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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 10/13/08

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Mon, 10/13/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

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.   Jan Haaken interviews Megan Brooker,  an organizer of the Winter Soldier Conference, about the impact of war on mental health.  And Tom Becker explores the significance of Columbus Day.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/06/08

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Mon, 10/06/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Green Jobs for All as a response to two crises: climate and recession

After the bail-out: Supervising Paulson and the US Treasury; insuring the money is not wasted on the rich; preparing for upcoming financial dislocations and economic recession; and building strength in the new Congress and administration for a real recovery package, including Green Jobs for All.  
 
With Kate Gordon of the national organization Green Jobs For All, and local activist/leader Barbara Byrd of the Apollo Alliance.
 
Also on the Mole a review of the new film opening in Portland, "The Battle of Seattle." 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/29/08

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Mon, 09/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Does the financial meltdown spell the end of conservative economics?

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, we ask whether the financial collapse and the government bailout spells the end of  conservative economics.  Bill Resnick talks with Mark Engler, author of How to Rule the World: The Battle For the Global Economy (available as a gift for calling in during the show with a KBOO membership pledge).  We’ll also hear from local organizers of the Oregon Fair Trade Coalition and the Cross Border Organizing Committee about the Rural Organizing Project’s effort to defeat the Sizemore anti-immigrant ballot initiative.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/22/08

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Mon, 09/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Moles discuss the financial crisis and Sarah Palin and the Christian Right.

Get the Moles’ underground  analysis  of the current financial crisis as Bill Resnick  interviews John Miller from the Union of Radical Political Economists (URPE), and Tom Becker  reads from The  Nation’s William Greider.  Also on the show, Jan Haaken will be talking with Cynthia Burack about  Sarah Palin and the Christian Right.  Burack is the author  of Sin, Sex and Democracy: Anti-Gay Rhetoric and the Christian Right.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/15/08

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Mon, 09/15/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Politics and Music of War and Peace

Listen to the Old Mole Variety hour Monday morning at 9:00 to hear the music of Victor Jara and learn about his life.  You’ll also find out what progressives can do to build popular support for a more peaceful foreign policy and why the Democrats are always playing defense against the Republican attack machine.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/08

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Mon, 09/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Moles discuss immigration issues and saving the city and the planet one neighborhood at a time

Luz María Gordillo will be your host, interviewing Chicana Rusty Barceló of the University of Minnesota.  Denise Morris will be talking with Amelia Cates from the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee about strategies for defeating the anti immigration measure on the ballot this November.  And Bill Resnick talks with two local gardening experts about sustainable gardening that can make every neighborhood a park. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/08

Air date: 
Mon, 08/25/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Cuba: Interview, film review and commentary.

Bill Resnick will interview Cuba expert Sam Farber. They will discuss Cuba in transition and the possibilities for development, self-determination and Socialist democracy. Movie Moles will review the 1964 film Soy Cuba! made by Russian film makers interested in telling the story of the Cuban revolution. Soy Cuba! was a breakthrough in filmmaking.
 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/04/08

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Mon, 08/04/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Iraq: the current situation and how to get out

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this show will feature a discussion with middle-east expert Antonia Juhasz about the situation in Iraq and how the US can get out without further harm to the Iraqi people.   We will also hear How the Garcia Girls Spent the Summer (that is, a movie review), why “democratic capitalism” is an oxymoron, and all about an artists’ collective that makes social protest posters

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/28/08

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Mon, 07/28/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Old Mole Variety Hour -- interviews and reviews from an underground perspective

What happens to victims when their assailants are given  "guilty except for insanity" sentences, as in the Richard Gillmore case?  Portland Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with Jan Haaken.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden will discuss Elizabeth Berg’s novel  The Art of Mending.  And Bill Resnick interviews Guy Dauncey about the technologies apppropriate for a greener and more democratic earth.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/21/08

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Socialism for the rich, the state of the economy, and political art and theater

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, we will hear what’s ahead for the declining US economy, and how the welfare state for the rich socializes risks and privatizes profits: When corporations win, they win; when they lose, we all pay. The Moles will also talk with members of the Just Seeds Art Collective and review the play "Man to Man" about a German woman who switched identities to survive the Nazis.

