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).

Here is why we call this show "The Old Mole"

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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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You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/17/14

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Mon, 11/17/2014 - 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 on 11/10/14

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Mon, 11/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Nov 3rd Old Mole

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Mon, 11/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Old MOles discuss This Changes Everything, Karl Marx's interest in the Iroquoispeople,Alien, & more

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/27/14

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Mon, 10/27/2014 - 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 October 20

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Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Police violence, fair elections, "Gone Girl," the ebola panic

 Bill Resnick hosts as the hard-digging Moles tell us about
  • Organizing to stop police violence
  • Ballot Measure 90 and what's really necessary for insuring fair elections
  • The controversial film "Gone GIrl"
  • The ebola panic and the real threats to our lives

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 13, 2014

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Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Public health & Ebola, Gentrification double-feature (WRR & interview), perceptions of race & crime

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 6, 2014

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Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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the war on terror, Elliott Smith, Iven Hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear Bill Resnick interviews Chris Toensig and Clayton Morgareidge comments on the continuing US war on terror, Syria, and ISIS; the movie moles comment on on the Elliot Smith biopic Heaven Adores You.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/29/14

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Mon, 09/29/2014 - 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 September 22 2014

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Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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People's Climate March report-back, public policy and climage change, NW People's Movement Assembly

Old Mole Variety Hour September 15 2014

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Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate change & Public health, Culinary Capitalism, book/movie reviews: "Bleeding Kansas" & "Reds"

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear

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Issues with Charter Schools

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Mon, 12/06/2010

Stan Karp has written some of the finest education policy articles that have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine, and he is regarded as a national expert on No Child Left Behind and Obama's Race to the Top initiative.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the limitations and problems of charter schools.  

Karp will be speaking on "Not Waiting for Superman: Who's Bashing Teachers and Public Schools -- and What Can We Do about It?" this Friday, December 10, 4-6 pm at the Jefferson High School cafeteria.

Movie Moles: "Four Lions"

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Mon, 12/06/2010

 What can be said about the politics of a movie -- Four Lions -- about clutzy British, radical, Islamist, would-be terrorists who screw up at every turn?  Our Moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken have very different reactions to this unusual British film.

Book Review: "Vanishing"

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Mon, 12/06/2010

 Deborah Willis's stories are quirky, edgy, and sometimes sinister stories.   Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden tells us why this new author's first book Vanishing is so wonderful.

You can find more of Larry's reviews here

December 6 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/06/2010

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show which deals with privatization of our schools through charter schools, massive protests in Europe against government austerity measures, a tragi-comedy about terrorists, and a new book of short stories.  

 

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Protesting Austerity Over There (but not over here)

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Mon, 12/06/2010

Largely ignored in the US press, massive protests against austerity measures -- increased tuition for students and cutbacks in social services-- have spread to virtually every European nation.  In this piece, Clayton Morgareidge reviews some of the activists accounts of their protests and raises questions about why it's not happening here.   

For the text with links to sources, go here.  

Manufacturing Terrorism?

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Mon, 11/29/2010

 Discussing the case of the "Christmas Tree Bomber," local scholar and activist Michael Munk and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick show howit is being used to glorify the FBI and the National Police State.  Munk is a political scientist and radical historian who produced Portland's Red Guide, connecting readers with Portland's radical tradition not just through stories, names and dates, but with reference to specific places in Portland that you can visit today.  

Resnick on Korea and Palestine

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Mon, 11/29/2010

 In this commentary, the Old Mole's Bill Resnick reflects on US policy and actions in response to the tension and violence between North and South Korea and the message it seems to be sending to and about Iran.  

Time For a Real Mutiny

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Mon, 11/29/2010

 Tom Becker reads Alexander Coburn's "Time  for a Real Mutiny,"  which first appeared in Counterpunch.  "Enough of dreary predictability. Let’s have a real mutiny against Obamian rightward drift. The time is not six months or a year down the road. The time is now."

Movie Moles: "Boxing Gym"

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Mon, 11/29/2010

Famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman's new film Boxing Gym explores the community that revolves around Lord's Gym in Austin, Texas.   Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Denise Morris find much to like about it.   It's playing now at the Hollywood Theater here in Portland.   

November 29 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 11/29/2010

 Joe Clement hosts this show in which we see more  efforts to sell us on policies born of fear: the sting operation resulting in the arrest in Portland of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the so-called "Christmas Tree Bomber"; stripping us of our dignity in airports with scanners and gropes; and hard-line messages to Iran sent by way of Korea.   Tom Becker shares an Alexander Coburn piece calling for "real mutiny."  And on a happier note, our Movie Moles find joy in a boxing gym through the lens of documentarian Frederick Wiseman.   

 

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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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