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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

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Operation Homestead: liberating housing in 1990s Seattle

program date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015
Desiree Hellegers interviews Seattle housing justice activists Ginger Segel and Bob Kubiniec about their work in the 1980s and 1990s with  Operation Homestead, breaking into and liberating abandoned or unused buildings for people to live in.

image by Dana Schuerholz via Radical Seattle Remembers


The Promise of Agroecology

program date: 
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..."

program date: 
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.

Why Socialism Will Not Be Boring

program date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015
Would a socialist society be a boring and mediocre world? Not so, according to Danny Katch writing on the Jacobin Magazine blog. Clayton Morgareidge reads an edited version. The complete version is here.

Image is Decor design for Gozzi’s play Princess Turandot (1922). Ignaty Nivinsky / Bakhrushin Theatre Museum, Moscow. It illustrates the vibrancy of artistic activity in the first years of the Soviet Union.

Left & the Law: Parole Politics

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program date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015
On their Left and the Law segment today, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk about the politics of parole boards in the U.S.. They discuss a case taken up by the Post-conviction Justice Project in California around denial of parole rights--and they look at how parole boards operate as a political site of struggle. 

Image: Folsom Prison

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.

Portland Association of Teachers: building the schools students deserve

program date: 
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

program date: 
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)

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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