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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You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 3rd 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Education, Neoliberalism, Sports, Minimum Wage, Feminism, Teen Novel, Pete Seeger


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the old mole variety hour featuring the music of Pete Seeger
  • Bill Resnick interviews Feminist blogger and writer Soraya Chemaly on football and the Super Bowl
  • Larry Bowlden reviews the teen novel Divergent by author Veronica Roth
  • Frann Michel discusses Education and Neoliberalism
  • Joe Clements interviews GEOFFREY MacDONALD about his his article 'Who Needs the Minimum Wage?' available on Counter Punch

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 27

Air date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Elections, comedy, class war and the national security state

Clayton Morgareidge hosts the show and we hear radical takes on how to run elections, a venue for leftist comedy at the Red & Black Cafe, the neoliberal soul, Richard Sherman's post-game rant, and class war and the security state.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20th

Air date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Movie Moles: Her, revolutionary reforms, Chinese Environmentalism, Public Utilities in Portland

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 23, 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Audio

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 27, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 10/27/2014
Norm Diamond hosts this episode and we hear: You can listen to or share individual segments by clicking on the links above or listen to the whole show by clicking the play-button below. Look for us on Facebook and Twitter to get updates on upcoming shows and posted content. Email us at oldmolevarietyhour-at-gmail-dot-come with comments, questions, suggestions, and we'd love to hear about your interest in participating on the show.
  • Title: OMVH10272014
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 60:26 minutes (55.33 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Book Mole: Sherwood Nation

program date: 
Mon, 10/27/2014
Benjamin Parzybok's novel, Sherwood Nation, is a futuristic story of Portland, post-drought. It explores the possibility of creating fairly small city-states that are self-governing and dependent on neighborhood volunteers for protection and services. The novel raises a number of important questions about what political action means for regular folks who seem to have little control over their lives in contemporary, allegedly democratic, societies. 
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 6:40 minutes (6.1 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Toward More Fair Elections

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program date: 
Mon, 10/20/2014

Bill Resnick talks with Drew Spencer of FairVote.org  about Measure 90, on the November 2014 ballot, that would undermine an already dysfunctional election system. They also discuss the changes required in election procedure-- rank choice voting and proportional representation-- that would democratize elections.

Ebola, Public Health, and Neoliberalism

program date: 
Mon, 10/20/2014
Bill Resnick reads from Horace Campbell in Counterpunch on "Ebola, the African Union, and Bioeconomic Warfare," and summarizes and comments on other accounts of the Ebola Crisis. He concentrates on the neo-liberal defunding of public health agencies and the exploitation of the Ebola crisis by the right wing that blames the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress for not properly responding. The right intends this attack on Obama to influence voters to vote Republican.

The Fight for Fifteen in Portland

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program date: 
Mon, 10/20/2014
Joe Clement and Jamie Partridge discuss the campaign to set $15 as the minimum wage for Portland contract workers.

Gone Girl controversy with Mimi Schippers

program date: 
Mon, 10/20/2014

Movie Mole Jan Haaken talks with Mimi Schippers about feminist controversies over the film Gone Girl, a thriller directed by David Fincher and based on the global bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, who also adapted the story for the screen. Mimi teaches sociology at Tulane University, writes about gender and popular culture, and is a regular blogger. For other interesting feminist criticism and dialogue, check out her blog site at http://www.marxindrag.com/Marxindrag/Blog/Blog.html

Public Health and Social Spending

program date: 
Mon, 10/13/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Dr. Walter Tsou about the importance of public health. They consider  how our social spending priorities, over determined by war and market competition, and in that vein the private medical insurance regime, undermine our public health and leave us vulnerable to epidemics like Ebola.

Dr. Walter Tsou is a past president of the American Public Health Association and former health commissioner of Philadelphia. He is a founding member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners and a board adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program.  Dr. Tsou is also the president of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility.
  • Length: 14:51 minutes (13.59 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Well-read Red: Gentrification, Class Domination, and Racism

program date: 
Mon, 10/13/2014
Frann Michel reads from an essay by Gavin Mueller in Jacobin, as well as from other sources, to argue that gentrification is not simply a cultural change in a neighborhood, but instead is driven by economic forces and backed by state power.   But those forces can be collectively opposed, and alternatives proposed, as evidenced in the global--and local--Right to the City movement. You can also read Frann's commentary.
  • Length: 8:54 minutes (8.15 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Dispatches Against Displacement: understanding and resisting gentrification

program date: 
Mon, 10/13/2014
Joe Clement talks with James Tracy, author of "Dispatches Against Displacement: field notes from San Francisco's housing war". They consider what gentrification is as an economic and by extension racialized form of domination, how different cities experience gentrification differently, and real world strategies for fighting back and protecting housing from market forces. James will be speaking at Reading Frenzy books off of N Beech and Mississippi at 6pm on Sunday the 19th, where there'll be a community discussion about fighting displacement.

James Tracy is a Bay Area native and a community organizer. He is co-founder of the San Francisco Community Land Trust (which uses public and private money to buy up housing stock and take it out of the real estate market), as well as a poet and co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power, which he's been interviewed about on KBOO before.

  • Length: 8:44 minutes (7.99 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Left and the Law: racism, perceptions of crime, and the punitive state

program date: 
Mon, 10/13/2014
On their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss a recent research report by The Sentencing Project, titled "Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Polices."  The report describes how deeply embedded racism is in the criminal justice system, and how implicit or unconscious racism among white Americans props up this destructive system. Jan and Mike talk about key reforms described in the report, and ways of challenging racist rhetoric on crime and punishment.  
  • Length: 15:38 minutes (14.32 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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