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 for July 28, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



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Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity, same sex intimate partner violence

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
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Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Audio

Theater of the Oppressed

program date: 
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

program date: 
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"

program date: 
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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program date: 
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.   

War Resistance in Kalamazoo

program date: 
Sun, 05/25/2008

Laurie Mercier talks with Olga Bonfiglio, from Kalamazoo, MI, about how ordinary citizens in Kalamazoo have persisted in their resistance to war.  Bonfiglio is the author of Heroes of a Different Stripe: How One Town Responded to the War in Iraq

The Phil Ochs Story

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program date: 
Sun, 05/25/2008

Throughout this show there are  selections from songs by  the late great Phil Ochs, born in 1940, and who died in 1976 still youthful but leaving an incredible legacy of music protesting war and promoting social justice.  Bill Resnick talks about his life and music.   Phil Och was witty, poetic, and a humanist and activist, with deep thoughtful lyrics and a haunting voice. 

Villages in Cities

program date: 
Sun, 05/25/2008

The Village Building Convergence is a project for creating new public spaces in our cities through neighbors working together to create urban villages, some of which can be found in many Portland neighborhoods. Bill Resnick talks with two members of this movement, Kat Steele and Matt Philllips, who will be speaking at the VBC conference coming up in Portland May 23 - June 1.  Read all about it here. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 26, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 05/25/2008

Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this show features the music of Phil Ochs.  We hear a conversation about Village Building Convergence, the movement to create community spaces in cities; a  review  of the Erol Morris documentary about the Abu Ghraib photos "Standard  Operating Procedure;" a commentary about racism in the  primaries; an interview about peace activists in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and a discussion of the life and music of Phil Ochs.  

You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow on this page.  Or hear individual pieces by clicking on their links below:

1. Bill Resnick talks  with Kat Steele and Matt  Phillips about the Village Building Convergence  and the upcoming conference  here in Portland.   

2.  Movie Review by Brooke Jacobson: "Standard Operating Procedure" 

3.   Thabiti Lewis exposes the racism rampant in the Presidential primaries.

4.   Olga Bonfiglio talks with Laurie  Mercier  about her book Heroes of a Different Stripe: How One Town Responded to the War in Iraq.

5.   The life and music of Phil Ochs remembered by Bill Resnick.

Buena Vista Social Club: history and politics

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program date: 
Mon, 05/19/2008

 Commenting on the music heard throughout today's show, Bill Resnick mixes music and history in his account of the Buena Vista Social Club's  political context.   

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 19, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 05/18/2008

This program includes a Movie Mole review of "Iron Man," a commentary on Racism in the Presidential campaign, a first-person report on May Day in Havana, music and the history of the Buena Vista Social Club, and a discussion of the crisis in food prices.  Clayton Morgareidge hosts. 

Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or go to individual pieces by clicking on their links below:

1.  Bill Resnick talks with Food First's director Eric Holt-Gimenez about food prices: causes and cures.

2.  The Movie Moles melt down "Iron Man."

3.  Clayton Morgareidge reflects on how to respond the racism provoked by the Presidential campaign.

4. Luz María Gordillo describes what it was like to be in Havana on May 1.  

5.  History and  Politics of the Buena Vista Social Club, told by Bill Resnick.

 

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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