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

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/01/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's topics include creating an economy that works for peace, sustainable production, and compassionate human caring in the current crisis and a look at the roots of the Mumbai massacre.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/24/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, film theorist Robert Samuels talks with Jan Haaken about the politics of comedy and irony in entertainment, as for example in Madagascar 2, Tropic Thunder, Religulous, and W.  Bill Resnick and Economist Arthur McEwan discuss the spiraling economic crisis.  And Clayton Morgareidge looks at the situation in Afghanistan in light of President-elect Obama’s policy to ramp up the war there.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/17/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The Movie Moles discuss “Queen of Hearts,” a documentary about Darcelle’s – the nation’s oldest suriving Drag club right here in Portland.  We also hear from David Oaks who challenges the dominance of drugs and the medicalizing of madness in psychiatry.  He urges organizing psychiatric survivors around patients’ rights.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/10/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Today the Moles  reflect  on the Obama victory: its impact on black folks and the left’s response: euphoria, high hopes, and the advice he’s  getting on health care,  unions, the environment, as well as worries about his first appointments.   We’ll also hear  a  tribute to the late Studs Terkel.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/03/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

 

Bill Resnick looks at the entrenched forces in the US policy making apparatus that will challenge the new President -- like the Federal Reserve,  the army, and the dominant role in Congress of conservative Democrats.  Denise Morris interviews an activist from Dicentra, a Portland  area collective that creates radical communities of care, networks of support, and  movements based on relationship building and collective narratives  from our lives. 


Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 10/27/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On this show, the Moles  consider the significance of nationalizing banks, as the US Government is now planning to do.  We also hear from  two Minnesota student  activists who locked themselves to the gate of a weapons  factory to stop arms shipments  to Iraq.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/20/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/20/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On today's Old Mole Variety Hour, Priya Kandaswamy, Professor of Women's Studies at Portland State University, explains  how so-called “welfare reform” has  made  it harder for poor women to escape from domestic violence.  We also get some historical context for bank nationalizations and who they benefit, and we hear about some labor struggles going on at Western Washington University  in Vancouver. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/13/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/13/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins from the Institute for Policy Studies about a real recovery plan that would revive the enconomy, support working people, and lead to new and green forms of production.   Jan Haaken interviews Megan Brooker,  an organizer of the Winter Soldier Conference, about the impact of war on mental health.  And Tom Becker explores the significance of Columbus Day.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/06/08

Air date: 
Mon, 10/06/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Green Jobs for All as a response to two crises: climate and recession

After the bail-out: Supervising Paulson and the US Treasury; insuring the money is not wasted on the rich; preparing for upcoming financial dislocations and economic recession; and building strength in the new Congress and administration for a real recovery package, including Green Jobs for All.  
 
With Kate Gordon of the national organization Green Jobs For All, and local activist/leader Barbara Byrd of the Apollo Alliance.
 
Also on the Mole a review of the new film opening in Portland, "The Battle of Seattle." 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/29/08

Air date: 
Mon, 09/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Does the financial meltdown spell the end of conservative economics?

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, we ask whether the financial collapse and the government bailout spells the end of  conservative economics.  Bill Resnick talks with Mark Engler, author of How to Rule the World: The Battle For the Global Economy (available as a gift for calling in during the show with a KBOO membership pledge).  We’ll also hear from local organizers of the Oregon Fair Trade Coalition and the Cross Border Organizing Committee about the Rural Organizing Project’s effort to defeat the Sizemore anti-immigrant ballot initiative.

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Chris Toensing on Iran

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program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Chris Toensing of Middle East Report about US relations with Iran, negotiations over nuclear material, and their common interests in opposing ISIS. They note Israel's interest in distracting attention from the Palestinian question as a destabilizing issue in the region; Saudi interests in avoiding acknowledging an alternative to monarchy as a form of Islamic government; and the fabrication of sectarianism as a source of conflict.

