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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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour September 15 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change & Public health, Culinary Capitalism, book/movie reviews: "Bleeding Kansas" & "Reds"

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/14

Air date: 
Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/14

Air date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 18, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

Air date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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?
 

Audio

Transit Riders' Union

program date: 
Sun, 04/26/2009

 Who represents the interests of Trimet riders? The Portland Transit Riders Union, that's who! Bill Resnick speaks with Alexandria Bradbury about this grass roots organization's efforts to contest cuts to Trimet service.

Political Energy from Casey Neill

program date: 
Sun, 04/26/2009

 Casey Neill's music is about anti-war and anti-globalization issues. Bill Resnick talks with radical musicologist Brad Duncan about how Casey Neill sets political protest action to music.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 27, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 04/26/2009

 This program hosted by Bill Resnick deals with the incarceration of immigrants, prosecuting those responsible for torture, the secular resistance in Iraq, and organizing Trimet riders, and features the music of Casey Neill. To hear the entire program, click on the arrow above. To hear individual pieces, follow the links below:

1. Locking up immigrant workers here in the Northwest. A conversation among Luz María Gordillo, Laura Philpott, and Rosa Linda Guillen.

2. Bill Weinberg from the National Organization for Iraqi Freedom Struggles, talks with Bill Resnick about secular resistance in Iraq.

3. Well-read Red Bill Resnick reads from Steve Weissman's article about prosecuting those responsible for torture.

4. Alexandra Bradbury from the Portland Transit Riders' Union about giving transit riders a voice.

5. On the political power of Casey Neill's music: An interview with radical musicologist Brad Duncan.

  • Title: OMV 4_27_09
  • Length: 58:42 minutes (33.59 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Socialism and Science Fiction

program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

Who knows what (a real, democratic) socialism will be like?  No one.   But it can at least be imagined in various ways, and that is what some science fiction writers do, as Old Mole Frann Michel explains.  Read her remarks and follow links to her many sources here

Getting Clear About Capitalism

program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

Capitalism is always a drag on the progressive agenda.  But why?  What is capitalism?  In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge explains how the private ownership of productive property forms and deforms social life. 

Cartoon by Janet Stein, Monthly Review (mrzine.monthlyreview.org/ stein180805.htm)

Less Militarism, More Security

program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

What else could we get for the may billions of dollars already spent on two wars? Laurie Mercier talks with Jo Comerford, Executive Director, National Priorities Project about redirecting massive military expenditures to our real security needs namely education, health care and jobs. 

Public Opinion Poll: Socialism or Capitalism?

program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

Only 53% of Americans believe capitalism is better than socialism!  At least that is the finding of a recent Rassmussen poll.  Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss the poll results and what they suggests about how people are reacting to the economic crisis.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 20, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

 The Moles focus today on Capitalism and Socialism.  What is capitalism, anyway, and how does it make us unfree?  What might socialism be like?  Why don't we have more voice in how the government spends  our money, and what would  we say if we did?   Are Americans really committed to Capitalism and opposed to socialism?  (A new poll says otherwise.)   Below  are links to the segments of this show, hosted by Laurie Mercier.   Or you can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above.

1. Clayton Morgareidge explains why a capitalist society deprives us of our very lives.  

2.  Better uses for our billions than bombs: Jo Comerford of the National  Priorities Institute talks with Laurie Mercier about US  spending priorities.

3.  Well-read Red Frann Michel on how science fiction explores the possible worlds of socialism.

4.  A conversation about an opinion poll asking Americans to choose between capitalism and socialism: Norm Diamond and Bill Resnick.

  

 

Alternative Easters

program date: 
Sun, 04/12/2009

The Bible is not the only version of the Easter story.  Tom Becker reports on pre-Christian myths that parallel many details of the resurrection. 

Executions From The Sky: Protesting Drones

program date: 
Sun, 04/12/2009

Pilotless aircraft -- drones -- controlled by "pilots" in California are dropping bombs on targets in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.  What's  the impact on the ground?  On the operators?  Kathy Kelley of Voices for Creative Nonviloence talks with Bill Resnick.  Kelley was among the 14 people recently arrested, protesting at Creech Airforce Base. 

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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