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 on 02/11/13

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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/17/12

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Mon, 12/17/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/10/12

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Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

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Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

Iven Hale hosts this next episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/26/12

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Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Wal-Mart Strikes, Movie Review: Argo

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Nelson Lichtenstein about the Black Friday strikes and growing resistance to Wal-Mart.
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, review Argo.

Audio

Climate Change in Congress?

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Sun, 06/08/2008

The U.S. Senate has just rejected an ineffective climate-change bill--for the wrong reasons.  What kind of legislation  would really deal with the issue, and what would it take to make it happen?  Brian Tokar of the Institute for Social Ecology lays out the problems and possible solutions in this discussion with Bill Resnick.  

Tokar has just published an article "Toward a Movement for Peace and Climate Justice" in which he expands on what he says in this interview.   

Seeing Politics in Pink Martini

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Sun, 06/08/2008

Bill Resnick finds the implicit, yet deep, politics in the music of Pink Martini--a politics of moods and values rather than of words and ideology.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 9, 2008

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Sun, 06/08/2008

Today's show features, for the second time, the music of Portland band Pink Martini and concludes with a discussion of the implicit politics of their work.   Also discussed on the show are world hunger and the cost of food, the relations between being queer and being an immigrant, "Sex and the City," and what Congress is  and is not doing about climate change.

To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  To hear individual pieces, follow the links below. 

1.  Bill Resnick and Deborah James discuss poverty, hunger, and food.   

2.   Frann Michel on how being queer is like being an immigrant (and  vice-versa). 

3.  Brian Tokar explains the politics of climate change. 

4. Luz María Gordillo reviews and remembers "Sex and the City."

5.  A political reading  of Pink Martini

The Music of Pink Martini

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Tue, 06/03/2008

Thomas Lauderdale, co-founder of the internationally known Portland band Pink Martini, talks with Bill Resnick about the implicit politics in the band's music.  

Wars for Oil?

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Sun, 06/01/2008

Well-known author and scholar Michael Klare talks with Bill Resnick about Oil: scarcity, increasing demand, and the arms race developing around competition for  it.  Michael T. Klare is a Five Colleges professor of Peace and World Security Studies, whose department is located at Hampshire College, defense correspondent of The Nation magazine, and author of Resource Wars and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency (Metropolitan). Klare also teaches at Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship

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Sun, 06/01/2008

Alice Munro's  great short-story collection Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship is reviewed by our Book Mole Larry Bowlden. 

Theater of the Oppressed

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Sun, 06/01/2008

Denise Morris interviews Tamara Wallace of Teatro Cambio (Theater for Change) and Emilia Katz of Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC).  They discuss how theater can be used in political action, especially in opposition to anti-immigration legislation. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 2, 2008

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Sun, 06/01/2008

This program, hosted by Denise Morris, has musical breaks from Pink Martini and features a  discussion with Thomas Lauderdale, the band's co-founder.   We also hear from widely-published writer Michael T. Klare about oil and its potential to provoke wars in the future; a review of  an Alice Munro story collection; and a discussion of theater and politics.  You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or listen to individual segments by clicking on the links below.

1.  Michael Klare on oil and war.

2.  Alice Munro's collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship. 

3.   Theater of Change 

4.  The Music of Pink Martini 

Movie Review: "Standard Operating Procedure"

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Wed, 05/28/2008

Movie Mole Brooke Jacobson uncovers what's  missing in the new Erol Morris documentary about the Abu Ghraib photos, "Standard Operating Procedure."   

Primary Pains

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Sun, 05/25/2008

Thabiti Lewis shines a light on several varieties of implicit racism in the Presidential campaign, coming from some of the candidates  and all of the mass media.   

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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