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).

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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 Variety Hour for August 18, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
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

Air date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

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!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

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

Audio

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 5, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 05/04/2008

 This program, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, features discussions of electoral democracy and its discontents, the rights of psychiatric patients, socialism as a necessary goal of progressive political action, and political gestures by Olympic athletes.  You can hear the whole wonderful show by clicking on the arrow above.  Or you can hear whatever part you like by clicking on the links below:

1.  Bill Resnick and Rob Ritchie of Fair Vote discuss what's  wrong with electoral democracy and how elections could be more democratic.

2.  Insane Liberation: Jan Haaken talks with David Oaks about freeing people with mental health problems to make their own choices.  And he invites us to a street theater event in Eugene on May 17.   

3.  Clayton Morgareidge (as the Well-read Red) presents the case that capitalism is a failed system and only socialism can save us.

4. Thabiti Lewis makes the case for athletes at the Olympics making political statements.

  • Title: OMV 5_5_08
  • Album: May 5, 2008
  • Length: 53:10 minutes (24.34 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

May Day & the ILWU

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program date: 
Sun, 04/27/2008

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has a long history of  struggling for justice and workers' rights.  Bill Resnick talks with two of its  representatives.  Craig  Merrilees, director of communications reviews  the history of this important union.  Peter Parks is chief  organizer  of ILWU May Day activities planned for May 1 here in Portland, including a ceremony at noon protesting the war in Iraq on the Eastside Esplanade between the Burnside Bridge and the Steel Bridge.  For more information, click here.  

Pier Paolo Pasolini

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program date: 
Sun, 04/27/2008

 Pier Paolo Pasolini  was legendary Italian film director, novelist, and political  activist highly regarded by the European and American left.  He  is best known in the US for his naturalistic portrayal of Jesus in his 1964 film "The Gospel According to St. Matthew."  Old  Mole Jan Haaken talks with Professor  Angela Porcarelli about  his  work and his political philosophy. 

Paraguay Goes Left?

program date: 
Sun, 04/27/2008

 Paraguay, long ruled by a single repressive party machine, has just elected a new left-wing president.  Justin Mog, an independent journalist living in Paraguay, talks with Old Mole Dan Jaffee about what this means for Paraguay's future.  

Squeezing the Poor

program date: 
Sun, 04/27/2008

 Jared Bernstein is the author of Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed? (And Other Unsolved Economic Mysteries).  An economist at the Economic Policy Institute, he explains to Bill Resnick and to you why we're all feeling poorer these days--especially those who were poor to begin with.  Bernstein will be  speaking at Powell's  on Wednesday at 7:30.   

 

ABC of Racism

program date: 
Sun, 04/20/2008

 What is the hidden race card played by ABC news in moderating the debate last weekend between Obama and Clinton?  Old Mole Laurie Mercier  explains.

Race and Racism: Beyond Obama

program date: 
Sun, 04/20/2008

How more can progressives say about racism in the US that goes deeper than the issues of discrimination that have surfaced in the discussion of the Obama campaign?  Three  Moles have a roundtable discussion: Denise Morris, Laurie Mercier, and Luz María Gordillo.

How To Rule the World

program date: 
Sun, 04/20/2008

 What lies beyond the Clinton era "soft" imperialism and the Bush era "hard" imperialism?  Journalist, activist, and policy analyst Mark Engler  talks  with Bill Resnick.  Engler is the author  of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy.  He  will be speaking at  In Other Words Bookstore, 8 NE Killingsworth, this Wednesday, April 23, at  7:00pm.  His work is archived at  http://democracyuprising.com/ .

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21 2008

program date: 
Sun, 04/20/2008

 Hosted by Denise Morris, this program deals with the Global Food Crisis, Racism in and beyond the Presidential campaign, and the future of US Foreign Policy.  You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual pieces by clicking on the links below.  

1. Why are people starving when the world produces more food than we could all eat?  The author of "Stuffed and Starved" explains.

2.  Laurie Mercier reveals the racist card up the sleeves  of the ABC moderators of the debate between Obama and Clinton.

3.  Race and Racism  beyond Obama:  Three Moles discuss how progressives can get to the deeper issues  of structural racism.  

4.   How to Rule the World: A foreign policy analyst talks with Bill Resnick about the differences between soft and hard imperialsm and how to go beyond both of them.  

  • Title: OMV 4_21_08
  • Length: 53:27 minutes (24.47 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

From Ludlow to Colombia

program date: 
Tue, 04/15/2008

Replaying the events  in Ludlow in 1914, the government of Colombia and its paramilitaries attack agricultural workers who try to organize for better pay and working conditions.  Dan Jaffee reads from an article by David Sirota.

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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