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 March 3 2014

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Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

Old Mole Variety Hour January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 3rd 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Education, Neoliberalism, Sports, Minimum Wage, Feminism, Teen Novel, Pete Seeger


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the old mole variety hour featuring the music of Pete Seeger
  • Bill Resnick interviews Feminist blogger and writer Soraya Chemaly on football and the Super Bowl
  • Larry Bowlden reviews the teen novel Divergent by author Veronica Roth
  • Frann Michel discusses Education and Neoliberalism
  • Joe Clements interviews GEOFFREY MacDONALD about his his article 'Who Needs the Minimum Wage?' available on Counter Punch

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 27

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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Elections, comedy, class war and the national security state

Clayton Morgareidge hosts the show and we hear radical takes on how to run elections, a venue for leftist comedy at the Red & Black Cafe, the neoliberal soul, Richard Sherman's post-game rant, and class war and the security state.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20th

Air date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Movie Moles: Her, revolutionary reforms, Chinese Environmentalism, Public Utilities in Portland

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Audio

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

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.

"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.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 23, 2009

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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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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)

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 16, 2009

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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.

Movie Moles: "XXY"

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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.  

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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