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

Air date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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reviews, interviews, commentaries



Bill Resnick interviews Frederic Mousseau, policy  director at the Oakland Institute where he coordinates the institute's research on food security and agroeclology.

Larry Bowlden reviews a book of short stories entitled  "China Dog and Other Stories from a Chinese Cafe" by Judy Fong Bates. The stories deal with her dual identity as a Chinese-Canadian.  

Clayton Morgareidge reads from an article from Jacobin magazine entitled "Will Socialism by Boring" by Danny Katch.

Old Mole Variety HourJuly 20th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 07/20/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Teachers, Portland Public Schools, Tenants Rights, Prison Reform, alienation, class society


Denise Morris Hosts this Episode of The Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 07/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews, commentaries and reviews

Bill Resnick interviews Gordon Lafer of the Univ of Oregon who argues that education cannot end poverty.
Jan Haaken remembers Hugo Du Courday (also known as Hugu Maynard) an outstanding educator and activist.
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss a new report concerning the American Psychological Association and their involvement with the CIA in torture during the Bush administration. 

The Old Mole Variety Hour for July 6, 2015

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Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Live leftist music, Commemorating "Bloody Wednesday", community syndicalism, one big union

Old Mole Variety Hour June 29th 2015

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Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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criminal justice system, Marriage Equality, Women in Prison, Quinault Nation


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 22, 2015

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Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate, Border Patrol, Inmates & Prison Staff, Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts the June 22, 2015 episode, which includes these segments:

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Commentary and reviews


Bill Resnick interviews Leo Panitich on Greece, the EU and austerity. 

Larry Boulden reviews a novel that asks deep philosophical questions about the objectivity of science entitled "Euphoria" by Lily King.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 8

Air date: 
Mon, 06/08/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Child poverty in Oregon, a movie about MOVE, and some bad ideas about climate change
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole. Here is what's on tap:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 1, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Hour of social & political commentary from a radically socialist, feminist, ecological point of view

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear...

The Old Mole Variety Hour for May 25, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Memorial day, Troublemaking labor activism, and more!
The Old Mole Variety Hour
for Monday May 25, 2015

 
Bill Resnick talks with activist teacher Jesse Hagopian of Seattle about developments in labor organizing and the upcoming Labor Notes Troublemakers School on May 30, for which Jesse will be keynote speaker.

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Medicine in Haiti

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program date: 
Mon, 02/08/2010

 Angele Theard is a Portland anesthesiologist and second generation Haitian just back from ten days in Haiti administering to the pain of injured people.  In this interview, she talks with Thabiti Lewis about her work and the problems of getting needed aid to the people.  Dr. Theard was part of a group working with Medical Teams International of Oregon.  

Hope in Hard Times from Howard Zinn

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Tue, 02/02/2010

 Perhaps as an antidote to what might seem the pessimism of Chris Hedges in the preceding segment of today's Old Mole, Bill Resnick reads a message of reasoned optimism from the recently deceased  Howard Zinn.  It comes from a  2004 piece in The Nation, "The Optimism of Uncertainty."   

 

 

 

Portland's African Film Festival

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Tue, 02/02/2010

 Celebrating Black History Month and  the 50th anniversary of 17 African countries that achieved their independence in 1960, the 20th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films begins on February 5 and continues through March 6.   P.C. Peri is a member of the planning committee and of Flying Focus Video, and talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the festival and several of the films being shown.  

As the festival's website points out, "The feature and documentary films that we show, the majority of which were made by African directors, celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose Africa’s failures, and reveal the possibilities for a more hopeful future. They show us pictures of Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa that is packaged primarily for western viewers. The films represent African concerns that are political, historical, and social. This year’s films cover a wide range of themes and topics, including African identity, liberation, emigration, displacement, dictatorship, racism and war, issues of trauma, conflict and reconciliation, peace, truth, justice, forgiveness, and the position of women."

February 1, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 02/01/2010

 Hosted by Bill Resnick, this program features an on-the-ground report from Haiti.  In addition, we hear from Howie Hawkins, Green Party Candidate for Mayor of Syracuse about public, locally generated power; from PC Peri of Flying Focus Video about the 20th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films; from Chris Hedges (read by Tom Becker) about our fictional democracy; and from the late Howard Zinn (read by Bill Resnick) about why we should still be optimistic in uncertain times.  

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

1.  Journalist and activist Kevin Pina reports from Haiti in this conversation with Laurie Mercier.

2.  Howie Hawkins and Bill Resnick on electical  power -- locally owned, locally produced.  

3.  The African Film Festival, Feb.  5 - Mar. 6:  PC Peri and the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.

4.  Chris Hedges on the Supreme Court stripping bare the illusion of democracy.

5.  Howard Zinn on why we should be optimistic in hard times.

 

 

Reporting Live from Haiti

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Mon, 02/01/2010

 Live from Haiti, Kevin Pina talks by cell phone with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about the recent history of Haiti and US role in suppressing Aristide and popular democratic movements, as well as about the US militarization of current aid efforts and its cost in human lives.   Pina  is a  journalist, activist and filmmaker, who knows Haiti intimately.  (The accompanying photo shows him in journalistic action in Haiti.)

You can see more from him in this video interview.  Pina recommends the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund as the best place to contribute directly to the Haitian people.  For more background, check out the Haiti Information Project; Pina's film We Must Kill the Bandits; his article in World Press; and Naomi Klein on disaster capitalism in Haiti.

Making Local Energy

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Mon, 02/01/2010

 Howie Hawkins as the Green Party candidate took 41% of the vote for mayor of Syracuse, New York last November.  One of his main issues is public utilities and generating green energy locally, and he talks about the politics of that in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   

Fictional Democracy

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Mon, 02/01/2010

 The recent Supreme Court decision granting rights of free speech to corporations merely reveals what was already true: that democracy is merely a useful fiction and we are already ruled by corporations.  This is the argument Chris Hedges makes in a piece on Truthdig, read here by Tom Becker.

Obama After Massachussetts

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Mon, 01/25/2010

 Why did Ted Kennedy's Senate seat go to a Republican?  What does this mean for Obama and his agenda?  Massachussetts political scientist John Berg talks with our Bill Resnick about it all.

Movie Moles: About Haiti

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Mon, 01/25/2010

 Two documentary films made in recent years about Haiti help us to understand the current crisis following the earthquake.   Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss what can be learned from Aristide and the Endless Revolution and The Agronomist.  The second of these revolves around the historical and ongoing importance of community supported radio in Haiti, and makes clear why you should support KBOO (please click on the tip jar at the top of this page if you haven't donated yet in this fund drive!)

SCOTUS on Corporate Campaign Financing

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Mon, 01/25/2010

 Does last week's Supreme Court decision permitting corporations to promote candidates for office, on the grounds of their right to "free speech," hand over our government to corporations?  Clayton Morgareidge reviews some of what the left press has to say on the topic.  You can read his comments and find his sources 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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