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 on 08/25/08

Air date: 
Mon, 08/25/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Cuba: Interview, film review and commentary.

Bill Resnick will interview Cuba expert Sam Farber. They will discuss Cuba in transition and the possibilities for development, self-determination and Socialist democracy. Movie Moles will review the 1964 film Soy Cuba! made by Russian film makers interested in telling the story of the Cuban revolution. Soy Cuba! was a breakthrough in filmmaking.
 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/04/08

Air date: 
Mon, 08/04/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Iraq: the current situation and how to get out

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this show will feature a discussion with middle-east expert Antonia Juhasz about the situation in Iraq and how the US can get out without further harm to the Iraqi people.   We will also hear How the Garcia Girls Spent the Summer (that is, a movie review), why “democratic capitalism” is an oxymoron, and all about an artists’ collective that makes social protest posters

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/28/08

Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Old Mole Variety Hour -- interviews and reviews from an underground perspective

What happens to victims when their assailants are given  "guilty except for insanity" sentences, as in the Richard Gillmore case?  Portland Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with Jan Haaken.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden will discuss Elizabeth Berg’s novel  The Art of Mending.  And Bill Resnick interviews Guy Dauncey about the technologies apppropriate for a greener and more democratic earth.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/21/08

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Socialism for the rich, the state of the economy, and political art and theater

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, we will hear what’s ahead for the declining US economy, and how the welfare state for the rich socializes risks and privatizes profits: When corporations win, they win; when they lose, we all pay. The Moles will also talk with members of the Just Seeds Art Collective and review the play "Man to Man" about a German woman who switched identities to survive the Nazis.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/14/08

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's guests include MICHELLE HABELL-PALLAN, an associate professor of women’s studies at
University of Washington and author of
Loca
Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture.
She’ll talk about the profound influence of Latinos in American popular music. And local activist Maika Yeigh of the Lewis and Clark School of education, discusses the very
expensive "drill and kill" corporately- developed early reading
program pushed by the Bush Administration and purchased by Portland. 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/07/08

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music and interviews focusing on LGBTQ rights.

Today’s program  features Kate Reid, a charming and in-your-face songwriter whose music is full of great story-telling, humor, and political commentary.  Luz María Gordillo will interview  her.  Luz María will also talk with Adelina Anthony a Xicana-Indígena lesbian multi-disciplinary artist, originally from San Antonio, Texas. Her work addresses many issues affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities.  The movie moles will  review a Lesbian spy spoof/satire called "D.E.B.S."   All this plus a Bill Resnick interview with professor of women's history and feminist studies Etstelle Freedman. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Political repression in the US and Participator Democracy in Venezuela

Does  the political repression of the 1950s (McCarthyism) live on today in FISA and the Patriot Act?  Ellen Schrecker, who has written widely on the politics of the '50s, will talk with host  Laurie Mercier.   Can grassroots communities govern themselves?  What is “participatory budgeting?”  Radical economist Robin Hahnel and the Old  Mole's Bill Resnick discuss.  That's all on The Old Mole Variety Hour today, along with commentary by Thabiti Lewis and a film review from Denise Morris.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/23/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Old Mole Variety Hour does news, views, reviews, interviews and music.

Today’s show is hosted by Tom Becker and features the music of the late Utah Phillips.  How do people parent their children differently in the US and Europe?  Bill Resnick’s guest will explain.  Frann Michel will review a new collecton of feminist science fiction. Tom will report on a debate about global  warming.  And we’ll hear from Brian Johnson on the  upcoming Portland Bike Tour. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/16/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/16/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Old Mole Variety Hour does news, views, reviews, interviews and music.

The Old Mole today, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, features the music of local avant-pop band Iretsu and an interview with its members (Ryan Cross, Glen Schiedt and Joel Holly).  Bill Resnick  will interview radical economist Arthur MacEwan about McCain, Obama, and the economy.  Larry Bowlden will reflect on on religious fundamentalism and Jon Krakauer's  book Under The Banner of Heaven.  All this plus the Movie Moles' take on a movie classic now out on DVD.   Killer of Sheep

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/09/08

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Bill Resnick explores rising food prices and world hunger and what the UN and the major countries are (not) doing.
He also looks at climate change and Congress with a critique of
the very inadequate, indeed, counterproductive response. The bill being discussed subsidizes nuclear energy. Luz Maria Gordillo reviews Sex and the City, the movie. Frann Michel hosts a segment of the Well-Read Red on solidarities between LGBTQ and immigrant activism.  And we'll hear more music by Pink Martini and an exploration of their politics.

 
 

Audio

The Personal Is Political: same-sex intimate partner violence

program date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014
Iven Hale considers the patriarchal theories of intimate partner violence espoused by some feminists and the difficulties in applying this to same-sex intimate partner violence, which happens with about the same frequency as among other-sex relationships. She shares several stories of her own experiences with violence at the hands of  female partners, both physical and verbal. In the end, she points to how "power and control pervades our culture, and is perpetuated by our economic system."
  • Title: ivenIPViolencejul7
  • Length: 8:28 minutes (3.87 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

The $15 Minimum Wage And The Fight Beyond

program date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how the $15 minimum wage ordinance that was recently passed by the City Council in Seattle came to be. Arun points out how people are agitated by the bank-bailouts, the role played by Socialist Alternative and Kshama Sawant's election to the City Council, the contentiousness about and limitations to the final ordinance. They also consider what kind of organizing is or is not behind getting the ordinance passed. In this vein, they talk about "militant shopfloor organizing" vs. electoral organizing, the role played by independent media, weilding control at the "point of production, and the problem of finding solidarity as "all that is solid melts into air."

Arun Gupta is a labor and political journalist. He co-founded the Indypendent, the Occupied Wall Street Journal, and writes for publications including In These Times, The Guardian, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera America.

Saving Our Postal Service

program date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014
Since the founding of the US, the postal service has delivered mail quickly and securely from any place in the country to any other place in it, all for a price anyone could afford.  Now many corporations and members of congress want to break up this birthright and hand it over to private, profit-making companies.  Willie Goshell is an officer in the National Association of Letter Carriers and active in the Portland Campaign to Save Our Post Office.  Here he talks with Bill Resnick about how much we would be losing if Postal Service gets privatized, and what we can do to stop it.  

Capitalism and Climate Change

program date: 
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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program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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)

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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