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

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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
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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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The Water Vote

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program date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014
Portland voters are deciding on a scheme (Multnomah 26-156) to turn the water bureau over to a board separate from the City Council.  Well-read Red Frann Michel lays out the flaws in this effort by large corporate water users to take control of this public resource.  Photo from Portland Tribune.

"After the Revolution" -- Theater Review

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Mon, 05/12/2014
"After the Revolution," a play by Amy Herzog and directed by Tamara Fisch, is now playing at the Portland Playhouse through June 1.  It shows the differences between the generations in a family of radical leftists.  Norm Diamond and Bill Resnick saw it and give us this generally favorable report of its virtues and limitations.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014


Bill Resnick is our host for this Membership Drive edition of the Old Mole, and it features:

1.  A conversation with Jeremy Brecher about the new and updated edition of his classic book Strike!

2.  
Analysis by Well-read Red Frann Michel of Portland Ballot measure 126-56 affecting our water.

3.  Discussion between Norm Diamond and Bill Resnick reviewing the play "After the Revolution"

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  The hear individual segments, follow the links above.  

Johanna Brenner on Revolutionary Socialist Feminism for the 21st Century

program date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014

Frann Michel reads from an article written by Johanna Brenner for the webzine of Solidarity-US. Brenner starts by arguing that "Socialist-feminists start where most feminists begin: the emancipation of women must come from women ourselves, but cannot be achieved by ourselves. From this starting point, socialist-feminists are especially interested in building inclusive movements organized by and for working class, indigenous, and rural women." She examines socialist feminist projects that not only help women, but strike back at the neoliberal re-ordering of social priorities away from care.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:12 minutes (6.59 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Arun Gupta on The Walmart Working-Class

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Mon, 05/05/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about an article Arun wrote for The Socialist Register about "the Walmart working-class". They discuss the difficulties that both workers face in the low-wage service economy face trying to organize and that unions face in trying to organize them.

Arun writes cofounded The Occupied Wall Street Journal and the Indypendent.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 12:47 minutes (11.71 MB)
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Defending Participatory Democracy As A Socialist Value Against Left Authoritarianism

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Mon, 05/05/2014
Joe Clement reads excerpts from an article by Gabriel Levy called "We Need Zizek's 'Thatcher of the Left' Like A Fish Needs A Bicycle".

Written not long after Margaret Thatcher died in 2013, Gabriel is responding to the very popular (though maybe unknown to you) philosopher and cultural critic, Slavoj Zizek. After Thatcher died, Zizek wrote an article for The New Statesman defending, in his contrarian though unironic manner, Thatcher's authoritarian pnash as a value the left and anti-capitalists in particular should embrace if it is going to accomplish anything. Moreover, Zizek's controversial tact continues, this is held over and above socialist or communist ideologies that stress the people or masses achieving their own liberation democratically and inclusively.

Gabriel Levy's argument takes issue with these two points and in the end champions a renaissance in socialist thinking.
  • Title: ZizekThatcher
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 6:59 minutes (6.39 MB)
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Remembering Paul Robeson Senior & Junior

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Mon, 05/05/2014
Laurie Mercier remembers the life and work of Paul Robeson Junior, an activist and archivist, but also the son of world-famous black-listed radical singer Paul Robeson Senior. She looks at how Robeson Senior influenced Robeson Junior, but also how Robeson Junior. She reads for about 5 minutes, and then we hear a short clip of Robeson Junior speaking on the transformation of struggles around civil rights to human rights.

Old Mole Variety Hour May 5 2014

program date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014

Joe Clement hosts (and Kate Welch engineers) this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour (foreshortened because of membership-drive).

We hear about socialist feminism for revolutionary change in the 21st Century, organizing within what Arun Gupta calls "the Walmart working-class", why "leading left intellectuals" like Slavoj Zizek are wrong about needing authoritarian leaders to defeat capital, and about the late Paul Robeson Jr.'s life and the influence his father had on his own political work.
You can listen to the whole show by clicking the play button below. The individual segments have their own pages linked above so you can more easily share and listen to what peaks your interests. Please send comments, suggestions, or questions to the oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for more updates.
  • Title: OMVH05052014
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 38:31 minutes (35.27 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

the Left & the Law: the Innocence Project

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Mon, 04/28/2014
Jan Haaken and Mike Snediker discuss the Innocence Project which seeks to free those wrongfully convicted of crimes. They discuss the development of DNA technology that made it possible to discover the large numbers of wrongful convictions, and the reasons for those many miscarriages of justice—including tunnel vision or confirmatory bias, police and prosecutorial misconduct, and mistaken eyewitnesses. Juries are still instructed to consider the level of confidence of eyewitnesses, even though there is no relation between confidence and accuracy. 

Related: Guilty Except for Insanity plays April 30 at the Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival.

Increasing Incarceration of Women and Girls in Oregon

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Mon, 04/28/2014
Iven Hale and Frann Michel report on a Partnership for Safety and Justice panel discussion about the increasing incarceration of women and girls in Oregon. Panelists included Piper Kerman of Orange is the New Black fame; Fariborz Pakseresht, Director of the Oregon Youth Authority; Jennifer Williamson, State Rep for Disctrict 36; and Alverda McCoy of MercyCorps' Reentry Transition Center.  Frann and Iven also mention recent Frontline Documentaries , a recent ACLU Report on women in prison, and the possibility of prison abolition.
  • Artist: omvh
  • Title: Women&Prison
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 10:50 minutes (4.96 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (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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