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 on 04/15/13

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Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles: 42, WRR: Chris Hani, Left and the Law on punitive laws, attacks on social security

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Movie Moles review the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. For those too young to remember, Robinson was a pioneering black baseball player for the Dogers, a member of the Republican Party, and collaborater with HUAC in the 1950s.
  • Well-read Red, Alan Wieder commerates the 20th Anniversiary of the assassination of South African freedom fighter and communist Chris Hani.
  • The Left and the Law discuss Oregon prisons and punitive laws in response to budget crises.
  • Bill Resnick talks about attacks on social security.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/01/13

Air date: 
Mon, 04/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Labor Law for the Rank and filer, high-stakes testing, "The End of San Francisco" author-interview

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/25/13

Air date: 
Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Capitalism, democracy and the internet; hunger; and music.

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Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/18/13

Air date: 
Mon, 03/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Federal Budget, drone commentary, Noam Chomsky

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks about the dueling federal budget proposals.
  • Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary about drones and the government targetting of its own citizens
  • Tom Becker reads an essay by Noam Chomsky.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/11/13

Air date: 
Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
What's next for Venezuelans, republican critique of wage-slavery, Movie Review: Snitch, left press

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/18/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Soccer and Israeli bigotry, Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Big Pharma, and rethinking psychiatry films

 

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/11/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour 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:

Audio

John Saul on The End of Apartheid, Race, and Class Domination in South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Bill Resnick talks with John Saul, a historian of South Africa and active contributor to The Socialist Register. They review some history of antiapartheid struggle in South Africa, and what did or did not happen when it was officially ended. John explains how South Africa's system of racial and formerly colonial domination known as apartheid, was transformed into a system of class domination. John staunchly defends the praiseworthiness of Nelson Mandela's role in ending racial dictatorship in South Africa, but points out that we cannot forget how it was that it ended on capitalist terms. He even goes so far to argue that Mandela and the African National Congress embraced these terms consciously.

Movie Moles: 12 Years a Slave

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Mon, 12/09/2013
Frann Michel and her guest, Lynn MaKau, review the film "12 Years A Slave". Directed by Steve McQueen, John Ridley's screenplay adapts Solomon Northrup's own 1853 account of being deceived and captured by slavers while living as a free-born African in upstate New York. Northrup, played by Chiwitel Ejiofor, ultimately spends 12 years on Louisiana plantations, sometimes performing hard labor and othertimes using his cultivated skills and intellect, but is stripped of his name and forced to answer to Platt, while also enduring unspeakable inhumanity against himself and other slaves.

Lynn teaches in the English department at Willamette University and has a particular interest in neo-slave narratives. Her and Frann consider a number of things. For one thing, there's the charge of its over-done violence made by some reviewers. They conclude that it's a violent film, but in precisely the way such a story ought to be and that it actually allows for the recuperation of the sufferers' dignity. At one point, they compare it to the violence of Quentin Tarentino's "Django Unchained", which we have covered on the Old Mole before. They look long and hard at how labor and class show up in the world of the antebellum US, considering the class position of Northrup himself and the way that black class dvisions and the violence employed to maintain/exploit  them can be recognized in modern mangerial science. Tune in to hear more!

Movie Moles: 12 Years a Slave

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Frann Michel and her guest, Lynn MaKau, review the film "12 Years A Slave". Directed by Steve McQueen, John Ridley's screenplay adapts Solomon Northrup's own 1853 account of being deceived and capture by slavers while living as a free-born African in upstate New York. Northrup, played by Chiwitel Ejiofor, ultimately spends 12 years on Louisiana plantations, sometimes performing hard labor and othertimes using his cultivated skills and intellect, but is stripped of his name and forced to answer to Platt, while also enduring unspeakable inhumanity against himself and other slaves.

Lynn teaches in the English department at Willamette University and has a particular interest in (neo)slave narratives. She and Frann consider a number of things. For one thing, there's the charge of its over-done violence made by some reviewers. They conclude that it is a violent film, but in precisely the way such a story ought to be and that it actually allows for the recuperation of the sufferers' dignity. At one point, they compare it to the violence of Quentin Tarentino's "Django Unchained", which we have covered on the Old Mole before. They look long and hard at how labor and class show up in the world of the antebellem US, considering the class position of Northrup himself and the way that black class dvisions and the violence employed to maintain/exploit  them can be recognized in modern mangerial science. Tune in to hear more!
  • Title: 12YearsASlave
  • Track: 1
  • Genre: Blues
  • Length: 14:14 minutes (13.03 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Staving Off War in the Middle East

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program date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013
What are the forces pushing for US military engagement in Syria and Iran?  What parts are played by Saudi Arabia and Israel?  Is the Obama administration winding down the tensions?  Middle East scholar Saeed Rahnema talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about these questions as they may play out in the near future and further down the road.  Rahnema is professor of political science and public policy at York University.

Social Worker Burn Out

program date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013
Can social workers help folks in need when they themselves are in need -- poorly paid and over-worked?   Old Mole Iven Hale draws on her own experiences as a social worker to illuminate what social workers are up against and their need for a union to improve their work.  

Social Worker Burn Out

program date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013
Can social workers help folks in need when they themselves are in need -- poorly paid and over-worked?   Old Mole Iven Hale draws on her own experiences as a social worker to illuminate what social workers are up against and their need for a union to improve their work.  

Poverty and Life Choices

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Mon, 12/02/2013
Poor people are often blamed for causing their own poverty by making bad choices.  Well-read Red Frann Michel draws on writings by poor and formerly poor people to show that what look like poor decisions to those who are not poor often look very different to those who are.  And she reminds us that poverty is not caused by poor people, it is caused by capitalist exploitation of the working class.  To read her text with links to her sources, click here.  

More (Social) Security, Less War

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Mon, 12/02/2013
Although we hear a great deal about the supposed need to cut Social Security and Medicare, support is high among the people for increasing those essential supports.  Tom Becker reads from Dave Lindorff's piece on Counterpunch, "Shifting from Defense to Offense"  reporting on the growing movement to improve, instead of cutting, those programs.  He explains how reducing military spending and eliminating the cap on Social Security taxes would more than pay for these incrases.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 2, 2013

program date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013

Joe Clement hosts the show today featuring several takes on poverty in the US and an illuminating discussion of the prospects for war or peace in the Middle East.  To hear individual segments, follow these links. To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  
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  1. Middle East scholar Saeed Rahnema talks with Bill Resnick about the US, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other players in the region.
  2. Well-read Red Frann Michel discusses differing perceptions of choices made by poor people.
  3. Iven Hale reflects on her experience as an underpaid, overworked social worker and what it shows about the conditions of such work.  
  4. Tom Becker reads from Dave Lindorff's article arguing for increasing Social Security and Medicare.

Update on PPS-PAT Contract Talks with PAT President, Gwen Sullivan

program date: 
Mon, 11/25/2013
Bill Resnick talks to Gwen Sullivan, President of the Portland Association of Teachers. They bring an update on the contract talks between the Portland Association of Teachers and the Portland Public School district board, the possibility of a strike, and the fight for quality public education in the age of neoliberalism.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 18:33 minutes (16.98 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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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