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.

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 02/18/13

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Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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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

Air date: 
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. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/17/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/17/2012 - 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 12/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

Iven Hale hosts this next episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

Audio

Prospects for Health Care Change

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program date: 
Sun, 12/28/2008

 

How many of the problems with our health care will, and will not, be solved by what's on the table in the national health care debate that will take place in the Obama years?   Paul Gorman of  Physicians for  a National Health Care Program, and a Portland physician, talks with Bill Resnick and explains the options and what has worked best in other countries.  

Book Mole: "Sights Unseen"

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Sun, 12/28/2008

Kaye Gibbons writes about growing up with (and without)  a mother who is mentally ill in her novel Sights Unseen, reviewed here by Larry Bowlden. 

Obama's Education Secretary

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Sun, 12/28/2008

 

The CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan, has been chosen to be Secretary of Education in the Obama Cabinet.  What does his track record suggest is ahead for schools?  It's not a progressive picture.   Clayton Morgareidge reads from an article by Henry A. Giroux and Kenneth Saltman that appeared on t r u t h o u t

 

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 29, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 12/28/2008

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program looks at how the emerging Obama administration is walking the  line between public interest and private profit in two areas: health care and education.  It  features several great drum solos from the jazz world (mostly curtailed in the webcast for copyright reasons), and  Larry Bowlden's review of  Unseen Sights, a novel about mental health and its costs. 

One drum piece is heard in its entirety (following Larry's book review); it's by Glen Sheidt of Iretsu.

To hear the whole show, click  on the arrow above. To listen to individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Socialism's comeback: the view from Europe.  An article by Neil Clark read by Tom Becker.

2.  Bill Resnick and Paul Gorman discuss a wider range of  options for health care than Obama seems to have in mind.

3.  How to leverage the debate on health care into something bigger.  Clayton Morgareidge comments.

4.  Sights Unseen -- our Book Mole's take on Kaye Gibbons's novel about mental  illness.

5.  Worries about Arne Duncan, Obama's  Secretary of Education.  Clayton reads from an article by Giroux and Saltman.

National Health and Beyond

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Sun, 12/28/2008

Public health is a public good -- so it should be a public responsiblity.  But many other public goods are poorly served by profit-making private interests.  In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge shows how the debate about a national health care program can, and should, lead to something more. 

2008 in the Law

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Sun, 12/21/2008

 

Diane Downs denied parole, the role of remorse in who gets what punishment, the decline of the death penalty, and what Republicans have to fear from Eric Holder -- these are the issues Portland Attorney discusses with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier.  

 

Foreign Policy in the Obama Years

program date: 
Sun, 12/21/2008

Where will US foreign policy go under Obama?  How might it impact the poorer nations of the world.  Sarah Anderson,  Director of the Global Economic Project at the Institute for Policy Studies,  provides her insights in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 22, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 12/21/2008

Hosted by the intrepid Laurie Mercier, braving the biggest snow fall in 40 years to reach the KBOO studio, this  program features Laurie's discussion with attorney Mike Snedeker of developments in the law this past year.  We also hear how  vampires are becoming more romantic and less dangerous than in years past as Frann Michel looks into the meaning of Twilight, the series of novels and the movie.  Finally, Bill Resnick talks with Sarah Anderson about what the Obama administration may, and may not, bring in how the US acts around the world.  Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual pieces by following the links below.

1.  2008 in the law.

2.  Vampires among us.

3.  Obama's  foreign policy.

Vampires Going Mainstream?

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Sun, 12/21/2008

Are vampires going mainstream?  Frann Michel assesses the signicance of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series of young adult novels and the movie now playing.

You can read  her remarks and find lots of interesting links here

History of Labor Sit-ins

program date: 
Tue, 12/16/2008

Workers at a door and window company in Chicago were recent victorious in a sit-down action.  Old Mole  Denise Morris reads from a piece by Christopher  Phelps and Nelson Lichtenstein about the  history of such actions.  You can find the online version 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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