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 11/07/11

Air date: 
Mon, 11/07/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 10/31/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 10/03/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 09/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 08/08/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/01/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
debt ceiling, economic democracy, austerity and music of the IWW

 

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick and Marty Hart Landsberg talk about the debt-ceiling and how it will affect working people.
  • Joe and Josh Eidelson talk about economic democracy
  • Frann Michel talks about austerity measures and Dennis Kucinich offers his own plan to avoid them and get out of debt.
  • Music of the Industrial Workers of the World

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/18/11

Air date: 
Mon, 07/18/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The latest from Wisconsin; Running for Teamster President; Future of the Tea Party

Laurie Mercier will host this show which includes these topics:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/04/11

Air date: 
Mon, 07/04/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
welfare & the working poor, cutting food-stamps, Church sex-abuse, the American Dream

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/27/11

Air date: 
Mon, 06/27/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
church sex-abuse, public not private goods, movie moles: tree of life, reading from the left press

 

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

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Old Mole Variety Hour for October 1, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 09/30/2007

Hosted by Luz Maria Gordillo. The Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Fran Michel analyze "Eastern Promises." Economist and global warming activist Eban Goodstein talkes with Bill Resnick about the prospects for action on reducing green house gases; and Larry Bowlden reviews Nancy Kincaid's novel "As Hot As It Was You Should Thank Me." And of course we ask for your support during our pledge drive.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 24, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 09/23/2007

Stephanie Woolhandler talks with Bill Resnick about the advantages of single-payer health plans over other proposals for "universal" coverage. Tami Dean discusses the Elysian trumpet and its place in the life of New Orleans after Katrina. Clayton Morgareidge considers the saying "It's all about choice." And we ask you to participate in our Pledge Drive. Go to the "Join Now" button at the top of this page!

All About Choice

program date: 
Sun, 09/23/2007

People sometimes say "It's all about choice." What does this mean? And is it true?

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 17, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 09/16/2007

Phyllis Bennis talks with Bill Resnick about the Petraeus report and Iraq; Tom Becker reads a piece on Bush as jihadist; Frann Michel's Well-read Red revisits Jack London's "The Iron Heel"; Bill Resnick reads from the Guardian about Israel and Iran; and Jay Thiemeyer reviews "The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia".

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 10, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 09/09/2007

Historian Marilyn Young and the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier analyze how the neo-cons have misused the history of the Viet Nam war and what we should have learned from that disaster. Brooke Jacobson reviews two forthcoming documentaries to be shown on public television. John Cameron of the Institute for Policy Studies talks with Bill Resnick about the three crises facing the global environment and how they can be confronted by popular movements. Laurie Mercier concludes with some reflections on the anniversary of 9/11 and demonstrations for peace.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 3, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 09/02/2007

In this Labor Day show, Bill Resnick and Bill Smalldone discuss the power of the German working class since World War II; Tom Becker reviews the history of Labor Day; Luz Maria Gordillo reads a short story about Mexican family whose father has crossed the border to work; and the Movie Moles Fran Michel and Jan Haaken take on "The Invasion".

The World at Our Service: Cruise Ships and the Global Division of Labor

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program date: 
Sun, 08/19/2007

How the cruise ship industry is a microcosm of the global economy.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 13, 2007

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program date: 
Sun, 08/12/2007

This program, hosted by Frann Michel, features a round table discussion about transportation issues in the Portland area with Bill Resnick and local transportation activists. Denise Morris reviews the movies about organic farming "The Real Dirt on Farmer John." Jay Thiemeyer reviews "Children of War" by P.W. Singer. The Movie Moles JanHaaken and Frann Michel review the documentary "War Made Easy."

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 6, 2007

program date: 
Mon, 08/06/2007

Today's show, hosted by Norm Diamond, features an discussion between Bill Resnick and Chris Phelps about the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) then and now. They compare student activism of the 1960s with what's going on today. Then Norm Diamond interviews novelist Fernando Goldman about his novels "The Ordinary Seaman" and "The Long Night of White Chickens". Goldman writes about Latin America and Latin Americans.

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  • Length: 58:25 minutes (23.79 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Sun, 07/29/2007

This program deals with themes of life, death, and survival: Zombie movies as a symptom of too much death-production; killing and dying in the modern military; surviving without shelter on the streets of Portland; the risks of death and rape crossing the border; and the hope that the fight for national health care might be part of a more life-oriented social order.

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  • Length: 58:09 minutes (23.66 MB)
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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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