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 on 04/30/12

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Mon, 04/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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May Day in history and tomorrow in Portland

 

 

Norm Diamond hosts this Old Mole May Day Special program about working class struggles, then and now.  This is the 100 year anniversary of the big textile workers’ strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  We’ll report on the April 28 celebration in Lawrence and look ahead to May Day events here in Portland.  The show features and comments on music from the Lawrence strike and from contemporary labor protests.  

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/23/12

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Mon, 04/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Against the War on Women; Bryant, Reed, and Russia 1917; and beyond Tax the Rich

 

Clayton Morgareidge will be our host on this edition of the Old Mole featuring --

  • A conversation with Portland activist Angela Zehava about the April 28 action by Unite Against the War On Women to oppose anti-women legislation coming out of Congress and State legislatures.
  • A Review of Warren Beatty's 1981 film about John Reed, Louise Bryant and the Russian Revolution.
  • A commentary on how to make "Tax the Rich" a radical demand.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/16/12

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Mon, 04/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Inequality, Taxes, and Hunger Games

 

Tom Becker hosts this show which includes --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/26/12

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Mon, 03/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Students resist austerity in Greece, a satire about black revolution, and the bubble of ideology

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and it will include:

  • A report on student resistance to austerity measures in Greece;
  • A look back at "The Spook Who Sat At the Door," a 1973 satirical film about black revolution;
  • Commentary on the bourgeois bubble of ideology; and
  • A Bill Resnick interview: Andrew Riley of the center for Intercultural Organizing discusses what's ahead for health care reform: Obama Care, the Oregon Health Plan, and single payer.

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/19/12

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Mon, 03/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Military Psychology in Afghanistan; Oregon's new healthcare plan

 

Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which will include --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/12/12

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Mon, 03/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Lorax, "Stealing" an education, and the Occupy Movement

 Denise Morris will be your host and 

  • Movie Moles Joe Clement and Iven Hale review The Lorax, based on the Dr. Seuss book.
  • Well-read Red Frann Michel comments on the "theft" of education by parents enrolling their kids in the wrong schools.
  • Clayton Morgareidge discusses what's ahead for the Occupy movement.
  • Bill Resnick interviews Mark Cooper about how financial speculation by the 1% drives up the price of gas.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/05/12

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Mon, 03/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Splits in the GOP, Left and the Law, critique of business-unionism, movie-review: Tomboy

 

Joe Clement hosts the next Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/27/12

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Mon, 02/27/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Deserts and water, gender in old Dublin, and why faggots fear faggots

Bill Resnick will host this show on which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/20/12

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Mon, 02/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Demonizing Iran, electoral illusions, and African Films

Tom Becker will host this episode featuring

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/13/12

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Mon, 02/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The spread of democratic institutions vs increasing privatization

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show, which includes --

Audio

Gone Girl controversy with Mimi Schippers

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Mon, 10/20/2014

Movie Mole Jan Haaken talks with Mimi Schippers about feminist controversies over the film Gone Girl, a thriller directed by David Fincher and based on the global bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, who also adapted the story for the screen. Mimi teaches sociology at Tulane University, writes about gender and popular culture, and is a regular blogger. For other interesting feminist criticism and dialogue, check out her blog site at http://www.marxindrag.com/Marxindrag/Blog/Blog.html

Dispatches Against Displacement: understanding and resisting gentrification

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Mon, 10/13/2014
Joe Clement talks with James Tracy, author of "Dispatches Against Displacement: field notes from San Francisco's housing war". They consider what gentrification is as an economic and by extension racialized form of domination, how different cities experience gentrification differently, and real world strategies for fighting back and protecting housing from market forces. James will be speaking at Reading Frenzy books off of N Beech and Mississippi at 6pm on Sunday the 19th, where there'll be a community discussion about fighting displacement.

