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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/21/13

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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

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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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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
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

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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
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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Mon, 03/23/2015

Iven Hale hosts and we hear:
 

You can listen to the whole show by clicking the play button below or to individual segments, which you can share, by clicking the links above. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Email us at oldmolevarietyhour-at-gmail-dot-com to ask question, make comments or suggestions, or even get involved with the production of the show.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 59:13 minutes (54.21 MB)
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Psychology & Politics: "House of Cards"

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Mon, 03/16/2015
For this month's Psychology and Politics segment, Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan talk about the Netfllix series, "House of Cards" and what this popular TV program, that just finished its third season, says about sex, power, and presidential politics. 

Climate Genocide

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program date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015
Tom Becker reads from Robert Hunziker's article in Counter Punch, "Climate Genocide".  Although climate has changed in the geological past, it has never changed as fast as it is now, and the consquences will be devastating.

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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