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Making a Sustainable City, Part 2

program date: 
Sun, 08/17/2008

Continuing  their discussion of sustainable cities, aired last week, Bill Resnick and  urban environmentalist Mike Houck consider  social equity.  A city cannot be sustainable without insuring that all its residents have good jobs and decent income.   They also discuss how to manage growth.  To hear Part 1, click here

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 18, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 08/17/2008

Frann Michel hosts this program which features an explanation of what's going on between Russia and Georgia (and the US); a review of the documentary about a high wire exploit at the World Trade Center in 1974; and an introduction to Los Angeles's Thai Town. 

Last week, Bill Resnick began a conversation with urban naturalist Mike Houck about restoring Portland's ecosystem and making it part of a sustainable environment.   Part 2  of this interview was not aired this week so we could bring you a live interview about a breaking story  -- the Russia - Georgia conflict.  But you can hear Part 2 of The Sustainable City here.

Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above.  Hear individual segments by following their links below:

1.  Georgia & Russia:  What and Why?

2.  Movie Moles: "Man on Wire"

3.  All about Thai Town L.A.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 11, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 08/10/2008

Hosted by Tom Becker,  this program discusses green and sustainable cities, J.M. Coetzee's South African boyhood, being distracted from important lies  by trivial ones, and how the first labor  party was born 180 years ago in Philadelphia.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  To hear the pieces separately, follow their links below:

1.  Bill Resnick and urban naturalist Mike Houck discuss green cities.

2.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews J.M. Coetzee's Boyhood: Scenes from a Provincial Life.

3.  Well-read Red Laurie Mercier explores political  lies--big and not-so-big. 

4.  Tom Becker talks  labor history: the first labor union

Making a Sustainable City

program date: 
Sun, 08/10/2008

Bill Resnick talks with urban naturalist Mike Houck of the Audubon Society and the Urban Greenspaces Institute.  They discuss many of the issues around making Portland part of a natural, sustainable environment in this two-part interview.  We hear Part 1 on this program;  Part 2  will be  aired next week. 

Book Mole: Coetzee's "Boyhood"

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Sun, 08/10/2008

Larry Bowlden discusses J.M. Coetzee's "fictional  autobiography" Boyhood: Scenes  from a Provincial  Life, and compares its emotional depth to that of similar stories of childhood by women writers.  

Well-read Red on Trivial Lies and Big Lies

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Sun, 08/10/2008

Laurie Mercier explores  how political discussions often fail to distinguish between lies that are  trivial, like John Edwards's, and lies that have global, catastrophic consequences -- like those of the Bush administration. 

The First Labor Party

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Sun, 08/10/2008

Tom Becker conducts a lesson in labor history and reveals that the first labor union was formed in Philadelphia, and with it, the first labor oriented political party on August 11, 1828.  Tom reads from Moral Visions and Material Ambitions: Philadelphia Struggles to Define the Republic by A. Kristen Foster.   It was re-published in 2004 and is available at the Portland State Library. 

What's Next in Iraq?

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Sun, 08/03/2008

Has the surge really reduced the level of violence in Iraq?  The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with policy analyst, author and activist Antonia Juhasz whose  website The Bush Agenda  contains a wealth of information  and analysis.  She is the author of The Bu$h Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time and the forthcoming The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry, and What We Must Do To Stop It.

Movie Moles: "How the Garcia Girls Spent the Summer"

program date: 
Sun, 08/03/2008

Movie Moles  Frann Michel and Denise Morris  discuss the film How the Garcia  Girls  Spent the Summer , directed by Georgina Garcia  Riedel.  What does female desire look like?  And how do self-inflicted limitations and social expectations shade and color it?

Democratic Capitalism: an Oxymoron?

program date: 
Sun, 08/03/2008

Drawing on quotations posted on the website of The International Endowment for  Democracy ("Supporting democracy in the country that needs it most--the USA"), Clayton Morgareidge weaves an argument that there can be no such thing as democratic capitalism. 

You can read this piece by clicking here.

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