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 on 04/20/09

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Mon, 04/20/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Laurie Mercier hosts on this Monday after tax day. The moles discuss who controls the wealth and how it can be redistributed more fairly to insure participatory democracy and social justice.  Along with reviews and commentaries they’ll speak with Jo Comerford, Executive Director of the National Priorities Project (NPP).  The NPP analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent, and Comerford will help us understand how 40% of tax revenue that currently supports military spending could be redirected to more critical and productive needs.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/02/09

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Mon, 02/02/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Norm Diamond and Clayton Morgareidge co-host. They focus on the 1919 Seattle General Strike anniversary--and feature an  interview with Rob Rosenthal, who with the Fuse produced the rock opera "Seattle 1919" http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/strike/music.shtml.  They'll also discuss the meaning and significance of the strike today.

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 01/12/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Well-known writer and activist Holly Sklar talks with Bill Resnick about the deep changes in the economy needed to solve the problem of poverty.  The Moles  also cover the war in Gaza, and the Movie Moles tell us why the original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is better than the new one now playing. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 01/05/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The housing crisis continues as more people become homeless  because of foreclosures.  On this program, Bill Resnick talks with Chester Hartman, Director of Research for the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, about  the problem and how it could be solved. The Movie Moles will  review Slumdog Millionaire, and Tom Becker will read from the Guardian on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

This program revolves  around the prospects for universal health care in the Obama years and beyond.   Can we have real universal coverage in a profit-driven insurance system?   Why are other nations better at this than the US?   And we hear a review of  Kaye Gibbons' novel Sights Unseen in which issues of mental health are raised.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on this edition of the Old Mole include:
•    How Obama’s foreign policy might affect the poorer nations of the world
•    the role of remorse in granting parole, with reference to Diane Downs
•    the dying death penalty; and
•    why Eric Holder is the only cabinet pick the  Republicans fear.
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on the Old Mole Variety Hour for December 8 include
•    the music of John Lennon,
•    Gus Van Sant’s movie Milk,
•    the hearts and minds of anti-gay marriage voters, and
•    the auto industry bailout. 
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/01/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's topics include creating an economy that works for peace, sustainable production, and compassionate human caring in the current crisis and a look at the roots of the Mumbai massacre.

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 11/24/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, film theorist Robert Samuels talks with Jan Haaken about the politics of comedy and irony in entertainment, as for example in Madagascar 2, Tropic Thunder, Religulous, and W.  Bill Resnick and Economist Arthur McEwan discuss the spiraling economic crisis.  And Clayton Morgareidge looks at the situation in Afghanistan in light of President-elect Obama’s policy to ramp up the war there.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 11/17/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The Movie Moles discuss “Queen of Hearts,” a documentary about Darcelle’s – the nation’s oldest suriving Drag club right here in Portland.  We also hear from David Oaks who challenges the dominance of drugs and the medicalizing of madness in psychiatry.  He urges organizing psychiatric survivors around patients’ rights.  

Audio

All About the WTO

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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.   

 

"Before Women Had Wings"

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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

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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.

A Radical for Obama

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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.

How Progressive is Obama?

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Sun, 03/23/2008

 Well-read Red Frann Michel surveys the left  press commentary on Obama's shortcomings as a progressive voice.  You can read this piece here.  

Obama in PDX: a Review

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Sun, 03/23/2008

 Jan Haaken and Frann Michel review Barack Obama's speech of Friday, March 21  at Portland's Memorial Coliseum. They discuss what's missing from his calls for solidarity.  You can listen to the speech here.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 24, 2008

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Sun, 03/23/2008

The Moles succumb to Obamamania!   No, not quite.  But on this show, we review the good, the bad,and the doubtful in the historic candidacy of Barack Obama.   

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1.  The Well-read Red reviews Left Press commentary on Obama.

2.  Black activist Malik Miah on why he supports Obama.

3.  A Conversation about Obama's  speech in Portland.

"Primary": The Movie

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Sun, 03/16/2008

 Denise Morris digs out a 1960 documentary film about the Wisconsin primary between Hubert Humphrey and John F. Kennedy and discusses how it changed the way we think of political campaigning.  It's called Primary, and you can find it at the Multnomah County Library.  

Politics & Sex: Spitzer in the Media

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Sun, 03/16/2008

 A round-table discussion with Jan Haaken, Denise Morris and Bill Resnick in which they analyze and debate the hysterical media treatment of the Spitzer sex scandal and others like it.   Why this "perpetual surprise," these recurring "outbreaks of political virginity"?  

 

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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