Patrick Mazza on US-China Climate talks

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program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
Patrick Mazza of Cascadia Planet talks with Bill Resnick about how the Obama administration's discussions with China on climate build on actions at the US state level, and next steps will need to come from further local actions, though the cost of solar panels is likely to drop considerably. (Preceded by some Bruce Springsteen.)

Black Friday, WalMart workers Stand Up for 15

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program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
Bill Resnick reads from Brice Covert of ThinkProgress about Walmart workers, Black Friday, the Fight for Fifteen, and he discusses the upcoming Portland action
Oregon Walmart workers stand up
November 28, 2014• 11:00 AM
Walmart• 4200 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
Host Contact Info: sarahunitedforrespect@gmail.com

Movie Moles: Dear White People

program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss Dear White People, an independent first feature written and directed by Justin Simien; funded in part via Indiegogo, it has been a big hit at Sundance and with critics. It's currently playing in Portland at Cinema 21. Dear White People centers around the lives of four Black students at the a fictional Ivy League university. Sam (played by Tessa Thompson) runs the controversial campus radio show ‘Dear White People’ which has been accused by the administration of stirring racial tensions around the school. Troy (played by Brandon P Bell) is under pressure to succeed in all aspects of university life from his father, the Dean of Students (played by Dennis Haysbert). Things begin to unravel when Sam beats Troy in the campaign for president of the one traditionally Black dorm on campus. Meanwhile Lionel (played by Tyler James White), is a gay sci-fi geek who writes for the campus alternative paper and is harassed by those at his dorm, including the son of the college president. And Coco (played by Teyonah Parris), a Black girl from the south side of Chicago who doesn’t want to be seen as the stereotypical ghetto girl, wishes her vlog got as many hits as Sam's. She takes the advice of a reality-show producer to try for more conflict, and proposes MC-ing for the Halloween party of the campus humor magazine, which this year adopts the theme of "release your inner negro." Denise & Frann also mention Lavelle Porter's essay on the film in The New Inquiry, and some related short promo films.

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 17, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
Old Mole Variety Hour
Bill Resnick hosts this episode and we hear these segments:

Bill Resnick talks with Chris Toensing of Middle East Research and Information Project about US-Iran relations

Bill reads about and discusses Black Friday Labor actions by and for Walmart workers

Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel review Dear White People

Bill talks with Patrick Mazza about US-China agreement on Carbon and Climate

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The Psychology of Political Activism

program date: 
Mon, 11/10/2014
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan, psychologists and activists, talk about the emotional demands of social movement work, and what we can learn from the history of groups organizing for fundamental social change. Sloan talks about an organization he helped found in Portland, Cascadia Center for Social Ecology, focused on education and emotional support for activists. On Facebook

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 10, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 11/10/2014
Tom Becker hosts this edition of the Old Mole featuring discussions of the November elections and the psychology of political activism.  
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1. Paul Sonn and Laurie Mercier discuss the movement for the minimum wage.

2.  Well-read Red Bill Resnick discusses the November 4 elections: why the Democrats lost.

3.  Psychologists Tod Sloan and Jan Haaken talk about the emotional issues that can affect movement organizations and activists.

 

The Minimum Wage Movement

program date: 
Mon, 11/10/2014
Paul Sonn, of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), speaks with Laurie Mercier about recent successes of state and city minimum wage campaigns, and new grass-roots strategies for promoting living wage jobs.  Here is a good online resource for action on this issues.  

Why the Democrats Lost

program date: 
Mon, 11/10/2014
Today's Well-read Red is Bill Resnick. He examines various left assessments of the 2014 mid-term election on why it had such a disastrous outcome for the Democrats and what political initiatives are required of the left, including building movements for reform but also "reform and revolution/transformation" organizing.

Karl Marx, the Iroquois People, and Possibilities for a Free Society

program date: 
Tue, 11/04/2014
In the last years of his life, Karl Marx returned to the themes of his early writings: the possibility of a society beyond private property and alienation, inspired by what he read about the Iroquois in the work of anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan. Clayton Morgareidge reads selected passages from an essay by Franklin Rosemont. The full article, which is worth reading by anyone interested in Marx and Marxism, is here.
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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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