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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.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity, same sex intimate partner violence

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
Old Mole Variety Hour



Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews and news

Today on the Old Mole
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson on the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Larry Bowlden reviews a memoir entitled "Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile (gen TEAL ee), Director of Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 

Audio

Kathi Weeks: debunking utopianism's critics

program date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014
Joe Clement brings Kathi Weeks back on the show to talk about another chapter in her book The Problem With Work: marxism, feminism, antiwork politics, and postwork imaginaries: utopianism. Kathi describes both realistic and deliberately unrealistic invocations of the utopianism, various ways of articulating utopianism (critical utopias, ironic anti-utopianism, utopian demands), and the push and pull between crusaders and critics of utopianism.

Kathi Weeks is a professor of Women's Studies at Duke University.
  • Title: KathiWeeksUtopia
  • Length: 20:24 minutes (18.68 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day Special 2014

program date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014


Joe Clement hosts this labor day special, which features conversations about reducing the work week and having real power in society as workers, challenging stagnant norms in union organizing, the problem with work and utopianism. We also hear clips of political humor in honor of the late Robin Williams.
Click on the links above for individual segments that you can share, or click the play button below to hear the whole show, including music and political comedy by Robin Williams. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Email us with comments, requests or suggestions, or if you'd like to contribute to the show at oldmolevarietyhour-AT-gmail.com.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 57:35 minutes (79.07 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Who Stole the 4-hour Work Day?

program date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014
Joe Clement and Nathan Schneider discuss an article he wrote recently for Vice Magainze that asks "who stole the 4-hour work day". The consider different rationales for reducing the work week, the social and psychological damage of working too much, its long past stretching back to the American Revolution, as well as how the aspiration fueled the labor movement during its most powerful period before WWII. This conversation contains a few extra minutes that did not air during the live broadcast.

Nathan Schneider is a journalist whose articles appear in Harpers, The New York Times, and Chronicle of Higher Education. He is also an editor of Waging Nonviolence, and maintains his own blog The Row Boat.

Kristian Williams on Our Enemies in Ferguson

program date: 
Tue, 08/26/2014

Bill Resnick interviews Kristian Williams about policing in Ferguson. Williams is the author of several books on state violence, including Our Enemies in Blue , which argues that the role of the police is to enforce social inequality. Noting that Michael Brown's killing by a police officer is sadly typical, Williams traces to the social protests of the 1960s both the the militarization of the police and the corollary development of community policing, meant to develop networks in neighborhoods so as to rely less on violence and more on alliances with community leaders. He notes that the military now looks at domestic policing as a model for counterinsurgency overseas. He describes the broken windows theory of policing, which assumes small infractions are precursors to more serious crime or social disorder, and treats them as opportunities for police to assert their full authority. In practice this creates in disempowered communities a reservoir of underlying grievances and resentment of police and what they stand for, but authorities find it easier to police those who are less likely to fight back with lawsuits. Thus policing preserves inequality through structural as well as ideological racism and class power. They discuss Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's essay "The Coming Race War Won't Be About Race,"  and consider the usefulness for the ruling class to divide the oppressed, pitting the middle class against the poor, and in other ways fracturing the potential solidarity of dominated groups.

Organizing Against Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014

Clayton Morgareidge discusses the kind of movement needed to challenge inequality and save the environment. Noting that neoliberalism rationalizes plutocracy and the security apparatus needed to put down rebellions against the elites, Clayton draws on an essay by Sam Gindin in Jacobin . He stresses that austerity and environmental catastrophism do not motivate organizing for change, and highlights the importance of reckoning with state power--not just protesting, but remaking the state. Although we need to appreciate the differences that led to the development of identity politics, he argues that only by forging alliances based on class can we successfully address the tasks before us.

Iven Hale on Depression

program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014

In light of the recent death of Robin Williams, Iven Hale reflects on depression and suicide. Statistics indicate a global epidemic of depression, although those figures work in the interests of the pharmaceutical industry. While medication can be life changing and life saving for those suffering this genuine and physical as well as mental illness, Iven questions the risk that the Western medical model poses to alternative cultural and political traditions of suicide. Sharing stories drawn from personal and familial experience as well as from her work as a mental health professional and social worker, Iven raises questions about the obligation of mental health professionals to stop people who are suffering from killing themselves, and about whether those who end their lives are never in their right minds. She challenges the social criticism of both depression and suicide, and emphasizes sufferers' resiliency and dignity.


Old Mole Variety Hour 25 August 2014

program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014


This episode is hosted by Tom Becker, and features reflections on class war, police violence, challenging capitalism, and addressing depression and suicide.

Tom reads from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's controversial comments on the role of class in Ferguson.

Bill Resnick interviews Kristian Williams about the events in Ferguson.

Clayton Morgareidge discusses Unmaking Capitalism.

In light of the recent death of Robin Williams, Iven Hale reflects on depression and suicide.

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  • Title: OldMole25August2014
  • Length: 56:57 minutes (26.07 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

WRR: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Class War

program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014


Tom Becker reads from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race" on events in Ferguson and the problem of inequality.

Dana Frank on Honduras

program date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014

Bill Resnick talks about Honduras with historian Dana Frank, who teaches at UC Santa Cruz, and has published a number of books on labor history, Latin America, and economic nationalism, as well as many articles in journals including the Nation, Foreign Affairs, and Politico .

They discuss how the results of the latest US-backed coup in Honduras is driving children to emigrate northwards, and they consider the problems of corruption, the interconnections of the government and drug organizations, and the violence of military and police when they are not held responsible for their acts. Frank notes that children are not similarly fleeing from Nicaragua, where the Sandinista legacy means that state power is held more responsible to community needs. Similarly, the new government in El Salvador offers hope. But the purported immigration crisis in the US is being used to justify further funding for the Honduran military and police.

Frank recommends that listeners contact their US Senators and representatives, many of whom have been responsive to voter demands to end funding for the Honduran military. She also suggests listeners can get involved with groups in the Honduras Solidarity Network, which in Portland include PCASC.

Militarized Police

program date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014

Frann Michel shares selections from left commentary on the militarization of policing in light of the police killing of the unarmed young African-American Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the ensuing protests and police riots. A version of her comments, with links to sources, can be found here.

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