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).

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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

Air date: 
Mon, 11/10/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Today the Moles  reflect  on the Obama victory: its impact on black folks and the left’s response: euphoria, high hopes, and the advice he’s  getting on health care,  unions, the environment, as well as worries about his first appointments.   We’ll also hear  a  tribute to the late Studs Terkel.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/03/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

 

Bill Resnick looks at the entrenched forces in the US policy making apparatus that will challenge the new President -- like the Federal Reserve,  the army, and the dominant role in Congress of conservative Democrats.  Denise Morris interviews an activist from Dicentra, a Portland  area collective that creates radical communities of care, networks of support, and  movements based on relationship building and collective narratives  from our lives. 


Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 10/27/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On this show, the Moles  consider the significance of nationalizing banks, as the US Government is now planning to do.  We also hear from  two Minnesota student  activists who locked themselves to the gate of a weapons  factory to stop arms shipments  to Iraq.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/20/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/20/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On today's Old Mole Variety Hour, Priya Kandaswamy, Professor of Women's Studies at Portland State University, explains  how so-called “welfare reform” has  made  it harder for poor women to escape from domestic violence.  We also get some historical context for bank nationalizations and who they benefit, and we hear about some labor struggles going on at Western Washington University  in Vancouver. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/13/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/13/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins from the Institute for Policy Studies about a real recovery plan that would revive the enconomy, support working people, and lead to new and green forms of production.   Jan Haaken interviews Megan Brooker,  an organizer of the Winter Soldier Conference, about the impact of war on mental health.  And Tom Becker explores the significance of Columbus Day.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/06/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/06/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Green Jobs for All as a response to two crises: climate and recession

After the bail-out: Supervising Paulson and the US Treasury; insuring the money is not wasted on the rich; preparing for upcoming financial dislocations and economic recession; and building strength in the new Congress and administration for a real recovery package, including Green Jobs for All.  
 
With Kate Gordon of the national organization Green Jobs For All, and local activist/leader Barbara Byrd of the Apollo Alliance.
 
Also on the Mole a review of the new film opening in Portland, "The Battle of Seattle." 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/29/08

Air date: 
Mon, 09/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Does the financial meltdown spell the end of conservative economics?

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, we ask whether the financial collapse and the government bailout spells the end of  conservative economics.  Bill Resnick talks with Mark Engler, author of How to Rule the World: The Battle For the Global Economy (available as a gift for calling in during the show with a KBOO membership pledge).  We’ll also hear from local organizers of the Oregon Fair Trade Coalition and the Cross Border Organizing Committee about the Rural Organizing Project’s effort to defeat the Sizemore anti-immigrant ballot initiative.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/22/08

Air date: 
Mon, 09/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Moles discuss the financial crisis and Sarah Palin and the Christian Right.

Get the Moles’ underground  analysis  of the current financial crisis as Bill Resnick  interviews John Miller from the Union of Radical Political Economists (URPE), and Tom Becker  reads from The  Nation’s William Greider.  Also on the show, Jan Haaken will be talking with Cynthia Burack about  Sarah Palin and the Christian Right.  Burack is the author  of Sin, Sex and Democracy: Anti-Gay Rhetoric and the Christian Right.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/15/08

Air date: 
Mon, 09/15/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Politics and Music of War and Peace

Listen to the Old Mole Variety hour Monday morning at 9:00 to hear the music of Victor Jara and learn about his life.  You’ll also find out what progressives can do to build popular support for a more peaceful foreign policy and why the Democrats are always playing defense against the Republican attack machine.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/08

Air date: 
Mon, 09/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Moles discuss immigration issues and saving the city and the planet one neighborhood at a time

Luz María Gordillo will be your host, interviewing Chicana Rusty Barceló of the University of Minnesota.  Denise Morris will be talking with Amelia Cates from the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee about strategies for defeating the anti immigration measure on the ballot this November.  And Bill Resnick talks with two local gardening experts about sustainable gardening that can make every neighborhood a park. 

