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 05/20/13

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Mon, 05/20/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate change activism, the Rivonia Raid, beauty and politics

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/29/13

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Mon, 04/29/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Consumerism, Labor History, Syria, Guns, and Freedom

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Clayton Morgareidge hosts this action packed show covering the situation in Syria, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Conference coming up in Portland, getting over and beyond consumerism as the basis for social life, and gun violence and gun legislation.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/22/13

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Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Green Syndicalism, Steady State Economics, A Practical Utopians Guide, Food-Stamps for All

Joe Clement hosts this special Earth Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/15/13

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Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles: 42, WRR: Chris Hani, Left and the Law on punitive laws, attacks on social security

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Movie Moles review the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. For those too young to remember, Robinson was a pioneering black baseball player for the Dogers, a member of the Republican Party, and collaborater with HUAC in the 1950s.
  • Well-read Red, Alan Wieder commerates the 20th Anniversiary of the assassination of South African freedom fighter and communist Chris Hani.
  • The Left and the Law discuss Oregon prisons and punitive laws in response to budget crises.
  • Bill Resnick talks about attacks on social security.

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Movie Moles: "Soloist"

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Sun, 05/31/2009

 Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr., is a story about mental illness, genius, friendship, and self-determination.  Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken analyze the film's strengths and limitations.  

Life & Music of Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens

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Sun, 05/31/2009

Popular 1970s balladeer Cat Stevens converted to Islam in the '70s and became Yusuf Islam.  Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about Yusuf Islam's career, music, and the controversies he's had to deal with.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 1, 2009

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Sun, 05/31/2009

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features the music of Yusuf Islam, once famous as Cat Stevens.  Topics on the program include Israel, the US and the Middle East; Soloist, a film about musical genius and mental illness; Obama's  equivocal position on prisoners from the "war on terror"; and the career of Yusuf Islam. To hear the whole show, click on the play button above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies discusses the complexities of power in the Middle East.

2.   Movies Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Haaken discuss Soloist -- what it says and doesn't say about mental illness. 

3.  Attorney Mike Snedeker  and Jan Haaken discuss what Obama will and will not do about the prisoners in Guantanamo.  

4.  Musicologist Brad Duncan sums up the career of Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens.

Torture, Obama and the Rule of Law

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Sun, 05/31/2009

 President Obama opposes torture and defends the rule of law, and yet his actions don't entirely repeal the Bush era's attack on constitutional rights.  Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about what it all means.  Mike's recommendations for getting active on this matter:  The ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights.

Israel and the Middle East

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Sun, 05/31/2009

With two new administrations in Israel and the US, what are the chances for change in the direction of less conflict in the Middle East?  The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, where you can find many articles by her.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 25, 2009

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Mon, 05/25/2009

 Hosted by Frann Michel, this show explores the state of the US auto industry and how it got there, what the President forgot on Memorial Day, Richard Russo's best, and latest, book (according to our reviewer), and Q Doc -- the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival coming this weekend.  

Hear the whole show by clicking on the play button above.  For individual segments, plus links to more information, follow the links below:

1.  Mark Brenner of Labor Notes and Bill Resnick of the Old Mole discuss the auto industry.

2.  Frann Michel (today's Well-read Red) on what Obama left out on Memorial Day.

3.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Bridge of Sighs, Richard Russo's latest novel.

4.  All about Q Doc, with David Weissman and the Old Mole's Denise Morris.

US Auto Industry: Decline & Fall

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Sun, 05/24/2009

 

Mark Brenner reviews the last fifty years of the US auto industry and the reasons for its current crisis, putting it all in the context of US labor history and industrial policy.  Brenner is the director of Labor Notes.   He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  

Amnesia on Memorial Day

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Sun, 05/24/2009

 Well-read Red Frann Michel reminds us of many things President Obama forgot to remember in the traditional Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and concludes with an anti-war poem by Adrienne Rich.  You can read her comments, with links to her sources, here.  

Book Review: "The Bridge of Sighs"

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Sun, 05/24/2009

 Book Mole Larry Bowlden explains why he thinks Richard Russo's latest novel Bridge of Sighs is his best.  
 

Queer Documentary Film Festival

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Sun, 05/24/2009

 The Old Mole's Denise Morris talks with David Weissman, co-director of QDoc -- the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival, coming to Portland's Clinton Street Theater this weekend (May 28-31).  Weissman directed the award winning feature documentary, THE COCKETTES (2002).  This is the only queer documentary film festival in the US!   Read all about the festival and the films 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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