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 03/22/10

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Mon, 03/22/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Queer Imagination, The Story of Stuff, and Ordinary Injustice

 Denise Morris will host this show, and on it the Moles  discuss -- 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/08/10

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Mon, 02/08/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Haiti and child protection laws in Oregon

 

This program features an interview with a doctor just returned from working in Haiti.  Our series The Left and the Law continues with a discussion of the uneven application of child protection laws in light of the homicide conviction of members of the Church of Christ who did not get medical attention for their son.  Bill Resnick interviews an expert  on food safety and the food industry.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/29/09

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Mon, 06/29/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view

Host Denise Morris talks  with Catherine Sameh about the resistance of women in Iran.   Laurie Mercier reviews the history of health care reform, and Bill Resnick interviews Robin Hahnel, professor of economics at Portland State University, about the economics of the environmental crisis.   

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/22/09

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Mon, 06/22/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On this program, hosted by Frann Michel, the Moles discuss

  •  The Supreme Court ruling that convicted inmates have no right to an appeal based on DNA tests.
  • The new movie about the food we eat,  Food, Inc.
  • Is  economic recovery underway?
     

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/20/09

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Mon, 04/20/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Laurie Mercier hosts on this Monday after tax day. The moles discuss who controls the wealth and how it can be redistributed more fairly to insure participatory democracy and social justice.  Along with reviews and commentaries they’ll speak with Jo Comerford, Executive Director of the National Priorities Project (NPP).  The NPP analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent, and Comerford will help us understand how 40% of tax revenue that currently supports military spending could be redirected to more critical and productive needs.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/02/09

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Norm Diamond and Clayton Morgareidge co-host. They focus on the 1919 Seattle General Strike anniversary--and feature an  interview with Rob Rosenthal, who with the Fuse produced the rock opera "Seattle 1919" http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/strike/music.shtml.  They'll also discuss the meaning and significance of the strike today.

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 01/12/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Well-known writer and activist Holly Sklar talks with Bill Resnick about the deep changes in the economy needed to solve the problem of poverty.  The Moles  also cover the war in Gaza, and the Movie Moles tell us why the original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is better than the new one now playing. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/05/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The housing crisis continues as more people become homeless  because of foreclosures.  On this program, Bill Resnick talks with Chester Hartman, Director of Research for the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, about  the problem and how it could be solved. The Movie Moles will  review Slumdog Millionaire, and Tom Becker will read from the Guardian on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

This program revolves  around the prospects for universal health care in the Obama years and beyond.   Can we have real universal coverage in a profit-driven insurance system?   Why are other nations better at this than the US?   And we hear a review of  Kaye Gibbons' novel Sights Unseen in which issues of mental health are raised.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on this edition of the Old Mole include:
•    How Obama’s foreign policy might affect the poorer nations of the world
•    the role of remorse in granting parole, with reference to Diane Downs
•    the dying death penalty; and
•    why Eric Holder is the only cabinet pick the  Republicans fear.
 

Audio

Gay Rights and Prop. 8

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Sun, 11/16/2008

Why did progressive California pass the anti-gay-marriage proposition?  Frann Michel and Denise  Morris explore the issues. 

Show for November 17, 2008

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Sun, 11/16/2008

Hosted by Denise Morris, this program deals with the global economic crisis and what it would take to fix it, the broken mental health system and what it needs, and why California  voters  passed  a  ban on gay marriage.  We also hear a review  of  the documentary film about Darcelle XV, Queens of Heart.  Hear the whole show by clicking the arrow above, or individual pieces by following the links  below:

1.  John Cavanagh, co-director of the Institute  for Policy Studies, explains what led to the global financial crisis and what  could fix  it.

2.  Jan Haaken and David Oaks from Mind/Freedom International discuss a  better way to think about mental  health and the community.

3.   "Queen of Hearts," a documentary about Portland's  drag club Darcelle XV, is reviewed by Movie  Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris.

4.   Denise and Frann discuss the question of why the ban on gay marriage passed in California in the context of the gay rights movement. 

Well-read Reds do Obama

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Tue, 11/11/2008

Denise Morris and Bill Resnick read from and summarize the left press about Obama.  They find euphoria, sobriety, and skepticism. 

Remembering Studs Terkel

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Tue, 11/11/2008

Studs Terkel, writer and radio personality, always in support of working people, died at the age of 96 last week.   Tom Becker reads tributes to him published in The Nation.  You can find the texts here and here.

Assessing Obama, Part 1

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Sun, 11/09/2008

The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Malik Miah, airline machinist and writer, about workers' responses to the Obama victory and what the next four years may hold for progressives.  Miah's work appears in Against the Current and  Green Left.

"Solidarity" on Obama

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Sun, 11/09/2008

Barack Obama's  Dual Mandate:  Tom Becker reads from  the website  of Solidarity, a  socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 10O, 2008

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Sun, 11/09/2008

This week the Moles pay tribute to the momentous  election of last Tuesday and assess what  it might and might not mean.   We also remember the late Studs Terkel.   To  hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  For  separate  pieces, follow the links below:

1.   Bill Resnick and Malik Miah discuss responses to the  Obama victory and what it might mean.

2.   Obama's Dual Mandate, by Solidarity.

3.   Euphoria, Sobriety, and Skepticism: The Well-read Reds on what  the left is saying.

4.   Remembering Studs Terkel

Building a Community for Care

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Mon, 11/03/2008

Dicentra is a Portland, OR area collective actively engaged in creating radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building.  Two of its members, Amelia Cates and Claire Berrera, talk with Denise Morris about the project.  Berrera is editor of the zine When Language Runs Dry, dealing with the experience of chronic pain.  

An Obama Presidency

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Sun, 11/02/2008

What can we expect / hope for from an Obama presidency?  What should we not expect?  Bill Resnick reads a piece by David Sirota and  adds his own comments.  Sirota's piece is "Mandate 08". 

Challenges for the Next President

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Sun, 11/02/2008

What are the challenges the new President will face?  How much can a president do to put the nation on a different course?  Ezra Klein, a policy analyst who writes for The American Prospect and many other publications, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. 

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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