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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.

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 March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

Old Mole Variety Hour January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 3rd 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Education, Neoliberalism, Sports, Minimum Wage, Feminism, Teen Novel, Pete Seeger


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the old mole variety hour featuring the music of Pete Seeger
  • Bill Resnick interviews Feminist blogger and writer Soraya Chemaly on football and the Super Bowl
  • Larry Bowlden reviews the teen novel Divergent by author Veronica Roth
  • Frann Michel discusses Education and Neoliberalism
  • Joe Clements interviews GEOFFREY MacDONALD about his his article 'Who Needs the Minimum Wage?' available on Counter Punch

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 27

Air date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Elections, comedy, class war and the national security state

Clayton Morgareidge hosts the show and we hear radical takes on how to run elections, a venue for leftist comedy at the Red & Black Cafe, the neoliberal soul, Richard Sherman's post-game rant, and class war and the security state.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20th

Air date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Movie Moles: Her, revolutionary reforms, Chinese Environmentalism, Public Utilities in Portland

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Audio

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 21, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014

Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Mole, and we hear --

1.  Bill Resnick talks with two members of PAT (the Portland Association of Teachers) about their recent victory in contract talks and how it will help teachers do a better job.  

2. Joe Clement and Karen Carr explain how there can really be a store where everything is free.

3.  The Left and the Law discusses the recent court decision finding capital punishment unconstitutional in California.  

4.  Jan Haaken talks with two participants in a recent summer youth camp on reproductive justice.  

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  To hear individual segments, follow the links above.  Become our friend on Facebook and stay up to date on what the Mole is doing.  Comment on our show on this page.  

Worker Cooperatives: Left Perspectives from Norm Diamond and Bill Resnick

program date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014


Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left. Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants? Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?

Norm Diamond is an organizer and sometime Old Mole, as well as co-author of The Power in Our Hands.
After the interview, we hear some of the song that provides that book's title, "Solidarity Forever," performed by Emcee Lynx.



Storming the Bastille

program date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014

In recognition of 14 July, Frann Michel comments on Bastille Day, the holiday commemorating the French Revolution of 1789. You can read her comments, with links, here.

well-read red: Does Capitalism Inevitably Produce Inequality?

program date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014

Tom Becker reads from a recent Counterpunch article, "Does Capitalism Inevitably Produce Inequalities?" by Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer.


Old Mole Variety Hour 14 July 2014

program date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014
Old Mole Variety Hour
This episode is hosted by Frann Michel, and explores debates over left strategies. The show includes some musical selections from Bitch Magazine's mixtape of American Protest Music, and the individual segments linked below:

Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss left perspectives on worker cooperatives.

Frann Michel comments on Bastille Day.

Tom Becker reads about Capitalism and inequality.

Jan Haaken talks with Kate Raphael about Supreme Court decisions and who controls women's bodies
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To listen to the whole show, click below. To listen to individual segments, follow the links above. You can friend or follow us on facebook and send us comments there, here, or at oldmolevarietyhour <at> gmail dot com.
  • Title: OMVH14July2014.m4a
  • Length: 55:21 minutes (25.34 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Buffer Zones and Bodily Control: Kate Raphael with Jan Haaken

program date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014

Jan Haaken talks with Kate Raphael about the Supreme Court's decisions on reproductive rights, including McCullen v Coakley striking down no-protest buffer zones around reproductive health care clinics that provide abortions, on which Raphael recently commented for the Women's Magazine on KPFA, where Raphael is a producer. Kate and Jan also discuss the importance of public protest, the routine policing of fat women's bodies, and the need to return to a broad feminist agenda that goes beyond abortion rights to reproductive justice and beyond.

After their talk, we hear some of "My Body Politic" by NC Music Love Army's album "We Are Not For Sale, Songs of Protest." Proceeds from album sales and live performances benefit Progress NC and Planned Parenthood of Central NC. For more information and to donate, please visit: ncmusiclovearmy.org.


The Personal Is Political: same-sex intimate partner violence

program date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014
Iven Hale considers the patriarchal theories of intimate partner violence espoused by some feminists and the difficulties in applying this to same-sex intimate partner violence, which happens with about the same frequency as among other-sex relationships. She shares several stories of her own experiences with violence at the hands of  female partners, both physical and verbal. In the end, she points to how "power and control pervades our culture, and is perpetuated by our economic system."
  • Title: ivenIPViolencejul7
  • Length: 8:28 minutes (3.87 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

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)

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