Audio

Book Mole: All The Light We Cannot See

program date: 
Mon, 09/29/2014
Larry Bowlden reviews Anthony Doerr's "All The Light We Cannot See".
  • Length: 5:57 minutes (5.45 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour for September 29, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 09/29/2014
 
Bill Resnick hosts this episode the focuses on War and Peace. We hear:



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  • Title: OMVH09292014
  • Length: 57:26 minutes (52.59 MB)
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Climate Change and the United Nations

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program date: 
Mon, 09/22/2014
What are governments doing, and not doing, about climate change, and what can we expect from the UN Summit Conference on Climate Change this week?  Janet Redman, who studies and writes about climate policy at the Institute for Policy Studies, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how neoliberal governments are relying more and more on the private, profit-making sector to solve problems only governments, led by their citizens, can solve. 
(Photo: lewishamdreamer/Flickr)

Report from Flood Wall Street

program date: 
Mon, 09/22/2014
Sunday's big Climate Change March was followed up on Monday with a more militant action, Flood Wall Street at which a hundred arrests were made.  In this Old Mole exclusive, Jan Haaken talks in real time with Diana Rempe, a Portland community psychologist, as she walks in this demonstration.  

Climate and the Logic of Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 09/22/2014
Some liberal economists have suggested that stopping climate change is an easy fix: it would be good for the economy, and we have the technology.  But that ignores the political question of who controls the policy making institutions, as Rob Urie argues in this article from CounterPunch, read for us here by Tom Becker.  Climate Change “is a problem created by the ‘approach to the world’ that is capitalism.” Photo Credit: Mother Earth News.

A People's Movement Assembly in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 09/22/2014
Inspired by the World Social Forum in Port Alegre, Brazil in 2005, community organizing movements have formed around the world and throughout the US.  One of them is the Pacific Nortwest Social Forum which will be holding a People's Movement Assembly here in Portland this weekend -- 9/26-9/28.  More information here.   Two of its organizers, Rosalinda Nguyen and Edgar Franks, talk here with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the event and the movement.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 22, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 09/22/2014

As "world leaders" meet at the UN to discuss climate change and 400 thousand march for action in New York and here in Portland, today's Old Mole, hosted by Tom Becker, discuss the prospects for change the leaders ignore: action from the grass roots.  Here are links to the show's segments; or you can use the play button to hear the whole show.  

1.  Janet Redman of the Institute for Policy Studies talks with Bill Resnick about governments' turn to the private sector for solutions.

2.  Direct from the streets of New York at Sunday's big march, Diana Rempe tells Jan Haaken what's going on.

3.  Tom Becker reads Rob Urie's piece about climate and the logic of capitalism.

4.  Two organizers talk with Jan Haaken about the People's Movement Assembly coming up this weekend in Portland.  

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Book Mole: Sarah Paretskey's "Bleeding Kansas"

program date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014
Larry Bowlden reviews Sara Paretsky's "Bleeding Kansas". Giving it high marks, Larry explains the historical background of the title and contextualizes the story in Paretsky's larger body of work that's tended to focus on not so subtle political and social issues through her brazened feminist detective character V.I. Warshawski.

Old Mole Variety Hour September 15

program date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014


Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

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  • Title: OMVH09152014
  • Length: 56:56 minutes (52.13 MB)
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Pat O'Herron on Climate Change and Public Health

program date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Pat O'Herron about climate change and public health. They consider how changing weather patterns, rising oceans, acidification and desertification, as well as pollution, change the conditions for illness and death. They address collapse in both "the natural environment" and human infrastructure. O'Herron does not end on a completely sour note though, and shows how knowledge of these dangers and present afflictions points the way to dealing with them.

Pat O'Herron is an emergency room physician based in Salem and on the board of directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
  • Length: 20:06 minutes (18.41 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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