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

Our graphic lettering is  by Charlie Ertola.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/29/08

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Mon, 09/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/22/08

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Mon, 09/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Moles discuss the financial crisis and Sarah Palin and the Christian Right.

Get the Moles’ underground  analysis  of the current financial crisis as Bill Resnick  interviews John Miller from the Union of Radical Political Economists (URPE), and Tom Becker  reads from The  Nation’s William Greider.  Also on the show, Jan Haaken will be talking with Cynthia Burack about  Sarah Palin and the Christian Right.  Burack is the author  of Sin, Sex and Democracy: Anti-Gay Rhetoric and the Christian Right.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/15/08

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Mon, 09/15/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Politics and Music of War and Peace

Listen to the Old Mole Variety hour Monday morning at 9:00 to hear the music of Victor Jara and learn about his life.  You’ll also find out what progressives can do to build popular support for a more peaceful foreign policy and why the Democrats are always playing defense against the Republican attack machine.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/08

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Mon, 09/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Moles discuss immigration issues and saving the city and the planet one neighborhood at a time

Luz María Gordillo will be your host, interviewing Chicana Rusty Barceló of the University of Minnesota.  Denise Morris will be talking with Amelia Cates from the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee about strategies for defeating the anti immigration measure on the ballot this November.  And Bill Resnick talks with two local gardening experts about sustainable gardening that can make every neighborhood a park. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/08

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Mon, 08/25/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Cuba: Interview, film review and commentary.

Bill Resnick will interview Cuba expert Sam Farber. They will discuss Cuba in transition and the possibilities for development, self-determination and Socialist democracy. Movie Moles will review the 1964 film Soy Cuba! made by Russian film makers interested in telling the story of the Cuban revolution. Soy Cuba! was a breakthrough in filmmaking.
 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/04/08

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Mon, 08/04/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Iraq: the current situation and how to get out

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this show will feature a discussion with middle-east expert Antonia Juhasz about the situation in Iraq and how the US can get out without further harm to the Iraqi people.   We will also hear How the Garcia Girls Spent the Summer (that is, a movie review), why “democratic capitalism” is an oxymoron, and all about an artists’ collective that makes social protest posters

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/28/08

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Mon, 07/28/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Old Mole Variety Hour -- interviews and reviews from an underground perspective

What happens to victims when their assailants are given  "guilty except for insanity" sentences, as in the Richard Gillmore case?  Portland Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with Jan Haaken.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden will discuss Elizabeth Berg’s novel  The Art of Mending.  And Bill Resnick interviews Guy Dauncey about the technologies apppropriate for a greener and more democratic earth.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/21/08

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Mon, 07/21/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Socialism for the rich, the state of the economy, and political art and theater

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, we will hear what’s ahead for the declining US economy, and how the welfare state for the rich socializes risks and privatizes profits: When corporations win, they win; when they lose, we all pay. The Moles will also talk with members of the Just Seeds Art Collective and review the play "Man to Man" about a German woman who switched identities to survive the Nazis.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/14/08

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's guests include MICHELLE HABELL-PALLAN, an associate professor of women’s studies at
University of Washington and author of
Loca
Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture.
She’ll talk about the profound influence of Latinos in American popular music. And local activist Maika Yeigh of the Lewis and Clark School of education, discusses the very
expensive "drill and kill" corporately- developed early reading
program pushed by the Bush Administration and purchased by Portland. 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/07/08

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Mon, 07/07/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music and interviews focusing on LGBTQ rights.

Today’s program  features Kate Reid, a charming and in-your-face songwriter whose music is full of great story-telling, humor, and political commentary.  Luz María Gordillo will interview  her.  Luz María will also talk with Adelina Anthony a Xicana-Indígena lesbian multi-disciplinary artist, originally from San Antonio, Texas. Her work addresses many issues affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities.  The movie moles will  review a Lesbian spy spoof/satire called "D.E.B.S."   All this plus a Bill Resnick interview with professor of women's history and feminist studies Etstelle Freedman. 

Audio

Hart Noecker & Nick Caleb: Pedalpalooza, Gentrification, and Our Right to the City

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Mon, 06/02/2014
Joe Clement talks with Hart Noecker and Nick Caleb about gentrification in Portland and a Pedalpalooza ride* they're organizing to raise awareness and stimulate action around it. Hart and Nick discuss how they came to Portland, how they've seen it change, why they and others refer to this change as "gentrification", and why this is such a pressing issue. The promised online portion starts right after a 10 second musical clip at the end. In it they dive into a more open conversation about density, green capitalism and how the market distorts and undermines the aims of development, organizing working and poor communities to take, and more.

*May 9th leaving at 5:30pm from Colonel Summers Park at SE20th and Belmont, with a repeat on Wednesday same time and place.

