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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4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams
 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/14

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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 18, 2014

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

Air date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

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

Audio

All About the WTO

program date: 
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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program date: 
Sun, 03/30/2008

 Larry Bowlden reviews Connie May Fowler's 1997 novel Before Women Had Wings.  

A Radical for Obama

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program date: 
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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program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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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program date: 
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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program date: 
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"?  

 

Economic Meltdown?

program date: 
Sun, 03/16/2008

 The economy seems  to be melting down--but it has nothing to do with the production of goods and services, only with high finance.  This crisis is brought to you by business men who refuse to trust other busness men--because the all know they're all lying.  This from Bill Black, formerly a Federal bank examiner and now a writer on business and finance.  He talks with Bill Resnick in this illuminating interview.  Black is the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One.

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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