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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 13th, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change & extinction, crappy jobs or basic income, Studs Turkel, psychology o police violence

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News, interviews, commenataries,


Bill Resnick interviews Stephen Zunes--a Middle East scholar--an the recent negotiation with Iran

Movies Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the film "Rosa Luxemburg"

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30

Air date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Building democracy, Renters' Assemblies in PDX, Uber, and "Old Filth"
Bill Resnick is our host as the Mole take up these topics:

Reports from the Kurds in Syria and the Zapatistas in Mexico, how they achieved considerable autonomy from their government and are building societies that are bottom up democratic, gender equal, ecologically sustainable, but have a ways to go.

Renters fight back and the renter’s assemblies here in Portland.

How how movements to stop the rich from taking everything can win. 
 
How the sharing economy like Uber are bad for working people.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/23/15

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Mon, 03/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour March 16th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
warfare, ISIS. Sex and Politics, Racism, power, popular culture

Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Low-Carbon Cities, the Well-read Red, Studs Turkel, feminist film

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/02/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 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 02/23/15

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Mon, 02/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour February 9th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Jubilee Network USA, Global debt, social welfare, child rearing, racism, feminism, Drone strikes


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 2, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Living paycheck to paycheck, Studs Turkel civil rights documentary, Movie Moles review Selma

Audio

Beyond Middle Class Protests

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Can movements against economic inequality and dictatorships arising from the middle class effect real social change? Prabhat Patnaik argues that they cannot because they lack an economic agenda, in this artlcle from the Monthly Review Zine read here by Clayton Morgareidge.

The "Sharing" Economy: Not Really Sharing

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
They call Airbnb and Uber parts of the "Sharing Economy", but they are only devices for the well-off to get cheap convenient work out of the economically desperate. What is real sharing? This article by Sam Bliss on the Grist.org website, read here by Patricia Kuhlberg, makes it clear.  
Photo Credit: Grist/Amelia Bates

Book Mole: "Old Filth"

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program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Literary Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Jane Gardam's trilogy Old Filth. Although Jane Gardam was not published until she was in her 40s, she has published twenty-five books in the past thirty years, and has won many prizes for both children's literature and adult fiction. Larry focuses in on her famous trilogy,Old Filth; filth is an acronym for 'Failed in London? Try Hong Kong', and is about so-called Raj orphans who return to work in Hong Kong in their adult lives. Surprisingly, all three volumes of the trilogy cover the same time period, and essentially the same characters, but more detail is included in each, and the lives of minor characters are stitched into the story as previously told.

You can read more of Larry's reviews here.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Mole and features suppressed radical versions of songs that have been turned into patriotic hymns by the mainstream: Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA," "America the Beautiful," and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."  
To hear the whole show, including the music, use the play button. To hear the separate segments, follow the links below. And to keep up with the Mole, check out our Facebook page

1.  Democratic communities developing in Mexico and among Kurds in the Middle East: Bill Resnick talks with Charlotte María Saenz.

2.  Joe Clement reports on Renters' Assemblies held in Portland: issues and action.

3.  Why middle class protest movements can go nowhere without the working class and an economic analysis.

4.  Why the Uber Economy is not really a sharing economy.

5.  Our Book Mole introduces us to English author Jane Gardam and her trilogy "Old Filth".


 

Renters' Assemblies in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Joe Clement reports back on his attendance at the First Portland Renters Assembly(1), noting the interest among renters to both legally constrain landlord powers and challenge the political realities of housing under capitalism. His piece opens recalling Frann Michel's Well-read Red from March 9th about the contradictions of affordable housing.(2) He then reads from the SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition's March Newsletter(3), which offers its own description of the Renters Assemblies, and then shares his own perspective. Finally, the dates, times and locations of the next assemblies are discussed. They will be held at the downtown Central Library on April 21st from 5:30-7:45 PM and the North Portland Library on April 26th from 1:00-3:00PM. Check into the Renters Assembly website(4) for more updates.

(1) http://kboo.fm/aniandlyntalkwt
(2) http://kboo.fm/wellreadredthecontradictionsofhousingund
(3) http://www.seuplift.org/category/newsletter/
(4) www.portlandrentersassembly.wordpress.com
  

Israeli Elections: winners and losers

program date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Robert Naiman, on Palestine/Israel on the new field of battle after the Israeli election and the winners, Benjamin Netanyahu, succeeding by attacks on Israeli Arabs and rejection of a two state solution.
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  • Length: 18:49 minutes (17.23 MB)
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The Thin Blue Line of Entitlement

program date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015
Joe Clement reads an article by Ken White titled "The Thin Blue Line of Entitlement". It is a tongue and cheek report about Portland Police Union President, Daryl Wilson, and his response to Diana Scott's recent ruling that called out Portland Police officers.
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  • Length: 7:16 minutes (6.66 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour for March 23, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015

Iven Hale hosts and we hear:
 

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  • Length: 59:13 minutes (54.21 MB)
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ISIS PR Strategy

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program date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015
What does ISIS hope to gain from their videos of their beheadings of innocent people? Bill Resnick talks with Amanda Rogers who writes on the middle east and studies media representations in the current struggles. Hey discuss the genius of ISIS media. One genre is meant for Muslims around the world, graphically showing the oppression and attacks they are experiencing, including heavy surveillance in the US and Europe and the incineration of families by US drone warfare, and promoting the ISIS Caliphate as their nation, just as Israel promotes itself to Jews around the world as their homeland where they will not be persecuted. The other genre uses atrocity, the beheading videos, to intensify Islamophobia in the West, for two reasons. First, to goad the US and its allies into a ground war. Second, to make the West increase their oppression of Muslims which ISIS hopes will recruit combatants and migrants.

Left & the Law: Lynching

program date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015
 Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken talk about a new report by the Equal Justice Initiative-- Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror. The report, available online, documents EJI’s multi-year investigation into lynching in twelve Southern states during the period between Reconstruction and World War II. It demonstrates that capital punishment was a rationalized form of lynching, sharing the purpose of maintaining African americans in the condition of serfdom.

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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