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.

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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

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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

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Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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
Short Description: 
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
Short Description: 
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

Amnesia on Memorial Day

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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.  

Book Review: "The Bridge of Sighs"

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Sun, 05/24/2009

 Book Mole Larry Bowlden explains why he thinks Richard Russo's latest novel Bridge of Sighs is his best.  
 

Queer Documentary Film Festival

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Sun, 05/24/2009

 The Old Mole's Denise Morris talks with David Weissman, co-director of QDoc -- the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival, coming to Portland's Clinton Street Theater this weekend (May 28-31).  Weissman directed the award winning feature documentary, THE COCKETTES (2002).  This is the only queer documentary film festival in the US!   Read all about the festival and the films here.  

Justice and Sustainability

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Sun, 05/17/2009

 What is the role of economic and racial justice when we consider a sustainable world?  Jill Fuglister talks with Laurie Mercier about her work with the Coalition for a Livable Future and the Livability Summit held at Portland State University this week.  

Single Payer Under Arrest

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Sun, 05/17/2009

 Pediatrician Margaret Flowers was among those arrested for protesting the exclusion of single payer advocates at the recent Senate hearings on health reform.  Here she talks with Bill Resnick about how for-profit health insurance led her to quit her practice and start organizing for a national health care program.  For more information and opportunities to join this struggle, check out these links:  Physicians for a National Healthcare Program, Health Care Now, Single Payer Action, and the local Jobs With Justice chapter.  

Fired for Organizing

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Sun, 05/17/2009

 Elizabeth Fehr, recently fired as she was trying to organize a union at Laurelhurst Village Nursing Home, and her co-worker Henry Olivera, discuss conditions there and why a union is needed.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 18, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 05/17/2009

First, a big Thanks from the Mole to all of you who contributed to KBOO during the just concluded membership drive.  If you forgot to do it, look for the JOIN NOW link at the top of this page.  KBOO and the Mole need your support.

 This show features the rabble-rousing music of Anne Feeney whose songs underscore  the social justice issues discussed by the Moles.  Appearing on the program, which is hosted by Old Mole Laurie Mercier, is Dr. Margaret Flower, arrested in D.C. for protesting at a Senate Hearing where no advocates of single payer were to be heard (but they were heard!).  Bill Resnick interviews her.  Jan Haaken interviews Professor Brooke Campbell about debates over "erotic services" offered on Craig's list -- where no sex workers are heard.  Laurie talks with Jill Fuglister about getting economic and racial justice issues into discourse about the environment.  And we hear from two workers at a Portland nursing home one of whom was fired after trying to organize a union.  Laurie introduces the show with comments about movements underway towards fairer taxation here in Oregon and for a single payer health program nationwide.  For more information on these, contact the Portland Chapter of Alliance for Democracy

To hear the whole show, click on the play button above.  To hear the separate pieces and for more information, follow their links below:

1.  Protesting Senate hearings on health care and why we need single payer: A physician speaks from her own experience.

2.  Sex on the internet: what do sex workers need?

3.   Getting economic and racial justice into environmental debates.

4.   Getting fired for union organizing.

Sex, Class and the Internet

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Sun, 05/17/2009

Women's Studies Professor Brooke Campbell talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about recent controversies over erotic services offered on Craig's List. What's the difference between lining up a "date" on Craig's List and arranging a tryst through a "reputable" dating service?

Campbell argues that the missing voices in these debates are those of sex workers themselves.  You can find these voices at Bound, Not Gagged, Stella, and "Tales of the Night Fairies" (a film).  

Introducing Satori Men's Chorus

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Sun, 05/10/2009

 A brief introduction to Satori Men's Chorus with Artistic Director Susan Dorn and Board President Mike Shaughnessy.   This segment includes a bonus not heard on the air: A selection from their rendition of "On Children."

  • Title: Satori Introduction
  • Length: 5:26 minutes (3.12 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Movie Review: A Wink and a Smile

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Sun, 05/10/2009
An intoxicating mix of private thoughts and public behavior, A Wink and a Smile exposes more than the human body by putting gender, power, sexuality and social identity under the glittery spotlight, as it follows the lives of ten "ordinary" women who do something extraordinary – learn the art of burlesque dancing and striptease.  The Old Mole's Denise Morris turns her critical eye on this unusual film, now playing at the Hollywood Theater.

 

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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