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.

For individual segments and information about episodes, click the "audio" tab.

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 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.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 23, 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Audio

Bailing Out the Auto Makers?

program date: 
Sun, 12/07/2008

Mark  Brenner, editor of  Labor Notes, talks with the  Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what will happen, and what should happen,  in the process of saving the big 3 from the consequences of their own short-sightedness. 

Then local activist Laurie King joins Bill to talk about the workers' takeover of a door manufacturing plant in Chicago and about an upcoming anti-bailout action here in Portland.

 

Converting the economy to Peace

program date: 
Sun, 11/30/2008

The government  is about to spend billions to stimulate the economy.   What should they spend it on?  What can be learned from the post-coldwar period of the 1990s about that?  The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with economist Ann Markusen.

The Economy of Care

program date: 
Sun, 11/30/2008

Should all the money to be spent by the Obama administration to  get the economy moving be put into steel and concrete, highways and bridges?  Most of those jobs go to men.  What about the infrastructure of care--child care, long-term nursing, and other work done mostly by women?  The Old  Mole's  Frann Michel discusses how to make the economy work for women.  You can read her remarks here

The Spiraling Economy

program date: 
Sun, 11/23/2008

More bad news about the economy keeps arriving.  What is the situation and how can be fixed?  The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with radical economist Arthur McEwan -- aka Dr. Dollar at Dollars & Sense.

The Politics of Humor and Irony

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program date: 
Sun, 11/23/2008

Humor and irony can be ways of deflating those who oppress us--but they can also promote stereotypes and immunize us from passions for serious causes.  Jan Haaken and Bob  Samuels discuss the complex issues posed by the popularity of The Daily Show, Stephen Colbert, and the movie Religulous. Samuels is the author of Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance.

  • Title: 04 Political Humor
  • Length: 18:23 minutes (10.52 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Afghanistan & Obama

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program date: 
Sun, 11/23/2008

Clayton Morgareidge  reads from several sources about how difficult it would be for the Obama administration to control Afghanistan.   See especially "The Coming Catastrophe: the American War in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by Richard Tanter.  

  • Title: Afghanistan & Obama
  • Length: 8:07 minutes (4.65 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 24, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 11/23/2008

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program has discussions of the collapsing economy, the politics of humor and irony in popular entertainment, and the situation in Afghanistan. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  To hear individual pieces, follow the links below.

This show also featured songs with words   by Woody Guthrie, set to music by Billy Bragg.  Unfortunately copyright limitations require us to limit the length of the clips available on the web.  The album is Mermaid Avenue

1.  Arthur McEwan and Bill Resnick discuss the economy.

2.  Bob Samuels on Humor and Irony

3.  Obama & Afghanistan

  • Title: OMV 11_24_08
  • Length: 51:21 minutes (29.39 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Towards a Progressive Mental Health Policy

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program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2008

What  would a humane and helpful mental health program look like?  David Oaks of Mind Freedom International  talks with Old  Mole Jan Haaken about "greening the mind." 

Show for November 17, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 11/16/2008

Hosted by Denise Morris, this program deals with the global economic crisis and what it would take to fix it, the broken mental health system and what it needs, and why California  voters  passed  a  ban on gay marriage.  We also hear a review  of  the documentary film about Darcelle XV, Queens of Heart.  Hear the whole show by clicking the arrow above, or individual pieces by following the links  below:

1.  John Cavanagh, co-director of the Institute  for Policy Studies, explains what led to the global financial crisis and what  could fix  it.

2.  Jan Haaken and David Oaks from Mind/Freedom International discuss a  better way to think about mental  health and the community.

3.   "Queen of Hearts," a documentary about Portland's  drag club Darcelle XV, is reviewed by Movie  Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris.

4.   Denise and Frann discuss the question of why the ban on gay marriage passed in California in the context of the gay rights movement. 

Reshaping the Economic World Order

program date: 
Sun, 11/16/2008

What needs to be done to replace the current and collapsing economic global system with something that works for all of us?   John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for  Policy Studies, talks  with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how this crisis developed and what it will take to fix it.   

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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