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.  

 

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4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams
 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/20/13

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Mon, 05/20/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate change activism, the Rivonia Raid, beauty and politics

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/29/13

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Mon, 04/29/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Consumerism, Labor History, Syria, Guns, and Freedom

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Clayton Morgareidge hosts this action packed show covering the situation in Syria, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Conference coming up in Portland, getting over and beyond consumerism as the basis for social life, and gun violence and gun legislation.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/22/13

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Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Green Syndicalism, Steady State Economics, A Practical Utopians Guide, Food-Stamps for All

Joe Clement hosts this special Earth Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/15/13

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Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles: 42, WRR: Chris Hani, Left and the Law on punitive laws, attacks on social security

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Movie Moles review the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. For those too young to remember, Robinson was a pioneering black baseball player for the Dogers, a member of the Republican Party, and collaborater with HUAC in the 1950s.
  • Well-read Red, Alan Wieder commerates the 20th Anniversiary of the assassination of South African freedom fighter and communist Chris Hani.
  • The Left and the Law discuss Oregon prisons and punitive laws in response to budget crises.
  • Bill Resnick talks about attacks on social security.

Audio

Latinos in US Pop Music

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Sun, 07/13/2008

Laurie Mercier talks with Michelle Habell-Pallan about how Latina and Chicana music has influenced Rock 'n Roll and other popular music, not only in the US but in Europe. Habell-Pallan is the author of "Loca Motion: The Travels of Latina Popular Culture." We hear a segment on "Women with Attitude", part of American Sabor, a series produced by KEXP in Seattle and narrated by Michelle.

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 14, 2008

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Sun, 07/13/2008

Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this program plays and discusses music demonstrating the influence of chicana and latina music on popular music. We also hear about the very expensive "drill and kill" corporate-developed reading program pushed by the Bush Administration and purchased by Portland; and a review of Wall-E.

Assessing the Sexual Revolution

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Sun, 07/06/2008

How should we assess the Sexual Revolution?  Has it been a good thing?  For whom?  In what ways?  Just what were the changes that happened in sexual morality and practices starting in the 1960s?  Stanford University historian Estelle Freedman talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Freedman is the author of Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, and many others works. 

Movie Moles: "D.E.B.S."

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Sun, 07/06/2008

Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken review D.E.B.S., a lesbian-spy spoof from 2004.   

Adelina Anthony

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Sun, 07/06/2008

Adelina Anthony is a Xicana-Indigena lesbian multi-disciplinary artist who has won many awards for her work addressing colonization, feminism, trauma, memory, gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, in/migration, health, land/environment, and other issues affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communites.  Luz María Gordillo talks with her about her work and her humor.   

The Music of Kate Reid

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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

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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"

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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

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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

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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.  

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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