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 August 18, 2014

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
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Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

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Mon, 08/11/2014 - 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 August 4 2014

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Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 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 June 23 2014

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

Audio

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 23, 2008

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Sun, 06/22/2008

Along with the music of  the late Utah Phillips, this show, hosted by Tom Becker, feature a Bill Resnick interview about the support for parents of young children in European countries in contrast with what  parents in the US must face.  Frann Michel reviews a series of feminist  science fiction novels.  Tom  reads a piece about why cooler weather does not justify skepticism about global warming.  And Bryan Johnson tells us about a bicycle tour of Portland's radical history sites.  

Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow at the top of this page.   Hear individual pieces by clicking on their links below:

1.  The life and music of Utah Phillips

2.  Raising Children here and in Europe

3.  Cool Weather and Global Warming

4.  Feminist Sci-Fi 

5.  Cycling Through Labor History

Introducing Iretsu

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Sun, 06/15/2008

First of three conversations with members of Iretsu--Ryan Cross, Glen Schiedt, and Joel Holly.  We hear part of "Name Our Numbers, Number" from their new EP.   

Obama and McCain on the Economy

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Sun, 06/15/2008

Where do John McCain and Barack Obama  stand on issues affecting jobs, health care, and income inequality?  Economist Arthur MacEwan talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick  about what's wrong with the economy, what needs to be done, and how likely the main presidential contenders are to do the right things.  MacEwan contributes to Dollars & Sense as "Dr. Dollar" and is the author of  NEOLIBERALISM OR DEMOCRACY?

"Clear View"

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Sun, 06/15/2008

Iretsu's  song  "Clear View," and some  brief talk about it.

Bowlden on Krakhauer

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Sun, 06/15/2008

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Jon Krakauer's book Under the Banner of Heaven and reflects on his own experience growing up in a Mormon family--and on how religious fundamentalism of any variety closes down our minds.   

Iretsu

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Sun, 06/15/2008

Clayton Morgareidge talks with members of Iretsu, a young Portland "avant-pop" band getting national attention.  We hear some of their music and talk with Ryan Cross, Glen Schiedt, and Joel Holly about how their music points in the direction of better ways to treat each other.  You can hear more of their music, and even download some of it, at Hidden Shoal where Iretsu is under contract.  You can also find them on MySpace, and at their own website.

Iretsu is  collaborating in Fever Theater's production of New Believers, playing in Portland through July 5.  

And they are performing in Hand2Mouth Theater's RISK/REWARD PERFORMANCE LAB on Friday, July 27.  For details, go here

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 16, 2008

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Sun, 06/15/2008

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this show features the music of local avant-pop band Iretsu and an interview with its members (Ryan Cross, Glen Schiedt and Joel Holly).  Bill Resnick  interviews radical economist Arthur MacEwan about McCain, Obama, and the economy.  Larry Bowlden  reflecst on on religious fundamentalism and Jon Krakauer's  book Under The Banner of Heaven.  All this plus the Movie Moles' take on a movie classic now out on DVD.   Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. 

To hear the whole show, click on the arrow at the top of this page.  You can listen to individual pieces by following the links below:

 1.  Introduction to Iretsu.

2.  Arthur MacEwan and Bill Resnick discuss the candidates and the economy. 

3.  Iretsu's "Clear View" 

4.  Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel  discuss Killer  of Sheep

5.   Larry Bowlden reviews  Under the Banner of Heaven

6.   Clayton Morgareidge talks with Iretsu.

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

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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