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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 23, 2013

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Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

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Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

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Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

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Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
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How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

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Capitalism and Climate Change

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Mon, 06/30/2014
A healthy economy is one that is growing; but how long can a healthy planet sustain a growing economy?  In a recent blog post, Alyssa Röhricht lays out the contradiction between capitalism and the survival of life on Earth.  Tom Becker reads it for us.  

Book Mole: "Now Is the Hour"

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Mon, 06/30/2014
The Old Mole's Literary Critic Larry Bowlden review  Portland writer Tom Spanbauer's 2006 coming of age novel Now Is the Hour about a boy growing up and away from his small hometown.  Larry finds that Spanbauer "captures both the humor and the heartache of trying to grow up into one's sexuality, especially when faced with criticism on almost all fronts."  
More of Larry's find reviews can be found here.  

Radical Musicology: Fred Ho

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Mon, 06/30/2014
Today's Old Mole features the music of Fred Ho, composer, saxophonist, writer, and radical political activist who died in April.  In this segment, we hear some of the musical selections played on the show, the first with an introduction by Ho himself.  These are followed by a conversation with the Mole's radical musicologist Brad Duncan and Joe Clement in which they explore his music and his life and politics.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 30, 2014

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Mon, 06/30/2014


Tom Becker hosts this latest report from the Old Mole, and we hear about threats to privatize our Postal Service; the contradiction between capitalism and a survivable planet; a novel about coming of age in a small town; and the music and radical politics of saxophonist Fred Ho who died recently.  

You can hear the whole show by using the play button below.  To hear individual segments, follow the links below.  You can keep up with us on Facebook -- become our friend and receive links to shows and other interesting stuff.  Or leave a comment in the comment section on this page.  

1.  Letter carrier Willy Goshell talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what is lost if the postal service is privatized.  

2.  Tom Becker reads a piece by Alyssa Röhricht on how a capitalism's imperative to grow threatens our planet's doom.  

3. Larry Bowlden reviews local author Tom Spanbauer's novel about growing up and away from a small town.  

4.  Radical Musicologist Brad Duncan reviews the life and politics of Fred Ho in conversation with Joe Clement.





Communist Party of Cascadia

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Mon, 06/23/2014
Joe Clement speaks with two communist organizers, Stephanie Martin and Daniel Frontino Elash, about their plans to hold a meeting at Central Library 801 SW 10th (and Yamhill) on Monday June 23rd from 6-7pm in the US Bank Room. They are calling for local independent communists and fellow travellers to attend and confer about forming a Communist Party of Cascadia (Facebook Page). In this short interview, they discuss why they both consider themselves communists, why they are appealing to "organically class conscious" members of the working-class, and their one "litmus test': do you think the bankers should be put in jail for their crimes against the people.
  • Title: CPC
  • Length: 4:46 minutes (4.37 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Yong Zhao on Neoliberal Education in the Chinese and American Contexts

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Mon, 06/23/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Yong Zhao about high-stakes testing and related neoliberal education paradigms in China, and why there is resistance to it. They consider the danger of narrowing education with definitions of success tied to tests and quantifiable methods.

Yong Zhao teaches at the University of Oregon, in the College of Education, and maintains a blog.
  • Length: 16:46 minutes (6.72 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: Orange is the New Black Season 2

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Mon, 06/23/2014
Frann Michel and Iven Hale take a second critical look at the latest season of Orange is the New Black (click here to hear season one review). They discuss its potential merit, including just increasing the exposure of the prison industrial complex in popular culture, but find that it has strayed from effective commentary on the state of mass incarceration, queer or race issues it seemed like it might offer.  Some relevant links available here.
  • Title: OITNBS2
  • Length: 12:19 minutes (4.94 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

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Mon, 06/23/2014

Joe Clement hosts this episode about neoliberal education in the Chinese context, the latest season of Orange is the New Black, We Are BRAVE (a reproductive rights & justice project aimed at serving women of color), and a proposed Communist Party of Cascadia.
You can visit our main show page for more information about the Old Mole, friend or follow us on Facebook, or contact us with comments, suggestions, and solidarity at oldmolevarietyhour <at> gmail dot com.
  • Title: OMVHJune232014
  • Length: 55:07 minutes (22.08 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Checking in on Border Checkpoints

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Mon, 06/16/2014

Jan Haaken talks with Sophie Smith of People Helping People about their work with No More Deaths providing aid to migrants near the Us-Mexico border, and monitoring US Border Patrol Interior Checkpoints. They discuss the militarization of the border through the 1990s Operation Gatekeeper, Operation Hold the Line , and Operation Safeguard "prevention through deterrence" policies, as well as the post-9/11 increase in surveillance that affects citizens as well as migrants. And they look ahead to upcoming actions.

Primer on Iraq

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Mon, 06/16/2014
Bill Resnick reviews the players in current events, including the fundamentalist ISIS and secular Baathists, united for the moment against the corrupt Maliki government, but unlikely to remain united; he considers the questions of regional partition and resource control; and he touches on the seeming futility of Western left activism on this in the short term, and the importance of pursuing the long term struggle for global social change.

Here are some additional links for information on recent events in Iraq, from Portside, Socialist Worker, Jadaliyya, Worker's Action, Counterpunch, Kasama Project.

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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