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 for January 13

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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 23, 2013

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Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Audio

Well-read Red: Gentrification, Class Domination, and Racism

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Mon, 10/13/2014
Frann Michel reads from an essay by Gavin Mueller in Jacobin, as well as from other sources, to argue that gentrification is not simply a cultural change in a neighborhood, but instead is driven by economic forces and backed by state power.   But those forces can be collectively opposed, and alternatives proposed, as evidenced in the global--and local--Right to the City movement. You can also read Frann's commentary.
  • Length: 8:54 minutes (8.15 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Dispatches Against Displacement: understanding and resisting gentrification

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Mon, 10/13/2014
Joe Clement talks with James Tracy, author of "Dispatches Against Displacement: field notes from San Francisco's housing war". They consider what gentrification is as an economic and by extension racialized form of domination, how different cities experience gentrification differently, and real world strategies for fighting back and protecting housing from market forces. James will be speaking at Reading Frenzy books off of N Beech and Mississippi at 6pm on Sunday the 19th, where there'll be a community discussion about fighting displacement.

James Tracy is a Bay Area native and a community organizer. He is co-founder of the San Francisco Community Land Trust (which uses public and private money to buy up housing stock and take it out of the real estate market), as well as a poet and co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power, which he's been interviewed about on KBOO before.

  • Length: 8:44 minutes (7.99 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Left and the Law: racism, perceptions of crime, and the punitive state

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Mon, 10/13/2014
On their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss a recent research report by The Sentencing Project, titled "Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Polices."  The report describes how deeply embedded racism is in the criminal justice system, and how implicit or unconscious racism among white Americans props up this destructive system. Jan and Mike talk about key reforms described in the report, and ways of challenging racist rhetoric on crime and punishment.  
  • Length: 15:38 minutes (14.32 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 13, 2014

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Mon, 10/13/2014
Joe Clement hosts this episode about public health and our vulnerability to epidemics like Ebola, gentrification as colonialist legacy, and racial perceptions of crime. Musical selections from Hazel Dickens, Leon Rosselson, James Talley, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy.
Click the above links for individual segments or the play button below to listen to the whole show including music clips. You can follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get updates about the show or email us at oldmolevarietyhour>>at<<gmail<<dot>>com with comments, questions, suggestions, or your interest in becoming part of or occasionally contributing to the Old Mole collective.
  • Title: OMVHOctober132014
  • Length: 58:59 minutes (54.01 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Public Health and Social Spending

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Mon, 10/13/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Dr. Walter Tsou about the importance of public health. They consider  how our social spending priorities, over determined by war and market competition, and in that vein the private medical insurance regime, undermine our public health and leave us vulnerable to epidemics like Ebola.

Dr. Walter Tsou is a past president of the American Public Health Association and former health commissioner of Philadelphia. He is a founding member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners and a board adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program.  Dr. Tsou is also the president of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility.
  • Length: 14:51 minutes (13.59 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: Heaven Adores You, Elliott Smith

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Mon, 10/06/2014

Movie Moles Frann Michel and Iven Hale discuss Heaven Adores You, the new film about Portland singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, which opens the NW Film Center's Reel Music Festival. The film is a straightforward tale of the tragic impact of fame on a sensitive artistic genius, but offers previously unheard music and new interviews with his friends and fellow musicians, beautiful footage of Portland, and clips from the KBOO archives.

Syria, Iraq, ISIS, and US

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Mon, 10/06/2014
What does the US think it's doing as it resumes bombing in Iraq and adds parts of Syria to its target list?  And what will be the likely result of these actions?  Middle East Reports (MERIP)  is the magazine that covers the Middle East from a critical left perspective, and here its editor Chris Toesing talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about these questions.  
A subscription to the magazine is available as a thank you gift for your financial support of KBOO.

Endless War Unless We Make Them Stop

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Mon, 10/06/2014
It's so obvious that the "War on Terror" cannot possibly accomplish what it claims to be its goals that either those who are running the war are utter fools, or else their goals are quite different from what they say they are.  David Mizner explores the most likey unstated purposes of the war in a piece on the Jacobin Magazine website.  Here Clayton Morgareidge lays out the main points.  

Movie Moles: "Heaven Adores You"

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Mon, 10/06/2014
"Heaven Adores You" is a tribute to the music and the life of the late Portland singer and songwriter Elliot Smith. The film, directed and produced by Nickolas Rossi, features many views of Portland in the 90s as well as Smith's music. Our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Iven Hale give us this appreciative review.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 6, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 10/06/2014

Iven Hale hosts today's show featuring analysis of US military action in the Middle East as well as the music of, and a movie about, Portland based singer-songwriter Elliot Smith.
 
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To hear this show in its entirety, use the play button below.  To hear individual segments, follow these links:

1.  Chris Toensing, editor of Middle East Reports, talks with Bill Resnick about US military action in Iraq and Syria.

2.  Clayton Morgareidge sums up David Mizner's Jacobin post about the real purposes for the ongoing "war on terrorism".

3.  The Movie Moles review  the film about Elliot Smith, "Heaven Adores You."


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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