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).
Our graphic lettering is by Charlie Ertola.
You can leave comments for the Moles at email@example.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.
Bill Resnick talks with Monty Neill of FairTest about how high-stakes standardized testing undermines real learning and discourages critical and creative thinking. They discuss more reliable, collaborative, and contextually-sensitive ways of evaluating teachers and student learning.
Bill Resnick talks with Portland Association of Teachers president Gwen Sullivan about why Portland Public Schools turned down federal grant money. Although it might have provided funding for further professional development for reading teachers, the one-time grant could not be used to reduce class size, and came with requirements for high-stakes standardized testing with no attention to individual contexts.
The Left & the Law: Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss Governor Kitzhaber's "conversations" about the death penalty following his issuing a stay of execution for convicted murderer Gary Haugen. Jan and Mike discuss the shifts in attitudes toward capital punishment, which Oregon voters abolished in 1964 and reinstated in 1984.
Joe Clement and Brad Duncan discuss the shared roots of Rock n Roll and the Civil Rights movement in the deep South and in the mid-to-late 1950s. Segregationists feared the cultural race mixing they saw when Rhythm & Blues broke out of the black community and was rebranded as Rock n Roll for a mixed audience of young people in the post-war era.
- Length: 9:54 minutes (9.06 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
This show considers schools, killing, killlings in schools, and civil rights and rock & roll. Hosted by Frann Michel, with music by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and more. For information on our graphics, theme song, or name, see our main show page.
To hear individual segments, use the links above; to hear the whole show, click below.
- Title: omvh17dec2012
- Length: 57:09 minutes (26.16 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with middle-east expert Stephen Zunes about the forces struggling for the future of Egypt as the political turmoil there continues. What are the prospects for a genuinely democratic society? Bill and Stephen discuss the roles of the Muslim Brotherhood, the military, and secular groups on the left. Zunes teaches at the University of San Francisco and is the author of Tinderbox: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Roots of Terrorism.
"History is fiction that did happen; fiction is history that might have happened." This thought guided the author of When Nietzsche Wept: A Novel of Obsession, Irvin D. Yalom, as he imagines an encounter between the iconoclastic philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud in 19th Century Vienna. Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews it for us.
Fabian Romero, queer Chicano poet, performance artist and community organizer, helped to found several writing and performance groups including Hijas de Su Madre, Las Mamalogues and Mixed Messages:
Stories by People of Color. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Joe Clement about a workshop "Self-preservation in Times of Oppression" that he will be facilitating at In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth, Portland, on Saturday, December 15. This self-reflective workshop is meant to address everyday struggles that can accumulate and result in burn out. For more information, click here.
In the 1950s, Studs Terkel was confronted for his leftist sympathies by the FBI and the notorious House Unamerican Activities Committee. Commemorating the centenary of Studs Terkel's birth, Old Mole Alan Wieder recalls some of that history as our nation is again obsessed with national security. This segment concludes with a song about Studs sung by John Langford at a celebration of Studs's 100th birthday in May.
- Title: Studs Terkel & the HUAC
- Length: 10:28 minutes (4.8 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)