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 on 06/17/13

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Mon, 06/17/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Consumerism, classified documents, the Weather Underground

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Old Mole which includes

  • Bill Resnick talking with sociologist Charles Derber about how and why young people are becoming more skeptical about consumerism;
  • A Left and the Law segment about Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and classified information;
  • Alan Wieder's retrospective review of a book about the lives of people in the Weather Underground;
  • A commentary by Iven Hale.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/20/13

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Mon, 05/20/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate change activism, the Rivonia Raid, beauty and politics

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/29/13

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Mon, 04/29/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Consumerism, Labor History, Syria, Guns, and Freedom

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Clayton Morgareidge hosts this action packed show covering the situation in Syria, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Conference coming up in Portland, getting over and beyond consumerism as the basis for social life, and gun violence and gun legislation.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/22/13

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Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Green Syndicalism, Steady State Economics, A Practical Utopians Guide, Food-Stamps for All

Joe Clement hosts this special Earth Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/15/13

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Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles: 42, WRR: Chris Hani, Left and the Law on punitive laws, attacks on social security

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Movie Moles review the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. For those too young to remember, Robinson was a pioneering black baseball player for the Dogers, a member of the Republican Party, and collaborater with HUAC in the 1950s.
  • Well-read Red, Alan Wieder commerates the 20th Anniversiary of the assassination of South African freedom fighter and communist Chris Hani.
  • The Left and the Law discuss Oregon prisons and punitive laws in response to budget crises.
  • Bill Resnick talks about attacks on social security.

Audio

Iretsu

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Sun, 06/15/2008

Clayton Morgareidge talks with members of Iretsu, a young Portland "avant-pop" band getting national attention.  We hear some of their music and talk with Ryan Cross, Glen Schiedt, and Joel Holly about how their music points in the direction of better ways to treat each other.  You can hear more of their music, and even download some of it, at Hidden Shoal where Iretsu is under contract.  You can also find them on MySpace, and at their own website.

Iretsu is  collaborating in Fever Theater's production of New Believers, playing in Portland through July 5.  

And they are performing in Hand2Mouth Theater's RISK/REWARD PERFORMANCE LAB on Friday, July 27.  For details, go here

Ending Hunger

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Sun, 06/08/2008

On a planet where two billion people are already hungry, an additional 100 million will be plunged into poverty because of the world-wide food crisis.  Deborah James, Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research, talks with Bill Resnick about the reasons for this and what needs to be done.    She recommmends the Oakland Insitute's website as good place to get  more information on these issues.  

Climate Change in Congress?

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Sun, 06/08/2008

The U.S. Senate has just rejected an ineffective climate-change bill--for the wrong reasons.  What kind of legislation  would really deal with the issue, and what would it take to make it happen?  Brian Tokar of the Institute for Social Ecology lays out the problems and possible solutions in this discussion with Bill Resnick.  

Tokar has just published an article "Toward a Movement for Peace and Climate Justice" in which he expands on what he says in this interview.   

Seeing Politics in Pink Martini

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Sun, 06/08/2008

Bill Resnick finds the implicit, yet deep, politics in the music of Pink Martini--a politics of moods and values rather than of words and ideology.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 9, 2008

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Sun, 06/08/2008

Today's show features, for the second time, the music of Portland band Pink Martini and concludes with a discussion of the implicit politics of their work.   Also discussed on the show are world hunger and the cost of food, the relations between being queer and being an immigrant, "Sex and the City," and what Congress is  and is not doing about climate change.

To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  To hear individual pieces, follow the links below. 

1.  Bill Resnick and Deborah James discuss poverty, hunger, and food.   

2.   Frann Michel on how being queer is like being an immigrant (and  vice-versa). 

3.  Brian Tokar explains the politics of climate change. 

4. Luz María Gordillo reviews and remembers "Sex and the City."

5.  A political reading  of Pink Martini

The Music of Pink Martini

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Tue, 06/03/2008

Thomas Lauderdale, co-founder of the internationally known Portland band Pink Martini, talks with Bill Resnick about the implicit politics in the band's music.  

Wars for Oil?

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Sun, 06/01/2008

Well-known author and scholar Michael Klare talks with Bill Resnick about Oil: scarcity, increasing demand, and the arms race developing around competition for  it.  Michael T. Klare is a Five Colleges professor of Peace and World Security Studies, whose department is located at Hampshire College, defense correspondent of The Nation magazine, and author of Resource Wars and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency (Metropolitan). Klare also teaches at Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship

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Sun, 06/01/2008

Alice Munro's  great short-story collection Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship is reviewed by our Book Mole Larry Bowlden. 

Theater of the Oppressed

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Sun, 06/01/2008

Denise Morris interviews Tamara Wallace of Teatro Cambio (Theater for Change) and Emilia Katz of Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC).  They discuss how theater can be used in political action, especially in opposition to anti-immigration legislation. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 2, 2008

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Sun, 06/01/2008

This program, hosted by Denise Morris, has musical breaks from Pink Martini and features a  discussion with Thomas Lauderdale, the band's co-founder.   We also hear from widely-published writer Michael T. Klare about oil and its potential to provoke wars in the future; a review of  an Alice Munro story collection; and a discussion of theater and politics.  You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or listen to individual segments by clicking on the links below.

1.  Michael Klare on oil and war.

2.  Alice Munro's collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship. 

3.   Theater of Change 

4.  The Music of Pink Martini 

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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