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

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
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?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity, same sex intimate partner violence

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
Old Mole Variety Hour



Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Audio

Defending Participatory Democracy As A Socialist Value Against Left Authoritarianism

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program date: 
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.
  • Title: ZizekThatcher
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 6:59 minutes (6.39 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Remembering Paul Robeson Senior & Junior

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Mon, 05/05/2014
Laurie Mercier remembers the life and work of Paul Robeson Junior, an activist and archivist, but also the son of world-famous black-listed radical singer Paul Robeson Senior. She looks at how Robeson Senior influenced Robeson Junior, but also how Robeson Junior. She reads for about 5 minutes, and then we hear a short clip of Robeson Junior speaking on the transformation of struggles around civil rights to human rights.

the Left & the Law: the Innocence Project

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Mon, 04/28/2014
Jan Haaken and Mike Snediker discuss the Innocence Project which seeks to free those wrongfully convicted of crimes. They discuss the development of DNA technology that made it possible to discover the large numbers of wrongful convictions, and the reasons for those many miscarriages of justice—including tunnel vision or confirmatory bias, police and prosecutorial misconduct, and mistaken eyewitnesses. Juries are still instructed to consider the level of confidence of eyewitnesses, even though there is no relation between confidence and accuracy. 

Related: Guilty Except for Insanity plays April 30 at the Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival.

Increasing Incarceration of Women and Girls in Oregon

program date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014
Iven Hale and Frann Michel report on a Partnership for Safety and Justice panel discussion about the increasing incarceration of women and girls in Oregon. Panelists included Piper Kerman of Orange is the New Black fame; Fariborz Pakseresht, Director of the Oregon Youth Authority; Jennifer Williamson, State Rep for Disctrict 36; and Alverda McCoy of MercyCorps' Reentry Transition Center.  Frann and Iven also mention recent Frontline Documentaries , a recent ACLU Report on women in prison, and the possibility of prison abolition.
  • Artist: omvh
  • Title: Women&Prison
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 10:50 minutes (4.96 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Living Stages Presents Working-Class Poetry Open Mike

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Mon, 04/28/2014
Joe Clement talks with Tamara Lynne and Daisy Montague of Living Stages, a branch of the Theatre of the Oppressed, which will be hosting a Working-Class Poets Open Mike on May 2nd. Theater of the Oppressed was founded by Augusto Boal in Brazil during the dictatorship there as a way of breaking down divisions between spectators and actors, making everyone an active "spect-actor." Living Stages offers workshops, trainings and performances to Portland communities and beyond, using theatre to "turn non-actors into actors-- in the theatre and in society." The Working-Class Poets event invites all those interested to express their experiences as workers through songs, poems, stories, or other media. It takes place at Anna Bananas in combination with their regular slam poetry event, the day after May Day, from 7pm -9pm on NE Alberta & 24th.

Bill Resnick talks with Mike Parker of the Richmond (CA) Progressive Alliance

program date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014
Bill Resnick interviews Mike Parker, Progressive Alliance candidate for Mayor of Richmond, California. They discuss Richmond's battles with Chevron over its Richmond refinery, the corporation's failure to pay taxes, the pollution the refinery causes, and the company's attempts to continue polluting with ever-cruder and more dangerous fossil fuels, as well as Richmond's pioneering work in solar energy. The Richmond Progressive Alliance accepts no corporate funding and is battling the money Chevron is pouring into trying to recapture the city council. More than a political party, the RPA works through grassroots community organizing and forming alliances with other groups. They've had success in reforming the police force as well as reducing pollution and improving the environment, and are working on buying back mortgages to help people stay in their homes. See Team Richmond for more information about Mike and his campaign.
  • Artist: omvh
  • Title: ParkerResnick
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 20:37 minutes (9.44 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour 28 April 2014

program date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014
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Tom Becker hosts this episode on Politics, Poetry, and Prisons. Bill Resnick interviews Mike Parker of the Richmond Progressive Alliance about Chevron and city government. Joe Clement talks with Tamara Lynne and Daisy Montague of Living Stages about their upcoming working-class poetry open mike. Iven Hale and Frann Michel report on a Partnership for Safety and Justice panel on the increasing incarceration of women and girls in Oregon. Left & the Law: Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss the Innocence Project to exonerate the wrongly convicted.

Bill Resnick interviews Mike Parker of the Richmond Progressive Alliance

Joe talks with Tamara and Daisy about Living Stages and Working-Class Poetry

Frann and Iven discuss women's incarceration in OR and the USA

Left & the Law: on the Innocence Project

Use the links above to listen to individual segments, or click below for the whole show.

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  • Title: OldMole28April2014
  • Length: 57:57 minutes (26.53 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Vern Rutsala, "Surfaces"

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Tue, 04/22/2014
Oregon poet Vern Rutsala, who died at the age of 80 this month, appreared on the Old Mole Variety Hour in 1992 to read and discuss his poem "Surfaces" about touring the H.M.S. Victory.  Here Clayton Morgareidge remembers that occasion and reads the poem.  

Climate Change Action

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program date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014
What can be done to make the necessity of radical action to prevent catastrophic climate change obvious to everyone?  Jeremy Brecher of the Labor Network for Sustainability talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the latest science on global warming and what can and must be done.  

Movie Moles: "Noah"

program date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014

 On this Earth Day special, our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Joe Clement review the new movie "Noah" about a famous ancient flood.  It raises issues about who is responsible for climate disasters and what our obligations are to those who are hit by them

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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