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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 28

Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Women's prisons in Oregon, wrongful convictions, working class poets, and progressive politics in CA

Tom Becker hosts this show, and this is what we will hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21

Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this special EARTH DAY show, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

Audio

Elections and Democracy

Categories:
program date: 
Sun, 05/04/2008

 What can be done to make elections reflect what voters want?   And what would get voters more engaged in the electoral process?   Rob Ritchie of FairVote - The Center for Voting and Democracy and an expert on international and domestic electoral systems, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   Among their topics  are  Instant Runoff Elections (IRV), proportional representation, and participatory democracy.    

Insane Liberation

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program date: 
Sun, 05/04/2008

 David Oaks, director of Mind Freedom, discusses the liberation of the mad, psychiatric survivors, and invites us to a "Normathon" to be held in Eugene on May 17.  He talks with Old Mole Jan Haaken.   

Political Olympic Athletes

program date: 
Sun, 05/04/2008

 Thabiti Lewis reminds us of John Carlos' and Tommy Smith's raised fists on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, and argues for the legitimacy of such gestures today.  What might althletes intend by such gestures in China in 2008?  

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)

Socialism, the Only Alternative

program date: 
Sun, 05/04/2008

 The Well-read Red (Clayton Morgareidge) reads from an article by Randhir Singh called "The Future of Socialism."   Singh argues that Capitalism has not only failed to provide for human welfare, but is on the road to destruction, taking us all down with it.  Socialism must be on our agenda if we are to have hope of surviving.  Singh's article in full is at mrzine.

 

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.   

 

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.  

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.

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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