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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 on 11/29/10

Air date: 
Mon, 11/29/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
School Vouchers, Boxing Gym and the Police State.

The Old Mole for the 29th, hosted by Joe Clement, features

  • Bill Resnick and Dan Karp discussing why vouchers and charter schools are the wrong answer to the education question.
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Wendy Webb reviewing Boxing Gym.
  • Well Read Red Frann Michel reflecting on the Transportation Security Administration and the Police State.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/23/10

Air date: 
Mon, 08/23/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Sustainable agriculture, global warming and movies and books

Bill Resnick interviews Catherine Badgley about organic and sustainable agriculture.
Frann Michel looks at the global and governmental response to widspread flooding in Pakistan.
also a review of Pat Barkers award winning book Ghost Road and a discussion of the new crime drama comedy The Other Guys.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/22/10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/22/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Queer Imagination, The Story of Stuff, and Ordinary Injustice

 Denise Morris will host this show, and on it the Moles  discuss -- 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/08/10

Air date: 
Mon, 02/08/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Haiti and child protection laws in Oregon

 

This program features an interview with a doctor just returned from working in Haiti.  Our series The Left and the Law continues with a discussion of the uneven application of child protection laws in light of the homicide conviction of members of the Church of Christ who did not get medical attention for their son.  Bill Resnick interviews an expert  on food safety and the food industry.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/29/09

Air date: 
Mon, 06/29/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view

Host Denise Morris talks  with Catherine Sameh about the resistance of women in Iran.   Laurie Mercier reviews the history of health care reform, and Bill Resnick interviews Robin Hahnel, professor of economics at Portland State University, about the economics of the environmental crisis.   

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/22/09

Air date: 
Mon, 06/22/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On this program, hosted by Frann Michel, the Moles discuss

  •  The Supreme Court ruling that convicted inmates have no right to an appeal based on DNA tests.
  • The new movie about the food we eat,  Food, Inc.
  • Is  economic recovery underway?
     

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/20/09

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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. 

Audio

Mothers' Day & the Peace Movement

program date: 
Sun, 05/11/2008

Frann Michel as the Well-read Red shows how Mothers' Day began a century ago as an action for peace, and how that association is being revived by Code Pink.  To read her commentary, complete with many links to things you can do and read, go to Frann's Kboo blog.

Religious Intolerance in the Military

program date: 
Sun, 05/11/2008

 The Old Mole's Tom Becker reports that the US military has developed a culture of intolerant Christian fundamentalism. He reads from a piece by Robyn Blumner posted on Common Dreams.   

OMV 5/12/08 Unedited

program date: 
Sun, 05/11/2008

 This is the unedited show.  An improved edition with links to individual pieces will be here later.

  • Title: OMV 5_12_08
  • Length: 59:39 minutes (27.31 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 05/11/2008

 This program features music by the Rice Workers Choir of Novi Di Modena, songs sung by women workers who organized to achieve the first 8-hour day. Also discussed are the rising costs of food, Mothers' Day as part of the Peace Movement, and Christian fundmentalism in the  US military.  Hear the whole show, hosted by Bill Resnick, by clicking the arrow above.  Or hear  individual pieces going to their links below.

In these first four segments, you can hear the music  of  Novi Di Modena and a discussion of their music by Italian scholar  Clarissa  Clo.

1. Music in the Rice Fields 1

2.  Music in the Rice Fields 2

3. Music in the Rice Fields 3

4.  Music in the Rice Fields--and some history 4

5.  The Well-read Red: Mothers' Day and  the Peace Movement

6.  Christian Fundamentalism in the US Military

 

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

Categories:
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.

 

May Day & the ILWU

Categories:
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.  

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