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 04/01/13

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Mon, 04/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Labor Law for the Rank and filer, high-stakes testing, "The End of San Francisco" author-interview

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/25/13

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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Capitalism, democracy and the internet; hunger; and music.

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Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/18/13

Air date: 
Mon, 03/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Federal Budget, drone commentary, Noam Chomsky

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks about the dueling federal budget proposals.
  • Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary about drones and the government targetting of its own citizens
  • Tom Becker reads an essay by Noam Chomsky.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/11/13

Air date: 
Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
What's next for Venezuelans, republican critique of wage-slavery, Movie Review: Snitch, left press

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/18/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Soccer and Israeli bigotry, Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Big Pharma, and rethinking psychiatry films

 

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/11/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Air date: 
Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Audio

Chris Toensing on Iran

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program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Chris Toensing of Middle East Report about US relations with Iran, negotiations over nuclear material, and their common interests in opposing ISIS. They note Israel's interest in distracting attention from the Palestinian question as a destabilizing issue in the region; Saudi interests in avoiding acknowledging an alternative to monarchy as a form of Islamic government; and the fabrication of sectarianism as a source of conflict.

Patrick Mazza on US-China Climate talks

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program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
Patrick Mazza of Cascadia Planet talks with Bill Resnick about how the Obama administration's discussions with China on climate build on actions at the US state level, and next steps will need to come from further local actions, though the cost of solar panels is likely to drop considerably. (Preceded by some Bruce Springsteen.)

Black Friday, WalMart workers Stand Up for 15

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program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
Bill Resnick reads from Brice Covert of ThinkProgress about Walmart workers, Black Friday, the Fight for Fifteen, and he discusses the upcoming Portland action
Oregon Walmart workers stand up
November 28, 2014• 11:00 AM
Walmart• 4200 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
Host Contact Info: sarahunitedforrespect@gmail.com

Movie Moles: Dear White People

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Mon, 11/17/2014
Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss Dear White People, an independent first feature written and directed by Justin Simien; funded in part via Indiegogo, it has been a big hit at Sundance and with critics. It's currently playing in Portland at Cinema 21. Dear White People centers around the lives of four Black students at the a fictional Ivy League university. Sam (played by Tessa Thompson) runs the controversial campus radio show ‘Dear White People’ which has been accused by the administration of stirring racial tensions around the school. Troy (played by Brandon P Bell) is under pressure to succeed in all aspects of university life from his father, the Dean of Students (played by Dennis Haysbert). Things begin to unravel when Sam beats Troy in the campaign for president of the one traditionally Black dorm on campus. Meanwhile Lionel (played by Tyler James White), is a gay sci-fi geek who writes for the campus alternative paper and is harassed by those at his dorm, including the son of the college president. And Coco (played by Teyonah Parris), a Black girl from the south side of Chicago who doesn’t want to be seen as the stereotypical ghetto girl, wishes her vlog got as many hits as Sam's. She takes the advice of a reality-show producer to try for more conflict, and proposes MC-ing for the Halloween party of the campus humor magazine, which this year adopts the theme of "release your inner negro." Denise & Frann also mention Lavelle Porter's essay on the film in The New Inquiry, and some related short promo films.

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 17, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
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Bill Resnick hosts this episode and we hear these segments:

Bill Resnick talks with Chris Toensing of Middle East Research and Information Project about US-Iran relations

Bill reads about and discusses Black Friday Labor actions by and for Walmart workers

Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel review Dear White People

Bill talks with Patrick Mazza about US-China agreement on Carbon and Climate

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The Minimum Wage Movement

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Mon, 11/10/2014
Paul Sonn, of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), speaks with Laurie Mercier about recent successes of state and city minimum wage campaigns, and new grass-roots strategies for promoting living wage jobs.  Here is a good online resource for action on this issues.  

Why the Democrats Lost

program date: 
Mon, 11/10/2014
Today's Well-read Red is Bill Resnick. He examines various left assessments of the 2014 mid-term election on why it had such a disastrous outcome for the Democrats and what political initiatives are required of the left, including building movements for reform but also "reform and revolution/transformation" organizing.

The Psychology of Political Activism

program date: 
Mon, 11/10/2014
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan, psychologists and activists, talk about the emotional demands of social movement work, and what we can learn from the history of groups organizing for fundamental social change. Sloan talks about an organization he helped found in Portland, Cascadia Center for Social Ecology, focused on education and emotional support for activists. On Facebook

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 10, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 11/10/2014
Tom Becker hosts this edition of the Old Mole featuring discussions of the November elections and the psychology of political activism.  
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1. Paul Sonn and Laurie Mercier discuss the movement for the minimum wage.

2.  Well-read Red Bill Resnick discusses the November 4 elections: why the Democrats lost.

3.  Psychologists Tod Sloan and Jan Haaken talk about the emotional issues that can affect movement organizations and activists.

 

Karl Marx, the Iroquois People, and Possibilities for a Free Society

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Tue, 11/04/2014
In the last years of his life, Karl Marx returned to the themes of his early writings: the possibility of a society beyond private property and alienation, inspired by what he read about the Iroquois in the work of anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan. Clayton Morgareidge reads selected passages from an essay by Franklin Rosemont. The full article, which is worth reading by anyone interested in Marx and Marxism, is here.
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  • Length: 8:07 minutes (7.43 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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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