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 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.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/01/13

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Mon, 04/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Labor Law for the Rank and filer, high-stakes testing, "The End of San Francisco" author-interview

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/25/13

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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capitalism, democracy and the internet; hunger; and music.

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Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/18/13

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Mon, 03/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Federal Budget, drone commentary, Noam Chomsky

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks about the dueling federal budget proposals.
  • Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary about drones and the government targetting of its own citizens
  • Tom Becker reads an essay by Noam Chomsky.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/11/13

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Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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What's next for Venezuelans, republican critique of wage-slavery, Movie Review: Snitch, left press

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/18/13

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Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Soccer and Israeli bigotry, Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Big Pharma, and rethinking psychiatry films

 

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

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The New Obama Coalition

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Sun, 03/08/2009

The Obama presidency is opening up significant new political space for  the left, says Linda Burnham, co-founder and former executive director of the Women of Color Resource Center.

Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what progressives can do in this new climate.   Read her Znet article on this topic here.  

Obama's Foxes Guarding the Hen House

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Sun, 03/08/2009

The bank robbers are at it again!  President Obama has hired the same foxes to guard the financial hen house.  Bill Black, a former bank regulator, and author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry, talks with Bill Resnick about the current banking crisis.  

Read a recent article by Black here.

Book Mole: "Here and Somewhere Else"

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Sun, 03/01/2009

Grace Paley and John Nichols  are two wonderful east coast activists who happen also to be a couple.  They've published a book of short stories and poems which are political, comic, and surreal.  Larry Bowlden tells us why we should read it.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 2, 2009

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Sun, 03/01/2009

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program focuses on opportunities to shape what's ahead in the Obama years.  We hear from labor journalist Sam Pizzigati about the promise of the President's budget proposal; from Environmentalist Mary Wood about what we must do to keep the atomosphere safe for living things; from Book Mole Larry Bowlden about new stories and poems from Grace Paley and John Nichols; and from Clayton about progressive politics as grounded in the brain. 

To hear the whole show, use the arrow at the top of this page.  To listen to individual pieces, follow their links below:

1.  The Obama Budget: Bill Resnick and Sam Pizzigati

2.  What you can do for the Earth: Laurie Mercier and Mary Wood.

3.  Your Brain on Progressive Politics: Clayton Morgareidge comments.

4.  Political poems and short stories: Larry Bowlden reviews a new book by two activists.

The Amazing Obama Budget

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Sun, 03/01/2009

 

 

How progressive is the Obama budget?  Republicans call it socialist, among other things.  Sam Pizzigati, a labor journalist and analyst with the Institute for Policy Studies, says it's the most radical presidential program in generations.  Bill Resnick talks with him about what it all means and its prospects for becoming reality. 

 

Does the Brain Lean Left?

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Sun, 03/01/2009

Do the progressive sentiments coming out of the Obama administration appeal to a part of our nature that's embedded in ourbrains?  Clayton Morgareidge explores the possibility and what it might mean politically. 

You can read this commentary here

Politics of Climate Change

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Sun, 03/01/2009

To save the planet, what do we have to do and how soon do we have to do it?  What can citiizens do to keep the CO2 levels in the atmosphere below the tipping point -- where it might be too late?  Enviornmental Law Professor Mary Wood says we must all act now.  She talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about specific actions we can (and must) take.  Wood is the author of Nature's Trust: A Legal Paradigm for Protecting Land and Natural Resources for Future Generations; and The Dawn of Planetary Patriotism: A Citizens' Call to Climate Defense, co-authored with Heather A. Brinton.

 

Action links discussed in the interview:

350.org: a global movement for solving climate crisis

Union of Concerned Scientists Report:  How to Avoid Dangerous Climate Change:  A Target for U.S. Emissions Reductions

Climate Code Red:  The Case for Emergency Action

The Transition Handbook:  From Oil Dependance to Local Resiliency

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 23, 2009

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Sun, 02/22/2009

Tom Becker hosts this program about human costs and human needs in these tough economic times.  How can essential public services be funded in Oregon?  How can immigrant workers be protected from draconian laws enforced by states like Arizona?  And how can home foreclosures be stopped?  Tom takes on the idea that we are becoming a socialist nation.  To hear the whole show, use the arrow at the top of this page.  To hear individual pieces, follow their links below:

1.  Michael Leachman from the Oregon Center for Public Policy talks with Bill Resnick about how to keep the State of Oregon solvent.

2.  Are we all socialists now, as Newsweek imagines?

3.  Immigration abuses in Arizona

4.  How to stop home foreclosures.

Immigration Law in Arizona

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Sun, 02/22/2009

The notorious humiliation of immigrant workers by Sherrif Joe Apaio in Arizona's Maricopa County is only part of the story of how local law enforcement is being given increased power to enforce federal immigration law.  The Old Mole's Denise Morris tallks with Elena Machuca of Jobs With Justice about these issues and about organizing for immigrant rights.  For more about the issues go here and here

 

 

We're All Socialists Now?

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Sun, 02/22/2009

A recent Newsweek article claims that the economic crisis is forcing the nation into socialism.  But do the authors really know what socialism is?  Or are they confused?  Tom Becker explains. 

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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