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.

You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

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Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

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Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



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Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity, same sex intimate partner violence

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

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Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
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Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

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Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews and news

Today on the Old Mole
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson on the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Larry Bowlden reviews a memoir entitled "Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile (gen TEAL ee), Director of Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 

Audio

Book Review: "The Ghost At the Table"

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Sun, 04/05/2009

 Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Suzanne Berne's novel about memories and family secrets,  The Ghost at the Table.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 6, 2009

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Sun, 04/05/2009

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program features three interviews: Migrant labor and housing; Obama's war in Afghanistan; and Argentina's 1990s crisis.  Also on the show: a review of Suzanne Sterne's novel The Ghost at the Table.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  To hear individual  pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Luz María Gordillo and Megan Trevarthen interview housing activist Pat Arnold about housing for agricultural workers.

2.  Author and middle-east expert Stephen Zunes talks with Bill Resnick about Obama's plans for expanding the war in Afghanistan.  

3.  What can we learn from Argentina's economic crisis in the '90s?  Psychoanalyst and Latin American historian Nancy Hollander talks with Old Mole Jan Haaken.

4.   Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews The Ghost At the Table by Suzanne Sterne.

Urban Planning Struggles in Portland

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Sun, 03/29/2009

 Jorge Lizárraga has a lot to say about the racial and class politics of portland "planning," which has almost always been subservient to the interests of capital, despite more recent rhetoric about participatory planning.  He is finishing a study on the influence of urban design theories and city planning policies on the racial and ethnic geography of Portland.  Here he talks with Old Mole Laurie Mercier.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30, 2009

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Sun, 03/29/2009

 Hosted by Tom Becker, this show features a discussion of the politics of urban planning and its effect on the racial and ethnic geography of Portland.  We also hear a eulogy for the late labor song folklorist Archie Green; a critique of the press's treatment of the Rihanna - Chris Brown violence case; and a discussion with a  leading Marxist about openings for socialism in the current economic crisis.  To hear the whole show, click the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Leo Panitch and Bill Resnick discuss the economic crisis and the prospects for socialist solutions.

2.   What is the press saying about domestic/dating violence in the wake of the Rihanna-Brown case?  Frann Michel comments.

3.   Archie Green and the Big Red Song Book: a  eulogy from Tom Becker.

4.  Old Mole Laurie Mercier talks with Jorge Lizárraga about the history and impact of urban planning on Portland.

Socialism and the Crisis

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Sun, 03/29/2009

Leo Panitch is a Marxist political scientist at York University.  In this interview, he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the current crisis of capitalism  and what opportunities for socialism can be found.  He is the author of many books and articles, most recently Renewing Socialism: Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination

 

Rhianna: Who Gets to be a Victim?

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Sun, 03/29/2009

The issue of domestic and dating violence has received national  attention with the case of Rhianna and Chris Brown.  The Old Mole's Frann Michel takes a critical look at how the press has been handling the question of what it takes to be considered a victim.  Read her commentary, with many links  to her sources,  here.  

Archie Green's Big Red Song Book

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Sun, 03/29/2009

 

 

 

A folklorist specializing in labor songs, Archie Green died last  week.   The Old Mole's Tom Becker remembers him and his work, which includes the Big Red Song Book

Photo: Archie Green, left, with Dock Walsh, 1962Archie Green Collection (#20002)Southern Folklife Collection

"Give Them All Pitchforks!"

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Sun, 03/22/2009

Today's Well-read Red, Laurie Mercier, says, "Thanks to the outrage over the AIG bailouts and  bonuses,  it is no longer cool to be rich.  There is a new populist resentment brewing, and the left must seize the opportunity to build movements to constructively direct that anger into building a new system that provides for all, not the rich few." More on this here, here, here, and here

 

Short Story: "The Twins"

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Sun, 03/22/2009

Luz María Gordillo is back with another  of her short stories about the Mexican immigrant experience.  This one, "The Twins," is about the importance of family ties across borders.   

Movie Moles: "Che"

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Sun, 03/22/2009

 The two-part epic film about Che Guevarra  (Che) is reviewed by Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken.  It's playing through Thursday at the Hollywood Theater.

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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