James Tracy is a Bay Area native and a community organizer. He is co-founder of the San Francisco Community Land Trust (which uses public and private money to buy up housing stock and take it out of the real estate market), as well as a poet and co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power, which he's been interviewed about on KBOO before.

  • Length: 8:44 minutes (7.99 MB)
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Left and the Law: racism, perceptions of crime, and the punitive state

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Mon, 10/13/2014
On their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss a recent research report by The Sentencing Project, titled "Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Polices."  The report describes how deeply embedded racism is in the criminal justice system, and how implicit or unconscious racism among white Americans props up this destructive system. Jan and Mike talk about key reforms described in the report, and ways of challenging racist rhetoric on crime and punishment.  
  • Length: 15:38 minutes (14.32 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour for October 13, 2014

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Mon, 10/13/2014
Joe Clement hosts this episode about public health and our vulnerability to epidemics like Ebola, gentrification as colonialist legacy, and racial perceptions of crime. Musical selections from Hazel Dickens, Leon Rosselson, James Talley, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy.
Click the above links for individual segments or the play button below to listen to the whole show including music clips. You can follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get updates about the show or email us at oldmolevarietyhour>>at<<gmail<<dot>>com with comments, questions, suggestions, or your interest in becoming part of or occasionally contributing to the Old Mole collective.
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  • Length: 58:59 minutes (54.01 MB)
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Public Health and Social Spending

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Mon, 10/13/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Dr. Walter Tsou about the importance of public health. They consider  how our social spending priorities, over determined by war and market competition, and in that vein the private medical insurance regime, undermine our public health and leave us vulnerable to epidemics like Ebola.

Dr. Walter Tsou is a past president of the American Public Health Association and former health commissioner of Philadelphia. He is a founding member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners and a board adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program.  Dr. Tsou is also the president of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility.
  • Length: 14:51 minutes (13.59 MB)
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Well-read Red: Gentrification, Class Domination, and Racism

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Mon, 10/13/2014
Frann Michel reads from an essay by Gavin Mueller in Jacobin, as well as from other sources, to argue that gentrification is not simply a cultural change in a neighborhood, but instead is driven by economic forces and backed by state power.   But those forces can be collectively opposed, and alternatives proposed, as evidenced in the global--and local--Right to the City movement. You can also read Frann's commentary.
  • Length: 8:54 minutes (8.15 MB)
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Movie Moles: Heaven Adores You, Elliott Smith

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Mon, 10/06/2014

Movie Moles Frann Michel and Iven Hale discuss Heaven Adores You, the new film about Portland singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, which opens the NW Film Center's Reel Music Festival. The film is a straightforward tale of the tragic impact of fame on a sensitive artistic genius, but offers previously unheard music and new interviews with his friends and fellow musicians, beautiful footage of Portland, and clips from the KBOO archives.

Syria, Iraq, ISIS, and US

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Mon, 10/06/2014
What does the US think it's doing as it resumes bombing in Iraq and adds parts of Syria to its target list?  And what will be the likely result of these actions?  Middle East Reports (MERIP)  is the magazine that covers the Middle East from a critical left perspective, and here its editor Chris Toesing talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about these questions.  
A subscription to the magazine is available as a thank you gift for your financial support of KBOO.

Endless War Unless We Make Them Stop

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Mon, 10/06/2014
It's so obvious that the "War on Terror" cannot possibly accomplish what it claims to be its goals that either those who are running the war are utter fools, or else their goals are quite different from what they say they are.  David Mizner explores the most likey unstated purposes of the war in a piece on the Jacobin Magazine website.  Here Clayton Morgareidge lays out the main points.  

Movie Moles: "Heaven Adores You"

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Mon, 10/06/2014
"Heaven Adores You" is a tribute to the music and the life of the late Portland singer and songwriter Elliot Smith. The film, directed and produced by Nickolas Rossi, features many views of Portland in the 90s as well as Smith's music. Our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Iven Hale give us this appreciative review.  

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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