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 for April 28

Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Women's prisons in Oregon, wrongful convictions, working class poets, and progressive politics in CA

Tom Becker hosts this show, and this is what we will hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21

Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this special EARTH DAY show, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

Audio

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.

Movie Moles on Omar (2013)

program date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014
Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar, about life on both sides of the occupation wall. They note the film's exploration of the intimate power relations of occupied and occupier, the initial optimism of its title character, the complexities of trust and betrayal both personal and political, and the temptations of the promise of a sweet life.

Musician's Union Goes Solar

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014
The Musicians' Union has installed solar panels on its building, and to celebrate, they are throwing a party with music, food, and drink this Sunday, August 17, 3-7 pm, 325 NE 20th Ave.  We hear Bill Resnick talking with Pat Oherron, a Portland surgeon and emergency room physician who did much of the organizing and planning to get the solar panels installed.  For more information, click here.  

Six Thousand Years of Solar Energy

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014
Solar energy goes back a long ways.  In this conversation with physicist John Perlin and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, we learn just how far back -- to the ancient Chinese and the Romans.  With today's technology, solar power is ready to generate nearly all of our electricity.  John Perlin is the author, most recently, of Let It Shine: The Six-Thousand Year Story of Solar Energy.

Dying By Two Degrees

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014
Writing in News Junkie Post, Dady Chery lays out the consequences for the planet of continuing on the energy path we are now on.  Tom Becker reads.  

Book Mole: "Orphan Train"

program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014
As late as1939, orphans from eastern cities were taken west by train to be offered up for adoption to farmer and others, and often they were abused.  Christina Baker Kline's new novel, The Orphan Train is about the friendship that develops between two such orphans, one in her late teens, the other in her nineties.  Larry Bowlden gives us his take on it.  
You can read more reviews from Larry here

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 11, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014

Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole as we explore climate change, solar energy, rape and the criminal justice system, and a novel about orphans being sent west to work.  We also hear fine, politically intelligent music from local singer - songwriter Dave Rovics.  
To hear the whole show (including the music), use the play button below.  To hear individual pieces, follow these links. Please become our friend on Facebook, and feel free to comment on our work or suggest topics for us to cover.  

1.  Bill Resnick talks with Pat Oherron about the solar panels on the Musicians Union Hall and the party this Sunday to celebrate.  

2.  Physicist John Perlin talks with Bill about the long history and the promising future of solar energy.

3.  Tom Becker reads Dady Chery's article on where current energy production is taking us.  

4.  The Left and the Law takes up "rape kits" as a tool for convicting the real perpetrator of rape.  

5.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Orphan Train, a new novel based on history, by Christina Baker Kline.  


Beyond Liberalism

program date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014

Clayton Morgareidge argues for why we need to "learn to see passed liberalism" and why "we must join and form and nurture political organizations that aim at transforming the capitalist and militarist system of power, which now governs our lives." He does this after admitting the many points of agreement between socialists, anti-capitalists, and liberals about poverty, inequality, war, racism, sexism, etc. He explains the problems of liberalism in terms of fetishizing moral persuasion before the power structures of state and corporate capital.

Clayton draws from Robin Marie Averbeck's Jacobin article Why I Am Not A Liberal. The song after Clayton is from a single released by Mischief Brew in 2013, "Free Radical Radio Fever".

  • Title: BeyondLiberalism
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 9:33 minutes (8.75 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: Snowpiercer

program date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014
Frann Michel and Iven Hale review the film, Snowpiercer, currently playing in Portland at the not-for profit Hollywood theater, and available as video-on-demand for home viewing.

Loosely based on a French graphic novel of the same title, and co-written by Kelly Masterson and director Bong Joon-ho, Snowpiercer is the first (mostly) English-language film directed by South Korean Bong, whose earlier films include the 2006 monster movie The Host.

The premise of Snowpiercer is that an attempted technological fix for global warming has led to a massive ice age, and the only survivors are those on a perpetually moving train that circumnavigates the globe. The first-class passengers are in the front cars, while the tail section is filled with the poor who jumped on without tickets. Guards arrive at intervals to provide protein blocks for subsistence and sometimes take away children, or adults with useful skills.

The latest in a series of rebellions is led by Curtis, played by Chris Evans, and the rebels move forward several cars to the prison section where they free Namgoong Minsu, the man who built the doors dividing each car, and Namgoong frees his daughter Yona. (They are played by Song Kang-ho and Go Ah-sung, respectively, who also played father and daughter in he Host). By bribing Nam with the drug Kronol, and by fighting their way through variously defended and variously decorated sections of the train, the rebels manage to approach the engine. . . .

They discuss the film as an allegory of capitalism, and as addressing inequality more obviously than exploitation, how the film portrays the crisis inherent to capitalism, whether there is an alternative, and the figurative way the film's ending offers

They note it has a great cast but is another instance of characters of color relegated to secondary roles, and it
barely passes the Bechdel test.

It seems more optimistic with a figurative reading, or if you fancy the end of humanity.

But it's great visually, and worth  seeing.


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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