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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/10/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Today the Moles  reflect  on the Obama victory: its impact on black folks and the left’s response: euphoria, high hopes, and the advice he’s  getting on health care,  unions, the environment, as well as worries about his first appointments.   We’ll also hear  a  tribute to the late Studs Terkel.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/03/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

 

Bill Resnick looks at the entrenched forces in the US policy making apparatus that will challenge the new President -- like the Federal Reserve,  the army, and the dominant role in Congress of conservative Democrats.  Denise Morris interviews an activist from Dicentra, a Portland  area collective that creates radical communities of care, networks of support, and  movements based on relationship building and collective narratives  from our lives. 


Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 10/27/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On this show, the Moles  consider the significance of nationalizing banks, as the US Government is now planning to do.  We also hear from  two Minnesota student  activists who locked themselves to the gate of a weapons  factory to stop arms shipments  to Iraq.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/20/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/20/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On today's Old Mole Variety Hour, Priya Kandaswamy, Professor of Women's Studies at Portland State University, explains  how so-called “welfare reform” has  made  it harder for poor women to escape from domestic violence.  We also get some historical context for bank nationalizations and who they benefit, and we hear about some labor struggles going on at Western Washington University  in Vancouver. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/13/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/13/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 10/06/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 09/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 09/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 09/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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. 

Audio

Well-read Red: Fun with Sarah Palin

program date: 
Sun, 09/14/2008

Frann Michel, today's Red, reads today from several satirical takes on the Sarah Palin persona and political phenomenon.  You can read this piece here, where you will also find links to the orginal sources.

Chicana Succes: Self and Community

program date: 
Wed, 09/10/2008

Dr. Rusty Barceló is the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota and a nationally-recognized leader in the field, with more than 30 years of experience in equity and diversity in higher education.  She is also a Chicana with deep roots in the Mexican-American community, and a singer-songwriter.  Luz María Gordillo talks with her about her life, her community, her music, and her educational philosopy, and we hear several of her songs. 

City Gardens

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program date: 
Wed, 09/10/2008

How can our gardens contribute to saving the planet?  One neighborhood at a time!  Alissa Hartman and Dreya Mancini offer tutorials on sustainable landscaping, and they talk with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about their work. 

Immigration Organizing

program date: 
Tue, 09/09/2008

Community Organizing is going on around immigration issues in the Willamette Valley; two such activists are Amelia Cates and Amy Dudley.  They talk with Old Mole Denise Morris about their work with PCASC (Portland Central American Steering Committee), PACT (Portland Allies Coming Together), and the Rural Organizing Project.  Of immediate concern are two Sizemore ballot measures aimed against immigrants.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 8, 2008

program date: 
Tue, 09/09/2008

Hosted by Luz María Gordillo, this show deals with issues affecting Mexican-Americans as well as immigration.  We also learn about saving the planet, our city, and our neighborhoods by changing the way we landscape and garden in our yards.  You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above; or you can follow the links below to individual segments. 

1.  Gardening in the City: Bill Resnick talks with two experts, Dreya Mancini and Alissa Hartman.

2.  Community Organizing around immigration: Denise Morris interviews Amelia Cates and Amy Dudley

3.  Chicana Success: Self and Community--Luz María talks with Chicana professor, administrator and singer-songwriter Dr. Rusty Barceló.

Obama and Progressive Politics

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program date: 
Sun, 08/31/2008

Is the Obama  campaign  part  of  a  progressive politics?   Clayton Morgareidge quotes and sums up pieces  from three writers taking very different positions:  Steven Rosenfled, writing on AlterNet; Adoph Reed in the Black Agenda Report; and Bill Fletcher Jr. writing in The Black Commentator

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 1, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 08/31/2008

The Moles celebrate Labor Day by burrowing into issues surrounding  several  kinds of labor.  Labor  Historian Nathan Lichtenstein  talks  labor movement strategy and the SEIU with Bill Resnick.  Mike  Snedker and Jan Haaken  consider the plight of sex workers in Portland.  Frann Michel analyzes controversies  about women's labor and women's sexuality.  And Clayton Morgareidge reviews  progressive takes on Barack Obama.  Hear  the  whole  show by hitting the arrow  above, or  separate pieces  by following the links below:

1.  Labor Strategy and  the SEIU

2.  Sex Work in Portland

3.  Women's  Labor

4.  Obama and  Progressive Politics

The Labor of Women

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program date: 
Sun, 08/31/2008

Old  Mole Frann Michel draws on Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale to focus on the  exploitation and coercion of of women's reproductive  labor.  More specifically, she examines recent political battles over access to abortion, contraception, and sex education, and the need for women to be free to choose when and whether to bear and raise children.  You can read her piece with many links to follow up on right here

Labor Movement Strategies

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program date: 
Sun, 08/31/2008

Bill Resnick talks with labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein about debates over building the labor movement, dealing especially with the SEIU (Service Workers International Union), the nation's largest union.  He discusses these issues also in a recent op-ed column in the LA Times.  

Sex Work

program date: 
Sun, 08/31/2008

Attorney Mike Snedeker and the Old Mole's Jan Haaken reflect on the place of sex work --especially prostitution-- in society.  They discuss the controversy in Portland about "prostitution free zones" along SE 82d Avenue, and the different approaches to these matters in European countries like the Netherlands, emulated by Proposition K on the November ballot in San Francisco.

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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