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.  

 

Coming Soon

Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood
 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

Old Mole Variety Hour January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

Audio

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 07/27/2008

Viable options for saving the planet and making life better; a novel about mending family ties; The New Yorker's Obama cartoon cover;  and the history of victims' rights -- all these are discussed by the Old Moles on this show hosted by Tom Becker, who plays some of Billy Bragg's versions of Woody Guthrie songs.  Hear the whole show by clicking the arrow above.  Hear individual segments by following their links below:

1.  Bill Resnick interviews Guy Dauncy about real possibilties for saving us from global warming and making a better world in the process.

2.  Larry Bowlden reviews The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg.

3.  Racism or Satire: the New Yorker cover.

4.  Victims' Rights: a conversation with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken.

Socialism for the Rich

program date: 
Mon, 07/21/2008

Bill Resnick reads  William Greider's piece "Wall Street's Great Deflation" from Greider's blog on the Nation's  website. 

The Art of Resistance: Just Seeds

program date: 
Sun, 07/20/2008

Justseeds/Visual Resistance Artists' Cooperative is a decentralized community of artists who have banded together to both sell their work online in a central location and to collaborate with and support each other and social movements.   Just Seeds member Pete Yahnke talks with the Old Mole's Sudarat Musikawong about the collective and the history of political print-making.  Check out their informative website for many examples of their posters. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 21, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 07/20/2008

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this program deals with the economic meltdown and what should be done about it, a theater piece about women who survive Naziism and War by changing their sex and identities, and the life and music of Utah Philips.  NEW!  Due to a technical problem, an interview with Pete Yahnke of the Just Seeds art collective was not aired, but you can hear by clicking on its link below.

To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  To hear individual segments, follow their links below:

1.  Arthur McEwan (Dr. Dollar) discusses the economic crisis -- causes and cures.

2.  Theater Moles review "Man to Man," now being performed in Portland. 

3.  William Greider on Socialism for the Rich--read by Bill Resnick.

4.  Life and  Music of Utah Philips with Brad Duncan.

5.   The Art of Resistance: the Just Seeds Print-Making Collective

Diagnosing the Crisis with Dr. Dollar

program date: 
Sun, 07/20/2008

Dr. Dollar, aka economist Arthur McEwan, talks with Bill Resnick about the current economic crisis, how bad it might be, and how it should be resolved in the interests of working people.  McKewan writes for  Dollars & Sense, and his latest  book is  Neoliberalism or Democracy?

Theater Review: "Man to Man"

program date: 
Sun, 07/20/2008

Theater Moles Denise Morris and Tamara  Wallace describe "Man to Man," a play by German playwright Manfred Karge:

An old man retells his life: from carefree girl to crane operator, from young bride to soldier, from femme fatale to farm lad; Man to Man is an epic story of identity-switching in the fight for survival. Inanimate objects from the sparse set take on purpose as chairs become the bones of a finished meal or body of a dean man and lamps transform into other characters. This one-woman show that spans 50 years and includes a cast of more than 20, aged 8 to 80, is an adventure in the power of story and personal transformation.

The play runs through August 31 at Hipbone Studio.  

Life & Music of Utah Philips

program date: 
Sun, 07/20/2008

Bill Resnick and musicologist Brad Duncan remember the life, personality, politics, and music of the great folk singer and  labor activist.

Learning to Read (or not) in Portland

Categories:
program date: 
Sun, 07/13/2008

To comply with the "No Child Left Behind" program, Portland Schools have adopted a corporate produced one-size-fits-all, lockstep reading program called "Reading Street." Education professor Maika Yeigh talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what's wrong with it and what kids need to make them life-long readers.

Movie Moles: "Wall-E"

Categories:
program date: 
Sun, 07/13/2008

Jan Haaken and Frann Michel review "Wall-E". For more about their review, go to http://kboo.fm/node/8277

Latinos in US Pop Music

program date: 
Sun, 07/13/2008

Laurie Mercier talks with Michelle Habell-Pallan about how Latina and Chicana music has influenced Rock 'n Roll and other popular music, not only in the US but in Europe. Habell-Pallan is the author of "Loca Motion: The Travels of Latina Popular Culture." We hear a segment on "Women with Attitude", part of American Sabor, a series produced by KEXP in Seattle and narrated by Michelle.

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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