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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/10/12

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Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Leo Panitch, Searching for Sugar Man, against the work-ethic, reading from the left press

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Working-class mobilization & resistance, Movie Moles on "American Dream", IWW & Paid Sick Days Now!

 

Laurie Mercier hosts this special Labor Day episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/20/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
history of German Social Democracy, Marley movie & reggae, Red and Black Collective

Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/13/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Arab Spring, Capitalist Realism, movie moles: the trotsky

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bil Resnick continues his conversation with Chris Toensing about the future of the Arab Springs
  • Movie Moles, Joe and Iven Hale, review The Trotsky, which is a farsical film about a young Quebecois man who believes he is Leon Trotsky incarnate and must relive his life, first trying to organize a union at his father's factory and then among students in his high school.
  • Frann Michel reviews "Capitalist Realism" by blogger K-Punk.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/06/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The meaning of the Arab Spring for Western leftists. Also: Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

Old Mole Variety Hour

Iven Hale hosts and we hear

Bill Resnick talking with Chris Toensing, executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project and editor of its quarterly magazine, Middle East Report; they discuss the Arab spring and its meaning for leftists in the West.

Movie Moles discuss Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? (and other recent documentaries about the economy).

And more!

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/30/12

Air date: 
Mon, 07/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
corporate Olympics, media narratives of mass shootings, The Dark Knight Rises

Old Mole Variety Hour

-> Jules Boykoff talks from London with Bill Resnick about the Olympics and the corporatization of sport.

-> The Left & The Law with Jan Haaken & Mike Snedeker discuss the latest shooting in Colorado and media narratives about such events.

-> Movie Moles Iven Hale and Joe Clement review The Dark Knight Rises.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/23/12

Air date: 
Mon, 07/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Just Banking, Queer Justice

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Just Banking, Queer Justice

Bill Resnick talks with attorney, author, and president of the Public Banking Institute Ellen Brown about alternative public and community banking, radical banks devoted to investing in worker cooperatives, all to replace the predatory too big to fail financial system. Here's a recent essay by Ellen Brown: Cooperative Banking: The Exciting Wave of the Future.

Audio

Wages in the Economic Crisis

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program date: 
Sun, 01/11/2009

Raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2010!  That's the proposal of well-known author and activist Holly Sklar and Let Justice Roll.  Holly talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the gap between the minimum wage and a living wage, and why raising the minimum is good for the economy and good for business

The Day the Earth Stood Still

program date: 
Sun, 01/11/2009

 

The Earth Stood  Still back in 1951 -- a different world and yet very much the same.  Our Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris tell us why the old movie has more to say about war and peace than the  version currently playing in theaters.   Here's another review comparing the new (2008) and the old versions. Here's the 1951 screenplay by Edmund North, the earlier short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates, and a treatment for a proposed sequel by Ray Bradbury.

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 12, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 01/11/2009

 

 

Bill Resnick hosts this edition of the show which deals with the crisis in Gaza, a 1951 Sci-Fi movie about war and peace, and why the minimum wage needs raising in the current economic crisis.  Resnick also plays music by Palestinian and Israeli musican exiles from the album Exile, a fusion of jazz and Middle Eastern music.  Quoting from a review at KlezmerShack, "It is also disquieting, and will be especially disquieting to many given the current situation in Israel. To realize that the quiet, moving ballad, "Jenin" is a transposition of a Yiddish folk song about a Russian town in which a pogrom was carried about is not a quiet thing, especially in the light of recent history of Jenin (and myths about same)."

You can hear the whole Mole (which includes the music) by clicking on the arrow above.  Or hear separate pieces (and find much more information) by following their links below:

1.  Raising the Minimum Wage: an interview with Holly Sklar.

2.  Uri Avineri's article "Molten Lead," read by Jan Haaken.

3.  The Gaza Attacks:  Jan Haaken talks with Portland peace activists.

4.  "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (in 1951): Movie Moles review one that's old but good.

Molten Lead: Terror in Gaza

program date: 
Sun, 01/11/2009

Uri Avineri, former Israeli Cabinet member and Israeli peace activist, argues against the current attacks on Gaza in this piece  called "Molten Lead," read here by Jan Haaken.  The printed text is here.  

  • Title: "Molten Lead"
  • Album: Gaza
  • Length: 7:10 minutes (4.1 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Move Moles: "Slumdog" and "Wendy"

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Mon, 01/05/2009

Movie Moles Fran Michele and Jan Haaken compare, contrast, and recommend two current films, "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Wendy and Lucy".  Wendy and Lucy was shot here in Portland. 

Solving the Housing Crisis

program date: 
Sun, 01/04/2009


ForeclosuresUnemploymentPoverty.  At least  a third of the nation ill-housed or un-housed.  What to do?  Chester Hartman has written widely on housing issues, and he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Hartman, an urban planner and author, is Director of Research of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, DC.

Insane War in Gaza

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program date: 
Sun, 01/04/2009

"ISRAEL’s war in Gaza is an act of political insanity. It is the product of a deeply disturbed society, able neither to curb its military arrogance nor calm its profound paranoia. The consequences are likely to be painful for Israel’s long-term prospects."  So argues a leading British writer on the middle east, Patrick Seale, in this essay read here by Tom Becker.  You can find it in print at the Saudi Gazette.

A New Capitalism?

program date: 
Sun, 01/04/2009

Neo-liberalism has been discredited by the current economic crisis.  What will replace it?   Walden Bello argues that it will be "Global Social Democracy" -- in some ways better than the failed ideas that got us into this mess, but it's still as undemocratic as capitalism has always been.  Bill Resnick reads from Bello's essay, which you can find on line here.

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 5, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 01/04/2009

Tom Becker hosts the first Old Mole show of 2009.  Topics include

Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow at the top of the page.  Hear individual pieces by following the links above, where you can also find links to more information.

 

Socialism's Come-back

program date: 
Sun, 12/28/2008

 

Reports  of its death have been greatly exaggerated -- Socialism is coming back in full force in Europe, according to an article by Neil Clark in the New Statesman.  Tom Becker reads, and adds  a  caveat by the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.

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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