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 10/20/08

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Mon, 10/20/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On today's Old Mole Variety Hour, Priya Kandaswamy, Professor of Women's Studies at Portland State University, explains  how so-called “welfare reform” has  made  it harder for poor women to escape from domestic violence.  We also get some historical context for bank nationalizations and who they benefit, and we hear about some labor struggles going on at Western Washington University  in Vancouver. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/13/08

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Mon, 10/13/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins from the Institute for Policy Studies about a real recovery plan that would revive the enconomy, support working people, and lead to new and green forms of production.   Jan Haaken interviews Megan Brooker,  an organizer of the Winter Soldier Conference, about the impact of war on mental health.  And Tom Becker explores the significance of Columbus Day.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/06/08

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Mon, 10/06/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Green Jobs for All as a response to two crises: climate and recession

After the bail-out: Supervising Paulson and the US Treasury; insuring the money is not wasted on the rich; preparing for upcoming financial dislocations and economic recession; and building strength in the new Congress and administration for a real recovery package, including Green Jobs for All.  
 
With Kate Gordon of the national organization Green Jobs For All, and local activist/leader Barbara Byrd of the Apollo Alliance.
 
Also on the Mole a review of the new film opening in Portland, "The Battle of Seattle." 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/29/08

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Mon, 09/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Does the financial meltdown spell the end of conservative economics?

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, we ask whether the financial collapse and the government bailout spells the end of  conservative economics.  Bill Resnick talks with Mark Engler, author of How to Rule the World: The Battle For the Global Economy (available as a gift for calling in during the show with a KBOO membership pledge).  We’ll also hear from local organizers of the Oregon Fair Trade Coalition and the Cross Border Organizing Committee about the Rural Organizing Project’s effort to defeat the Sizemore anti-immigrant ballot initiative.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/22/08

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Mon, 09/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Moles discuss the financial crisis and Sarah Palin and the Christian Right.

Get the Moles’ underground  analysis  of the current financial crisis as Bill Resnick  interviews John Miller from the Union of Radical Political Economists (URPE), and Tom Becker  reads from The  Nation’s William Greider.  Also on the show, Jan Haaken will be talking with Cynthia Burack about  Sarah Palin and the Christian Right.  Burack is the author  of Sin, Sex and Democracy: Anti-Gay Rhetoric and the Christian Right.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/15/08

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Mon, 09/15/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Politics and Music of War and Peace

Listen to the Old Mole Variety hour Monday morning at 9:00 to hear the music of Victor Jara and learn about his life.  You’ll also find out what progressives can do to build popular support for a more peaceful foreign policy and why the Democrats are always playing defense against the Republican attack machine.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/08

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Mon, 09/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Moles discuss immigration issues and saving the city and the planet one neighborhood at a time

Luz María Gordillo will be your host, interviewing Chicana Rusty Barceló of the University of Minnesota.  Denise Morris will be talking with Amelia Cates from the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee about strategies for defeating the anti immigration measure on the ballot this November.  And Bill Resnick talks with two local gardening experts about sustainable gardening that can make every neighborhood a park. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/08

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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

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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

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Mon, 07/28/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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.

Audio

Book Mole: Love and Horror in the American West

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Mon, 05/19/2014
Larry Bowlden reviews Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere by Poe Ballantine, which mixes personal memoir with the mystery of his neighbor's violent death in small-town Nebraska. Read with other recent writing about the American West, Ballantine's book reveals how, in Larry's words, "conventional morality so often teams up with economic exploitation to subjugate people and to strip the land."

Title IX and campus rape

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Mon, 05/19/2014
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile, Director of the Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, regarding the use of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act (which guarantees an equal right to education) to address problems of sexual assault on college campuses. They also touch on bystander intervention and anti-sexist education of men by groups like Men Can Stop Rape.

19 May 2014 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 05/19/2014

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Tom Becker hosts this episode, which includes a discussion of the fight for the $15/hour minimum wage in Portland and beyond, a report on economics students around the world demanding alternatives to failed neoclassical orthodoxies, a review of a memoir of life in the West, and a discussion of the use of Title IX to address sexual violence on college campuses.

Bill Resnick talks with Justin Norton-Kertson about the Portland campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour

Tom Becker reads "Challenging the Ruling Economic Orthodoxy: Economics Students Begin to Revolt"

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere

Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile about using Title IX to address sexual violence on campus


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 piques your interest. Please send comments, suggestions, or questions to the oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook for more updates.

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A New-Old Age of Revolution

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Mon, 05/12/2014
From the labor strikes of  the 19th Century to Occupy Wall Street in the 21st, ordinary people have shown they can organize and manage themselves.  Jeremy Brecher's book Strike! is a classic history of these movements.  Here Brecher talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the newly revised edition that brings the story into our own times.  

The Water Vote

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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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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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