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).

Here is why we call this show "The Old Mole"

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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.

For individual segments and information about episodes, click the "audio" tab.

You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/03/11

Air date: 
Mon, 10/03/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Occupy Portland, Union civil war, mental health reform, death row music

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/05/11

Air date: 
Mon, 09/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
working-class environmental movement, verizon strike, unpaid work & economic justice, Left & the Law

On this special Labor Day episode Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/15/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, riots in London and Israel, music of riots, prison reform

On the next Old Mole, Denise Morris hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interview Lance Tapley about prison reform
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Frann Michel, talk about Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Bill comments on the uprisings in Israel and England
  • Radical Musicologists, Josh Wise and Brad Duncan, discuss the music of and surrounding riots and uprisings, samples of which we'll hear through out the show

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/08/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/08/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
taxing wealth, book mole, movie moles review If A Tree Falls, left press

On the next Old Mole, Tom Becker hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks with Sam Pizzigati about how the rich do not invest like conservatives ideologues say that they will if only we give them tax breaks, and how we need to tax their wealth, not just their income.
  • Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Sheila Kohler's "Love Child."
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb, review If A Tree Falls, a documentary about the Earth Liberation Front, a group made notorious by their retaliation against polluters and environmental exploiters.
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left Press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/01/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
debt ceiling, economic democracy, austerity and music of the IWW

 

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick and Marty Hart Landsberg talk about the debt-ceiling and how it will affect working people.
  • Joe and Josh Eidelson talk about economic democracy
  • Frann Michel talks about austerity measures and Dennis Kucinich offers his own plan to avoid them and get out of debt.
  • Music of the Industrial Workers of the World

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/18/11

Air date: 
Mon, 07/18/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The latest from Wisconsin; Running for Teamster President; Future of the Tea Party

Laurie Mercier will host this show which includes these topics:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/04/11

Air date: 
Mon, 07/04/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
welfare & the working poor, cutting food-stamps, Church sex-abuse, the American Dream

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/27/11

Air date: 
Mon, 06/27/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
church sex-abuse, public not private goods, movie moles: tree of life, reading from the left press

 

On the next Old Mole, Tom Becker hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/20/11

Air date: 
Mon, 06/20/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Drone warfare, Movie Moles:The Beginners, Book Review: The Bad Girl, Radical Musicology: Ewan McColl

 

On the next Old Mole, Laurie Mercier hosts, and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/06/11

Air date: 
Mon, 06/06/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
War on Drugs, Medicare for All, relating to animal exploitation, Left press

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear about:
  • The War on Drugs, the costs of its failure to everyone, and alternatives.
  • Laurie Mercier talks with Dr. Garrett Adams, president of Physicians for a National Health Plan, about the threatened cuts to Medicare and continued need to expand an improved version to everyone.
  • Well Read Red, Frann Michel, looks at the way animals resist human exploitation and how they relate to our experiences of resistance to exploitation.
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left press.

Audio

Keynesianism will not save us

program date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015

Tom Becker reads from Pete Dolack about why Keynesianism will not save the world.
Image at left by Edwardx.


The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 15, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015
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Tom Becker hosts this episode, which reflects on the value of history, the limits of old views, and the need for new visions.

Bill Resnick talks with Leo Panitch about the situation of Greece's Syriza and the Eurozone.

Tom Becker reads from Pete Dolack about why Keynesianism will not save the world.

Frann Michel discusses the film Pride and the value of visionary fictions.

Larry Bowlden reviews Lily King's novel Euphoria (2014).


To hear individual segments, use the links above.  To hear the whole show, with music from Greece and the British Isles, use the play button below.  You can contact us via oldmolevarietyhour < a > gmail dot com.


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  • Length: 50:14 minutes (23 MB)
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Is the Anthropocene a Myth?

program date: 
Mon, 06/08/2015
Some writers on climate change use the idea of the "Anthropocene" to blame humanity in general for the degradation caused by burning fossil fuels. Andrea Malm critiques this concept in this article from Jacobin, read here in abridged form by Clayton Morgareidge. Capitalists, not humanity, are to blame.
Ian Angus, editor of Climate and Capitalism, argues, to the contrary, that the concept of the Anthropocene is a useful one and does not rule out pointing the finger at Capitalism. His article is here.

Child Poverty in Oregon

program date: 
Mon, 06/08/2015
Bill Resnick and Tyler MacGuiness of the Oregon Center for Public Policy explore Child poverty in Oregon. Twenty-five percent of Oregon kids live in destitution, 50% are in ordinary poverty, and 75% of those are in working families. The "business community" has become concerned but their proposals are false and self-serving, and they are fighting against raising the minimum wage, the best way of reducing poverty.
Photo Credit: Oregon Food Bank

Book Mole: "Intrusions", by Ursula Hegi

program date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Ursula Hegi's "Intrustions", a novel within a novel that confronts the writer's conflicted as a mother and artist.
  • Length: 4:52 minutes (2.22 MB)
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Labor Notes: Putting The Movement Back In The Labor Movement.

program date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Al Bradbary about the monthly journal, Labor Notes. They discuss exciting developments Labor Notes covers, the kind of radical rank-and-file tendency that they support through both their magazine, but also books digesting examples of recent successful organizing and their organizer education workshops and conferences. We even hear Al perform a labor parody of Single Ladies. We hear a different version of that parody by Fellow Worker Hailey of the Industrial Workers of the World at the end too.

Al Bradbary used to be a host for KBOO's Labor Radio program, an organizer with SEIU, and in the last few years took a job with Labor Notes. [Image Credit: labornotes.org]
  • Title: LaborNotesJune2015
  • Length: 22:39 minutes (20.74 MB)
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Debt as Art

program date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015
Joe Clement talks with Cassie Thornton about her use of debt for the last 7 years as a subject for her art-work. She describes how she's sought to concretize debt, explore debt through hypnotherapeutic visualization exercises with others, and in the end how she's gotten involved with the national Strike Debt movement. You can buy a copy of her book ROCK at Mother Foucault's, a local bookstore at  523 SE Morrison St, and find the Debt Collective she mentions here.
  • Length: 8:26 minutes (7.73 MB)
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Theory & Practice

program date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015
Tod Sloan talks with Lara Messersmith-Glavin of the Institute for Anarchist Studies about theory and practice. They consider how theory helps illuminate individually lived experiences as part of larger systems, while also stressing the priority of lived experience in generating our theories. She provides examples of how theory has helped make her everyday life as a working-class mother make more sense, bringing her a degree of control and context, and over all increasing her resilience as a person. She also describes how the experience of queer women of color informed several "correctives" to some of the one-demensional concerns of white feminists. [Image Credit: permanantculturenow.org]
  • Title: TheoryPractice
  • Length: 12:59 minutes (11.89 MB)
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The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 1, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015
 


Joe Clement hosts! We hear music from Blind Boy Paxon and Blue Scholars! The show includes...

To listen to the whole show, click the play button below. To listen to and share individual segments, click the bulletted sentences above. Search for us on Facebook or Twitter to get updates about new shows and other things we like to share. Email us at oldmolevarietyhour-at-gmail-dot-com for comments, suggestions, questions, or to get involved in making short radio segments with us.
  • Title: OMVHJune012015
  • Length: 57:26 minutes (52.59 MB)
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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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