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

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/29/13

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Mon, 04/29/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Consumerism, Labor History, Syria, Guns, and Freedom

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Clayton Morgareidge hosts this action packed show covering the situation in Syria, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Conference coming up in Portland, getting over and beyond consumerism as the basis for social life, and gun violence and gun legislation.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/22/13

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Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Green Syndicalism, Steady State Economics, A Practical Utopians Guide, Food-Stamps for All

Joe Clement hosts this special Earth Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/15/13

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Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles: 42, WRR: Chris Hani, Left and the Law on punitive laws, attacks on social security

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Movie Moles review the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. For those too young to remember, Robinson was a pioneering black baseball player for the Dogers, a member of the Republican Party, and collaborater with HUAC in the 1950s.
  • Well-read Red, Alan Wieder commerates the 20th Anniversiary of the assassination of South African freedom fighter and communist Chris Hani.
  • The Left and the Law discuss Oregon prisons and punitive laws in response to budget crises.
  • Bill Resnick talks about attacks on social security.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/01/13

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Mon, 04/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Labor Law for the Rank and filer, high-stakes testing, "The End of San Francisco" author-interview

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/25/13

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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capitalism, democracy and the internet; hunger; and music.

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Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/18/13

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Mon, 03/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Federal Budget, drone commentary, Noam Chomsky

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks about the dueling federal budget proposals.
  • Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary about drones and the government targetting of its own citizens
  • Tom Becker reads an essay by Noam Chomsky.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/11/13

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Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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What's next for Venezuelans, republican critique of wage-slavery, Movie Review: Snitch, left press

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/18/13

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Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Soccer and Israeli bigotry, Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Big Pharma, and rethinking psychiatry films

 

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/11/13

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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 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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Squeezing the Poor

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Sun, 04/27/2008

 Jared Bernstein is the author of Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed? (And Other Unsolved Economic Mysteries).  An economist at the Economic Policy Institute, he explains to Bill Resnick and to you why we're all feeling poorer these days--especially those who were poor to begin with.  Bernstein will be  speaking at Powell's  on Wednesday at 7:30.   

 

May Day & the ILWU

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Sun, 04/27/2008

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has a long history of  struggling for justice and workers' rights.  Bill Resnick talks with two of its  representatives.  Craig  Merrilees, director of communications reviews  the history of this important union.  Peter Parks is chief  organizer  of ILWU May Day activities planned for May 1 here in Portland, including a ceremony at noon protesting the war in Iraq on the Eastside Esplanade between the Burnside Bridge and the Steel Bridge.  For more information, click here.  

Pier Paolo Pasolini

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Sun, 04/27/2008

 Pier Paolo Pasolini  was legendary Italian film director, novelist, and political  activist highly regarded by the European and American left.  He  is best known in the US for his naturalistic portrayal of Jesus in his 1964 film "The Gospel According to St. Matthew."  Old  Mole Jan Haaken talks with Professor  Angela Porcarelli about  his  work and his political philosophy. 

ABC of Racism

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Sun, 04/20/2008

 What is the hidden race card played by ABC news in moderating the debate last weekend between Obama and Clinton?  Old Mole Laurie Mercier  explains.

Race and Racism: Beyond Obama

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Sun, 04/20/2008

How more can progressives say about racism in the US that goes deeper than the issues of discrimination that have surfaced in the discussion of the Obama campaign?  Three  Moles have a roundtable discussion: Denise Morris, Laurie Mercier, and Luz María Gordillo.

How To Rule the World

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Sun, 04/20/2008

 What lies beyond the Clinton era "soft" imperialism and the Bush era "hard" imperialism?  Journalist, activist, and policy analyst Mark Engler  talks  with Bill Resnick.  Engler is the author  of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy.  He  will be speaking at  In Other Words Bookstore, 8 NE Killingsworth, this Wednesday, April 23, at  7:00pm.  His work is archived at  http://democracyuprising.com/ .

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21 2008

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Sun, 04/20/2008

 Hosted by Denise Morris, this program deals with the Global Food Crisis, Racism in and beyond the Presidential campaign, and the future of US Foreign Policy.  You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual pieces by clicking on the links below.  

1. Why are people starving when the world produces more food than we could all eat?  The author of "Stuffed and Starved" explains.

2.  Laurie Mercier reveals the racist card up the sleeves  of the ABC moderators of the debate between Obama and Clinton.

3.  Race and Racism  beyond Obama:  Three Moles discuss how progressives can get to the deeper issues  of structural racism.  

4.   How to Rule the World: A foreign policy analyst talks with Bill Resnick about the differences between soft and hard imperialsm and how to go beyond both of them.  

  • Title: OMV 4_21_08
  • Length: 53:27 minutes (24.47 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

The Ludlow Massacre

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Tue, 04/15/2008

 Ninety-four years ago this week, there was war in Colorado between coal miners and a Rockefeller mining company backed by the US government and the State of Colorado.  It ended in the Ludlow Massacre.   Tom Becker reads Howard Zinn's account from his People's  History of the United States.

From Ludlow to Colombia

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Tue, 04/15/2008

Replaying the events  in Ludlow in 1914, the government of Colombia and its paramilitaries attack agricultural workers who try to organize for better pay and working conditions.  Dan Jaffee reads from an article by David Sirota.

Why We Hate Taxes

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Sun, 04/13/2008

 Taxes are due this week, so Bill Resnick and Mike  Leachman discuss why people hate paying taxes even though we wall need services they pay for.  Michael Leachman is a policy analyst at the Oregon Center for Public Policy, which does in-depth research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues with the goal to improve decision making and generate more opportunities for all Oregonians. You can read more by him 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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