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

Air date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News, interviews, commentary and critique.



Bill Resnick interviews Jeremy Beclher, author of "Strike" on his latest book "Climate Insurgency: A Battle for Survival." 
Clayton Morgareidge shares an article by Alex Gourevitch entitled "Our Forgotten Labor Revolution."  
Joe Clement and Denis Morris continue their discussion of housing justice.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/17/15

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Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 10, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Left takes on Bernie Sanders, Zimbardo on prisons, and the "Donald"

Bill Resnick will host this episode of the Mole and we will hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 3, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Police Conduct, Liberating Unused Housing, Democracy & Greece, Portland Renters Assembly

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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reviews, interviews, commentaries



Bill Resnick interviews Frederic Mousseau, policy  director at the Oakland Institute where he coordinates the institute's research on food security and agroeclology.

Larry Bowlden reviews a book of short stories entitled  "China Dog and Other Stories from a Chinese Cafe" by Judy Fong Bates. The stories deal with her dual identity as a Chinese-Canadian.  

Clayton Morgareidge reads from an article from Jacobin magazine entitled "Will Socialism by Boring" by Danny Katch.

Old Mole Variety HourJuly 20th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 07/20/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Teachers, Portland Public Schools, Tenants Rights, Prison Reform, alienation, class society


Denise Morris Hosts this Episode of The Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews, commentaries and reviews

Bill Resnick interviews Gordon Lafer of the Univ of Oregon who argues that education cannot end poverty.
Jan Haaken remembers Hugo Du Courday (also known as Hugu Maynard) an outstanding educator and activist.
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss a new report concerning the American Psychological Association and their involvement with the CIA in torture during the Bush administration. 

The Old Mole Variety Hour for July 6, 2015

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Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Live leftist music, Commemorating "Bloody Wednesday", community syndicalism, one big union

Old Mole Variety Hour June 29th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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criminal justice system, Marriage Equality, Women in Prison, Quinault Nation


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 22, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate, Border Patrol, Inmates & Prison Staff, Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts the June 22, 2015 episode, which includes these segments:

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Harold Pinter in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 01/10/2011

 Harold Pinter's play One For the Road is being performed at Blackfish Gallery (NW 9th & Flanders) by the Readers' Repertory Theater this weekend, January 14 and 15.  Director David Berkson talks about the play with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.  The story of a master interrogator and his torture victims -- a husband, wife and their young son -- Pinter wrote One for the Road in response to torture in Turkish prisons during the 1980s, and the protection that Turkey received from the United States because of its strategic importance during the Cold War.  For tickets, call 503 295-4997, or email Readers' Rep through their website.

Movie Moles: "True Grit"

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Mon, 01/10/2011

 Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Joe Clement  discuss the Coen brothers version of True Grit.  What is this film saying about the role of women in the American West?  About commerce?  About justice?

Is there really an Islamist menace?

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program date: 
Mon, 01/10/2011

 The threat of terrorist attacks  in Europe from Islamists  is not what we think.  Dan Gardner argues that "in most of Europe, there was no terrorism. And where there was terrorism, the trend line pointed down."  Tom Becker reads Gardner's piece "The Not-So-Great Islamist Menace," first published in the Ottawa Citizen.

Photograph by: Saeed Khan, AFP/Getty Images

 

January 10 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/10/2011

 Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole where the topics include the Teamsters and democracy, a local production of Harold Pinter's play about torture, a review of the Coen Brothers film True Grit, and an op-ed debunking the "menace" of Islamist terrorism in Europe.

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1.  Bill Resnick talks with labor activists Peter Landon about the Teamsters and democracy.

2. Jan Haaken interviews David Berkson, director of a production of Harold Pinter's One for the Road.

3. Movie Moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the implicit politics of True Grit.

4.  Tom reads Dan Gardner's piece "The Not-So-Great Islamist Menace"

 

Democratic Teamsters

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Mon, 01/10/2011

 Peter Landon has had a long career as a truck driver and Teamster union activist with TDU (Teamsters for a Democratic Union).  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about union democracy and the campaign to replace James P. Hoffa with Sandy Pope as president of the Teamsters.   More about Pope here.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 3rd

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Mon, 01/03/2011

On today's Old Mole, hosted by Joe Clement, we hear about net neutrality, Albert Einstein on socialism, the new movie Black Swann, and politically-charged 1990s hardcore-punk.

 

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Profits and Climate: Rewarding the culprits or Saving the Planet

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Mon, 12/27/2010

 As the Earth's climate becomes increasingly unstable, the US government is responding with measures that reward the profit-making corporations that caused the problem.  Bill Resnick talks with Daphne Wysham from the Institute for Policy Studies about cap and trade and carbon offsets, and about what should be done instead. Wysham is founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, a project of IPS, and founder and co-host of Earthbeat Radio.   

 

Revolutionary Happiness

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program date: 
Mon, 12/27/2010

In this commentary, Frann Michel takes up what's wrong with happiness, happiness studies, and the pursuit of happiness and ends with some tips on being happy, because we all like a happy ending.   You can read this piece and find links to her sources here.   

Image: “Misery Loves Company” by Open, N.Y.

Music from the local IWW

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program date: 
Mon, 12/27/2010

 Noah, Daisey, and Adam from the local IWW (International Workers of the World) appear with host Laurie Mercier in the KBOO studio to sing and talk about the union and about Labor Folk Night this Wednesday, December 29, at the Red and Black Cafe, 7 pm, 400 SW 12th Avenue.

December 27 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/27/2010

 Laurie Mercier hosts this show featuring live music from Wobble Wobble, singers of labor songs.  Also on the program,  Bill Resnick talks with climate expert Daphne Wysham about responses to climate change that enrich the poluters and Frann Michel explores the ups and downs of academic studies of happiness.  

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  1. Responding to climate change with schemes to enrich corporations or with public investment in ways to save energy?  Daphne Wysham from the Institute for Policy Studies talks with Bill Renick.  
  2. How can happiness be measured?  What makes people happy?  Frann Michel looks critically at some ways of answering these questions.  
  3. Labor songs and reviving the labor movement: music and an invitation to Labor Folk Night at the Red and Black Cafe.  Laurie Mercier talks with IWW folks Noah, Daisy, and Adam.

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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