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 04/30/12

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Mon, 04/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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May Day in history and tomorrow in Portland

 

 

Norm Diamond hosts this Old Mole May Day Special program about working class struggles, then and now.  This is the 100 year anniversary of the big textile workers’ strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  We’ll report on the April 28 celebration in Lawrence and look ahead to May Day events here in Portland.  The show features and comments on music from the Lawrence strike and from contemporary labor protests.  

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/23/12

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Mon, 04/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Against the War on Women; Bryant, Reed, and Russia 1917; and beyond Tax the Rich

 

Clayton Morgareidge will be our host on this edition of the Old Mole featuring --

  • A conversation with Portland activist Angela Zehava about the April 28 action by Unite Against the War On Women to oppose anti-women legislation coming out of Congress and State legislatures.
  • A Review of Warren Beatty's 1981 film about John Reed, Louise Bryant and the Russian Revolution.
  • A commentary on how to make "Tax the Rich" a radical demand.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/16/12

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Mon, 04/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Inequality, Taxes, and Hunger Games

 

Tom Becker hosts this show which includes --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/26/12

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Mon, 03/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Students resist austerity in Greece, a satire about black revolution, and the bubble of ideology

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and it will include:

  • A report on student resistance to austerity measures in Greece;
  • A look back at "The Spook Who Sat At the Door," a 1973 satirical film about black revolution;
  • Commentary on the bourgeois bubble of ideology; and
  • A Bill Resnick interview: Andrew Riley of the center for Intercultural Organizing discusses what's ahead for health care reform: Obama Care, the Oregon Health Plan, and single payer.

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/19/12

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Mon, 03/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Military Psychology in Afghanistan; Oregon's new healthcare plan

 

Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which will include --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/12/12

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Mon, 03/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Lorax, "Stealing" an education, and the Occupy Movement

 Denise Morris will be your host and 

  • Movie Moles Joe Clement and Iven Hale review The Lorax, based on the Dr. Seuss book.
  • Well-read Red Frann Michel comments on the "theft" of education by parents enrolling their kids in the wrong schools.
  • Clayton Morgareidge discusses what's ahead for the Occupy movement.
  • Bill Resnick interviews Mark Cooper about how financial speculation by the 1% drives up the price of gas.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/05/12

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Mon, 03/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Splits in the GOP, Left and the Law, critique of business-unionism, movie-review: Tomboy

 

Joe Clement hosts the next Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/27/12

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Mon, 02/27/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Deserts and water, gender in old Dublin, and why faggots fear faggots

Bill Resnick will host this show on which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/20/12

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Mon, 02/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Demonizing Iran, electoral illusions, and African Films

Tom Becker will host this episode featuring

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/13/12

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Mon, 02/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The spread of democratic institutions vs increasing privatization

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show, which includes --

Audio

Move Moles: "Dead Snow"

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Mon, 09/14/2009

 

Zombie Nazis!  How much more evil can you imagine in one movie?  Our Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris tell us what there  is to like in this beautiful, bloody, comedic slasher movie, "Dead Snow," now playing at the Hollywood Theater in Portland.  

Massacre at Lattimer

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Mon, 09/14/2009

 

Tom Becker reviews the Lattimer Massacre of 1897 in which 25 striking miners were killed by a sherrif’s posse, and reflects on what it means today for the labor movement. 

 

Old Mole on Labor Day

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Mon, 09/07/2009

Old Mole Bill Resnick offers a Labor Day message in honor of those who do the work.

Policing Gender Boundaries

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Mon, 08/31/2009

 What qualifies an athlete to compete as a woman or a man?  What makes any of us a man or a woman?  It's not as obvious as you might have thought, as the Old Mole's Frann Michel argues in this commentary, which begins with the case of runner Caster Semenya.  You can read Frann's remarks here, where you will also find links to many further discussions of the issue.  

Cooperating Co-ops in Cleveland

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Mon, 08/31/2009

 Building on the model of the Mondragón region of Spain, a movement for  a system of worker-owned co-ops is growing in Cleveland, Ohio.  Ted Howard, director of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the democratic potential of this movement.  Read more about this work in this article from Yes Magazine. (Image from Equal Exchange)

Music of Guardabarranco

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Mon, 08/31/2009

 The duo Guardabarranco, consisting of sister and brother Katia Cardenal  and Salvador Cardenal Barquero, emerged with the Sandanista revolution in Nicraguq.  Norm Diamond plays part of "Casa Abierta" ("Open House") and translates its message hope, peace and justice.  They take their name from the national bird of Nicaragua.

Mystery Mole

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Mon, 08/31/2009

 

 

Test -- or increase -- your knowledge of Mole History -- the people from the past who have worked for an end to oppression by playing Mystery Mole.  Norm gives four clues to help us zero in on the answer to this whodunit puzzle for the left.  

August 31 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 08/31/2009

 

 This edition of the Old Mole is hosted by Norm Diamond (pictured here), and includes his special feature "Mystery Mole," as well as thoughtful introductions to all the other Moles' contributions.  Norm also plays and comments on a song by the Nicaraguan duo Guardabarranco.

Next Monday, September 7, is Labor Day.  The Old Mole Variety Hour will not be heard so that Labor Radio can bring you special programming -- to which the Moles will be contribuing.  

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To hear the whole show, use the play button above.  To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow the links below: 

1.  Intersexuality and Gender Policing:  Frann Michel discusses the socially created distinctions between male and female and how they apply to the case of Caster Semenya.

2.  Disappointed with Obama?  Old Mole Bill Resnick explains how the President is a creature of forces far beyond him -- and what hope there is for progressive action. 

3.  Cooperating Cleveland Coops: Author and activist Ted Howard talks with Bill Resnick about how a network of worker-owned coops is emerging in Cleveland to challenge privately controlled production.

4.  The music of Guardabarranco.

5.  Mystery Mole: Norm leads us through a series of clues to a past personality who fought for justice.

Disappointed with Obama?

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Mon, 08/31/2009

 

Progressives are feeling let down by what looks like President Obama's failure to push for the changes we believe in.  But what can a President do?What are the forces he or she has to work with to stay in office, to remain credible?  Bill Resnick opens our eyes to them.  You can read this commentary here

Getting Over Death

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Sun, 08/23/2009

 Why are we so afraid of death, and how does that fear affect us, individually and collectively?   How can we get beyond that fear?   Clayton Morgareidge comments.  You can read the text of this commentary 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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