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 for August 18, 2014

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

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Mon, 08/11/2014 - 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 August 4 2014

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Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



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Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Audio

September 27 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 09/27/2010

 Norm Diamond hosts this edition of the Mole with a look at the opportunities and challenges for progressive, liberating eduation.  Norm talks with two local highschool teachers about the use of role playing in helping students to see the world from the perspective of indigenous peoples.  Educator Sonia Nieto discusses her work in encouraging and supporting good teachers.   Well-read Red Frann Michel looks at Ethnic Studies week and the reasons for it.  And Bill Resnick talks with journalist David Moberg about Arne Duncan, the Chicago Schools, and the limits of charter schools.  

This program is a preface and invitation to the 3rd Annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice coming up this Saturday, October 2 at Madison High School.   

 

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Ethnic Studies in Perspective

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Mon, 09/27/2010

 Ethnic Studies Week October 1-7, 2010 is a nationally coordinated week of actions to defend ethnic studies and academic freedom. It was inspired by opposition to the May 11 passage of HB 2281 in Arizona banning ethnic studies in the AZ public schools and the May 21 passage of new social studies standards by the influential Texas State Board of Education.  Well-read Red Frann Michel explains what ethnic studies is all about and how it is connected to other issues raised by reactionaries in these stressful economic times.  You can read her remarks here on Frann's blog.

Rally Against Privatizing City Jobs

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 A Rally against the privatization of Portland city services and the farming out of  jobs to private companies will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 4 pm at Chapman Square, SW 4th and Main.  Wesley Buchholtz, shop steward for Local 43 and member of the bargaining council for the District Council of Trade Unions, (DCTU) talks here with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the issues facing the city, its citizens, and its public sector workers.  

Book Mole: "Next of Kin"

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 Joanna Trollope's novel Next of  Kin is a family drama set on a small farm facing the challenges of surviving in a world dominated by agribusiness.  Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden describes it as one of those rare books that "provide an oasis of hope and solace even while writing about an unpredictable and menacing world."  Trollope is a member of the same family as the famous English author Anthony Trollope.  

You can find  an archive of  Larry's reviews here.  

September 20 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program deals with Israel's treatment of its Arab citizens, how oppression drives the oppressor mad, a rally in Portland against the privatization of city jobs and services, and a novel by British writer Joanna Trollope.  

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can also follow us on Facebook.
To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:
 
 
 
 

  • Title: OMV 9_20_2010
  • Length: 57:07 minutes (32.69 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Driving Mad the Occupiers

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 Lawrence Davidson, historian of the Middle East, talks with Bill Resnick about the expulsion of a Bedouin community from the ancestral village in Israel, about the plight of Arabs within Israel, and how occupation corrupts and drives made the oppressors, and what can be done about it.  Davidson supports a boycott of Israel like the one that toppled the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Music at the end of this piece is from this video.

Orwell, "Shooting an Elephant"

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 Illustrating the point made in Bill Resnick's interview with Lawrence Davidson that the oppressor is driven mad by his role as oppressor, Clayton Morgareidge reads from George Orwell's account of how he lost his freedom when he served as a British colonial policeman in Burma in the 1920s.   It's called "Shooting an Elephant," and you can read the whole story here.  The music in this piece is from this video.

Well Read Red: Economic Growth Does Not Mitigate Poverty or Inequality

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Wed, 09/15/2010

 Well Read Red, Tom Becker, draws on two articles* to connect the ideology of economic growth with growing poverty/unemployment and growing concentration of wealth.

*Dave Lindorf's "Obama's Rose-Colored Glasses: Growth Has Little To Do With Jobs or Reducing Poverty"

*David McGraw's "The Richest 1% Have Captured America's Wealth"

  • Title: WRR_Sept_13
  • Length: 7:04 minutes (3.24 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Left and the Law: Violence, Drugs and Mexico

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Wed, 09/15/2010

 Jan Haaken talks with Mike Snedecker, an appellate lawyer, in another installment of the Left and the Law. Today they discuss violence near the Mexican border and portrayals of this violence in the United States as simply a Mexican problem. Fueling the violence are U.S. foreign policies, like NAFTA, that disenfranchise Mexicans and domestic policies, like the War on Drugs, that really empower the drug-cartels  on both sides of the border.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 11:06 minutes (5.09 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Decentralized Energy

program date: 
Wed, 09/15/2010

 Bill Resnick talks with Koyla Abramsky about the social forces shaping the development of new energy resources and the direction that collective action vs. corporate interests can take this development.

Kolya is a former secretariat of the World Wind Energy Institute. He is currently a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society in Austria, and is pursuing a PhD in sociology at State University of New York, Binghamton. He also edited a new book: "Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution: Social Struggles in the Transition to a Post-petrol World." 

 

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 21:21 minutes (9.77 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (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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