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 04/22/13

Air date: 
Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Green Syndicalism, Steady State Economics, A Practical Utopians Guide, Food-Stamps for All

Joe Clement hosts this special Earth Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/15/13

Air date: 
Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles: 42, WRR: Chris Hani, Left and the Law on punitive laws, attacks on social security

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Movie Moles review the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. For those too young to remember, Robinson was a pioneering black baseball player for the Dogers, a member of the Republican Party, and collaborater with HUAC in the 1950s.
  • Well-read Red, Alan Wieder commerates the 20th Anniversiary of the assassination of South African freedom fighter and communist Chris Hani.
  • The Left and the Law discuss Oregon prisons and punitive laws in response to budget crises.
  • Bill Resnick talks about attacks on social security.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/01/13

Air date: 
Mon, 04/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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
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

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

Audio

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 16, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

Hosted by Jan Haaken, this show features a discussion of democracy and local energy production; the Mickey Rourke film The Wrestler, the 19th Annual  Cascade Festival  of African Films, and  a follow-up on the Economic Town Hall meeting held in Portland on January 29.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Democratic self-sufficient energy production, a conversation between David Morris and Bill Resnick.

2.  The Movie Moles take hold of The Wrestler.

3.   Following up on the Town Hall meeting about the economic crisis.

4.  Cascade Festival  of African Films

Democracy & Sustainable Energy

program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

The most sustainable energy is local energy.  David Morris of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about why this is so, and how it would generate not only power but participatory democracy. 

You can read Morris's report Energy Self-Reliant States: Homegrown Renewable Power

 

African Film Festival

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program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

The 19th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films is underway at PCC's Cascade campus.  P.C. Peri of the festival  talks with Jan Haaken about the films and the festival, which runs through March 7.  

For more information, go to the Festival website here.  

Racism and the Economic Crisis

program date: 
Mon, 02/09/2009

People of color and especially immigrants have faced attempts to blame them for the economic crisis and to shift even more of the suffering onto their backs. Well-read Red Frann Michel  exposes these attacks in this commentary.  You can read it and find many links to her sources here

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Urban Agriculture in Havana

program date: 
Sun, 02/08/2009

Cuba is now self-sufficient in vegetables and eating a healthier diet thanks to urban garden plots in all its cities.  Sinan Koont, who teaches economics at Dickenson College and has studied city agriculture in Cuba, talks with Bill Resnick.  Here is his article on the topic in Monthly Review

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 9, 2009

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Sun, 02/08/2009

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features Afrobeat music by Fela Kuti and a conversation about Kuti's life and work.  The show leads off with a critique of the economic stimulus plan: "insufficient, ineffective, ill-conceived" are the words of economist Michael Perlman.  Well-read Red Frann Michel reviews how people of color and immigrants are faring in, and even being blamed for, the economic crisis.  We hear from another economist about urban agriculture in Havana and other Cuban cities.  To hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  To hear individual pieces, and for more information and links, follow the links below.

1.  The understimulating economic stimulus.

2.  Well-read Red: Racism and the  Economic Crisis

3.  Growing Vegetables in Havana

4.  Fela Kuti: World musician and human rights activist.

 

The Music of Fela Kuti

program date: 
Sun, 02/08/2009

The originator of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti was a musician, composer, and human rights activist from Nigeria whose music and political work were highly influential. 

Bill Resnick talks with musicologist Brad Duncan about Fela Kuti's life and music.

The Understimulating Stimulus Package

program date: 
Sun, 02/08/2009

There is no way the stimulus package now being negotiated in congress is going to plug the leaks in the rapidly sinking economy.  Economist Michael Perlman explains why in this coversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. 

Perlman is the author of many books, most recently The Confiscation of American Prosperity: From Right-Wing Extremism and Economic Ideology to the Next Great Depression.  In their conversation, they refer to a recent New York Times article on what happened to Japan in the 1990s; you can find it here.

 

Movie Moles: "Switch: A Community in Transition"

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program date: 
Sun, 02/01/2009

What happens when someone goes through gender transition in their own community?  How do co-workers, family, and friends make the switch from seeing one of their own as a man instead of a woman, or vice-versa?  Movie Moles Denise Morris and Chris Land  discuss the Portland-made film "Switch: A Community in Transition"

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 2, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 02/01/2009

Hosted by labor historians Laurie Mercier and  Norm  Diamond, this Old Mole show focuses on the great Seattle General  Strike of 1919.  Norm and Laurie discuss this model of workers power, not just to shut a city down, but to run it without bosses.  Bill Resnick talks with Rob Rosenthal about Rosenthal's rock opera Seattle 1919. Also on this program, we hear a review by Denise Morris and Chris Land of a locally made film about gender transition, Switch:  A Community in Transition.  To  hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  To hear  the pieces  separately, and to learn more about the topics, follow the links below.

1.  Seattle's General Strike of 1919: music, history, and lessons for today.

2.  Movie Review: Switch:  A Community in Transition

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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