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

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. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

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

Today the Moles  reflect  on the Obama victory: its impact on black folks and the left’s response: euphoria, high hopes, and the advice he’s  getting on health care,  unions, the environment, as well as worries about his first appointments.   We’ll also hear  a  tribute to the late Studs Terkel.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/03/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

 

Bill Resnick looks at the entrenched forces in the US policy making apparatus that will challenge the new President -- like the Federal Reserve,  the army, and the dominant role in Congress of conservative Democrats.  Denise Morris interviews an activist from Dicentra, a Portland  area collective that creates radical communities of care, networks of support, and  movements based on relationship building and collective narratives  from our lives. 


Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 10/27/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On this show, the Moles  consider the significance of nationalizing banks, as the US Government is now planning to do.  We also hear from  two Minnesota student  activists who locked themselves to the gate of a weapons  factory to stop arms shipments  to Iraq.

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Portland Activists at Work

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program date: 
Sun, 03/09/2008

 Bill Resnick talks with three members of Food Not Bombs, a world-wide organization that provides free food to the hungry and the foot-loose.  He also  talks with two people from the Iraq Body Count Project whose 125,000 flags are flying near Portland State, each flag representing 5 Iraqis who have died in the war.  

This Saturday's rally and march   World Without War: A Day of Resistance and Hope begins in the South Park Blocks at 2:00 pm.  Visit pdxpeace for details.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10, 2008

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program date: 
Sun, 03/09/2008

 This program, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge is about War, Peace, and Democracy.  Hear it in its entirety by clicking on the arrow above.  Or you can hear individual pieces by clicking on them below:

1.  Bill Resnick and Kamran Ali discuss democratic movements in the middle east that go unreported in the US.

2.  The Well-read Red: Frann Michel comments on the idea that the West must "save" Muslim women.

3.  Clayton Morgareidge asks whether democracy can survive inside a nation devoted to endless, limitless war.

4.  Conversations with local activists about Food, the Peace Rally and March, and counting the Iraqi dead.

More Prisons?

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program date: 
Sun, 03/02/2008

 Old Mole Bill Resnick talks  with David Rogers about why Oregon keeps putting more people in prison.  Rogers is director of Partnership for Safety and Justice (formerly the  Western Prison Project).   They discuss the newest proposal for harsher sentencing by Kevin Manix, coming to a ballot near you.

Winter Soldier

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program date: 
Sun, 03/02/2008

 Clayton Morgareidge reports on Winter Soldier, an oppportunity for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to speak out, sponsored by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW).  And we hear more music from Satori.

Great Women Writers

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program date: 
Sun, 03/02/2008

 Larry Bowlden, as Women's History Month begins, reviews the work of some significant  writers.  Larry points out the  ways in which novels can teach us  things  about moral  life that philosophers can never touch. 

"Girls Rock!"

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program date: 
Sun, 03/02/2008

 Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris give an enthusiastic, entertaining, and informative account of the documentary "Girls  Rock," playing at  Cinema 21 starting Friday, March  7.   For more on Rock 'n Roll  camps for girls, click here, and for  Portland  locations, click here.

 

Procession for the Future

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program date: 
Sun, 03/02/2008

 How to get  involved in the Procession for the Future, sponsored  by the Back Bone Campaign.  For all the information, see their website.   

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 3, 2008

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Sun, 03/02/2008

 Hear the March 3 show, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, all about peace, freedom from coercion and freedom to be oneself, by clicking on the arrow above.  Or click on one of the segments below to hear  it.

1.   The desire for peace, in political action and song.

2.  Bill Resnick interviews David Rogers of Partnership for Safety and Justice about more prisons and more prisoners.  

3.  Iraq Veterans Against the War tell their story, and the music of "Deep Peace" from Satori Men's Chorus.

4.  Larry Bowlden reviews  the work of  four great women writers.  

5.  "Girls Rock"--the Movie Moles rock out  on this documentary film.

6.  Peace here  and now: The Procession for the Future going on now in Portland.  

"Moving To the Beat"

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program date: 
Sun, 02/10/2008

 The Old Mole's Jan Haaken interviews Abdul Fofana about the documentary film about Hip Hop, "Moving to the Beat."  The film makes connections between Africans and African Americans as it shows the journey of an American Hip Hop group to Sierra Leone.  The film is showing at the Cascade Festival of African Films.

 

Move Moles: "The Orphanage"

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Sun, 02/10/2008

 Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel review "The Orphanage, " the story of a woman, an orphan herself, who opens an orphanage.  The review compares this film with others from the same producer, "Pan's Labrynth" and "The Devil's Backbone." 

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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