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.

You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

Coming Soon

Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/11/13

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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Air date: 
Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/17/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/17/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

Iven Hale hosts this next episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/26/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Wal-Mart Strikes, Movie Review: Argo

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Nelson Lichtenstein about the Black Friday strikes and growing resistance to Wal-Mart.
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, review Argo.

Audio

KBOO Panel Discussion: The Inconvenient Truth Behind 'Waiting For Superman' - Part 1

Listen to Part 1 of our March 13th event, KBOO at the Clinton: The Inconvenient Truth Behind "Waiting for Superman" of our panel discussion on Portland's troubled education landscape.


Host: Bill Resnick, Old Mole Variety Hour

Guest Speakers:

Gwen Sullivan, Middle School Teacher now President of the PAT, with two children in PPS
Elizabeth Thiel, Madison High School English and Oregon Save Our Schools, with two children in PPS
Steve Buel, former teacher and Portland School Board member
Jeff Kippelman, PPS Substitute teacher and KBOO Board member
Sekai Edwards, Jefferson High School student and member of the Portland Student Union
Jose Padin, Portland State University Professor

Part 2 can be found here: 
http://kboo.fm/content/kboopaneldiscussiontheinconvenienttruthbehindwaiting

Building the Labor Movement

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 Rick McGuire is a Portland carpenter and labor activist working to build a cross-trades movement.  He talks with Bill Resnick about the need for unions and  about a benefit celebration coming up Saturday, February 23, at the Musicians Hall, SE 20th and Sandy, 7:00 pm. 

 

The Well-Read Red Reads C.L.R. James

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 Our Well-read Red Frann Michel reviews the life and work of activist, social theorist and writer C.L.R. James.  You can read this piece at Frann's blog.

Race and Reparations

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 A conversation between Laurie Mercier and Andrew Valls, political  science professor at Oregon State University, about the best way to argue for the justice of reparations for  African Americans.  

Short Story: El Pichis

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 Luz María Gordillo reads another in her series  of short stories  about the Mexican immigrant experience, "El Pichis".  These stories are based on extensive interviews with immigrants.

Teens and the Internet

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 Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with Corinna de Gennaro of the Berkman Center about her research on how young people use the internet and what internet users do to protect the freedom  of the web from corporate and government control.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 25, 2008

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 Today's show, hosted by Laurie Mercier, recognizes the last week of Black History Month with a discussion of reparations and race, and a review of the life and work of C.L.R. James.  Also on the show are a short story about Mexican immigrants and a  conversation about teens, freedom, and the internet.  You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow on this page, or go to to individual pieces and more info about them by clicking on the links below.

1.  The Well-Read Red (Frann Michel) reads C.L.R. James.

2.  Andrew Valls, editor of the book Race and Racism in Modern Philosophy, talks with Laurie Mercier about arguments for reparations for African-Americans.

3.  Luz María Gordillo reads "El Pichis", latest in her series of short stories about Mexican immigrants.

4.  Teens, freedom and the internet are discussed by researcher Corinna de Gennaro and the Old Mole's 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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