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"

Old Mole on Facebook

 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 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

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/14/08

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's guests include MICHELLE HABELL-PALLAN, an associate professor of women’s studies at
University of Washington and author of
Loca
Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture.
She’ll talk about the profound influence of Latinos in American popular music. And local activist Maika Yeigh of the Lewis and Clark School of education, discusses the very
expensive "drill and kill" corporately- developed early reading
program pushed by the Bush Administration and purchased by Portland. 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/07/08

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music and interviews focusing on LGBTQ rights.

Today’s program  features Kate Reid, a charming and in-your-face songwriter whose music is full of great story-telling, humor, and political commentary.  Luz María Gordillo will interview  her.  Luz María will also talk with Adelina Anthony a Xicana-Indígena lesbian multi-disciplinary artist, originally from San Antonio, Texas. Her work addresses many issues affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities.  The movie moles will  review a Lesbian spy spoof/satire called "D.E.B.S."   All this plus a Bill Resnick interview with professor of women's history and feminist studies Etstelle Freedman. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Political repression in the US and Participator Democracy in Venezuela

Does  the political repression of the 1950s (McCarthyism) live on today in FISA and the Patriot Act?  Ellen Schrecker, who has written widely on the politics of the '50s, will talk with host  Laurie Mercier.   Can grassroots communities govern themselves?  What is “participatory budgeting?”  Radical economist Robin Hahnel and the Old  Mole's Bill Resnick discuss.  That's all on The Old Mole Variety Hour today, along with commentary by Thabiti Lewis and a film review from Denise Morris.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/23/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Old Mole Variety Hour does news, views, reviews, interviews and music.

Today’s show is hosted by Tom Becker and features the music of the late Utah Phillips.  How do people parent their children differently in the US and Europe?  Bill Resnick’s guest will explain.  Frann Michel will review a new collecton of feminist science fiction. Tom will report on a debate about global  warming.  And we’ll hear from Brian Johnson on the  upcoming Portland Bike Tour. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/16/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/16/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Old Mole Variety Hour does news, views, reviews, interviews and music.

The Old Mole today, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, features the music of local avant-pop band Iretsu and an interview with its members (Ryan Cross, Glen Schiedt and Joel Holly).  Bill Resnick  will interview radical economist Arthur MacEwan about McCain, Obama, and the economy.  Larry Bowlden will reflect on on religious fundamentalism and Jon Krakauer's  book Under The Banner of Heaven.  All this plus the Movie Moles' take on a movie classic now out on DVD.   Killer of Sheep

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/09/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Bill Resnick explores rising food prices and world hunger and what the UN and the major countries are (not) doing.
He also looks at climate change and Congress with a critique of
the very inadequate, indeed, counterproductive response. The bill being discussed subsidizes nuclear energy. Luz Maria Gordillo reviews Sex and the City, the movie. Frann Michel hosts a segment of the Well-Read Red on solidarities between LGBTQ and immigrant activism.  And we'll hear more music by Pink Martini and an exploration of their politics.

 
 

Audio

The Music of Kate Reid

Categories:
program date: 
Sun, 07/06/2008

Kate Reid  is a lesbian singer-song writer and story-teller from Canada.  In this segment we hear several of her songs and she talks with Luz María Gordillo and with today's other artist-guest Adelina Anthony.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 7, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 07/06/2008

Hosted by Luz María Gordillo, this show is about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) life and culture.  Bill Resnick inteviews historian Estelle Freedman about the  meaning of the sexual revolution.   The Movie Moles review D.E.B.S., a lesbian-spy spoof.  Luz María talks with multidisciplnary artist, writer and  performer Adelina Anthony.  The featured music is by Kate Reid, and who is also interviewed.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  The hear individual segments, follow the links below:

1.  Reviewing the sexual revolution with Bill Resnick and Estelle Freedman.

2.  The Movie Moles: D.E.B.S.    

3.  Adelina Anthony, artist, writer, peformer 

4.  Music and conversation with Kate Reid-- and Adelina Anthony.  (This segment brings together 4 interludes of  music and conversation from througout the show).

Movie Moles: "Road to Guantanamo"

program date: 
Mon, 06/30/2008

Movie Moles Denise Morris and Laurie Mercier review Road to Guantanamo, the British docudrama that follows the story of three British citizens swept up by the military while traveling in Afghanistan and sent to Guantamo prison where they were held without charges for three years before being released. 

McCarthyism Past & Present

Categories:
program date: 
Sun, 06/29/2008

Laurie Mercier interviews historian Ellen Schrecker.  They compare the chilling effects of political repression on academic freedom  in the 1950s and today, finding similarities and differences, both of which are disturbing.   Schrecker is the author of THE AGE OF MCCARTHYISM: A BRIEF HISTORY WITH DOCUMENTS  and Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America.  She  has a more recent article on this topic in Radical Teacher.

Participatory Economics

program date: 
Sun, 06/29/2008

Robin Hahnel talks with Old Mole Bill Resnick about new forms of democracy developing in Venezuela, including such radical arrangments as participatory budgeting.   He discusses some of this in a recent article in Monthly Review.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 30, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 06/29/2008

Laurie Mercier hosts this program of interviews and reviews about civil rights, justice and injustice.   Laurie interviews Ellen Schrecker about the assaults  on academic freedom in the 1950s and how they compare with those of today.  Bill Resnick talks with radical  economist Robin Hahnel about participatory democracy in Venezuela.  And the Movie Moles Denise Morris and Laurie Mercier review The Road to Guantanamo.  

You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or the individual pieces by following the links below:

1.  Academic freedom then and now

2.  Participatory democracy in Venezuela

3.  The Road to Guantanamo 

  • Title: OMV 6_30_08
  • Length: 55:40 minutes (25.49 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

PDX Labor History Bike Tour

Categories:
program date: 
Tue, 06/24/2008

Bill Resnick talks with Bryan Johnson, a labor historian, about the bike tour of Portland sites that are part of Portland's radical labor history.  It's part of  Pedalpalooza

Remembering Utah Phillips

program date: 
Mon, 06/23/2008

Host Tom Becker reviews the life of labor activist and folk singer Utah Phillips and plays some of his songs.   

Feminist Science Fiction

program date: 
Mon, 06/23/2008

The Old Mole's Frann Michel reviews The Marq’ssan Cycle -- five feminist science fiction novels by L. Timmel Duchamp, set in the late 21st century.  Their portraits of an American police state and the political use of torture are all too timely today. 

You can read this piece on Frann's blog here.

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 23, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 06/22/2008

Along with the music of  the late Utah Phillips, this show, hosted by Tom Becker, feature a Bill Resnick interview about the support for parents of young children in European countries in contrast with what  parents in the US must face.  Frann Michel reviews a series of feminist  science fiction novels.  Tom  reads a piece about why cooler weather does not justify skepticism about global warming.  And Bryan Johnson tells us about a bicycle tour of Portland's radical history sites.  

Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow at the top of this page.   Hear individual pieces by clicking on their links below:

1.  The life and music of Utah Phillips

2.  Raising Children here and in Europe

3.  Cool Weather and Global Warming

4.  Feminist Sci-Fi 

5.  Cycling Through Labor History

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!

 

Copyright © 2012 KBOO Community Radio | Community Guidelines | Website Illustration & Design by: KMF ILLUSTRATION