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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

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Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/02/13

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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lifestyle Drugs, Left and the Law on Chelsea Manning, D. Graeber on jobs, labor-themed Well-read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/26/13

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Social Security, "Fruitvale Station", and money and political cynicism

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Tom Becker hosts this show featuring Bill Resnick interviewing Max Richtman about the need to defend and extend both Social Security and Medicare; our Movie Moles reviewing Fruitvale Station; Clayton Morgareidge presenting an argument from David Graeber about how deeply money controls politics and how to overcome  the  resulting cynicism from both Right and Left about politics; and Tom reading from the left press.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/19/13

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Mon, 08/19/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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People's movements for freedom, "Orange is the New Black," more on community radio

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring a hopeful discussion the rolling and global wave of people's movements for freedom, a review of the TV series about women in prison "Orange is the New Black," more of our series on community radio with Paul Roland, and  Larry Bowlden's review of Jane Smiley's recent novel "Private Life".  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/05/13

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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capital Social Relations and "economic man", South African politics, anarchist organizing

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/29/13

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Mon, 07/29/2013 - 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 on 07/22/13

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Mon, 07/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Egypt, LGBTQI workers' rights, book mole, class & workers' co-ops

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Frann Michel hosts the July 22, 2013 episode of the Mole, and we hear from

  • Bill Resnick talking with an expert on Egypt and left responses
  • Book mole Larry Bowlden reviewing Susanna Moore's novel, The Life of Objects (first published in 2012)
  • Joe Clement interviewing wobblies Adam & Daisy about the often missing or distorted class dimensions of worker-ownership schemes
  • Denise Morris talking with Yasmin Nair about anti-discrimination for lgbtq and the need to build a broader movement to fight at will labor law

 

 

Audio

Obama in PDX: a Review

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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

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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.   

Listen to this program in its entirety by clicking on the button above.  Or you can hear the separate segments by clicking on them below.  

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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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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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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?

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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.

Democratic Movements in the Middle East

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Sun, 03/09/2008

 We read little in the mainstream press about secular movements for  democracy in places like Iraq, Pakistan, and Egypt, but they are there--led by workers, women, and others.  Bill Resnick talks with anthropologist Kamran Ali who identifies some of these democratic forces and how they have been stymied by US-supported dictators. Ali teaches at the University of Texas and is on the editorial board of Middle East Reports.

Do Muslim Women Need "Saving"?

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Sun, 03/09/2008

 Today's Well-Read Red Frann Michel reviews the idea that "the war on terrorism" is a way to "save" women of the  Middle East.  You can read this review and find links to more information here.  

Can Democracy Survive War?

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Sun, 03/09/2008

Can democracy survive an open-ended, borderless war against an abstraction ("terrorism")?  Recent reports of FBI abuse of National Security Letters and increased surveillance of ordinary life make us wonder.  Clayton Morgareidge draws on Michael Hardt's and Antonio Negri's book Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire to explore these questions.  The piece ends with the song "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream" as sung by Satori, Men Singing Peace.  Their concert, "A Time for Peace," will be at the Old Church following the Saturday Rally and March.  

Portland Activists at Work

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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.

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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