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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

For individual segments and information about episodes, click the "audio" tab.

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 02/11/13

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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/17/12

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Mon, 12/17/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/10/12

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Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

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Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

Iven Hale hosts this next episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/26/12

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Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Wal-Mart Strikes, Movie Review: Argo

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Nelson Lichtenstein about the Black Friday strikes and growing resistance to Wal-Mart.
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, review Argo.

Audio

PDX v Climate Change

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Mon, 04/20/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Michael Armstrong, who leads the Sustainability section of the Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. The Bureau just released a draft of the 2015 Portland/Multnomah County Climate Action Plan. Armstrong talks about what he would do if he had unlimited money and power to save the planet.
Photo Credit: Portland State University

PDX Renters v Fox Mgmt Co.

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Mon, 04/20/2015
Joe Clement interviews an organizer with The Portland Solidarity Network about their work and a recent tenant-led campaign against Fox Property Management. They discuss some of the barriers to conventional legal recourse faced by  low-income renters and the frightening power of no-cause evictions. In the end, Joe connects their conversation to the work of the Portland Renters Assembly.


Drought: Death by a Thousand Cuts

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Mon, 04/20/2015
Tom Becker reads Robert Hunziker's article from Counterpunch dealing with the imminence of serious drought due to climate change. 
Photo Credit: Tedder

Another Politics For the Left

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Mon, 04/20/2015
Tod Sloan reads from the introduction to Chris Dixon's Another Politics, a book assessing the trends among grassroots groups on the anti-authoritarian left, based on interviews with over 200 North American activists.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 20

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Mon, 04/20/2015
Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Mole and we hear:

1. Bill Resnick talks with Portland city sustainable official Michael Armstrong about what Portland is doing about climate change.

2.  Tom Becker reads an article about the imminent dangers of serious water shortages.

3.  Joe Clement talks with an activist about tenants struggles with Porttland landlords.

4.  Tod Sloan reads from a book about anti-authoritarian left politics.

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Crummy Jobs

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Mon, 04/13/2015

Joe Clement reads an article by Dylan Matthews titled "Is The Future Of America A Crummy Service Job Stamping On A Human Face, Forever?" He considers how Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton both approach the economy in much the same way: make sure that there's a ready supply of people willing to take jobs when most of the new jobs created are low-wage, low-skill, and inconsistently scheduled. He argues that the more ethical and economically rational answer to "the jobs question" is a basic income. [Image from here]
  • Artist: 4 13 15 omvh
  • Title: crummyjob
  • Length: 8:07 minutes (3.72 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Brian Tokar on Climate Change and Social Change

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Mon, 04/13/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Brian Tokar of the Institute for Social Ecology, 350vermont , and UVM about climate apocalypse and why we shouldn't despair.

Studs Terkel and the Hurts of American Racism

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Mon, 04/13/2015

Alan Weider discusses Studs Terkel and the hurts of American racism, with sounds of Terkel from transom.org and Mahalia Jackson from WFMT Chicago.

Police Violence and Psychology

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Mon, 04/13/2015

Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick talk about recent calls for better psychological screening of police and the history of using psychology to explain racist violence perpetrated by officers.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 13, 2015

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Mon, 04/13/2015
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Joe Clement hosts this episode, which features discusssion of climate crisis, crummy jobs, Studs Terkel's anti-racism, and the psychology of police violence.

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Bill Resnick talks with Brian Tokar about Climate Change and Social Change

Joe Clement reads about crummy jobs and basic income

Alan Weider continues his series on Studs Terkel, this time on the hurts of racism

Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick discuss the psychology of violent police
  • Title: OMVH13april2015
  • Length: 53:38 minutes (24.55 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

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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