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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.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
"Strike!" and today's mini-revolts; a corporate take-over of our water; "After the Revolution"

Bill Resnick hosts this show and we hear--

Old Mole Variety Hour May 5 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Walmart Working Class, Well-read Red, Socialism From Below, remembering Paul Robeson Sr. & Jr.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 28

Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Women's prisons in Oregon, wrongful convictions, working class poets, and progressive politics in CA

Tom Becker hosts this show, and this is what we will hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21

Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this special EARTH DAY show, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Audio

Archie Green's Big Red Song Book

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program date: 
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

Urban Planning Struggles in Portland

program date: 
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

program date: 
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.

"Give Them All Pitchforks!"

program date: 
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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program date: 
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"

program date: 
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.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 23, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 03/22/2009

 Hosted by Frann Michel, this show features a film review of Che, a conversation about what's wrong with merit pay for teachers, a commentary about the political opening for the left created by the AIG bonus scandal, and a short story about international family ties by Luz María Gordillo.  

To hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  "Give Them All Pitchforks!" -- Well-read Red Laurie Mercier on the popular outrage about AIG.

2.  Fred McKissack from Rethinking Schools talks with Bill Resnick about "merit" pay for teachers.

3.  Luz María Gordillo, "The Twins"

4.  Che -- The Movie Moles

Bonuses & Merit Pay

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program date: 
Sat, 03/21/2009

 

Just as bonuses for corporate CEOs leads to corruption, so "merit" pay for teachers  leads to corrupt teaching practices.  Bill Resnick talks with Fred McKissack of Rethinking Schools about what's  wrong with this way of motivating people.   (Illustration: Richard Downs)

Movie Moles: "XXY"

program date: 
Sun, 03/15/2009

 Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss XXY, an Argentine film about a young girl, her family and friends dealing with the fact  of her ambiguous sexual organs.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 16, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 03/15/2009

 Hosted by Denise Morris, this program features discussions of single payer health insurance, a strike against a hedge-fund owned cookie company in Brooklyn, a movie about ambiguous gender, and a psychological investigation of political apathy.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow at the top of this page.  For individual segments, follow the links below:

1.  Russell Mokhiber and Bill Resnick discuss the need for getting single payer health insurance recognized as an option in the current debate.

2.  Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Denise Morris review the Argentine film XXY.

3.  A courageous small union goes on strike against Stella d'Oro.

4.  Jan Haaken talks with psychologist Renee Lertzman about  deconstructing apathy.

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