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

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.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/20/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/20/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On today's Old Mole Variety Hour, Priya Kandaswamy, Professor of Women's Studies at Portland State University, explains  how so-called “welfare reform” has  made  it harder for poor women to escape from domestic violence.  We also get some historical context for bank nationalizations and who they benefit, and we hear about some labor struggles going on at Western Washington University  in Vancouver. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/13/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/13/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins from the Institute for Policy Studies about a real recovery plan that would revive the enconomy, support working people, and lead to new and green forms of production.   Jan Haaken interviews Megan Brooker,  an organizer of the Winter Soldier Conference, about the impact of war on mental health.  And Tom Becker explores the significance of Columbus Day.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/06/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/06/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Green Jobs for All as a response to two crises: climate and recession

After the bail-out: Supervising Paulson and the US Treasury; insuring the money is not wasted on the rich; preparing for upcoming financial dislocations and economic recession; and building strength in the new Congress and administration for a real recovery package, including Green Jobs for All.  
 
With Kate Gordon of the national organization Green Jobs For All, and local activist/leader Barbara Byrd of the Apollo Alliance.
 
Also on the Mole a review of the new film opening in Portland, "The Battle of Seattle." 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/29/08

Air date: 
Mon, 09/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Does the financial meltdown spell the end of conservative economics?

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, we ask whether the financial collapse and the government bailout spells the end of  conservative economics.  Bill Resnick talks with Mark Engler, author of How to Rule the World: The Battle For the Global Economy (available as a gift for calling in during the show with a KBOO membership pledge).  We’ll also hear from local organizers of the Oregon Fair Trade Coalition and the Cross Border Organizing Committee about the Rural Organizing Project’s effort to defeat the Sizemore anti-immigrant ballot initiative.

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Socialism rising, Capitalism falling

program date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014
The election of a Sociaist to the Seattle City Council and Jesse Myerson's recent article in Rolling Stone is evidence that discontent with the morass of neo-liberal capitalism is giving new life to socialist alternatives.  In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge examines some of the conservative reaction to this news: is it a panic reaction to the crumbling of capitalist ideological hegemony?  

Meeting to Support Portland Workers

program date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014
Aggressive Portland employers are pushing several local unions toward a strike in the coming weeks. This is no accident. Unions nationwide are facing Wisconsin-style attacks targeting public employees, teachers, students and everyone who benefits from public services. Join us for a community discussion about how we can work together and take common action for the common good.

Click the play button to hear a brief announcement by Megan Hise about a meeting this Thursday to learn more.  More info is here.

Kshama Sawant

program date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014
Kshama Sawant has just been inaugurated as Seattle's first socialist city council member in a century.  This is her inauguration speech.  

Howie Hawkins on Class Struggle in Labor and Party Politics

program date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Howie Hawkins, labor activist and former Green Party candidate in New York state. They discuss labor conditions at UPS and the speed-up tactics there, the Teamsters and Teamsters for a Democratic Union, capital mobility and so-called free trade.

Basic Income: curious utopia

program date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014
Joe Clement reads from a Jacobin magazine article about basic income, nonreformist reforms, and utopian thinking on the capitalist road to communism.

Old Mole Variety Hour 6 January 2014

program date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014
Old Mole Variety Hour
The first Old Mole Variety Hour of 2014 looks back at histories of struggle and forward to the end of alienation. Joe Clement hosts, and we hear segments on class struggle in labor and party politics, anti-capitalist activism in Mexico and globally, the revolutionary reform of guaranteed basic income, and the liabilities of hate crimes law. 

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To hear individual segments, follow these links:

Bill Resnick talks with Howie Hawkins about class struggle in labor and party politics

Well-read red Frann Michel on Zapatista resistance to neoliberalism

Joe Clement and Jacobin on basic income

Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair about hate-crimes laws

To hear the whole show with musical breaks, press play below.
  • Title: OMVH 2014.01.06.m4a
  • Length: 58:03 minutes (26.58 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Yasmin Nair on the Trouble with Hate Crimes Law

program date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014


Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair of Against Equality about the ten years since the murder of Brandon Teena, and about how hate crimes legislation can result in increased surveillance and punishment of the very marginlized communities it is ostensibly meant to protect.

See also Nair's article on Why Hate Crimes Legislation is a Bad Idea; her review of a recent book on Matthew Shepard, and these other articles on the issues:

Kay Whitlock, We Need to Dream a Bolder Dream: The Politics of Fear and Queer Struggles for Safe Communities
Lisa Duggan, Crossing the Line: The Brandon Teena Case and the Social Psychology of Working-Class Resentment
Against Equality, Various articles on Hate Crimes Law and the Prison Industrial System


Zapatista Resistance to neoliberalism

program date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014

Well-Read Red Frann Michel considers the twenty years of NAFTA and of Zapatista resistance to NAFTA and neoliberalism. You can read a longer version of this piece, with links to sources, here on her blog.

Decentralizing Energy

program date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013
How could the production and distribution of energy be cleaner and more subject to local control?  Energy expert Al Weinrub talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how locally and cleanly produced electricity, not requiring fossil fuels, could engage local communities in decisions about where their electricity comes from.  Weinrub is  the author of Community Power, is a sustainable energy writer, analyst, and advocate. He is currently the coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance, a Bay Area coalition advocating for local renewable energy, healthier sustainable communities, and clean energy jobs.  More about his book here.  

Queer Misogyny

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program date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013
In a recent blog post, Franvarian explores the stereotypes within the LGBT community that lead to misplaced and oppressive assumptions about femmes and to "femmephobia".  Old Mole Iven Hale reads it for us.  
Photo credit: http://geeksdreamgirl.com/

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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