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 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

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!
Old Mole Variety Hour



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

The Case for Veganism

program date: 
Sun, 04/06/2008

 There are more reasons than you may have dreamed of  why a vegan diet is good for you and the planet.  Matt Rosell and  Isa Chandra Moskowitz tell the Old Mole's  Bill Resnick about some of them.  Matt works with In Defense of Animals.  Isa is the author  of several vegan cookbooks, including Vegan With a Vengeance:  Over 100 Animal-Free Recipes that Rock.

Picturing Popular Resistance in Sardinia

program date: 
Sun, 04/06/2008

 The Old Mole's Brooke Jacobson interviews Angela Cacciarru about popular resistance to privatization in Sardinia, Italy.

 

Working With Homeless Women

program date: 
Sun, 04/06/2008

 Laurie Mercier  talks with Anitra Freeman of  Women's Housing, Equality and Enhancement League (WHEEL) about the work her organization does with homeless women in Seattle.  She will be speaking at In Other Word Bookstore on Thursday,  April 17 (call  503-232-6003 for info).   

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 04/06/2008

 Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this program reviews the case for veganism with an animal rights activist and a vegan cookbook author.  We also hear from a Seattle activist who works with homeless women, and from  an Italian geographer about the resistance in Sardinia to privatization of land.

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1.  The case for veganism

2.  Homeless in Seattle

3.  Resistance in Sardinia

Drug Policy and Racial Profiling

program date: 
Tue, 04/01/2008

 Clayton Mosher talks with Luz María Gordillo about how the war on drugs immigration policies and police work contribute to racial profiling at all levels  of society.  Mosher  is the co-author (with Scott Akins) of Drugs andDrug Policy: The Control of Consciousness Alteration.

"Before Women Had Wings"

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program date: 
Sun, 03/30/2008

 Larry Bowlden reviews Connie May Fowler's 1997 novel Before Women Had Wings.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 31, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 03/30/2008

 This show is hosted by Luz María Gordillo and features discussions of the WTO (how it works and whom it favors), a novel about a  tough childhood called Before Women Had Wings, and how drug and immigration policies lead to racial profiling.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  To hear individual pieces, click on their links below.

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1.  All About the WTO: How it works and for whom--Bill Resnick talks with Mary Bottari  of Global Trade Watch.  

2.  Before Women Had Wings;  our book mole Larry Bowlden  discusses  Connie May Fowler's  novel.  

3.  Luz María Gordillo and Clayton Mosher  discuss drug policies, immigration, policing, and racial profiling as they affect Mexican immigrants.

All About the WTO

program date: 
Sun, 03/30/2008

 Unclear about exactly what the WTO (World Trade Organization) does and how it uses its powers?   Mary Bottari,  Director of Global Trade Watch's Harmonization Project, lays it all out in this lucid interview with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   

 

A Radical for Obama

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program date: 
Sun, 03/23/2008

 Radical black labor activist Malik Miah talks with Bill Resnick about his reasons for supporting Barack Obama while not expecting real change from an Obama presidency.  Malik writes for Against the Current.

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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