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 03/25/13

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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capitalism, democracy and the internet; hunger; and music.

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Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/18/13

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Mon, 03/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Federal Budget, drone commentary, Noam Chomsky

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks about the dueling federal budget proposals.
  • Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary about drones and the government targetting of its own citizens
  • Tom Becker reads an essay by Noam Chomsky.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/11/13

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Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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What's next for Venezuelans, republican critique of wage-slavery, Movie Review: Snitch, left press

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/18/13

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Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Soccer and Israeli bigotry, Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Big Pharma, and rethinking psychiatry films

 

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/11/13

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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 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 on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Audio

Movie Moles: "Considering Democracy"

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Sun, 10/19/2008

Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris review the documentary "Considering Democracy." 

What does the rest of the world think of U.S. domestic and foreign policy? While the U.S. is perceived as a beacon of democracy, how does it compare to other democratic nations? Americans are continually told through their media that freedom and democracy are supported abroad, but is it true?  This  one-hour film takes us  around the world to see what people think. 

 

Welfare Deform and Domestic Violence

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Sun, 10/19/2008

Since the so-called "welfare reform" bill was passed during the Clinton administration, the problem of welfare has dropped from public view.  Old Mole Sudarat Musikawong interviews Priya Kandaswamy, Professor of Women's Studies at Portland State University about how the difficulties  of  life on, or off, welfare affect poor  women, especially those in abusive relationships.   

WSU Student-Labor Solidarity

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Sun, 10/19/2008

Western Washington University at Vancouver has  hired a contractor with a record of bad  labor  practices.   When union workers  protested, students  joined  in.   Laurie Mercier  talks  with Jason Scheckler from the Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and Taj Mahon-Haft, a WSU student and member of the Social Environmental Justice Club, about the issues.

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 20, 2008

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Sun, 10/19/2008

Hosted by Bill Resnick,  this program deals with the local impact  of the economic crisis,  welfare "deform" and domestic  violence, labor issues at  a Northwest university campus, and a documentary film showing how American policies are viewed around the  world.  To hear  the whole show,  click on the arrow above.  For individuals  pieces, follow their  links  below:

1.  Michael Leachman discusses the economic crisis in Oregon with Bill Resnick.

2.  The Movie Moles  review  "Considering Democracy,"  a  documentary film about global views of  the US.

3.  Sudarat Musikawong and Priya Kandaswamy, Professor of Women's Studies at Portland State University, discuss the impact of welfare rules on poor women. 

4.  Students support union labor  at WSU Vancouver.

The Winter Soldier Project in Portland

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Tue, 10/14/2008

Old Mole Jan Haaken talks with Mary Gedry, mother of an Iraq War veteran, who will be speaking at  Winter  Soldier NW: Eyewitness Accounts of War,  in Portland on Saturday, October  18.   She recounts the impact  of war on her son, and on other  soldiers.   For more  information, go here. 

How to Fix the Economy, Really

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Sun, 10/12/2008

Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins from the Institute for Policy Studies about a real recovery plan that would revive the enconomy, support working people, and lead to new and green forms of production.  Collins is the author of Robin Hood  Was Right.

Who Was Columbus?

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Sun, 10/12/2008

In commemoration of Columbus Day, Tom Becker unearths the  history of what the great navigator actually did in the Americas. 

Towards a Sweat Free Portland

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Sun, 10/12/2008

The Portland City Council voted 4-0  on Wednesday to approve rules banning city from purchasing goods made with sweated labor by the city.   Elizabeth Swaggart of SweatFree Northwest talks with Bill Resnick about their campaign. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 13, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 10/12/2008

This  program, hosted by Tom  Becker, deals with better ways to repair the economy, making Portland  Sweat Free  (no purchases of city uniforms produced  by sweatshop labor), the  Winter Soldier Project in Portland where Iraq veterans testify about the impact of the war on their lives, and what Columbus really did. 

Tom also announced  the  Cross Trade Solidarity Report-back from the Labor Notes Conference,  Saturday,  October  18, starting at  6pm, at the Musicians Hall, 325 NE 20th Ave in Portland.  

Thanks to everyone who joined or renewed their membership during the Old Mole Variety Hour!

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

1.   Chuck Collins on how to fix the  economy the right way.

2.  What Columbus Really Did

3.  The Winter Soldier Project in Portland

4.  Sweat  Free Portland

Apollo in Portland

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Sun, 10/05/2008

Barbara Byrd represents  the Apollo Alliance in Oregon, and is with the Labor Educations and Research Center at the University of ORegon.  She  talks with Bill Resnick about the work of the Apollo Alliance here. 

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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