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 06/06/11

Air date: 
Mon, 06/06/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
War on Drugs, Medicare for All, relating to animal exploitation, Left press

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear about:
  • The War on Drugs, the costs of its failure to everyone, and alternatives.
  • Laurie Mercier talks with Dr. Garrett Adams, president of Physicians for a National Health Plan, about the threatened cuts to Medicare and continued need to expand an improved version to everyone.
  • Well Read Red, Frann Michel, looks at the way animals resist human exploitation and how they relate to our experiences of resistance to exploitation.
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/02/11

Air date: 
Mon, 05/02/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Alternatives to cuts in Oregon budget, Islamophobia and Islamic feminism, Left and the Law

On the next Old Mole. Joe Clement Hosts and we hear about:

  • An Interview: alternatives to cuts in the Oregon budget
  • A Well Read Red: Islamophobia and Islamic feminism
  • Another installment of The Left and the Law: Troy Davis and the death penalty

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/04/11

Air date: 
Mon, 04/04/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Mildred Pierce, Left press, Sucker Punch

On next Monday's Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick conducts an interview.
  • Frann Michel and Jan Haaken review HBO's "Mildred Pierce."
  • Tom Becker reads a piece from the Left press.
  • Joe and Wendy Webb review Zach Snyder's new film, "Sucker Punch."

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/21/11

Air date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Nuclear power and Japan, a Vietnamese action movie, and unemployment

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show which looks into--

  • Nuclear power and the disaster in Japan (a Bill Resnick interview)
  • The new Vietnamese action movie Clash (Our Movie Moles report)
  • Why full employment is never on the table (by Well-read Red Clayton Morgareidge)

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/07/11

Air date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teachers' struggle, war on women, DOMA repeal and single-payer in Oregon

 

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/07/11

Air date: 
Mon, 02/07/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
More on Egypt, Review of Buitiful, the Left press and the women of blues and jazz.

 

Joe Clement hosts on Monday the 7th and we'll hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/03/11

Air date: 
Mon, 01/03/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Net Neutrality, Movie Moles review Black Swan, Albert Einstein on Socialism, 90s political punk

 

On the next Old Mole, hosted by Joe Clement, hear:

  • Bill Resnick interviews Joseph Torres about Net Neutrality and the attempt to monetize the internet.
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Wendy Webb review "Black Swan."
  • Albert Einstein asks and answers "Why Socialism?"
  • A selection of 90s punk music with commentary by our radical musicologist, Brad Duncan.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/02/11

Air date: 
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Solar/Wind energy, music of occupy, Movie Moles: Take Shelter, Book Review: The Steal

 

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/29/10

Air date: 
Mon, 11/29/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
School Vouchers, Boxing Gym and the Police State.

The Old Mole for the 29th, hosted by Joe Clement, features

  • Bill Resnick and Dan Karp discussing why vouchers and charter schools are the wrong answer to the education question.
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Wendy Webb reviewing Boxing Gym.
  • Well Read Red Frann Michel reflecting on the Transportation Security Administration and the Police State.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/23/10

Air date: 
Mon, 08/23/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Sustainable agriculture, global warming and movies and books

Bill Resnick interviews Catherine Badgley about organic and sustainable agriculture.
Frann Michel looks at the global and governmental response to widspread flooding in Pakistan.
also a review of Pat Barkers award winning book Ghost Road and a discussion of the new crime drama comedy The Other Guys.

Audio

Chile: Music of the Revolution

program date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014
Nueva Canción, the music that accompanied the social movement that led to Salvador Allende's socialist government in Chile in the early 1970s, included Victor Jarra, Violeta Parra, Inti-Illimani and many others.  Pete Seeger spoke and sang for them both here and in South America.  Kim Davis is a Latin American historian who studies the era and its music, and here she talks with Clayton Morgareidge about the music and its times.  She also chose the several musical selections we hear:

Orlando Alarcón, "Si Somos Americanos"
Pete Seeger reads Victor Jara's last poem "Estadio Chile"
Tao Rodriguez (Pete's grandson) sings Leon Gieco's "Solo le Pido a Dios"
Inti-Illimani, "Ciudad Ho Chi Minh"
Inti-Illimani, "Venceremos"

