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).

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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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

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Movie Moles: "Frost/Nixon"

program date: 
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

 

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)

Wages in the Economic Crisis

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program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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)

Move Moles: "Slumdog" and "Wendy"

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program date: 
Mon, 01/05/2009

Movie Moles Fran Michele and Jan Haaken compare, contrast, and recommend two current films, "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Wendy and Lucy".  Wendy and Lucy was shot here in Portland. 

Solving the Housing Crisis

program date: 
Sun, 01/04/2009


ForeclosuresUnemploymentPoverty.  At least  a third of the nation ill-housed or un-housed.  What to do?  Chester Hartman has written widely on housing issues, and he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Hartman, an urban planner and author, is Director of Research of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, DC.

Insane War in Gaza

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program date: 
Sun, 01/04/2009

"ISRAEL’s war in Gaza is an act of political insanity. It is the product of a deeply disturbed society, able neither to curb its military arrogance nor calm its profound paranoia. The consequences are likely to be painful for Israel’s long-term prospects."  So argues a leading British writer on the middle east, Patrick Seale, in this essay read here by Tom Becker.  You can find it in print at the Saudi Gazette.

A New Capitalism?

program date: 
Sun, 01/04/2009

Neo-liberalism has been discredited by the current economic crisis.  What will replace it?   Walden Bello argues that it will be "Global Social Democracy" -- in some ways better than the failed ideas that got us into this mess, but it's still as undemocratic as capitalism has always been.  Bill Resnick reads from Bello's essay, which you can find on line 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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