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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30

Air date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Building democracy, Renters' Assemblies in PDX, Uber, and "Old Filth"
Bill Resnick is our host as the Mole take up these topics:

Reports from the Kurds in Syria and the Zapatistas in Mexico, how they achieved considerable autonomy from their government and are building societies that are bottom up democratic, gender equal, ecologically sustainable, but have a ways to go.

Renters fight back and the renter’s assemblies here in Portland.

How how movements to stop the rich from taking everything can win. 
 
How the sharing economy like Uber are bad for working people.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/23/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour March 16th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
warfare, ISIS. Sex and Politics, Racism, power, popular culture

Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Low-Carbon Cities, the Well-read Red, Studs Turkel, feminist film

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/02/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 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 02/23/15

Air date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour February 9th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Jubilee Network USA, Global debt, social welfare, child rearing, racism, feminism, Drone strikes


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 2, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Living paycheck to paycheck, Studs Turkel civil rights documentary, Movie Moles review Selma

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/19/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
commentaries and interviews
Bill Resnick interviews Juan Carlos Ordonez of the Oregon Center for Public Policy on income inequality in Oregon.

Desiree Hellegers interviews Jarvis Capucion, with Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (acronym SHARE) about their campaign Occupy CEHKC (the Committee to End Homelessness in Seattle King County)

Frann Michel reads from the works of Angela Davis who will be in Portland this week. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 12

Air date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Charlie Hebdo, the Greek left, Teach for America, Studs Terkel, Property and the police state.
Download:
Bill Resnick will be our host and we will be talking about:

Audio

Rebecca Gordon on Syria

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program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015
map of syria
Bill Resnick interviews Rebecca Gordon on the negotiations -- including Russia and Iran -- to find a path toward stopping the killing in Syria. Will this be a model for reconstructing the middle east? Not if the U.S. continues to support Saudi Arabia and its insistence on dominating and destroying its challengers. Rebecca Gordon teaches in the Philosophy dept. at the University of San Francisco. Her new book American Nuremberg: The Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post 9/11 War Crimes, comes out from Hot Books in March 2016.

Captalism and Sustainability, the Elephant in the Room

program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015


Tom Becker reads excerpts from an article by Garry Leech entitled The Elephant in the Room: Capitalism and Sustainable Development

The Left and the Law on Prison Reform

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program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015

The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken talk about the growing movement for prison reform--and why conservatives are joining progressives in calling for an end to mass incarceration, long sentences, and the extensive use of solitary confinement. Jan and Mike talk about some of the challenges in separating the rhetoric from the real reforms, and some of the dilemmas for activists around prison politics.

They mention
http://www.cut50.org/
and
https://www.themarshallproject.org/

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Sanders, Socialism, and Skeptics

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program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015

Denise Morris and Bill Resnick explore the Bernie Sanders phenomena and question the conclusions drawn by Emma Caterine in her Truthout.org op ed "Is Bernie Sanders Dangerous to Socialism?"

[image from wikipedia]

The Old Mole Variety Hour for November 2, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

Denise Morris hosts and we hear these segments:

 Bill Resnick interviews philosopher Rebecca Gordon about Syria peace talks.

Tom Becker reads about Capitalism and Sustainable Development

Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss Prison Reform

Denise Morris and Bill Resnick explore the Bernie Sanders phenomena

The above links are to the indvidual segments and are in order. You can listen to the whole show by clicking the button below. You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates about up-coming or recently posted shows. You can also email us at oldmolevariety-at-gmail-dot-com to get on our mailing list, send along questions or comments, or learn about becoming a part of what we do.

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Robin Hahnel on the Next System

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Mon, 10/19/2015

Bill Resnick talks with Robin Hahnel, who teaches (an emeritus of American U now at PSU), writes, speaks, and is deeply engaged in grass roots struggles towards building that other possible necessary world, that democratic and sustainable alternative. His books include Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis, Socialism Today and Tomorrow, and The ABCs of Political-Economy. About Green Economics his publisher wrote: "This book's pluralistic, non-dogmatic, and committed investigation of the values of ecological sustainability, economic justice, and human dignity provides balanced analysis of environmental problems and their potential solutions."

They discuss the big picture: a need for a sense of an alternative to the current system, that in fact there are communities that have demonstrated that that we possess the technologies and resources of production to curb climate change to manageable levels and think tanks and academic groups who have developed reasonable ideas and plans for developing an economic system that could maintain sufficient production to keep people alive and satisfied, that could raise and deploy resources and set priorities for investment and research, and also integrate these communities into confederated regions and nations. But how and in what sorts of struggles do we build the political forces powerful enough, in the conditions of environmental/economic crisis likely to prevail, to overpower the political forces that now hold back the needed reconstruction?

Robin recommends these websites for more information:

on participatory economics http://www.participatoryeconomics.info/  and http://zcomm.org/category/topic/parecon/

economics for equity and the environment http://e3network.org/

future economy http://futureecon.com/

labor network for sustainability http://www.labor4sustainability.org/

[image by Johann Dréo]

Columbia Riverkeeper: Saving the NW and Planet

program date: 
Mon, 10/19/2015

Desiree Hellegers talks with Dan Serres of Columbia Riverkeeper about the fossil fuel struggle. They discuss the disastrous effects of the planned Liquified Natural Gas Export Terminals and the need to stand up to the oil companies. They mention the successful citizen action to stop the Bradwood LNG project, and also note an upcoming event for more information and to make connections with others working on these issues:

October 22, 2015; 6:30 pm Panel Discussion on Two Reckless LNG Export Proposals on Thursday, October 22, 2015, doors at 6:30pm, panel at 7:00pm at First Unitarian Church Fuller Hall Downtown Portland. Panelists include scientists, climate activists, and community leaders who will offer ideas about how you can plug into the fight to stop LNG in Oregon!

[image by Paul K Anderson from columbia riverkeeper]

Book Mole on Kent Haruf

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program date: 
Mon, 10/19/2015

Book mole Larry Bowlden reviews the work of the late Kent Haruf, and recommends the work of this quiet writer of the heart, who writes in simple, direct prose; Larry particularly discusses his novels Plainsong, Benediction, Eventide, and the posthumously published Our Souls at Night.

You can find more of Larry's reviews here.

Kathy Farr on School Shootings

program date: 
Mon, 10/19/2015

Jan Haaken interviews Kathy Farr, professor emeritus at PSU, on her current research on school shootings. She looks at middle and high school rampage shootings over the past 30 years and takes up some of the gender and social dynamics that seem to be driving these expressions of rage. They note the inadequacy of simply calling for more mental health counseling.


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The Old Mole Variety Hour for October 19, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 10/19/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour
 
Jan Haaken hosts this episode of the Old Mole, with music by Woody Guthrie and local Portland groups. Follow the links below for individual segments and more information, or click on the play button to hear the whole show. Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Send us comments at oldmolevarietyhour at gmail dot com.

Bill Resick talks with Robin Hahnel about environmental crisis and economics beyond capitalism

Desiree Hellegers talks with Dan Serres of Columbia Riverkeeper about urgent actions to stop fossil fuel development in the Pacific Northwest

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews the work of the late novelist Kent Haruf

Jan talks with sociologist Kathy Farr about school shootings and young white men's rage


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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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