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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour February 8th 2016

Air date: 
Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Liberation Psychology, US-Mexico, Socialism, Bernie Sanders, sex work, Michigan, water pollution


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 1

Air date: 
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
ISIS and Syria, a novel of slave times, snow and socialism, loggers and unions
Norm Diamond is our special host for this episode of the Mole, featuring the music of a new Eugene group, appropriately called Monday Morning Denial. On the show we will hear these pieces:
  • Bill Resnick and Dave Finkle will discuss the origins of ISIS, the situation in Syria, and what diplomacy may or may not be able to do to end the fighting.
  • Larry Bowlden will review Tara Conklin’s The House Girl, about a trove of paintings attributed to a south

Old Mole Variety Hour January 25th 2016

Air date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
pollution, water, tenants rights, collective action, Mining, Cowlitz Tribe


Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for January 18, 2016

Air date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Abortion politics, religion and revolution

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/04/16

Air date: 
Mon, 01/04/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 28, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Plans; Generosity; Mad men with guns?



Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts this episode, which includes these pieces:

Bill Resnick interviews Mike Houck and Kaitlin Lovell about Portland's latest Climate Action Plan. Mike Houck has been a member of the Planning and Sustainability Commission, and is director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute. Kaitlin Lovell is Manager of the Science, Fish and Wildlife Division for the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services. This is the first of a two-part conversation.

Old Mole Variety Hour December 21st 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Change, TPP, Race, Consumerism, workers revolution, Women's Movement, child rearing, class


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 7, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Paris talks on climate change; immigrant bashing & Islamophobia; militarization and the rush to war

Bill Resnick hosts this show, and here is what's on tap:

This week's Paris climate change talks are headed toward an international agreement that will be very weak and unenforceable at that. The Mole discusses the next steps for the climate action movements to save the planet.

Also today on the Mole, immigrant bashing and Islamophobia, and what can be done to counter and defeat the forces of scapegoating, militarization, and the rush to war.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/30/15

Air date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

http://kboo.fm/sites/default/files/episode_audio/kboo_episode.2.151130.0900.2640.mp3

Old Mole Variety Hour November 23rd 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Middle East, Syria, ISIS, Barbarisms, Paris attacks, Xenophobia, islamophobia, Bernie Sanders, Socia


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

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March 22 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 03/22/2010

Denise Morris hosts this show about things moles, ordinary people, are doing to "root that mountain down"-- the mountain of oppression and exploitation.  We hear about people in Portland getting ready to join in the US Social Forum; about a big conference in Vancouver, WA challenging inequities of class and race around health issues;  about queer folk organizing to get over the fixation on the bourgeois institution of marriage; and about the dangers to our world and our lives from all the stuff we make and consume.  

 

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Life and Music of Mavis Staples

program date: 
Mon, 03/15/2010

This segment includes of songs by Mavis Staples and the Staples Singers, plus a discussion of her music and her career with radical musicologist Brad Duncan and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Their music was an integral part of the civil rights movement, and she's still at it.  

The Future of Energy

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program date: 
Mon, 03/15/2010

Is it really possible to meet our energy needs with renewable sources and conservation?  Economist John Blackburn says it is, and he gives us plenty of reasons why wind, solar, and other decentralized sources are up to the task of replacing our dependence on carbon fuels.  Blackburn is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University and the author of The Renewable Energy Alternative: How the United States and the World Can Prosper Without Nuclear Energy or Coal.   He works to get the alternative sources recognized in North Carolina.  

"Undercover Boss": Reality TV?

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program date: 
Mon, 03/15/2010

 This is "Reality TV"? --  Corporate CEOs as heroes of the working class?  Mark Brenner of Labor Notes and the Old Mole's Denise Morris discuss the new TV series "Undercover Boss."  Brenner recently published "Reality TV Gives Corporate America a Big Wet Kiss" in Labor Notes.  

The Morass in Afghanistan

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Mon, 03/15/2010

The Well-Read Red.

Mainstream news from Afghanistan tells of US Military plans and hopes for stabilizing the shattered nation, and rarely covers the enormous obstacles in their way.  In an article "Getting Out of Afghanistan" published last October in Dissent Magazine, Todd Gitlin shows what's wrong with all the reasons given for the US-NATO occupation.    Clayton Morgareidge  reads an edited version of the piece.  

March 15 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 03/15/2010

 Hosted by Bill Resnick and featuring the powerful protest music of Mavis Staples, this show includes a discussion of the real feasibility of replacing coal and nuclear power with wind and solar; a conversation critical of the "reality" show "Undercover Bosses"; and an analysis of the quagmire in Afghanistan.  

 

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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Economist John Blackman explains how massive coal and nuclear plants can be replaced by locally controlled wind and solar production.

2.  Old Mole Denise Morris and Labor activist Mark Brenner discuss what's unreal about "Undercover Bossses."

3.  The Old Mole's Clayton Morgareidge reads from a piece by Todd Gitlin on what's wrong with the Afghanistan war.

4.  Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the career and music of Mavis Staples.  

 

Movie Moles: "Fish Tank"

program date: 
Wed, 03/10/2010

For this International Women's Day show, Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss the film "Fish Tank," written and directed by Andrea Arnold and  showing through Thursday at Cinema 21.   Frann and Jan also discuss "the male gaze" and other issues around the presence of women in film making.  

Gender, Sex and Science

program date: 
Wed, 03/10/2010

The 29th Annual Gender Studies Symposium is coming to Lewis & Clark College, March 10-12.  The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with the Symposium's Faculty Director Kimberly Brodkin about the many perspectives on this years topic -- "The Science of Gender and Sex" --    including the medicalization of sexuality (for more on this, go here) and political responses to the AIDS crisis.  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the symposium's website.  

March 8 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Wed, 03/10/2010

 For International  Women's Day, the women of the Old Mole Collective, led by host Denise Morris, take up issues confronting women in the building trades and their creative ways of dealing with them; women in the movie industry and a current film written and directed by a woman; and "The Science of Gender and Sex," the topic of this year's Gender Studies Symposium at Lewis & Clark College.  In addition, Denise features the music of Yoko Ono in the breaks between segments.  

 

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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Johanna Brenner talks with steam fitter Amy Sprengelmeyer and electrician Lisa Serrano about the  the challenges facing women trying to break into and stay in the construction trades. and about making their union more militant and democratic.  

2.  Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss the film "Fish Tank," and the presence of women in film-making.

3.  Laurie Mercier talks with the director of the Lewis & Clark Gender Studies  Symposium about this year's topic, "The Science of Gender and Sex," and give details about the symposium (which are also the page  at this link).  

 

Women in the Trades

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Mon, 03/08/2010

 What's it like to be a woman in the construction trades?   Johnanna Brenner talks with an electrician and a steam fitter about about the challenges facing women trying to break into and stay in the construction trades. They discuss how women support each other to meet those challenges,  about efforts to make unions more democratic, inclusive, and activist, and why that is important to women and people of color working in the trades. 

All three -- Amy Sprengelmeyer, Lisa Serrano and Johanna herself -- are members of Portland Cross Trade Solidarity which is holding a fund raiser this Saturday, March 13 at the Musician's Hall.   It's purpose  is to help send a delegation of building trades workers to the Labor Notes Conference in Detroit.  For more information, you can email  crosstradesolidaritypdx@gmail.com or phone 503-234-2306.  Portland Cross Trade Solidarity is also on Facebook.  

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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