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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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 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

Air date: 
Mon, 03/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
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

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

 

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/11/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Audio

The Real Name of the Enemy

program date: 
Sun, 06/07/2009

 

The Old Mole's Clayton Morgareidge considers who's really blocking the progressive agenda in Washington.  (Hint: it's not Rush or the GOP.)  This commentary draws on Christopher Hayes's recent article in the Nation, "Naming the Enemy."

Obama in Cairo

program date: 
Sun, 06/07/2009

 

 

Bill Resnick reviews President Obama's speech in Cairo addressed to the Muslim world, drawing on Stephen Weissman's article in Truthout.

Photo: AP

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 8, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 06/07/2009

 Featuring the music of the late blues singer Koko Taylor, this program evaluates the Stimulus Package, argues for full abortion rights for women, identifies the obstacles to progressive legislation, and reviews  Obama's Middle East speech in Cairo.  Your host is Bill Resnick, pictured here.  (Due to a technical glitch, Bill's opening remarks  are omitted.)  Note that we are using new music for our theme.  From the original version of "I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground" by Bascom Lamar Lunsford, we morph into a version by dj/rupture and sung by Sindhu Zagoren.

To hear the whole show, including several clips from  Koko Taylor, use the play button at the top of this page.  To hear  individual pieces, and for more  information, links, and images, follow the links below:

1.  Assessing the stimulus package: Bill Resnick talks with Heidi Shierholz  of the Economic Policy Institute.

2.  Well-read Red Frann Michel reviews the case for  full abortion rights in the aftermath of George Tiller's assassination.

3.  The Old Mole's Clayton Morgareidge asks who's  behind the opposition to the progressive agenda  in Washington.

4.   Bill Resnick reviews Obama's speech on the Middle East in Cairo.

5.  Remembering the life and music of Koko Taylor with Brad Duncan and Bill Resnick.

 

Israel and the Middle East

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Sun, 05/31/2009

With two new administrations in Israel and the US, what are the chances for change in the direction of less conflict in the Middle East?  The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, where you can find many articles by her.  

Movie Moles: "Soloist"

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Sun, 05/31/2009

 Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr., is a story about mental illness, genius, friendship, and self-determination.  Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken analyze the film's strengths and limitations.  

Life & Music of Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens

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Sun, 05/31/2009

Popular 1970s balladeer Cat Stevens converted to Islam in the '70s and became Yusuf Islam.  Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about Yusuf Islam's career, music, and the controversies he's had to deal with.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 1, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 05/31/2009

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features the music of Yusuf Islam, once famous as Cat Stevens.  Topics on the program include Israel, the US and the Middle East; Soloist, a film about musical genius and mental illness; Obama's  equivocal position on prisoners from the "war on terror"; and the career of Yusuf Islam. To hear the whole show, click on the play button above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies discusses the complexities of power in the Middle East.

2.   Movies Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Haaken discuss Soloist -- what it says and doesn't say about mental illness. 

3.  Attorney Mike Snedeker  and Jan Haaken discuss what Obama will and will not do about the prisoners in Guantanamo.  

4.  Musicologist Brad Duncan sums up the career of Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens.

Torture, Obama and the Rule of Law

program date: 
Sun, 05/31/2009

 President Obama opposes torture and defends the rule of law, and yet his actions don't entirely repeal the Bush era's attack on constitutional rights.  Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about what it all means.  Mike's recommendations for getting active on this matter:  The ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights.

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 25, 2009

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Mon, 05/25/2009

 Hosted by Frann Michel, this show explores the state of the US auto industry and how it got there, what the President forgot on Memorial Day, Richard Russo's best, and latest, book (according to our reviewer), and Q Doc -- the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival coming this weekend.  

Hear the whole show by clicking on the play button above.  For individual segments, plus links to more information, follow the links below:

1.  Mark Brenner of Labor Notes and Bill Resnick of the Old Mole discuss the auto industry.

2.  Frann Michel (today's Well-read Red) on what Obama left out on Memorial Day.

3.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Bridge of Sighs, Richard Russo's latest novel.

4.  All about Q Doc, with David Weissman and the Old Mole's Denise Morris.

Amnesia on Memorial Day

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program date: 
Sun, 05/24/2009

 Well-read Red Frann Michel reminds us of many things President Obama forgot to remember in the traditional Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and concludes with an anti-war poem by Adrienne Rich.  You can read her comments, with links to her sources, 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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