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 March 30

Air date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Building democracy, Renters' Assemblies in PDX, Uber, and "Old Filth"
Bill Resnick is our host as the Mole take up these topics:

Reports from the Kurds in Syria and the Zapatistas in Mexico, how they achieved considerable autonomy from their government and are building societies that are bottom up democratic, gender equal, ecologically sustainable, but have a ways to go.

Renters fight back and the renter’s assemblies here in Portland.

How how movements to stop the rich from taking everything can win. 
 
How the sharing economy like Uber are bad for working people.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/23/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour March 16th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
warfare, ISIS. Sex and Politics, Racism, power, popular culture

Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Low-Carbon Cities, the Well-read Red, Studs Turkel, feminist film

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/02/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/23/15

Air date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour February 9th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Jubilee Network USA, Global debt, social welfare, child rearing, racism, feminism, Drone strikes


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 2, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Living paycheck to paycheck, Studs Turkel civil rights documentary, Movie Moles review Selma

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/19/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
commentaries and interviews
Bill Resnick interviews Juan Carlos Ordonez of the Oregon Center for Public Policy on income inequality in Oregon.

Desiree Hellegers interviews Jarvis Capucion, with Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (acronym SHARE) about their campaign Occupy CEHKC (the Committee to End Homelessness in Seattle King County)

Frann Michel reads from the works of Angela Davis who will be in Portland this week. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 12

Air date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Charlie Hebdo, the Greek left, Teach for America, Studs Terkel, Property and the police state.
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Bill Resnick will be our host and we will be talking about:

Audio

The IMF

program date: 
Mon, 05/23/2011

 Distracted by the sexual scandal involving its recently resigned leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn we may be distracted by the world-wide damage done by the IMF (International Monetary Fund).   Tom Becker reads this piece from Alertnet by Nomi Prins, the title of which sums it up: "Dominique Strauss-Kahn Sits in Prison While the IMF Keeps Ravaging Entire Economies Every Day."

  • Title: The IMF
  • Album: May 23, 2011
  • Length: 6:49 minutes (3.9 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

The Church, pederasty, and the '60s

program date: 
Mon, 05/23/2011

 The Catholic Church commissioned a study to determine the cause of sexual abuse by priests of children and concluded that the 1960s and the sexual revolution are to blame.  Our Old Moles Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick discuss the issue.  

May 23 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 05/23/2011

Tom Becker hosts this program with segments on the Middle East, right-wing attacks on Disability and Social Security, the IMF, and the Catholic Church's explanation of its own sins.  

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Defending Disability and Social Security

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program date: 
Mon, 05/23/2011

 Against the efforts of right-wing pundits and politicians to ridicule and delegitimize programs that help the least well-off among us, our Well-read Red Frann Michel cuts a wide, debunking swathe throught their noxious, weedy field of myths and deceptions.  You can read this piece here.  

Conelius Cardew's Revolutionary Music

program date: 
Mon, 05/16/2011

 Cornelius Cardew was an English avant-gaarde composer who turned his talents to revolutionary purposes in the 1970s.  Brad Duncan selected some tracks to play on this show and discusses Cardew's  music and place in radical politics in conversation with Bill Resnick.  The tracks you hear are "Lords of Labour", "Octet '61 for Jasper Johns", and "Song for the British Working Class."

May 16 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 05/16/2011

 Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole dealing with race and gentrification in Portland, some questions about democracy, a movie about Columbus and the private ownership of water, and the revolutionary music of British composer Cornelius Cardew.  

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1.  Gentrification in Portland: Bill Resnick and Karen Gibson.

2.  Joe Clement and Adam Kotzos discuss the book Democracy in What State?

3.  Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb review Even the Rain (Tambien la  lluvia).

4.  Brad Duncan discusses the music of Cornelius Cardew.

Gentrification of Portland

program date: 
Mon, 05/16/2011

 Portland has been becoming even whiter as people of color are displaced to the urban periphery and formerly black neighborhoods are taken over by white folks.   Why is is this happening?  Karen Gibson teaches Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State; she talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about these issues.  

Thinking About Democracy

program date: 
Mon, 05/16/2011

 How has democracy been understood historically, and what does it mean to us today?   What does it mean to be a (small d) democrat?   A recent volume of essays explores the concept and the politics of this idea we often take for granted -- Democracy in What State? -- and in this conversation, the Old Mole's Joe Clement and his guest Adam Kotsko, a blogger on political theory lead us through some of the essays and the ideas they explore.  Kotsko's review of the book is here.  

Movie Moles: "Even the Rain"

program date: 
Mon, 05/16/2011

 Even the Rain (También la lluvia) is a new Spanish film about a film-maker going to Bolivia to shoot a movie about Columbus but getting caught up with his cast in the local fight against water privatization.  Our reviewers, Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken provide us with their informative and positive, yet critical assessment.  

Impact of Killing Bin Laden

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program date: 
Mon, 05/09/2011

 What has changed in the "war on terror" as a result of the assassination of Osama Bin Laden?  Dave Finkel is editor of Against the Current and writes often about the Middle East.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the killing of Bin Laden plays out in the region, especially in relation to the on-going uprisings against  dictators.   

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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