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 on 02/07/11

Air date: 
Mon, 02/07/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
More on Egypt, Review of Buitiful, the Left press and the women of blues and jazz.

 

Joe Clement hosts on Monday the 7th and we'll hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/03/11

Air date: 
Mon, 01/03/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Net Neutrality, Movie Moles review Black Swan, Albert Einstein on Socialism, 90s political punk

 

On the next Old Mole, hosted by Joe Clement, hear:

  • Bill Resnick interviews Joseph Torres about Net Neutrality and the attempt to monetize the internet.
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Wendy Webb review "Black Swan."
  • Albert Einstein asks and answers "Why Socialism?"
  • A selection of 90s punk music with commentary by our radical musicologist, Brad Duncan.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/02/11

Air date: 
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Solar/Wind energy, music of occupy, Movie Moles: Take Shelter, Book Review: The Steal

 

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

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.

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Old Mole Variety Hour for May 26, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 05/25/2008

Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this show features the music of Phil Ochs.  We hear a conversation about Village Building Convergence, the movement to create community spaces in cities; a  review  of the Erol Morris documentary about the Abu Ghraib photos "Standard  Operating Procedure;" a commentary about racism in the  primaries; an interview about peace activists in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and a discussion of the life and music of Phil Ochs.  

You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow on this page.  Or hear individual pieces by clicking on their links below:

1. Bill Resnick talks  with Kat Steele and Matt  Phillips about the Village Building Convergence  and the upcoming conference  here in Portland.   

2.  Movie Review by Brooke Jacobson: "Standard Operating Procedure" 

3.   Thabiti Lewis exposes the racism rampant in the Presidential primaries.

4.   Olga Bonfiglio talks with Laurie  Mercier  about her book Heroes of a Different Stripe: How One Town Responded to the War in Iraq.

5.   The life and music of Phil Ochs remembered by Bill Resnick.

Primary Pains

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program date: 
Sun, 05/25/2008

Thabiti Lewis shines a light on several varieties of implicit racism in the Presidential campaign, coming from some of the candidates  and all of the mass media.   

War Resistance in Kalamazoo

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Sun, 05/25/2008

Laurie Mercier talks with Olga Bonfiglio, from Kalamazoo, MI, about how ordinary citizens in Kalamazoo have persisted in their resistance to war.  Bonfiglio is the author of Heroes of a Different Stripe: How One Town Responded to the War in Iraq

The Phil Ochs Story

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program date: 
Sun, 05/25/2008

Throughout this show there are  selections from songs by  the late great Phil Ochs, born in 1940, and who died in 1976 still youthful but leaving an incredible legacy of music protesting war and promoting social justice.  Bill Resnick talks about his life and music.   Phil Och was witty, poetic, and a humanist and activist, with deep thoughtful lyrics and a haunting voice. 

Buena Vista Social Club: history and politics

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program date: 
Mon, 05/19/2008

 Commenting on the music heard throughout today's show, Bill Resnick mixes music and history in his account of the Buena Vista Social Club's  political context.   

Food Crisis: Causes and Cures

program date: 
Sun, 05/18/2008

What are the underlying reasons for the upsurge in food prices around the world?  What can be done about it?  The Executive Director of  Food First,  Eric Holt-Gimenez, lays it out for us in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Holt-Gimenez is also the author of Campesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America’s Farmer to Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture, published by Food First.    

 

Movie Moles: "Iron Man"

program date: 
Sun, 05/18/2008

Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken review the action/comic book movie "Iron Man" and give it thumbs down for its repetition of stereotypes about about race, gender, militarism and capitalism.  

 

Racism in the Presidential Campaign

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program date: 
Sun, 05/18/2008

The racism that the Obama campaign is revealing among voters and in the media demands a strong reaction.  Clayton Morgareidge comments, drawing in part on an article by David Sirota on the In These Times Website.   

Cuba in May

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program date: 
Sun, 05/18/2008

The Old Mole's Luz María Gordillo was in Havana's Revolution Plaza for the May Day march. Here are her impressions and her reflections on what Cuba means in this colorful report.   

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 19, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 05/18/2008

This program includes a Movie Mole review of "Iron Man," a commentary on Racism in the Presidential campaign, a first-person report on May Day in Havana, music and the history of the Buena Vista Social Club, and a discussion of the crisis in food prices.  Clayton Morgareidge hosts. 

Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or go to individual pieces by clicking on their links below:

1.  Bill Resnick talks with Food First's director Eric Holt-Gimenez about food prices: causes and cures.

2.  The Movie Moles melt down "Iron Man."

3.  Clayton Morgareidge reflects on how to respond the racism provoked by the Presidential campaign.

4. Luz María Gordillo describes what it was like to be in Havana on May 1.  

5.  History and  Politics of the Buena Vista Social Club, told by Bill Resnick.

 

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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