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 on 08/25/14

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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 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 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
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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

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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!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

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

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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

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Real Education Reform

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Mon, 04/05/2010

 There is much to criticize in the Bush administration's education program "No Child Left Behind," a program what has been continued under Obama and Secretary of Education  Arne Duncan.   But what would a truly progressive  education policy be like? What would be the goals and values of a school system that met the needs of students and their communties?  Stan Karp talks on these matters with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Karp writes frequently for Rethinking Schools as their expert on federal education policy.   Part One of this interview -- an examination of what's  wrong with current policies -- can be found by clicking here.  Karp has also appeared Fairness and Accuracy in Media

An Anti-war Easter Message

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Mon, 04/05/2010

 What's wrong with Easter as celebrated in the US?  "Easter… for most Christians, is about individual salvation not interpersonal solidarity. It is about personal resurrection from the dead not community restoration for the living. It is about an “open” tomb that is restricted. It is for believers only not justice for all. It is about eternity not ethics, about right belief not just behavior. It is about the resurrection of the dead not the living."  But Easter should be about the resurrection of the living, and that means learning to live in peace and abstaining from war.  Thus argues the Reverend William E. Alberts in this piece from Counterpunch read here by Old Mole Tom Becker.  

Defending Academic Freedom

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Mon, 04/05/2010

What undermines academic freedom and intellectual inquiry in the University today and what can be done to defend them?  Professor Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors, talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about untenured faculty afraid for their jobs and neo-liberal demands that education serve the economy.   Nelson has laid out these concerns in a new book, No University is an Island.  

After the Cuckoo's Nest: OR State Hospital Now

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Mon, 04/05/2010

 Psychologist, Film Maker, and Old Mole Jan Haaken talks with Tom Becker about the Oregon State Hospital where she has been making a film, "Guilty Except for Insanity".  How has the institution changed since "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed there?  Who winds up confined there, what is its mission, and what needs to be done to make it better?  

For information on how you can see the movie this Sunday, April 11, in Salem, click here.   

April 5 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 04/05/2010

 What should policies and goals should replace the test-and-punish approach of "No Child Left Behind"?  How can academic freedom in the University be defended from what threatens it today?  What does the story of Easter mean for the US at war in the Middle East?  What's going on at the Oregon State Hospital nowadays?  Tom Becker hosts the moles as they discuss these questions.  

 

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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Educator Stan Karp talks with Bill Resnick about real school reform.

2.  A minister talks about the anti-war message of Easter.

3.  The President of the American Association of University Professors discusses current threats to academic freedom with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier.

4.  Jan Haaken describes the situation at the Oregon State Hospital in conversation with Tom Becker.   

 

 

Obama's Disappointing Education Policy

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Mon, 03/29/2010

Educator and activist Stan Karp talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the administration’s education policies are, in spite of Obama’s campaign promises, just a continuation of worst parts of the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind program -- a program of test and punish.  Karp writes frequently for Rethinking Schools as their expert on federal education policy.

Book Mole: "Throws Like a Girl"

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Mon, 03/29/2010

 Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Throws Like a Girl by Jean Thompson.   It's a great collection of stories about urban characters who sometimes feel "as if there were a pinhole at the bottom of the world and all the best things were leaking out of it."

For more of Larry's reviews, click here.  

Power of the Peace Movement

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Mon, 03/29/2010

Activism has consequences.  The peace and anti-nukes movements of the '50s and beyond were the major reason nuclear weapons were never used in war after  1945, according to historian Lawrence Wittner.  In this interview, he talks with Clayton Morgareidge about his research showing the surprising influence of peace activism on governments.  

Wittner, a long time peace activist and historian based in Albany, New York, will speak this Friday, April 2, 3 p.m. at Portland State University in Smith Memorial Union Multicultural Center on "How the grassroots disarmament movements saved us from nuclear war."  His new book Confronting the Bomb A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement will be available.

The piece concludes with "Peace is a'Come" by Don Eaton, performed by Satori

March 29 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 03/29/2010

 

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program deals with the role of the peace movement in preventing nuclear war, the new wave of sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church, the Obama administration's version of No Child Left Behind; and Jean Thompson's short story collection Throws Like a Girl.

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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Historian and peace activist Lawrence Wittner talks with Clayton about the power of the peace movement.

2.  The Left and the Law continues with a discussion of sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church and why they affect people as they do.  

3.   Educator Stan Karp talks with Bill Resnick about the disappointments in Obama's  education policy.

4.   Larry Bowlden reviews Throws Like a Girl, short stories by Jean Thompson.

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Sex Abuse and the Church

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Mon, 03/29/2010

In our continuing series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken ask why many are so surprised by this new round of sexual abuse cases when it's no longer news that it's people  with moral authority, like priests and boy scout leaders, who abuse children.  

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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