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 for January 13

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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 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 for December 23, 2013

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Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

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Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

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Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Audio

Obama, Race, and Class

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Sun, 01/18/2009

What does the Obama presidency mean, symbolically and politically, for issues of race and class?  Malik Miah comments in this article from Against the Current.  The Old Mole's Jan Haaken reads it for us. 

MLK's Message of Non-Violence

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Sun, 01/18/2009

Will the US ramp up the war in Afghanistan?  If so, a major, but often overlooked, part of Martin Luther King's message will be scorned -- his rejection of militarism and hyper-nationalism.  This article by Robert Griffin appeared in Common Dreams, and is read here by Tom Becker. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 19, 2009

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Sun, 01/18/2009

On this program, the Moles look forward to the Obama presidency, back to the messages of Martin Luther King Jr., and to how the Nixon presidency is selectively remembered in the film Frost / Nixon.  Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual segments by following their links below where you can find more information  about each piece:

1.  John Nichols, correspondent for The Nation, talks with the Mole's Bill Resnick about where history might drive Obama.

2.  "What Would King Tell Obama?" -- an article by Michael Honey read by Tom Becker. 

3.  "Obama, Race, and Class" -- Malik Miah explains what Obama's victory means symbolically and politically in this article from Against the Current, read by Jan Haaken. 

4.  Movie Moles Laurie Mercier and Jan Haaken compare history with film as they discuss Frost / Nixon.

5.  Forgotten parts of Martin Luther King's Message: Tom Becker reads a piece by Robert Griffin.

John Nichols from the Inauguration

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program date: 
Sun, 01/18/2009

From the streets of Washington, D.C. on the eve of the Inauguration, John Nichols, a correspondent for The Nation Magazine, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about Barack Obama and how history may drive him into more progressive action than he has foreseen.  

Movie Moles: "Frost/Nixon"

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Sun, 01/18/2009

Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Laurie Mercier review and fact-check the current film Frost/Nixon.  They review the real history of the famous interviews, and ask whether getting public officials to confess their crimes is as important as seeing what's wrong with the structures that give them their power. 

To hear the real deal (the Nixon tapes), try the following sites:

User-friendly selected Nixon tapes re Watergate:
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/watergate.html
 
Most extensive digital collection of Nixon tapes available online:
http://www.nixontapes.org/index.htm

 

Wages in the Economic Crisis

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Sun, 01/11/2009

Raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2010!  That's the proposal of well-known author and activist Holly Sklar and Let Justice Roll.  Holly talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the gap between the minimum wage and a living wage, and why raising the minimum is good for the economy and good for business

The Day the Earth Stood Still

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Sun, 01/11/2009

 

The Earth Stood  Still back in 1951 -- a different world and yet very much the same.  Our Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris tell us why the old movie has more to say about war and peace than the  version currently playing in theaters.   Here's another review comparing the new (2008) and the old versions. Here's the 1951 screenplay by Edmund North, the earlier short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates, and a treatment for a proposed sequel by Ray Bradbury.

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 12, 2009

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Sun, 01/11/2009

 

 

Bill Resnick hosts this edition of the show which deals with the crisis in Gaza, a 1951 Sci-Fi movie about war and peace, and why the minimum wage needs raising in the current economic crisis.  Resnick also plays music by Palestinian and Israeli musican exiles from the album Exile, a fusion of jazz and Middle Eastern music.  Quoting from a review at KlezmerShack, "It is also disquieting, and will be especially disquieting to many given the current situation in Israel. To realize that the quiet, moving ballad, "Jenin" is a transposition of a Yiddish folk song about a Russian town in which a pogrom was carried about is not a quiet thing, especially in the light of recent history of Jenin (and myths about same)."

You can hear the whole Mole (which includes the music) by clicking on the arrow above.  Or hear separate pieces (and find much more information) by following their links below:

1.  Raising the Minimum Wage: an interview with Holly Sklar.

2.  Uri Avineri's article "Molten Lead," read by Jan Haaken.

3.  The Gaza Attacks:  Jan Haaken talks with Portland peace activists.

4.  "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (in 1951): Movie Moles review one that's old but good.

Molten Lead: Terror in Gaza

program date: 
Sun, 01/11/2009

Uri Avineri, former Israeli Cabinet member and Israeli peace activist, argues against the current attacks on Gaza in this piece  called "Molten Lead," read here by Jan Haaken.  The printed text is here.  

  • Title: "Molten Lead"
  • Album: Gaza
  • Length: 7:10 minutes (4.1 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

The Gaza Attacks

program date: 
Sun, 01/11/2009

The Old Mole's Jan Haaken interviews  Portland Peace activists from  Americans United for Palestinian Rights and Portland Peaceful Response.  They take down the Israeli arguments for the attacks piece by piece.   For more about boycotting local supporters of the destruction, contact  pdxboycottisrael [at] riseup [dot] net.

 

  • Title: Gaza
  • Album: Jan. 12, 2009
  • Length: 13:20 minutes (7.63 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

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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