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).

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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 for November 24

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Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Drug Wars in Latin America, the 8-hour work-day, football and feminism
Tom Becker hosts this episode featuring --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/17/14

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Mon, 11/17/2014 - 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 11/10/14

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Mon, 11/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Nov 3rd Old Mole

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Mon, 11/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Old MOles discuss This Changes Everything, Karl Marx's interest in the Iroquoispeople,Alien, & more

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/27/14

Air date: 
Mon, 10/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 20

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Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Police violence, fair elections, "Gone Girl," the ebola panic

 Bill Resnick hosts as the hard-digging Moles tell us about
  • Organizing to stop police violence
  • Ballot Measure 90 and what's really necessary for insuring fair elections
  • The controversial film "Gone GIrl"
  • The ebola panic and the real threats to our lives

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 13, 2014

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Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Public health & Ebola, Gentrification double-feature (WRR & interview), perceptions of race & crime

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 6, 2014

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Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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the war on terror, Elliott Smith, Iven Hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear Bill Resnick interviews Chris Toensig and Clayton Morgareidge comments on the continuing US war on terror, Syria, and ISIS; the movie moles comment on on the Elliot Smith biopic Heaven Adores You.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/29/14

Air date: 
Mon, 09/29/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour September 22 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
People's Climate March report-back, public policy and climage change, NW People's Movement Assembly

Audio

Rhianna: Who Gets to be a Victim?

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Sun, 03/29/2009

The issue of domestic and dating violence has received national  attention with the case of Rhianna and Chris Brown.  The Old Mole's Frann Michel takes a critical look at how the press has been handling the question of what it takes to be considered a victim.  Read her commentary, with many links  to her sources,  here.  

Archie Green's Big Red Song Book

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Sun, 03/29/2009

 

 

 

A folklorist specializing in labor songs, Archie Green died last  week.   The Old Mole's Tom Becker remembers him and his work, which includes the Big Red Song Book

Photo: Archie Green, left, with Dock Walsh, 1962Archie Green Collection (#20002)Southern Folklife Collection

Urban Planning Struggles in Portland

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Sun, 03/29/2009

 Jorge Lizárraga has a lot to say about the racial and class politics of portland "planning," which has almost always been subservient to the interests of capital, despite more recent rhetoric about participatory planning.  He is finishing a study on the influence of urban design theories and city planning policies on the racial and ethnic geography of Portland.  Here he talks with Old Mole Laurie Mercier.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 03/29/2009

 Hosted by Tom Becker, this show features a discussion of the politics of urban planning and its effect on the racial and ethnic geography of Portland.  We also hear a eulogy for the late labor song folklorist Archie Green; a critique of the press's treatment of the Rihanna - Chris Brown violence case; and a discussion with a  leading Marxist about openings for socialism in the current economic crisis.  To hear the whole show, click the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Leo Panitch and Bill Resnick discuss the economic crisis and the prospects for socialist solutions.

2.   What is the press saying about domestic/dating violence in the wake of the Rihanna-Brown case?  Frann Michel comments.

3.   Archie Green and the Big Red Song Book: a  eulogy from Tom Becker.

4.  Old Mole Laurie Mercier talks with Jorge Lizárraga about the history and impact of urban planning on Portland.

"Give Them All Pitchforks!"

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Sun, 03/22/2009

Today's Well-read Red, Laurie Mercier, says, "Thanks to the outrage over the AIG bailouts and  bonuses,  it is no longer cool to be rich.  There is a new populist resentment brewing, and the left must seize the opportunity to build movements to constructively direct that anger into building a new system that provides for all, not the rich few." More on this here, here, here, and here

 

Short Story: "The Twins"

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Sun, 03/22/2009

Luz María Gordillo is back with another  of her short stories about the Mexican immigrant experience.  This one, "The Twins," is about the importance of family ties across borders.   

Movie Moles: "Che"

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Sun, 03/22/2009

 The two-part epic film about Che Guevarra  (Che) is reviewed by Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken.  It's playing through Thursday at the Hollywood Theater.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 23, 2009

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Sun, 03/22/2009

 Hosted by Frann Michel, this show features a film review of Che, a conversation about what's wrong with merit pay for teachers, a commentary about the political opening for the left created by the AIG bonus scandal, and a short story about international family ties by Luz María Gordillo.  

To hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  "Give Them All Pitchforks!" -- Well-read Red Laurie Mercier on the popular outrage about AIG.

2.  Fred McKissack from Rethinking Schools talks with Bill Resnick about "merit" pay for teachers.

3.  Luz María Gordillo, "The Twins"

4.  Che -- The Movie Moles

Bonuses & Merit Pay

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program date: 
Sat, 03/21/2009

 

Just as bonuses for corporate CEOs leads to corruption, so "merit" pay for teachers  leads to corrupt teaching practices.  Bill Resnick talks with Fred McKissack of Rethinking Schools about what's  wrong with this way of motivating people.   (Illustration: Richard Downs)

Movie Moles: "XXY"

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Sun, 03/15/2009

 Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss XXY, an Argentine film about a young girl, her family and friends dealing with the fact  of her ambiguous sexual organs.  

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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