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. 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 01/21/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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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Air date: 
Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/19/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Israel's attack on Palestine, book review "10 Girls to Watch", rethinking Thanksgiving, strike-wave

Alan Wieder hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick will analyze Israel's attack on the Gaza strip.
  • Larry Bowlden is going to review Charity Shumway's Ten Girls to Watch.
  • Alan will explore rethinking Thanksgiving.
  • Updates on the strike-wave in Europe. 

 

Audio

Nic Caleb on Portland's Climate Plan

program date: 
Mon, 06/22/2015

Bill Resnick talks with Nic Caleb about the Portland Climate Action Plan that is set for a  City Council hearing this coming Wednesday, June 24. Caleb is the Climate Law Fellow at Our Children's Trust and teaches at Concordia College. He's devoted much time to working with climate action groups in Eugene, Oregon on Eugene's Climate Action Plan. Despite the possibility for Portland to join other climate-zero cities, the current Portland plan shows no effort to move toward the rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that climate scientists demonstrate is needed to preserve the climate system on which depend agricultural production and the survival of higher apes including humans.
[Image of City Hall by Cacophony]

Left & the Law: Relations of Inmates & Guards

program date: 
Mon, 06/22/2015

Left & the Law: "The charges against a prison tailor accused of helping two convicted murders escape from a maximum security facility in upstate New York have cast a spotlight on relationships between inmates and correctional staff." Jan and Mike also put a spot-light on those relationships, talking about relations between inmates and correctional officers, from exceptional cases to the ordinary situations that are more complex than indicated in the famous Stanford Prison Study. They discuss some of the difficult conditions in prison and the real but limited strategies prisoners have for resisting.

[Image of Old Turnkey public domain]

Sophie Smith on Border Community Actions

program date: 
Mon, 06/22/2015

On May 27th, a coalition of rural community groups on the U.S.-Mexico border held a joint day of action. Border residents held teach-ins, vigils, marches, and took direct action to protest border militarization. Sophie Smith from the community group People Helping People talks with Jan Haaken about the border as an instance of disaster capitalism, lining the pockets of military contractors from Israel to the USA, and damaging border communities, who nonetheless are working together for change.

[images by Sophie Smith]

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 22, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 06/22/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

 
This week's episode discusses life inside the constraining boundaries of Portland city government, the US prison system, the militarized national borders of the United States, and the finite resources of the global environment. Host Frann Michel plays music by Tom Lehrer, Alistair Hulett, and Jose-Luis Orozco, and discusses news of climate change and violence, and mentions upcoming protests regarding Ron Wyden's support for Fast Track on Monday and Opposition to Pearson Testing on Tueday. Other segments are these:

Bill Resnick talks with Nicholas Caleb about the Portland Climate Action Plan

Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss Inmate-Correctional Officer relations

Sophie Smith reports on Border Communities resistance to Border Militarization

To download or listen to individual segments, click on the links above.  For the whole show including musical breaks, use the play button below.

  • Title: OMVH22June2015
  • Length: 53:58 minutes (24.7 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Book Mole: Lily King's novel Euphoria

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program date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Lily King's novel Euphoria, a fictional account inspired by events in the lives of anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson.

You can find more of Larry's reviews here on his blog: http://oldmolelist.blogspot.com/

Looking back with Pride, forward with visionary hope

program date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015

Frann Michel discusses the film Pride (2014) and the value of visionary fiction.

For the text of her remarks with links to more information, go here.

Leo Panitch on Euro History, Greek Present

program date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015

Bill Resnick talks with Leo Panitch about the current situation in Greece, betrayals by the German social democratic parties, the Eurozone as a free-trade area, problems faced and tactics tried by Syriza, the origins of Stalinism, and the need for the global left to find ways to exercise power.

Keynesianism will not save us

program date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015

Tom Becker reads from Pete Dolack about why Keynesianism will not save the world.
Image at left by Edwardx.


The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 15, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

Tom Becker hosts this episode, which reflects on the value of history, the limits of old views, and the need for new visions.

Bill Resnick talks with Leo Panitch about the situation of Greece's Syriza and the Eurozone.

Tom Becker reads from Pete Dolack about why Keynesianism will not save the world.

Frann Michel discusses the film Pride and the value of visionary fictions.

Larry Bowlden reviews Lily King's novel Euphoria (2014).


To hear individual segments, use the links above.  To hear the whole show, with music from Greece and the British Isles, use the play button below.  You can contact us via oldmolevarietyhour < a > gmail dot com.


  • Title: omvh15june2015
  • Length: 50:14 minutes (23 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Child Poverty in Oregon

program date: 
Mon, 06/08/2015
Bill Resnick and Tyler MacGuiness of the Oregon Center for Public Policy explore Child poverty in Oregon. Twenty-five percent of Oregon kids live in destitution, 50% are in ordinary poverty, and 75% of those are in working families. The "business community" has become concerned but their proposals are false and self-serving, and they are fighting against raising the minimum wage, the best way of reducing poverty.
Photo Credit: Oregon Food Bank

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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