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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 March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

Old Mole Variety Hour January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 3rd 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Education, Neoliberalism, Sports, Minimum Wage, Feminism, Teen Novel, Pete Seeger


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the old mole variety hour featuring the music of Pete Seeger
  • Bill Resnick interviews Feminist blogger and writer Soraya Chemaly on football and the Super Bowl
  • Larry Bowlden reviews the teen novel Divergent by author Veronica Roth
  • Frann Michel discusses Education and Neoliberalism
  • Joe Clements interviews GEOFFREY MacDONALD about his his article 'Who Needs the Minimum Wage?' available on Counter Punch

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 27

Air date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Elections, comedy, class war and the national security state

Clayton Morgareidge hosts the show and we hear radical takes on how to run elections, a venue for leftist comedy at the Red & Black Cafe, the neoliberal soul, Richard Sherman's post-game rant, and class war and the security state.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20th

Air date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Movie Moles: Her, revolutionary reforms, Chinese Environmentalism, Public Utilities in Portland

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Audio

Achieving Thai Town, L.A.

program date: 
Sun, 08/17/2008

What is the importance for the Thai community in Los Angeles to have their neighborhood designated "Thai Town"?  Chanchanit Martorell, excecutive director of the Thai Community Development Center in L.A., talks with the Old Mole's Sudarat Musikawong. 

Movie Moles: "Man on Wire"

program date: 
Sun, 08/17/2008

What is the cultural impact of illegally walking a wire strung between the two towers of the World Trade Center shortly after their completion in 1974?  Our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss the current documentary Man on Wire.

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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program date: 
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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program date: 
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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program date: 
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. 

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

What's Next in Iraq?

program date: 
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. 

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