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 on 09/08/14

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Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day 2014

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Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/14

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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 18, 2014

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

Air date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

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

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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

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

Audio

The Old Mole Variety Hour for July 27, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015
Tom Becker hosts the show and we learn about how agroecology can help save the planet and feed the people; about the life of early Chinese immigrants to Canada; why socialism, far from being boring, will unleash human creativity; and about the history and politics of parole and parole boards.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow the numbered links. You can also keep up with the Mole by liking us on Facebook.

1. Bill Resnick talks with economist Frederick Mousseau about the promise of agroecology.

2.. Larry Bowlden reviews China Dog and Other stories from a Chinese Laundry, by Judy Fong Bates.

3.  Why Socialism Will Not Be Boring: a Jacobin piece by Danny Katch read here in edited form by Clayton Morgareidge.

4.  Left & the Law: Parole and parole boards: their history and current politics.

The Promise of Agroecology

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Mon, 07/27/2015


Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with Frédéric Mousseau about agroecology: farming, ecology, and food. Mousseau is the Policy Director at the Oakland Institute where he coordinates the Institute’s research and advocacy activities on land investment, food security and agriculture. He has conducted numerous reviews and studies on food and agriculture and authored many reports and articles on these issues. Trained as an economist, Frederic has worked as a staff member and consultant for international relief agencies for nearly two decades, including Action Against Hunger, Doctors Without Borders, and Oxfam International.

"China Dog and Other Stories..."

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Mon, 07/27/2015
Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews China Dog and Other stories from a Chinese Laundry, by Judy Fong Bates. As in her perceptive and wise debut novel Midnight at the Dragon Cafe,  Bates describes what it was like to grow up between two cultures. Her Chinese parents want very much for her to succeed in her Canadian home, but they also want her to keep to Chinese traditions and worry that she is becoming too Canadian. How to balance between the demands of the  lo fons (white ghost people) and the hopes and dreams of her parents? Each short story another chapter in that struggle.

For more of Larry's reviews, go here.

Tenants Union: Fight Your Landlord And Win!

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Mon, 07/20/2015
Joe Clement reads a pamphlet produced by Buffalo Class Action (a Buffalo, New York area anarchist political organization) about the political situation of the for-profit housing system and the power that tenants have to challenge and ultimately transform it, if and when they act collectively. You can find a written version that you can print out and distribute as a 4-page pamphlet by going HERE. At the end, Joe also sings an original banjo song about worker and tenant power. [Image credit: libcom.org]
  • Length: 9:35 minutes (8.77 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Portland Association of Teachers: building the schools students deserve

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Mon, 07/20/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Gwen Sullivan of the Portland Association of Teachers, the union representing the teachers of Portland Public Schools. They discuss developments and implementation of their latest contract, settled last year after the union voted to go on strike with strong support from the students and broader community, and how they have been building the schools Portland students deserve.
  • Length: 19:39 minutes (17.98 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Reading: Hope In the Dark

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Mon, 07/20/2015
Tod Sloan reads from Rebecca Solnit's "Hope In The Dark", here's just a snippet:

"Causes and effects assumes history marches forward, but history is not an army. It is a crab scuttling sideways, a drip of soft water wearing away stone, an earthquake breaking centuries of tension. Sometimes one person inspires a movement, or her words do decades later. Sometimes a few passionate people change the world, sometimes they start a mass movement and millions do. Sometimes those millions are stirred by the same outrage or same ideal, and change comes upon us like a change of weather.

What all these changes have in common is they begin in the imagination, in hope. To hope is to gamble-- to bet on the future, on your desires, on the possibility that open heart and uncertainty are better than gloom and safety. To hope is dangerous and yet it is the opposite of fear, for to live is to risk. I say all this to you because hope is not like a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. I say this because hope is an axe you can break down doors with in an emergency. Because hope should shove you out the door. Because it'll take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from the annihlation of the Earth's treasures, and the grinding down of the poor and marginal. Hope just means another world might be possible---not promised, not guaranteed."
  • Length: 7:33 minutes (6.91 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Brief Update on The Portland Renters Assembly

program date: 
Mon, 07/20/2015

Denise Morris interviews Old Mole and organizer, Joe Clement, about the Portland Renters Assembly. They talk briefly about what the assemblies have been about, what issues have been coming up, and how people can get involved. 

The Portland Renters Assembly has its planning meetings at KBOO on Sundays from 5-7pm. KBOO is at 20 SE 8th, between Ankeny and Burnside. To find out more or get on their mailing list, go to www.portlandrentersassembly.info

  • Length: 3:08 minutes (2.87 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Brief Update on The Portland Renters Assembly

program date: 
Mon, 07/20/2015

Denise Morris interviews Old Mole and organizer, Joe Clement, about the Portland Renters Assembly. They talk briefly about what the assemblies have been about, what issues have been coming up, and how people can get involved. 

The Portland Renters Assembly has its planning meetings at KBOO on Sundays from 5-7pm. KBOO is at 20 SE 8th, between Ankeny and Burnside. To find out more or get on their mailing list, go to www.portlandrentersassembly.info

  • Length: 3:08 minutes (2.87 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

The Old Mole Variety Hour for July 20, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 07/20/2015

Denise Morris hosts this episode and we hear:


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  • Title: OMVH07202015
  • Length: 57:08 minutes (52.31 MB)
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Education: No Cure for Poverty

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program date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015
Gordon Lafer talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about why education and training programs will not put a dent in the unemployment rate.  Lafer is a political economist at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center and the author of The Job Training Charade.

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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