-known writer and activist Holly Sklar talks with Bill Resnick about the deep changes in the economy needed to solve the problem of poverty.  The Moles  also cover the war in Gaza, and the Movie Moles tell us why the original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is better than the new one now playing. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 01/05/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The housing crisis continues as more people become homeless  because of foreclosures.  On this program, Bill Resnick talks with Chester Hartman, Director of Research for the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, about  the problem and how it could be solved. The Movie Moles will  review Slumdog Millionaire, and Tom Becker will read from the Guardian on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

This program revolves  around the prospects for universal health care in the Obama years and beyond.   Can we have real universal coverage in a profit-driven insurance system?   Why are other nations better at this than the US?   And we hear a review of  Kaye Gibbons' novel Sights Unseen in which issues of mental health are raised.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on this edition of the Old Mole include:
•    How Obama’s foreign policy might affect the poorer nations of the world
•    the role of remorse in granting parole, with reference to Diane Downs
•    the dying death penalty; and
•    why Eric Holder is the only cabinet pick the  Republicans fear.
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on the Old Mole Variety Hour for December 8 include
•    the music of John Lennon,
•    Gus Van Sant’s movie Milk,
•    the hearts and minds of anti-gay marriage voters, and
•    the auto industry bailout. 
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/01/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's topics include creating an economy that works for peace, sustainable production, and compassionate human caring in the current crisis and a look at the roots of the Mumbai massacre.

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Old Mole Variety Hour for January 26, 2009

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Sun, 01/25/2009

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this is the first Old Mole show of the Obama administration, so the Mole talks about the progressive agenda the new team needs to hear.  There is also music in the New Deal spirit of overcoming economic crisis by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.  To hear the whole show, including the music, click on the arrow above.  Or you can hear individual pieces by following the links  below.  This is also Winter Pledge Drive, so please support the Moles' work by clicking on the JOIN NOW button at the top of this page!  Thank you!

1.  Chester Hartman talks with Bill Resnick about the book Mandate for Change -- an progressive agenda meant to land on the best desks in Washington.

2.  What "This Land is Your Land"  means today.

3.  How Auto Workers would restructure the industry -- Clayton talks with Diane Feeley in Detroit.

Obama, Race, and Class

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Sun, 01/18/2009

What does the Obama presidency mean, symbolically and politically, for issues of race and class?  Malik Miah comments in this article from Against the Current.  The Old Mole's Jan Haaken reads it for us. 

MLK's Message of Non-Violence

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Sun, 01/18/2009

Will the US ramp up the war in Afghanistan?  If so, a major, but often overlooked, part of Martin Luther King's message will be scorned -- his rejection of militarism and hyper-nationalism.  This article by Robert Griffin appeared in Common Dreams, and is read here by Tom Becker. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 19, 2009

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Sun, 01/18/2009

On this program, the Moles look forward to the Obama presidency, back to the messages of Martin Luther King Jr., and to how the Nixon presidency is selectively remembered in the film Frost / Nixon.  Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual segments by following their links below where you can find more information  about each piece:

1.  John Nichols, correspondent for The Nation, talks with the Mole's Bill Resnick about where history might drive Obama.

2.  "What Would King Tell Obama?" -- an article by Michael Honey read by Tom Becker. 

3.  "Obama, Race, and Class" -- Malik Miah explains what Obama's victory means symbolically and politically in this article from Against the Current, read by Jan Haaken. 

4.  Movie Moles Laurie Mercier and Jan Haaken compare history with film as they discuss Frost / Nixon.

5.  Forgotten parts of Martin Luther King's Message: Tom Becker reads a piece by Robert Griffin.

King's Vision for Obama

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Sun, 01/18/2009

"What Would King Tell Obama?"  In this article by Michael Honey, read here by Tom Becker, we are reminded that Dr. King's message of non-violence applies to the violence of poverty and economic inequality, and to military interventions.  Honey's piece appreared on the website of The Progressive.

John Nichols from the Inauguration

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Sun, 01/18/2009

From the streets of Washington, D.C. on the eve of the Inauguration, John Nichols, a correspondent for The Nation Magazine, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about Barack Obama and how history may drive him into more progressive action than he has foreseen.  

Movie Moles: "Frost/Nixon"

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Sun, 01/18/2009

Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Laurie Mercier review and fact-check the current film Frost/Nixon.  They review the real history of the famous interviews, and ask whether getting public officials to confess their crimes is as important as seeing what's wrong with the structures that give them their power. 

To hear the real deal (the Nixon tapes), try the following sites:

User-friendly selected Nixon tapes re Watergate:
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/watergate.html
 
Most extensive digital collection of Nixon tapes available online:
http://www.nixontapes.org/index.htm

 

The Gaza Attacks

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Sun, 01/11/2009

The Old Mole's Jan Haaken interviews  Portland Peace activists from  Americans United for Palestinian Rights and Portland Peaceful Response.  They take down the Israeli arguments for the attacks piece by piece.   For more about boycotting local supporters of the destruction, contact  pdxboycottisrael [at] riseup [dot] net.

 

  • Title: Gaza
  • Album: Jan. 12, 2009
  • Length: 13:20 minutes (7.63 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Wages in the Economic Crisis

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Sun, 01/11/2009

Raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2010!  That's the proposal of well-known author and activist Holly Sklar and Let Justice Roll.  Holly talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the gap between the minimum wage and a living wage, and why raising the minimum is good for the economy and good for business

The Day the Earth Stood Still

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Sun, 01/11/2009

 

The Earth Stood  Still back in 1951 -- a different world and yet very much the same.  Our Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris tell us why the old movie has more to say about war and peace than the  version currently playing in theaters.   Here's another review comparing the new (2008) and the old versions. Here's the 1951 screenplay by Edmund North, the earlier short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates, and a treatment for a proposed sequel by Ray Bradbury.

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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