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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/05/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The housing crisis continues as more people become homeless  because of foreclosures.  On this program, Bill Resnick talks with Chester Hartman, Director of Research for the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, about  the problem and how it could be solved. The Movie Moles will  review Slumdog Millionaire, and Tom Becker will read from the Guardian on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

This program revolves  around the prospects for universal health care in the Obama years and beyond.   Can we have real universal coverage in a profit-driven insurance system?   Why are other nations better at this than the US?   And we hear a review of  Kaye Gibbons' novel Sights Unseen in which issues of mental health are raised.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on this edition of the Old Mole include:
•    How Obama’s foreign policy might affect the poorer nations of the world
•    the role of remorse in granting parole, with reference to Diane Downs
•    the dying death penalty; and
•    why Eric Holder is the only cabinet pick the  Republicans fear.
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on the Old Mole Variety Hour for December 8 include
•    the music of John Lennon,
•    Gus Van Sant’s movie Milk,
•    the hearts and minds of anti-gay marriage voters, and
•    the auto industry bailout. 
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/01/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's topics include creating an economy that works for peace, sustainable production, and compassionate human caring in the current crisis and a look at the roots of the Mumbai massacre.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/24/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, film theorist Robert Samuels talks with Jan Haaken about the politics of comedy and irony in entertainment, as for example in Madagascar 2, Tropic Thunder, Religulous, and W.  Bill Resnick and Economist Arthur McEwan discuss the spiraling economic crisis.  And Clayton Morgareidge looks at the situation in Afghanistan in light of President-elect Obama’s policy to ramp up the war there.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/17/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The Movie Moles discuss “Queen of Hearts,” a documentary about Darcelle’s – the nation’s oldest suriving Drag club right here in Portland.  We also hear from David Oaks who challenges the dominance of drugs and the medicalizing of madness in psychiatry.  He urges organizing psychiatric survivors around patients’ rights.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/10/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Today the Moles  reflect  on the Obama victory: its impact on black folks and the left’s response: euphoria, high hopes, and the advice he’s  getting on health care,  unions, the environment, as well as worries about his first appointments.   We’ll also hear  a  tribute to the late Studs Terkel.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/03/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

 

Bill Resnick looks at the entrenched forces in the US policy making apparatus that will challenge the new President -- like the Federal Reserve,  the army, and the dominant role in Congress of conservative Democrats.  Denise Morris interviews an activist from Dicentra, a Portland  area collective that creates radical communities of care, networks of support, and  movements based on relationship building and collective narratives  from our lives. 


Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 10/27/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On this show, the Moles  consider the significance of nationalizing banks, as the US Government is now planning to do.  We also hear from  two Minnesota student  activists who locked themselves to the gate of a weapons  factory to stop arms shipments  to Iraq.

Audio

Remembering Paul Robeson Senior & Junior

program date: 
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.

Old Mole Variety Hour May 5 2014

program date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014

Joe Clement hosts (and Kate Welch engineers) this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour (foreshortened because of membership-drive).

We hear about socialist feminism for revolutionary change in the 21st Century, organizing within what Arun Gupta calls "the Walmart working-class", why "leading left intellectuals" like Slavoj Zizek are wrong about needing authoritarian leaders to defeat capital, and about the late Paul Robeson Jr.'s life and the influence his father had on his own political work.
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the Left & the Law: the Innocence Project

program date: 
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.
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  • Title: Women&Prison
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 10:50 minutes (4.96 MB)
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Living Stages Presents Working-Class Poetry Open Mike

program date: 
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.
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  • Title: ParkerResnick
  • Year: 2014
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Old Mole Variety Hour 28 April 2014

program date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014
Old Mole Variety Hour
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

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Vern Rutsala, "Surfaces"

program date: 
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.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014


Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Earth Day special edition of the Old Mole.  It includes discussions of climate change and what must be done about it, the dangers of copper mining, a review of the big new flood movie "Noah", and a poem by the late Vern Rutsala about looking behind the surfaces of monuments.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  To hear individual segments, follow these links:

1.  Activist and writer Jeremy Brecher talks with Bill Resnick about the latest science on climate change and what must be done.

2.  Bill Carter talks with Laurie Mercier about his new book on copper mining as mining is being planned for Mt. St. Helens.

3.  Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Joe Clement review "Noah".

4.  Vern Rutsala's poem "Surfaces" read by Clayton Morgareidge.


 

Copper Mining on St. Helens?

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program date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014
With moves afoot to start mining minerals, including copper, near Mt. St. Helens, Bill Carter's new book Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, the Metal That Runs the World becomes required reading. Here Carter joins the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier for a conversation about the many uses of copper and the impact of careless copper mining.  

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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