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 July 21 2014

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Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity, same sex intimate partner violence

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

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Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
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Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

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Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews and news

Today on the Old Mole
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson on the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Larry Bowlden reviews a memoir entitled "Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile (gen TEAL ee), Director of Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 

Audio

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 11, 2008

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Sun, 02/10/2008

This show is hosted by Bill Resnick and covers the Democratic primary campaign, the outcome  of the television and film writers' strike, and several movies worth knowing about.  You can hear the  whole  show by clicking the arrow above, or individual segments by going to the links below, which also feature additional information about people and issues.

1. JoAnne Wypijewski and Bill Resnick discuss the primaries and what they mean for progressive politics.  

2. Jan Haaken talks with Abdul Fofana  about "Moving to the Beat," a  film about Hip Hop, Africans, and African-Americans.

3. Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise  Morris review  "The Orphanage"

4. Co-director John Esaki  and  Jan Haaken discuss two films  about the interment of  Japanese-Americans during WWII.

5. Victory in the writers' strike: Writer Nick Kazan talks with Bill Resnick.

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 4, 2008

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Sun, 02/03/2008

 This edition of the Old Mole Variety Hour is hosted by Denise Morris and is about Africa, movies, and presidential politics.  The arrow above will get you the whole show.  You can hear the pieces, and get more information about them, by clicking on their titles below.

1.  The Choice: Clinton or Obabma?  Christopher Hayes of The Nation talks with Bill Resnick about the strengths and limitations of the two candidates.

2.  Everybody Reads.  Maude Heines and Jan Haaken explain the Multnomah County Library program Everybody Reads and discuss the book that "everybody" is currently reading.  

3.  The Cascade Festival of African Films.  Jan Haaken and Brooke Jacobson discuss the films being shown at the African Film Festival going on this month. 

4.  Mad Money.  The Movie Moles review this female heist movie.  

Clinton or Obama?

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Sun, 02/03/2008

 Christopher Hayes, Washington Editor of The Nation magazine, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about similarities and differences between the two Democratic candidtates.  They also discuss their limitations.  Hayes recently wrote "The Choice" in which he declares his preference.  You can read it here.

Cascade Festival of African Films

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Sun, 02/03/2008

 Brooke Jacobson and Jan Haaken tell us what's going on at the African Film Festival now underway at the PCC Cascade Campus and at other Portland venues.  For the schedule, click here, or  phone (503) 244-6111 ext. 3630.

Movie Moles: "Mad Money"

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Sun, 02/03/2008

 Movie Mole Denise Morris and special guest Sahrah Sayyam review the female heist/caper  movie "Mad Money."  

Race, Poverty, and the Economy

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Sun, 01/27/2008

 Bill Resnick talks with Algernon Alston of the Economic Policy Institute (epi.org) about what the recession means for people of color and those with limited incomes.  They discuss policies that could lift the burden and the liklihood of their enactment.  Alston's writings on these issues can be found at the EPI website.  

African Film Festival

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Sun, 01/27/2008

 The African Film Festival is going on all this month.  Jan Haaken and PC Peri of the Flying Focus Video Collective discuss the films that will be shown and their importance in bringing greater awareness of African diversity to Portland.  You can learn all about the films and how to see them by clicking here.  

Movie Review: Persepolis

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Sun, 01/27/2008

 Our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris comment on Persepolis, the animated film based on the graphic novel of the same name by Marjane Satrapi.  The film (and the book) is the autobiographical story of a young girl growing up in revolutionary Iran.  You can learn more about the film here, and listen to the author being interviewed on Kboo here.  There's also more about the film from Amin Farzanefar at this site.

On the Global Waterfront

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Sun, 01/27/2008

 Susan Erem, co-author of On the Global Waterfront: The Fight to Free the Charleston 5, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the longshoremen of South Carolina were prosecuted on trumped-up charges of inciting a riot, and how, with international labor support, they were victorious.  Bill and Susan discuss the political forces at play in the case.  More about the book here.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 28, 2008

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Sun, 01/27/2008

 Here is the January 28 show in its entirety.  Hosted by Tom Becker, it includes these segments, which can be heard individually by clicking on them.

1.  Algernon Alston and Bill Resnick discuss race, poverty, and the sinking economy.  

2.  The African Film Festival going on in Februrary is discussed by PC Peri and the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.

3.  Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris give us the scoop on Persepolis, a film about an Iranian girl growing up in the midst of the Iranian revolution.

4.  Bill Resnick interviews Suzan Eram about her  book On the Global Waterfront.  It's a success story of international labor support.   

Additional information and links will be found at the web pages for  each of these segments.  

  • Title: OMV 1_28_08
  • Length: 53:54 minutes (49.35 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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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