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 01/09/12

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Mon, 01/09/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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instant runoff-voting, don't-ask-don't-tell, war with Iran, left press

Denise Morris host and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/19/11

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Mon, 12/19/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Report on the Occupy Movement; Myths and Realities of the Food Industry

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, on which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/05/11

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Mon, 12/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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international climate change, occupy production, homeless women & Occupy, capitalism w/o capitalists

 

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/28/11

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Mon, 11/28/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Occupational democracy, corporate personhood, and J. Edgar

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this episode of the Mole in which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/07/11

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Mon, 11/07/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Deficit commission, Left & the Law:right to assembly, movie moles: They Live, mentally ill occupiers

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/31/11

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Mon, 10/31/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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General Strike in Oakland, and where Halloween comes from

Tom Becker is our host, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/03/11

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Mon, 10/03/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Occupy Portland, Union civil war, mental health reform, death row music

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/05/11

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Mon, 09/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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working-class environmental movement, verizon strike, unpaid work & economic justice, Left & the Law

On this special Labor Day episode Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/15/11

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Mon, 08/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes, riots in London and Israel, music of riots, prison reform

On the next Old Mole, Denise Morris hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interview Lance Tapley about prison reform
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Frann Michel, talk about Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Bill comments on the uprisings in Israel and England
  • Radical Musicologists, Josh Wise and Brad Duncan, discuss the music of and surrounding riots and uprisings, samples of which we'll hear through out the show

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/08/11

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Mon, 08/08/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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taxing wealth, book mole, movie moles review If A Tree Falls, left press

On the next Old Mole, Tom Becker hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks with Sam Pizzigati about how the rich do not invest like conservatives ideologues say that they will if only we give them tax breaks, and how we need to tax their wealth, not just their income.
  • Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Sheila Kohler's "Love Child."
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb, review If A Tree Falls, a documentary about the Earth Liberation Front, a group made notorious by their retaliation against polluters and environmental exploiters.
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left Press.

Audio

Great Women Writers

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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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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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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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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." 

Films About WWII Japanese Internment

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Sun, 02/10/2008

 The director of two films about the interment of Japanese-Americans in the 1940s talks with Jan Haaken.  He is John Esaki, and the films are  "Stand Up For Justice", a drama  about a man who accompanies  his Japanese-American friends  to the camp; and "From 9066 to 9/11," a  documentary  that compares President Roosevelt's  executive  order  9066 authorizing the internments to US treatment of  Arab Americans and  residents  after  9/11.  They are both being shown at Willamette University for a Day of Remembrance  on Monday, February 18.  Details are here.  

Victory in the Writers' Strike

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Sun, 02/10/2008

The TV and Movie Writers achieved a significant victory in their three-month strike.  Bill Resnick talks with writer and Writers Guild board member Nick Kazan about how they did it.  

 

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.

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.

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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