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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
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How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

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Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 

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The Old Mole Variety Hour for October 12, 2015

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Mon, 10/12/2015
October 12 is Indigenous People's Day -- formerly known as "Columbus Day." The show, hosted this week by Tom Becker, features an interview about native Americans joining forces with white ranchers to deal with climate change issues that affect them all. We also hear other interviews and commentaries about what people are doing on environmental matters.
To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow these links. And don't forget to keep up with (and like)  us on Facebook!

1.  Greenberg, Kansas goes green -- Bill Resnick talks with Mayor Dixson.

2.  Tod Sloan discusses how historical memory helps social movements with oral historian and activist Sandy Polishuk.

3.  Tom Becker reads from Michael T. Klare's article, "Welcome to the New Planet"

4.  Old Mole Laurie Mercier talks with Professor Zoltán Grossman about "cowboy and Indian" alliances to save their lands from coal and natural gas extraction.


Kansas Evironmentalism

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Mon, 10/12/2015
Bill Resnick interviews Bob Dixson, the mayor of Greensberg, Kansas,  a small, white, Republican-voting farming town.  After a tornado devastated 95% of the city, they decided to rebuild to be a carbon free city using only renewable energy -- a small wind farm that fed into its publicly owned and run electric utility. And along the way they made the city biking and walking friendly, and built a golf course and swimming pool within the city limits.

Learning from History

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program date: 
Mon, 10/12/2015
Tod Sloan interviews Sandy Polishuk, oral historian and long-time activist, on the importance of historical memory in social movements, both for inspiration and for the lessons that can be learned. Polishuk is divestment lead coordinator for 350PDX.

Learning from History

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Mon, 10/12/2015
Tod Sloan interviews Sandy Polishuk, oral historian and long-time activist, on the importance of historical memory in social movements, both for inspiration and for the lessons that can be learned. Polishuk is divestment lead coordinator for 350PDX.

Welcome To the New Planet

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Mon, 10/12/2015
 Tom Becker reads from "Welcome to a New Planet: Climate Change ‘Tipping Points’ and the Fate of the Earth" by Michael T. Klare. Klare dismisses the belief that climate change will proceed in a slow, linear progression but rather is likely to proceed by sudden catastrophic leaps from which there will be no possibility of recovery. 

Native People and Climate Change

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Mon, 10/12/2015
Zoltán Grossman, Professor of Geography and Native Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, discusses some ongoing alliances between Native Americans and rural whites in organizing on behalf of the environment to halt mining companies, the XL pipeline, and developing responses to climate change.
 
Grossman is a longtime community organizer, and among groups is affiliated with the Climate Change and Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations project  at Evergreen. He is co-editor of book Asserting Native Resilience: Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Face the Climate Crisis (Oregon State University Press), writes for Common Dreams and other publications, and is currently working on a book about rural Native/non-Native environmental alliances.

Latest Death Penalty Challenges

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Tue, 10/06/2015

On The Left and the Law:
Richard Glossip was scheduled to be put to death on October 3rd in Oklahoma but his execution was stayed because the state got  the wrong cocktail of drugs to kill him. Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk about the importance of this case, including evidence that Richard Glossip was actually innocent, and political challenges to the medicalizing of the death penalty. 

Labor and the Climate

program date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015

Joe Uehlein talks with Bill Resnick about building a labor-environmental movement to curb global warming and save the planet. Uehlein's music is featured in the full length version of this episode of the Old Mole. He will be speaking and playing his music this Saturday, October 10, 6:30 pm at the AFL-CIO Hall at 3645 SE 32nd Ave Portland.

Photo: "Wayne National Forest Solar Panel Construction (3725036895)" by Wayne National Forest 

Remembering Pornographer Candida Royalle

program date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015
Frann Michel remembers the work of filmmaker, free-speech advocate,
and sex-positive feminist Candida Royalle. Best known as the
pioneering founder of Femme Productions, the first successful
production company for feminist and couples-oriented erotic films,
Royalle should be remembered not only for her contributions to the
representation and enhancement of female sexual pleasure, but also for
her position in community and solidarity with other feminist sex
workers and activists.

photo by Arthur Cohen from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ms_Candida_Royalle.jpg

What Can Be Done About Mass Killings

program date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015
In the wake of the shootings in Roseburg, Oregon, Bill Resnick considers various reactions from pundits and how the left should understand these events.

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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