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 for February 1

Air date: 
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
ISIS and Syria, a novel of slave times, snow and socialism, loggers and unions
Norm Diamond is our special host for this episode of the Mole, featuring the music of a new Eugene group, appropriately called Monday Morning Denial. On the show we will hear these pieces:
  • Bill Resnick and Dave Finkle will discuss the origins of ISIS, the situation in Syria, and what diplomacy may or may not be able to do to end the fighting.
  • Larry Bowlden will review Tara Conklin’s The House Girl, about a trove of paintings attributed to a south

Old Mole Variety Hour January 25th 2016

Air date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
pollution, water, tenants rights, collective action, Mining, Cowlitz Tribe


Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for January 18, 2016

Air date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Abortion politics, religion and revolution

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

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/04/16

Air date: 
Mon, 01/04/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 28, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Plans; Generosity; Mad men with guns?



Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts this episode, which includes these pieces:

Bill Resnick interviews Mike Houck and Kaitlin Lovell about Portland's latest Climate Action Plan. Mike Houck has been a member of the Planning and Sustainability Commission, and is director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute. Kaitlin Lovell is Manager of the Science, Fish and Wildlife Division for the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services. This is the first of a two-part conversation.

Old Mole Variety Hour December 21st 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Change, TPP, Race, Consumerism, workers revolution, Women's Movement, child rearing, class


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 7, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Paris talks on climate change; immigrant bashing & Islamophobia; militarization and the rush to war

Bill Resnick hosts this show, and here is what's on tap:

This week's Paris climate change talks are headed toward an international agreement that will be very weak and unenforceable at that. The Mole discusses the next steps for the climate action movements to save the planet.

Also today on the Mole, immigrant bashing and Islamophobia, and what can be done to counter and defeat the forces of scapegoating, militarization, and the rush to war.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/30/15

Air date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

http://kboo.fm/sites/default/files/episode_audio/kboo_episode.2.151130.0900.2640.mp3

Old Mole Variety Hour November 23rd 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Middle East, Syria, ISIS, Barbarisms, Paris attacks, Xenophobia, islamophobia, Bernie Sanders, Socia


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 16, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 11/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Old Mole Variety Hou
On the Old Mole today at 9:00, it’s the hundredth centennial of the
great Wobbly, Joe Hill, his assassination by the state of Utah. Portland will
have several tributes to Joe Hill this Thursday and Friday.

Audio

Rent Strike in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 01/04/2016
Joe Clement talks with Lew Church about an opinion piece he wrote for the December 23rd Portland Observer on whether Portland needs a city-wide rent strike. Lew describes tenant organizing he was part of at PSU, where they went on a rent-strike, and points out hidden history of tenant organizing both Martin Luther King and Gandhi share.

Lew is a part of Tenant Rights Project and Portland Tenants United Portland Tenants United has its meetings every Sunday from 5-7pm at KBOO.

Portland Rent Strike

program date: 
Mon, 01/04/2016
Joe Clement talks with Lew Church about an opinion piece he wrote for the December 23rd Portland Observer on whether Portland needs a city-wide rent strike. Lew describes tenant organizing he was part of at PSU, where they went on a rent-strike, and points out hidden history of tenant organizing both Martin Luther King and Gandhi share.

Lew is a part of Tenant Rights Project and Portland Tenants United Portland Tenants United has its meetingsevery Sunday from 5-7pm at KBOO.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for January 4, 2016

program date: 
Mon, 01/04/2016
Joe Clement hosts this edition of the Old Mole. On it we hear 

1.  Part Two of Bill Resnick's interview with Mike Houck and Kaitlin Lovell about Portland's Climate Action Plan;

2.  Medea Benjamin's list of ten really good things that happened in 2015 (read by Tom Becker);

3.  The Movie Moles' review of the movie "Carol"

4.  Joe's conversation with Lew Church about the Portland Tenants Union and a possible rent strike.

To hear individual segments, follow the links above. To hear the whole show, including an original song by Joe, "Pluck Old Landlord", use the play button below.

If you like the Mole on Facebook, you can see what's coming up on the Mole and find out when the shows have been posted. 
 

Resnick, Houck, and Lovell on Portland Climate Action Plan, Part One

program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015


Bill Resnick interviews Mike Houck and Kaitlin Lovell about Portland's latest Climate Action Plan. Mike Houck has been a member of the Planning and Sustainability Commission, and is director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute. Kaitlin Lovell is Manager of the Science, Fish and Wildlife Division for the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services. This is the first of a two-part conversation.

[image via wikimedia]

For an Economy of Generosity

program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015

Clayton Morgareidge discusses moving from an economy of parsimony to an economy of generosity.

[image via wikimedia]

Mass Shootings and Insanity Pleas

program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015

Frann Michel talks with Jan Haaken, director of the documentary Guilty Except for Insanity,  about questions around competency and the insanity plea in the Robert Lewis Dear case, the shooting that left three dead at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs in November. Jan comments on the history of the political use of the insanity plea as well as the role of madness--both individual and collective--in prosecution of mass killings.

[image via Guilty Except for Insanity]

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 28, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

 
Frann Michel hosts the last Old Mole episode of 2015, which features segments on climate, economy, housing, insanity, and music by Helly Luv, Nina Simone, and the Pretenders, as well as poetry by Marge Piercy. This week the theme song is performed by Jerron Blind Boy Paxton. In her introductory comments, Frann discusses calendars and the origins of the show's name.

For the whole show in one file, use the play/download button below; for individual segments, follow these links:


 Bill Resnick talks with Mike Houck & Kaitlin Lovell about the Portland Climate Plan

Clayton Morgareidge advocates an economy of generosity

Joe Clement reads about the need for a rent strike in Portland
 
Jan Haaken discusses the Planned Parenthood shooter and insanity pleas


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Portland Needs a Rent Strike

program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015


Joe Clement reads an opinion piece from December 23rd's Portland Observer  by Lew Church of Tenant Rights Project and Portland Tenants United, that suggests a city-wide rent strike is worth considering.

[image from wikipedia]

Charlie Brown Xmas Politics

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015

Joe Clement and special guest Dennis Gravy review the classic Christmas-time cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas. They consider anti-commercialism, alienation, cultural appropriation, white supremacy, and why the "workers revolution" that seems to promise an answer to Charlie Brown's problems falls flat. Dennis Gravy is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World and the Marilyn Buck Abolitionist Collective.

Image from "Free clipart"

Climate Impacts of the TPP

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015

Desiree Hellegers hosts a round table discussion on the climate impacts of the Transpacific Partnership, featuring Miya Reback, development and campaign coordinator for 350.org Portland, Kristen Sheeran, Oregon Director for Climate Solutions, and Michael Shannon, Executive Director, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign.  They also recommend the work of Renew Oregon.


image via 350.org

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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