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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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

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Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
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How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

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Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

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Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/02/13

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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lifestyle Drugs, Left and the Law on Chelsea Manning, D. Graeber on jobs, labor-themed Well-read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/26/13

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Social Security, "Fruitvale Station", and money and political cynicism

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Tom Becker hosts this show featuring Bill Resnick interviewing Max Richtman about the need to defend and extend both Social Security and Medicare; our Movie Moles reviewing Fruitvale Station; Clayton Morgareidge presenting an argument from David Graeber about how deeply money controls politics and how to overcome  the  resulting cynicism from both Right and Left about politics; and Tom reading from the left press.  

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Making Memories

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Mon, 05/26/2014
What do we remember of our collective history, and what do we teach those who follow us to remember?  On this Memorial Day, Norm Diamond reflects on the making and remaking of social memory in this commentary.  

Memorial Day Poem: "Sweet and Fitting..."

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Mon, 05/26/2014
"Sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country," wrote the Roman poet Horace.  World War I poet Wilfrid Owen overturns this sentiment in the light of his experiences of war in this poem read for us here by Tom Becker.  

Remembering Casualties of US Health Care

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Mon, 05/26/2014
On Memorial Day, we remember the dead, and in this two-part segment, Old Moles Frann Michele and Jan Haaken remember those who have died from the lack of adequate and timely health care in our profit-driven medical system.  First, as today's Well-read Red, Frann points out that over 500 people in Oregon alone have died from lack of medical insurance, and reminds of us the continuing battle for single-payer health care going on across the country.  (You can read Frann's comments on her blog.)  Then Frann and Jan discuss the current controversy about Veterans Administration hospitals, reminding us that in spite of recent problems, the public health care of veterans compares very favorably with the private care received by non-veterans.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 26, 2014

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Mon, 05/26/2014


Jan Haaken hosts this Memorial Day edition of the Mole in which we remember not only those who have fallen on battlefields, but those who have died from lack of access to medical care.  We also hear a conversation about how good our public schools are, giving the lie to those who run them down so they can privatize them.  All this, plus a commentary about how memories are made and remade.   

To hear the whole show, including music, use the play button below.  To hear individual segments, follow the numbered links.  To keep up with the Old Mole, become our friend on Facebook!

1.  Author David Berliner talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the spurious attacks on public schools.

2.  Old Mole contributor Norm Diamond reflects on the making and remaking of historical memory.

3.  Tom Becker reads Wilfrid Owen's World War 1 poem "Sweet and Fitting".

4.  Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss the battle for single-payer health care and the casualties from the lack of universal health care.  

Fight for 15 in Portland

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Mon, 05/19/2014
Bill Resnick talks with organizer Justin Norton-Kertson about the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. They discuss the benefits of raising the floor for all workers and preserving social welfare spending for those unable to work, as well as the origins of the movement in Chicago, its victories in SeaTac and Seattle, and the relation between the national and local campaigns, both of which have excellent websites (https://www.15now.org/ and http://www.15nowpdx.org/). They discuss recent actions in Portland and the kinds of solidarity workers can show without risk to their jobs. Bill and Justin  debunk the myth that raising the minimum wage would cost jobs and hurt the economy by noting that states that have raised their minimum wages have seen better economic growth. Finally, they discuss some of the international dimensions of the movement.

Economics Students revolt against neoclassical orthodoxy

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Mon, 05/19/2014
Tom Becker reads from Pete Dolack's article,"Challenging the Ruling Economic Orthodoxy: Economics Students Begin to Revolt,"  about the International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics, demanding that schools begin teaching alternatives to neoclassical economic theories.

Book Mole: Love and Horror in the American West

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Mon, 05/19/2014
Larry Bowlden reviews Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere by Poe Ballantine, which mixes personal memoir with the mystery of his neighbor's violent death in small-town Nebraska. Read with other recent writing about the American West, Ballantine's book reveals how, in Larry's words, "conventional morality so often teams up with economic exploitation to subjugate people and to strip the land."

Title IX and campus rape

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Mon, 05/19/2014
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile, Director of the Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, regarding the use of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act (which guarantees an equal right to education) to address problems of sexual assault on college campuses. They also touch on bystander intervention and anti-sexist education of men by groups like Men Can Stop Rape.

19 May 2014 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 05/19/2014

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Tom Becker hosts this episode, which includes a discussion of the fight for the $15/hour minimum wage in Portland and beyond, a report on economics students around the world demanding alternatives to failed neoclassical orthodoxies, a review of a memoir of life in the West, and a discussion of the use of Title IX to address sexual violence on college campuses.

Bill Resnick talks with Justin Norton-Kertson about the Portland campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour

Tom Becker reads "Challenging the Ruling Economic Orthodoxy: Economics Students Begin to Revolt"

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere

Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile about using Title IX to address sexual violence on campus


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"After the Revolution" -- Theater Review

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Mon, 05/12/2014
"After the Revolution," a play by Amy Herzog and directed by Tamara Fisch, is now playing at the Portland Playhouse through June 1.  It shows the differences between the generations in a family of radical leftists.  Norm Diamond and Bill Resnick saw it and give us this generally favorable report of its virtues and limitations.  

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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