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 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. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/17/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/17/2012 - 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 12/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

Iven Hale hosts this next episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/26/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Wal-Mart Strikes, Movie Review: Argo

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Nelson Lichtenstein about the Black Friday strikes and growing resistance to Wal-Mart.
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, review Argo.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/19/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Israel's attack on Palestine, book review "10 Girls to Watch", rethinking Thanksgiving, strike-wave

Alan Wieder hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick will analyze Israel's attack on the Gaza strip.
  • Larry Bowlden is going to review Charity Shumway's Ten Girls to Watch.
  • Alan will explore rethinking Thanksgiving.
  • Updates on the strike-wave in Europe. 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/12/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Post-Election strategy, Left and the Law: solitary confinement, Movie Moles: Detropia, Well-read red

On this episode of the Old Mole, Bill Resnick hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/05/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Hurricane Sandy, Elections, review of a Howard Zinn biography, anarchist POV on electoral politics

 

Joe Clement hosts this pre-Election Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/29/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Audio

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.

Peter Hart on Iraq War media revisionism

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program date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014
Laurie Mercier interviews Peter Hart about his recent writings on media coverage and revisionism surrounding the Iraq War. They consider the shifting of blame for instability in Iraq from the US occupation to "age-old ethnic conflicts"; the abscence of coverage of Iraqi suffering; and the way the Iraq War is portrayed as something that "happened to the US".

Peter is the activism director at FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting), he writes for their magazine Extra!, and a co-host and producer of their radio-show Counterspin (heard on KBOO every Friday at 5:30pm).
  • Length: 15:11 minutes (10.43 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

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)

Movie Moles: Orange is the New Black Season 2

program date: 
Mon, 06/23/2014
Frann Michel and Iven Hale take a second critical look at the latest season of Orange is the New Black (click here to hear season one review). They discuss its potential merit, including just increasing the exposure of the prison industrial complex in popular culture, but find that it has strayed from effective commentary on the state of mass incarceration, queer or race issues it seemed like it might offer.  Some relevant links available here.
  • Title: OITNBS2
  • Length: 12:19 minutes (4.94 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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