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 10/22/12

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Mon, 10/22/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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An hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspective.

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interviews an activist or scholar working on the Left.
  • Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris, review Maquilapolis, a 2006 film about multnationally-owned factories employing cheap labor in Mexico.
  • Alan Wieder remembers Ruth First, an anti-apartheid activist who was assissinated 30 years ago.
  • Tom reads from the Left Press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/15/12

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Mon, 10/15/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Reducing prison time for low risk offenders; Have women won more clout in the world than men?

 

Jan Haaken hosts this edition of the Old Mole on which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/08/12

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Mon, 10/08/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Membership-Drive Special on DRUGS

 

Bill Resnick or Jan Haaken hosts this membership-drive special on DRUGS

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/01/12

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Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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NFL Lockout, Labor against War, Well Read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick discusses the NFL referee lockout. He considers their complaint over pensions, how unions promote high work standards, and why unions need to shed their bureacratic service-orientation for a rank-and-file solidarity-model.
  • Frann Michel, our Well Read Red, reads from the left press.
  • Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Zweig about building the labor movement back into a force against imperialist wars, particularly in light of Afganistan.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/10/12

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Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Leo Panitch, Searching for Sugar Man, against the work-ethic, reading from the left press

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/03/12

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Mon, 09/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Working-class mobilization & resistance, Movie Moles on "American Dream", IWW & Paid Sick Days Now!

 

Laurie Mercier hosts this special Labor Day episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/20/12

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Mon, 08/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
history of German Social Democracy, Marley movie & reggae, Red and Black Collective

Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts and we hear:

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Old Mole Variety Hour for October 6, 2014

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Mon, 10/06/2014

Iven Hale hosts today's show featuring analysis of US military action in the Middle East as well as the music of, and a movie about, Portland based singer-songwriter Elliot Smith.
 
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To hear this show in its entirety, use the play button below.  To hear individual segments, follow these links:

1.  Chris Toensing, editor of Middle East Reports, talks with Bill Resnick about US military action in Iraq and Syria.

2.  Clayton Morgareidge sums up David Mizner's Jacobin post about the real purposes for the ongoing "war on terrorism".

3.  The Movie Moles review  the film about Elliot Smith, "Heaven Adores You."


David Mandel on War in Ukraine

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Mon, 09/29/2014
Bill Resnick interviews David Mandell about conflict in Ukraine.
  • Length: 18:02 minutes (16.51 MB)
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Stephen Zunes on War in Middle East

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Mon, 09/29/2014
Laurie Mercier talks with Stephen Zunes about the intensifying war in the Middle East. They consider the so-called Islamic State and what's behind the US intervention in ISIS.

Stephen Zunes is a professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco. He is also a senior analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies.
  • Length: 16:37 minutes (15.22 MB)
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Eric Holder's terrible tenure

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Mon, 09/29/2014
Joe Clement reads Dave Lindorf's biting critique of Eric Holder's role in serving the ruling elite as Attorney General, a post which he is resigning from to go back to serving as a corporate lawyer.
  • Length: 6:07 minutes (5.6 MB)
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Book Mole: All The Light We Cannot See

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Mon, 09/29/2014
Larry Bowlden reviews Anthony Doerr's "All The Light We Cannot See".
  • Length: 5:57 minutes (5.45 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour for September 29, 2014

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Mon, 09/29/2014
 
Bill Resnick hosts this episode the focuses on War and Peace. We hear:



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  • Length: 57:26 minutes (52.59 MB)
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Climate Change and the United Nations

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Mon, 09/22/2014
What are governments doing, and not doing, about climate change, and what can we expect from the UN Summit Conference on Climate Change this week?  Janet Redman, who studies and writes about climate policy at the Institute for Policy Studies, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how neoliberal governments are relying more and more on the private, profit-making sector to solve problems only governments, led by their citizens, can solve. 
(Photo: lewishamdreamer/Flickr)

Report from Flood Wall Street

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Mon, 09/22/2014
Sunday's big Climate Change March was followed up on Monday with a more militant action, Flood Wall Street at which a hundred arrests were made.  In this Old Mole exclusive, Jan Haaken talks in real time with Diana Rempe, a Portland community psychologist, as she walks in this demonstration.  

Climate and the Logic of Capitalism

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Mon, 09/22/2014
Some liberal economists have suggested that stopping climate change is an easy fix: it would be good for the economy, and we have the technology.  But that ignores the political question of who controls the policy making institutions, as Rob Urie argues in this article from CounterPunch, read for us here by Tom Becker.  Climate Change “is a problem created by the ‘approach to the world’ that is capitalism.” Photo Credit: Mother Earth News.

A People's Movement Assembly in Portland

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Mon, 09/22/2014
Inspired by the World Social Forum in Port Alegre, Brazil in 2005, community organizing movements have formed around the world and throughout the US.  One of them is the Pacific Nortwest Social Forum which will be holding a People's Movement Assembly here in Portland this weekend -- 9/26-9/28.  More information here.   Two of its organizers, Rosalinda Nguyen and Edgar Franks, talk here with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the event and the movement.  

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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