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 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.

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.

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Stagnant Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014

Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary on the "left" and the limits and failures of Capitalism, drawing on work by Marta Harnecker, Thomas Piketty, Slavoj Zizek, and John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff in Monthly Review.

Housing Segregation in Portland: Karen Gibson

program date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014
Joe Clement talks with Karen Gibson of PSU's Urban Studies program about the history of housing discrimination against African-Americans in Portland; they touch on segregation, ghettoization, disinvestment, gentrification, redlining,  and community formation.

Left and the Law: Solitary Torture

program date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014

Left and the Law: Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss the torture of solitary confinement, the ongoing struggle of prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison in California, the recent federal ruling that granted inmates at Pelican Bay class action status in their legal fight to establish solitary confinement as inhumane, and the ongoing work around the issue of mass incarceration.

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

program date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014
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Frann Michel hosts this episode, with music from The Clash, and discussions of military violence, economic stagnation, racism and classism in housing, and the struggle for the rights of the incarcerated.

Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and U.S. Militarism

Clayton Morgareidge comments on the meaning of the left and the limits of capitalism

Joe Clement talks with Karen Gibson of PSU's Urban Studies Program about racist housing segregation in Portland

Left and the Law: Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss solitary confinement


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Phyllis Bennis on US Foreign Policy

program date: 
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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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

program date: 
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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Resisting Oil Terminals on the Columbia River

program date: 
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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Community Mental Health and Highly Volatile People

program date: 
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

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 26, 2014

program date: 
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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