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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

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Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
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How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

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Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

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Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/02/13

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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lifestyle Drugs, Left and the Law on Chelsea Manning, D. Graeber on jobs, labor-themed Well-read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/26/13

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Social Security, "Fruitvale Station", and money and political cynicism

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Tom Becker hosts this show featuring Bill Resnick interviewing Max Richtman about the need to defend and extend both Social Security and Medicare; our Movie Moles reviewing Fruitvale Station; Clayton Morgareidge presenting an argument from David Graeber about how deeply money controls politics and how to overcome  the  resulting cynicism from both Right and Left about politics; and Tom reading from the left press.  

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Immigration Organizing

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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

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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.

The Labor of Women

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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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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

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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.

Obama and Progressive Politics

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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

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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

Movie Moles: "Soy Cuba"

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Sun, 08/24/2008

Frann Michel and Denise Morris review the 1964 film Soy Cuba! made by Russian film makers  in support of the Revolution.  It's known now as much for its revolutionary film-making as its revolutionary politics. 

Prospects for Cuba

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Sun, 08/24/2008

Samuel Farber is a long-time socialist born and raised in Cuba. He is the author of numerous works on that country including The Origin of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered published by University of North Carolina Press.  The Old  Mole's Bill Resnick talks with him about life in Cuba today as it makes  the transition to the post-Fidel era, and about various scenarios for its future.  You can read his thoughts on these issues here and here

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 25, 2008

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Sun, 08/24/2008

Guided by Denise Morris, the Moles  vistit Cuba today.  Bill Resnick talks with Cuba expert Sam Farber about Cuba in transition and the possibilities for self-determination and socialist democracy.  The Movie Moles review the 1964 film Soy Cuba! made by Russian film makers in support of the Revolution.  And we hear Luz María Gordillo’s account of her trip to Cuba last May.  Here the whole show by clicking the arrow above, or  individual pieces by following their links below:

1.  Luz Marîa Gordillo visits Havana's Plaza de la Revolución on May Day.

2.  The Movie Moles on Soy Cuba!

3.  Bill Resnick and Sam Farber on Cuba today and tomorrow.

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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