Hart is a liveable streets and bicycle activist, writing for Rebel Metropolis and other websites. Nick Caleb teaches geography at Concordia University and was a recent candidate for the City Council of Portland, placing the right to the city at the center of his campaign and drawing at least 18,000 votes in the 2014 primary election. They both contribute to Mismanaging Perceptions.
  • Length: 31:14 minutes (28.59 MB)
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Resisting Oil Terminals on the Columbia River

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Mon, 06/02/2014
Laurie Mercier talks with Eric de Place about proposed oil processing facilities in the Port of Vancouver (the largest ever in the PNW). The Tesaro terminals would bring in as much as half a million barrels of oil a day from the Alberta Tar Sands and other sites in North America. Eric reviews the recent history of both built and proposed oil infrastructure in Washington and Oregon. Eric explains how oil trains and infrastructure not only contribute to global ecological and economic volatility, but also how local ecologies and economies are systematically damaged by them, and how local communities are organizing against them. To this end, they talk about the sheisty ways that this project has been tentatively pushed for and an important Vancouver City Council meeting where testimony will be heard defending a resolution to reject the terminals*. They consider how both the business and larger community oppose the terminals, the lies about job-creation and other economic benefits.

*This meeting has since convened, and in wee hours of Tuesday morning after hearing 7 hours of testimony,  the terminals were stopped in a 5-2 vote!

Eric is policy director and analyst for the Sightline Institute, an independent research center based in Seattle that focuses on environmental & sustainability issues facing the Pacific NorthWest.
  • Length: 13:05 minutes (11.98 MB)
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Community Mental Health and Highly Volatile People

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Mon, 06/02/2014
Iven Hales recalls her experiences as a social worker with a disturbed woman, drawing out how our mental health and corrections systems fail to support volatile people, and all too often eject them back into the public.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Phyllis Bennis on US Foreign Policy

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Mon, 06/02/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Phyllis Bennis about recent US foreign policy and policy attitudes toward Syria, the Ukraine, China and more. They start by looking at Barack Obama's recent foreign policy speech wherein he responds to critics, and how he validates a strawman that equivocates military presence with troop numbers and avoids the failure of international military interventions. They consider "unconventional" approaches to warfare and how it fails people in occupied territories. Phyllis points out the clever way that money for contractors has been deceptively "cut" from military budgets and transfered effectively to the State department. They expose the inconsistency between Obama's position that there is no military solution in Syria and other war-torn countries and the fact that instead of troops we are sending weapons to Syria. Phyllis outlines a Do No Harm solution to conflicts and US foreign policy in general.

Phyllis Bennis directs the Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies.
  • Length: 16:10 minutes (14.8 MB)
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Myths About Public Schools

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Mon, 05/26/2014
In thrall to those who want to take public schools out of public hands and make a profit from them, the mass media is filled with claims that public schools and teachers are failing.  David Berliner talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick and makes it clear that public schools are actually doing much better than the critics claim, often outperforming private charter schools.  Berliner is a co- author of 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education.

Making Memories

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Mon, 05/26/2014
What do we remember of our collective history, and what do we teach those who follow us to remember?  On this Memorial Day, Norm Diamond reflects on the making and remaking of social memory in this commentary.  

Memorial Day Poem: "Sweet and Fitting..."

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Mon, 05/26/2014
"Sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country," wrote the Roman poet Horace.  World War I poet Wilfrid Owen overturns this sentiment in the light of his experiences of war in this poem read for us here by Tom Becker.  

Remembering Casualties of US Health Care

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Mon, 05/26/2014
On Memorial Day, we remember the dead, and in this two-part segment, Old Moles Frann Michele and Jan Haaken remember those who have died from the lack of adequate and timely health care in our profit-driven medical system.  First, as today's Well-read Red, Frann points out that over 500 people in Oregon alone have died from lack of medical insurance, and reminds of us the continuing battle for single-payer health care going on across the country.  (You can read Frann's comments on her blog.)  Then Frann and Jan discuss the current controversy about Veterans Administration hospitals, reminding us that in spite of recent problems, the public health care of veterans compares very favorably with the private care received by non-veterans.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 26, 2014

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Mon, 05/26/2014


Jan Haaken hosts this Memorial Day edition of the Mole in which we remember not only those who have fallen on battlefields, but those who have died from lack of access to medical care.  We also hear a conversation about how good our public schools are, giving the lie to those who run them down so they can privatize them.  All this, plus a commentary about how memories are made and remade.   

To hear the whole show, including music, use the play button below.  To hear individual segments, follow the numbered links.  To keep up with the Old Mole, become our friend on Facebook!

1.  Author David Berliner talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the spurious attacks on public schools.

2.  Old Mole contributor Norm Diamond reflects on the making and remaking of historical memory.

3.  Tom Becker reads Wilfrid Owen's World War 1 poem "Sweet and Fitting".

4.  Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss the battle for single-payer health care and the casualties from the lack of universal health care.  

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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