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 January 20th

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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

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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

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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 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 December 23, 2013

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Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Audio

Getting Clear About Capitalism

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

  

 

Socialism and Science Fiction

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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

Taxes and the Rich

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Sun, 04/12/2009

A good society taxes its wealthiest members to invest in infrastructure and services for all. At least that was the consensus fifty years ago, but now the wealthy pay lower taxes than the rest of us.

Chuck Collins from the Institute of Policy Studies talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what our society needs and how to pay for it. Collins is the author of the pamphlet Reversing the Great Tax Shift: Seven Steps to Finance Our Economic Recovery Fairly, available here.

 

Alternative Easters

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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

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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. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 13, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 04/12/2009

This show features music by and an interview  about Tupac Shakur.   Also discussed are: reclaiming the consensus that  the richest folks should pay the most for the government services everyone needs;  how details  of the Easter story (crucifixion and resurrection) run parallel to much earlier myths; and protesting the drones  operated from California to rain destruction in the middle east.

To hear the whole show, use the button at the top of  the page.  For separate segments, follow the links below.

1.  Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins about meeting common needs by restoring a more progressive income tax.

2.  Variations on the Easter Story: Tom Becker reports.

3.  Cathy Kelley reports on drones and on protests at Creech Airforce Base in California.

4.  Director Gobi Rahimi talks with Old Mole Jan Haaken about his friend  Tupac Shakur.  

About Tupac Shakur

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program date: 
Sun, 04/12/2009

Gobi Rahimi is a director and producer of films and music videos, and was a friend and colleague of Tupac Shakur. He is author of Thru My Eyes: Thoughts on Tupac Shakur in Pictures and Words .  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about Tupac's  life and music. 

Rahim will be the keynote speaker at a conference Friday and Saturday, April 17th and 18th, at PSU titled "The Tupac Legacy: Hip-hop, Youth, and Global Identities." Details 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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