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, 06/15/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Commentary and reviews


Bill Resnick interviews Leo Panitich on Greece, the EU and austerity. 

Larry Boulden reviews a novel that asks deep philosophical questions about the objectivity of science entitled "Euphoria" by Lily King.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 8

Air date: 
Mon, 06/08/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Child poverty in Oregon, a movie about MOVE, and some bad ideas about climate change
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole. Here is what's on tap:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 1, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Hour of social & political commentary from a radically socialist, feminist, ecological point of view

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear...

The Old Mole Variety Hour for May 25, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Memorial day, Troublemaking labor activism, and more!
The Old Mole Variety Hour
for Monday May 25, 2015

 
Bill Resnick talks with activist teacher Jesse Hagopian of Seattle about developments in labor organizing and the upcoming Labor Notes Troublemakers School on May 30, for which Jesse will be keynote speaker.

Old Mole Variety HourMay 18th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Bernie Sanders, Anti-Police acttivism, Psychology and climate change, Class, capitalism

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 11, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Black Lives Matter movement, $15/hr minimum wage, and Everyday Rebellion

Bill Resnick will host this show, and we hear about the Black Lives Matter movement and its future, the Oregon fight for a $15/hour minimum wage,  and Everyday Rebellion-- the movie and the website.

Old Mole Variety Hour May 4th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Middle east, War, ISIS, Ethnic cleansing, Death Penalty, Lethal drugs,

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

Bill Resnick Interviews Dave Finkel. They Discuss the wars in the middle-east and the alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia to destroy Iran and its allies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Barhrain to make life safe for colonialist, ethnic cleansing and the conservative Saudi monarchy. 

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Fay Weldon's 2010 novel, Chilcot Crescent in which Weldon sums up the last half century and predicticts the next few decades.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for April 27, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate, Psychology, May Day, and More; Alan hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Alan Wieder hosts this episode, which features these segments:

Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss the psychological factors that distort thinking about wealth, poverty, and economic inequality. 

Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Michael Armstrong, the city's lead sustainability planner in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability regarding the recently released draft of the Portland/Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan.

Clayton Morgareidge comments on slavery and capitalism

Frann Michel talks with Hyung Nam about May Day history and May Day to come

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 13th, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change & extinction, crappy jobs or basic income, Studs Turkel, psychology o police violence

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News, interviews, commenataries,


Bill Resnick interviews Stephen Zunes--a Middle East scholar--an the recent negotiation with Iran

Movies Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the film "Rosa Luxemburg"

Audio

Howard Zinn on the Uses of History

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program date: 
Mon, 05/09/2011

 Denise Morris reflects on Howard Zinn's understanding of the place of history in our political lives.  

Zinn on American Exceptionalism

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program date: 
Mon, 05/09/2011

 Joe Clement is today's Well-read Red, reading from Howard Zinn's  essay "Put Away the Flags," and applying its critique of American Exceptionalism to President Obama's speech announcing the killing of Osama Bid Laden.  Joe also cites Martin Luther King's speech on Vietnam.  

May 9 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 05/09/2011

 Denise Morris is in the host's chair today, bringing us Bill Resnick's inteview with David Finkel about the killing of Osama Bin Laden, some reflections on Howard Zinn's view of history, and Joe Clement's reading from Zinn's article on American Exceptionalism.  

This show is part of KBOO's Spring Membership drive.  Please show your support for the Old Mole by clicking on the tip jar at the top of this page.  Keep the Mole digging!

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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.  Dave Finkel with Bill Resnick on Bid Laden and the Middle East.

2.  Denise on Howard Zinn's uses of history.

3.  Joe Clement reads from Howard Zinn's critique of American Exceptionalism.

Left and the Law: death penalty and Troy Davis

program date: 
Mon, 05/02/2011

Jan and Mike consider the case of Troy Davis, a man who is on death row for his contested involvement in the murder of an off-duty police officer 20 years ago. Mike talks about the way this case reveals a fetish of the letter of the law over the spirit of justice, while Jan draws a distinction between arguing against judicial sloppiness leading to the execution of innocents and arguing against the death penalty as such. Joe concludes with a brief remark about Law Day.

You can go to Colors of Change to learn more about the case and how to support Troy.

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Well Read Red: Islamophobia and Islamic feminism

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Mon, 05/02/2011

Frann considers Islamophobia and stereotypes about savage male sexuality as a way to pervert feminism for liberal military ends in the Middle East, but also as a way to obfuscate women's actual power and their struggles for it in Muslim countries. The text version of this with links can be found HERE.

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Chuck Sheketoff on Oregon's Budget

program date: 
Mon, 05/02/2011

Chuck and Bill talk about what the problems with the Oregon budget are - revenue short-falls, tax-cuts and the recession rather than social spending and taxes - and the problems with the Governer and legislature's solutions.

 
Chuck Sheketoff is the executive director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy, a progressive economic think-tank.
 
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Bill Resnick: killing terrorists vs. ending terrorism

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Mon, 05/02/2011

 Bill reminds us of the role the US government had in building Al Qaeda during the Cold War and their support of dictatorships in Muslim countries. These twin strategies gutted labor and otherwise left movements in these countries, leaving the closest thing to a voice of the people in the hands of conservative groups inclined to the use of terror. Bill advocates empowering those (left, labor, peace and environmental) movements that constructively advocate for people's interests and eliminate the conditions of terrorism instead of targeting terrorists.

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Old Mole Variety Hour May 2nd

program date: 
Mon, 05/02/2011

 Today's show, hosted by Joe Clement, is relatively shorter because of the pledge drive. We hear about the death penalty and law day, Islamophobia and Islamic feminism, the right and wrong way to think about Oregon's budget problems, and a short commentary on the assissination of Osama Bin Laden.

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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. Jan Haaken talks with Mike Snedecker about the death penalty in the case of Troy Davis.

2. Frann talks about Islamophobia and the fear of Islamic feminism.

3. Bill talks to Chuck Checkatoff about the Oregon Budget.

4. Bill comments on the capture and assissination of Osama bin Laden. 

 

 

 

 

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Movie Moles: "Meek's Cutoff"

program date: 
Mon, 04/25/2011

 Meek's Cutoff is a new film by a woman director about the Oregon Trail and filmed in Oregon.  It has been called an "anti-Western".   Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken discuss its story and what it is saying about the role of women.  

Book Mole: "Hungry for the World"

program date: 
Mon, 04/25/2011

 Hungry for the World is a memoir by Kim Barnes about a young woman fleeing patriarchal domination of family and church to make a life on her own.  Our reviewer Larry Bowlden admires her writing and courage, and hopes she will fly further in a sequel.  More of Larry's reviews can be found here.

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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