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.

You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/22/10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/22/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Queer Imagination, The Story of Stuff, and Ordinary Injustice

 Denise Morris will host this show, and on it the Moles  discuss -- 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/08/10

Air date: 
Mon, 02/08/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Haiti and child protection laws in Oregon

 

This program features an interview with a doctor just returned from working in Haiti.  Our series The Left and the Law continues with a discussion of the uneven application of child protection laws in light of the homicide conviction of members of the Church of Christ who did not get medical attention for their son.  Bill Resnick interviews an expert  on food safety and the food industry.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/29/09

Air date: 
Mon, 06/29/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view

Host Denise Morris talks  with Catherine Sameh about the resistance of women in Iran.   Laurie Mercier reviews the history of health care reform, and Bill Resnick interviews Robin Hahnel, professor of economics at Portland State University, about the economics of the environmental crisis.   

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/22/09

Air date: 
Mon, 06/22/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On this program, hosted by Frann Michel, the Moles discuss

  •  The Supreme Court ruling that convicted inmates have no right to an appeal based on DNA tests.
  • The new movie about the food we eat,  Food, Inc.
  • Is  economic recovery underway?
     

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/20/09

Air date: 
Mon, 04/20/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Laurie Mercier hosts on this Monday after tax day. The moles discuss who controls the wealth and how it can be redistributed more fairly to insure participatory democracy and social justice.  Along with reviews and commentaries they’ll speak with Jo Comerford, Executive Director of the National Priorities Project (NPP).  The NPP analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent, and Comerford will help us understand how 40% of tax revenue that currently supports military spending could be redirected to more critical and productive needs.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/02/09

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Norm Diamond and Clayton Morgareidge co-host. They focus on the 1919 Seattle General Strike anniversary--and feature an  interview with Rob Rosenthal, who with the Fuse produced the rock opera "Seattle 1919" http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/strike/music.shtml.  They'll also discuss the meaning and significance of the strike today.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/12/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Well-known writer and activist Holly Sklar talks with Bill Resnick about the deep changes in the economy needed to solve the problem of poverty.  The Moles  also cover the war in Gaza, and the Movie Moles tell us why the original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is better than the new one now playing. 

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.
 

Audio

19 May 2014 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014

Old Mole Variety Hour
Tom Becker hosts this episode, which includes a discussion of the fight for the $15/hour minimum wage in Portland and beyond, a report on economics students around the world demanding alternatives to failed neoclassical orthodoxies, a review of a memoir of life in the West, and a discussion of the use of Title IX to address sexual violence on college campuses.

Bill Resnick talks with Justin Norton-Kertson about the Portland campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour

Tom Becker reads "Challenging the Ruling Economic Orthodoxy: Economics Students Begin to Revolt"

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere

Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile about using Title IX to address sexual violence on campus


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  • Length: 53:12 minutes (24.35 MB)
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A New-Old Age of Revolution

program date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014
From the labor strikes of  the 19th Century to Occupy Wall Street in the 21st, ordinary people have shown they can organize and manage themselves.  Jeremy Brecher's book Strike! is a classic history of these movements.  Here Brecher talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the newly revised edition that brings the story into our own times.  

The Water Vote

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program date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014
Portland voters are deciding on a scheme (Multnomah 26-156) to turn the water bureau over to a board separate from the City Council.  Well-read Red Frann Michel lays out the flaws in this effort by large corporate water users to take control of this public resource.  Photo from Portland Tribune.

"After the Revolution" -- Theater Review

program date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014
"After the Revolution," a play by Amy Herzog and directed by Tamara Fisch, is now playing at the Portland Playhouse through June 1.  It shows the differences between the generations in a family of radical leftists.  Norm Diamond and Bill Resnick saw it and give us this generally favorable report of its virtues and limitations.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014


Bill Resnick is our host for this Membership Drive edition of the Old Mole, and it features:

1.  A conversation with Jeremy Brecher about the new and updated edition of his classic book Strike!

2.  
Analysis by Well-read Red Frann Michel of Portland Ballot measure 126-56 affecting our water.

3.  Discussion between Norm Diamond and Bill Resnick reviewing the play "After the Revolution"

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  The hear individual segments, follow the links above.  

Johanna Brenner on Revolutionary Socialist Feminism for the 21st Century

program date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014

Frann Michel reads from an article written by Johanna Brenner for the webzine of Solidarity-US. Brenner starts by arguing that "Socialist-feminists start where most feminists begin: the emancipation of women must come from women ourselves, but cannot be achieved by ourselves. From this starting point, socialist-feminists are especially interested in building inclusive movements organized by and for working class, indigenous, and rural women." She examines socialist feminist projects that not only help women, but strike back at the neoliberal re-ordering of social priorities away from care.

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  • Length: 7:12 minutes (6.59 MB)
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Arun Gupta on The Walmart Working-Class

program date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about an article Arun wrote for The Socialist Register about "the Walmart working-class". They discuss the difficulties that both workers face in the low-wage service economy face trying to organize and that unions face in trying to organize them.

Arun writes cofounded The Occupied Wall Street Journal and the Indypendent.
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  • Length: 12:47 minutes (11.71 MB)
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Defending Participatory Democracy As A Socialist Value Against Left Authoritarianism

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program date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014
Joe Clement reads excerpts from an article by Gabriel Levy called "We Need Zizek's 'Thatcher of the Left' Like A Fish Needs A Bicycle".

Written not long after Margaret Thatcher died in 2013, Gabriel is responding to the very popular (though maybe unknown to you) philosopher and cultural critic, Slavoj Zizek. After Thatcher died, Zizek wrote an article for The New Statesman defending, in his contrarian though unironic manner, Thatcher's authoritarian pnash as a value the left and anti-capitalists in particular should embrace if it is going to accomplish anything. Moreover, Zizek's controversial tact continues, this is held over and above socialist or communist ideologies that stress the people or masses achieving their own liberation democratically and inclusively.

Gabriel Levy's argument takes issue with these two points and in the end champions a renaissance in socialist thinking.
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  • Length: 6:59 minutes (6.39 MB)
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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.
You can listen to the whole show by clicking the play button below. The individual segments have their own pages linked above so you can more easily share and listen to what peaks your interests. Please send comments, suggestions, or questions to the oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for more updates.
  • Title: OMVH05052014
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 38:31 minutes (35.27 MB)
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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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