Later in the show, we hear:

Inti-Illimani, "El Hacha" ("The Ax")
Mercedes Sosa sings "Que Vivan Los Estudiantes" by Violeta Parra


Getting to Carbon-free

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014
Clean Energy Action of Boulder, Colorado has been working to establish a municipal public utility commtted to clean and locally produced energy. Their work is opposed by the local investor-owned electric company that relies heavily on coal.  Leslie Glostrum, a biochemist and activist who works with Clean Energy Action, talks here with Old Mole Bill Resnick about the need for carbon-free energy and how to achieve it.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show featuring revolutionary music from Chile, the musical and political history of the Allende years in Chile, the struggle for carbon-free and democratic control of energy, and the impact of wealth on school closures.  

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

1.  Historian Kim Davis gives us the political background on some great Chillean music -- nueva canción.  

2.  Leslie Glostrum talks with Bill Resnick about the effort to clean up and democratize energy production in Boulder.

3.  How wealth and corporate power take the public out of public education in a California community -- Ren Green reports.

Bill Resnick on making sense of the crisis in Ukraine

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program date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014
Bill Resnick offers a news analysis on the political crisis in the Ukraine and its reverberation in world politics.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 5:16 minutes (4.83 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Left and the Law: fighting junk science in court

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program date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014
Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker bring another installment of the Left and the Law. Today they focus on legislation in Texas that allows innocent people to get their convictions overturned. In particular, drawing on a case of purported child-abuse, it allows defendants to challenge junk science pushed by experts with new research. For example, much research has not been done on the inner anatomy of young girls' vaginas, and new research suggests that the hitherto unappreciated variability of some of these features (e.g. the hymen) can be mistakenly attributed to abuse. Mike explains how in cases of abuse or murder, where closure is a priority for plantiffs, junk science that condemns a defendant can unreasonably carry a court decision. They wrap up talking about the National Center for Reason and Justice, of which Mike Snedecker is the President.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 16:07 minutes (14.76 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Stagnant Wages, Rising Productivity, and Unemployment as Ideological Problem

program date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014
Tom Becker reads a CounterPunch article by Geoffrey MacDonald, "The Revolving Door of Unemployment". MacDonald argues against the fallicious logic that tries to solve problems created by economic growth, like stagnating wages and unemployment, with MORE economic growth.

Geoffrey has been on the Old Mole before and is an editor at Ruthless Criticism.


 

High Stakes Testing As Class War Strategy

program date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014
Bill Resnick talks with local education activist Hyung Nam about high stakes testing in US schools. Hyung talks about how he was threatened with firing from Wilson High School for asking critical questions about high stakes testing, but also for raising other critical questions about teacher's academic freedom. Hyung explains how business interests are driving "education reform" to turn education into a business. This is happening, he says, in the broader context of capitalism's perpetual crisis (stagnating wages, recessions, collapsing tax bases, etc.), which is transfered to the sphere of education in terms of greedy or lazy teachers. He also argues high stakes and standardized testing are used to reproduce class society and a kind of competition that is tearing American society apart. He mentions Rethinking Schools, Portland Social Equality Educators and wraps up talking about what the alternative to corporate education reform, what real teaching looks like.

Mark Weisbrot on Venezuela

program date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Mark Weisbrot about recent upheavals in Ukraine and especially in Venezuela, where the right-wing protesters lack the leverage to oust the recently elected government.   Mark Weisbrot is co-director of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research in Washington DC, president of Just Foreign Policy, and a columnist for The Guardian.

Movie Moles on Orgasm, Inc

program date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014
Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss the 2009 documentary Orgasm, Inc, on attempts to medicalize women's sexuality. The film is available at the Multnomah County Library. More information here.

Mom Baby God

program date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014
Jan Haaken talks with Madeline Burrows about her one-woman performance coming to Portland March 5 & 6. The product of two years of immersive research, MOM BABY GOD follows Jessica Beth Giffords, a peppy, Justin Bieber-obsessed 15-year-old and zealous anti-abortion video blogger, as she navigates the political terrain at the Students for Life of America Conference. Through Jessica’s eyes, MOM BABY GOD explores the ways girls navigate their sexuality amidst a sexually repressive—and sexist—attack on reproductive rights.

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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